Bhuntar airport located at a distance of 10 km from Manali and is the gateway to this region. Tourists who prefer and can afford to fly cut down on travel time hugely and thus can have a lot more time to enjoy Manali. Flights are available from all the major cities.
Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railhead to Manali that connects the hill station with several important cities of the country. Chandigarh and Ambala are other options to reach Manali by train. From the railheads, one can get several mode of transportation including taxi and bus at reasonable cost.
The Himachal Pradesh state bus service is ace and one can get frequent buses from the region to different parts of the country at reasonable cost. The best and most cost effective way to reach Manali is by road. Roads connect Manali to diffrent places including Delhi (540km), Chandigarh (305km), Dehradun (227km) and Ambala (370km). There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.
Travellers flock to Rishikesh for Whitewater rafting, however, Manali is an equally good destination for rafting. Beas river is the most popular spot river rafting in Manali with rapids of different difficulty levels. The 20 km long stretch from Manaki to Jhiri, near Bajaura, is among the best stretches for rafting in India. With icy cold water flowing in from Rohtang, thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts are in for a treat.
Located amidst the Dhungiri Van Vihar forests, the Hadimba temple is popularly referred to as the Dhungri temple by locals. The temple is of great importance to Hindu pilgrims, as it is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, the wife of Bhima who was one of the 5 brothers, in the Indian epic Mahabharata (mythological epic).
Nothing like the tourist packed Mall road and main Manali market, Old Manali has a charm of it’s own. A paradise for backpackers, shop till you drop in this quaint town and don’t forget to brush up your bargaining skills. Old Manali is the perfect place to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife. You can either walk or rent a two-wheeler to make your way through the narrow lanes. Be sure to go here in the evening just before sun sets, to grab a hearty meal at one of the many cafes after exploring the town. This beautiful area of Manali is home to few of the many ancient temples like Hadimba and Manu temple.
Owning to the vast meadows and hilly terrain, adventure activities ought to top your list of things to do in Manali. There are ample destinations for tourists to indulge in adventure sports like rafting, paragliding and trekking. However, Solang valley is definitely one of the best spots for adventure sports in Manali. In the summers, you can enjoy activities like paragliding, water rafting and zorbing. The visibility is better during the months between March-June for paragliding, and snowfall is not a safety hazard. The cost for paragliding ranges from INR 500-1,000 to INR 2,000-5,000 depending on the duration and season. Another exciting activity here is Zorbing. The cost for zorbing is approximately INR 500 but may vary depending on the season. Zorbing lasts for 5-10 minutes and the instructor usually guides the client downhill.
Built-in 1960 by Tibetian refugees, The Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is a popular Buddhist religious centre. It is also one of Manali’s main tourist attractions. The monks at Gompa monastery preach non-violence and peace and welcome tourists from all over, to meditate with them.
Manali is one of those hill stations where one can find almost every kind of experiences. From solitude environment to busy markets, from relaxing retreats to adventure activities, from various sightseeing places to ancient temples. One can say Manali is a complete destination package. The hill station is a paradise for those who want to experience magnificent snow-clad mountains. Apart from magical views, the place offers a plethora of things to do which helps in making a trip unforgettable.
Also known as Dhungri Temple, the Hadimba Temple brings the epic, Mahabharata to life. Dedicated to Hidimba Devi, one of the wives of the Pandava Prince Bhima, the temple is nestled among tall deodar trees.
An open valley of meadows, cobalt blue skies and spectacular vistas is the most popular tourist attraction in Manali. Solang Valley is a great melange of nature surrounded by the heavenly ranges of Himalayas.
On a winding mountain road, located on the Pir Panjal Range is the most touted tourist attraction of Manali, Rohtang Pass. A personal favourite of all nature lovers, artists and photographers the pass offers access to Lahaul and Spiti in summers.
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