Best Time to Go : September – June
Summers are the most suggested time of year to go for vacation in Manali for a family union time. Daring people can take to the winters for adventure sports. Summer temperature are mild easy-going and light knitwear / cottons are recommended.
In winters, the temperature can go down beneath icy point when heavy knitwear is required. In Manali, one can find high mountains masked by hushed snows and deep rock scattered canyon. There are thick forests, filled with cool gentle wind.
Hence the best time to visit Manali is throughout the year.
Manali, One of the pretty hill station nuzzled in the mount of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh at a height of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) situated along the banks of Beas River Valley, close to the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley.
It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km north of the state capital, Shimla. Manali is an eye-catching hill station encircled by deep pinewood forests. Lying at an altitude of 6726 feet, it is the peak spot in the Kullu-Manali valley and is blessed with several attractions. Manali is the most frequented hill station in India and is occupied by the visitors throughout the year.
Manali actually named the ‘Home of Manu’. Manu is the mythical character who is alleged to be the originator of human existence according to Hindu mythology when the world was drowned in flood. He is also the writer of Manusmriti. He then moves towards Manali and recreated human existence. Thus, the region of Manali is holy and Hindus treat the temples over here as a pilgrimage.
The peaks covered with snow are the main thing that attracts many people all over the globe. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and been the favourites’ of people across the country when it comes to summer vacations. There are a number of other great places to holiday in Manali Kullu, Parvati valley, Hanuman Tibba, 7 sister peak, Friendship peak, Patalsu peak, Ladakhi peak, Manali peak.
Experiencing the sight of hill stations adjacent to Manali is a fabulous experience. A part of Beas River Valley, Manali is situated at an altitude from where the eyes fall on the views of forests, orchards, river, mountains ranges and more, for nothing but a complete visual pleasure. The place once served for the trade purposes; now the same route is used for the purpose of adventure mainly for the bikers and jeep riders. The chilly heaven of Rohtang Pass is a well-liked skiing destination, where you can enjoy having snow activities even in peak summer. Be it for relaxing, sightseeing, trekking, mountaineering, Para-gliding, skiing, ice skating and golf or anything, Manali has the answers to all.
Besides this it is steeped in legend and folklore, making Hadimba Temple a common stopover landmark. A twine of dazzling waterfalls and monasteries adds to the loveliness of this hill station. Manali is blessed with some of the most fantastic and stunning scenery, it is a holidaymakers paradise with tall snow peak, green valleys, speedy flowing rivers, charming mountains and lakes and waterfalls, flower-decked grazing land, beautiful temples and monasteries.
Like a svelte delicate palm-leaf gleaming in the morning dew, the place extends out its appeal on either side of the upper reaches of the river Beas. Running north to south, the main river valley is only 80 km long and 2 km at its broadest, yet a moderately ample region is open to the visitors to enjoy the scene of multicoloured beautiful mountain scenery. Manali surrounded by high peaks attracts the tourist mainly due to the snowline and its budding orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination, numerous treks as well as a great countryside makes the place more ideal for adventurous sport-lovers and makes it the best travel holiday destination.
In the spring season, It is mostly multi-colored with pink bloom and white flora while the higher slopes are glowing with elegant beautiful flowers. With autumn, clear blue skies return. By December, there is no greenery except the magnificent pines in the forests. In winter the hillsides are bordered in white with snow.
It is being bounded by the elevated peaks in the attractive green valley of the Beas River, with mountain adventures signs from all directions. Peoples from all around the world come to hang out; adventurers come for trekking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, rafting and skiing; and Indian families and honeymooners come for the cool mountain air and a taste of snow on a day trip. When the echo of delight comes from the sky and only vibrant Para-gliders may perhaps be spotted above the head, the location is most likely Solang Valley of Manali Hill Station, which has a distinctiveness that stands out from any other paragliding location in India.
So well-liked has Manali become amongst tourists that this once rural retreat currently has an approximate 500-800 hotels and guest houses in the town, and from mid-April to Christmas–New Year it gets pretty well flooded with tourists. Most travellers stay in the villages of Vashisht or Old Manali, which have a relaxed environment and ample of services offered.
Manali attracts all kind of people, starting from kids to old age people. There is everything for all kind of ages in Manali and around. From meditation to adventure sports, Manali will not let down anybody. A tourist who visits Manali mainly to relax for few days, Manali offers plenty of such places for just to relax.
The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21 about approximately 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. From Bhuntar one can take a taxi or a bus to Manali. The closest domestic airport is Chandigarh and runs scheduled flights in major cities likes Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The closest International Airport is in New Delhi.
Manali is not easily approachable by rail. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 km), Pathankot (325 km) and Kalka (310 km). The adjoining narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 kilometres). The beauty of Kullu can be enjoyed to the fullest if you opt to go by bus or taxi. It is better to take a taxi; one can stop and enjoy the scenery closely.
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is operating its buses to the important places and connects the neighbouring town and states. Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH-1 passing through NH-22 and NH-21. The total road distance from Delhi to Manali is 566 km. Buses (Volvo) on this route are available from all major bus terminals.
At the bus stand, there are two cubicles, which do automated reservation for buses. The reservations can be done one month in advance. Both private and state government buses are providing services to the people.
Skiing is the winter pleasure that brings proficient and beginners from all over the place. When snow thaw and the water level of River Beas rises, tourists can enjoy rafting spells as well. Near Manali, there are some slopes, which have been rated the best for skiing in the world. The Solang Nullah, Patalsu, Kothi, Marhi and Rohtang slopes are very good for skiing holidays in the winters as well as in summers. In fact, Patalsu and Rohtang slopes are the only places where one can do summer skiing.
Manali unlocks many chances to not only to nature lovers but also for the populace who are affectionate of adventure sports. There are many brave sports possible in and around this hill station. Manali is a well-liked and well-accepted destination for many trekkers.
Chandratal is one of the famed trekking destinations. There are myriad trekking destinations in and around, one necessitates to enquire at local offices to know whether particular trekking is opened for a trip or not. Some destinations need authorization from Government officials. Rohtang pass itself is a trekking destination one can opt to enjoy the nature.
The Beas River flowing all the way through Kullu valley is appropriate for not only white water river rafting but is perfectly idyllic for Canoeing and Kayaking too. The Beas River in Kullu district has to turn out to be very popular among the lovers of river rafting and many competitions have been planned. The River Rafting trip starts from Mohali and covers a total distance 10-kms. The season normally starts from May to mid-June and rest depends on the onset of the downpour. The various clubs offer the essential equipment requisite for the water sports.
It is an added adventure activity for which Manali has achieved a status to its name. People from everywhere come here to take off and be in the air above the ground to enjoy the effect. It is an adventure sport and has its assistant risks; go for the options with skilled pilots. It is a grouping of hang gliding and parachuting. In parachuting, one has to jump from an aircraft whereas in paragliding one has to run downhill. There are many organisations or tour operators, which suggest journey packages that include Paragliding. One can hire equipment from the private organisations in Manali and around.