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Manali is a Himalayan hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Well known as a honeymoon and backpacking destination, Manali offers a plethora of activities for the adventure junkies especially during the summer months.
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Things To Do in Manali
14. Go Shopping
You can buy Tibetan & Himalayan handicrafts, woollen clothes such as shawls, Kinnauri & Kullu shawls, jackets and the famous ‘Kullu’ caps from the various street shops and markets in Manali. Some of the popular markets and shops in Manali are:
- Kashmir Gift House
- The Mall Road
- The Tibetan Market
- Manu Market
- Old Manali Market
- Himachal Handicrafts Emporium
13. Try out the Delicious food in Manali
Manali gets a lot of foreign visitors and hence the place is dotted with many restaurants and cafes serving continental and European cuisine. Also, the local street food is a hit among travellers. You should definitely try out local delicacies like ‘Bombay in Manali’, ‘Samosas’, ‘Khatta’ and ‘Sidu’ Some of the popular eateries in Manali are:
- The Johnsons Café and Hotel
- Rose Garden
- IL Forno
- Café 1947
- Sunshine Café
- Drifters Café
- Martin’s (Himalayan Sports Club)
- Casa Belle Vista
- Aashiana Restaurant
- Mayur Restaurant
12. Go Trekking
Manali is best enjoyed on foot. Enjoy the lush greenery and snow of this mountainous place by going on treks in areas such as
- Chandratal Baralacha
- Hampta Pass
- Deo Tibba Base Camp
- Bara Bhangal Kalihani
- Beas Kund
- Chandrakhani Pass
11. Get Mystified by the Ancient Temples
Manali is dotted with many temples having mythical tales. These sacred places are major sites visited by travellers. Some of these temples are:
- Hadimba Temple
- Manu Temple
- Gayatri Temple
10.Soak In The Hot Water Springs
Bathe in the hot water springs during the summer months. These springs are believed to have medicinal properties which can heal many ailments. These springs are:
- Vashisht Baths
9. Experience Biodiversity At Sanctuaries
The national parks in and around Manali exhibit nature’s bounty in the form of varied species of fauna, mammals and birds. These sanctuaries are enlisted below:
- Great Himalayan National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Van Vihar National Park
- Manali Sanctuary
8. Visit the Arjun Gufa
This is the place where Arjuna meditated. You can contemplate in silence and absorb the beautiful view from this cave.
7. Go Backpacking in Old Manali
Old Manali which is located close to the main town is replete with swaying Eucalyptus trees, flowing water of the Beas River and lush greenery of the lofty mountains entailing a splendid trail for backpackers.
You can enjoy delicious and varied cuisines at several cafes. You should also check out the magic shop in Old Manali. There are a lot of fun items you can buy there.
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6. Go White Water Rafting
Get the adrenaline rush by going white water rafting in the waters of river Beas.
5. Tour the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art
Explore rare antique collection of instruments, armament, decorative wood work etc at this museum.
4. Enroll for Yoga at The Shri Hari Yoga Ashram
Attend yoga sessions and heal your mind and soul at the Shri Hari Yoga Ashram
3. Have Fun by taking a Yak Safari
Riding a Yak can be a fun experience. You can find these Yak rides in the snowy mountainous areas such as the Solang Valley.
2. Visit the Gorgeous Solang Valley
Visiting Solang Valley is one of the top things to do on any traveller’s itinerary. The place is pleasing to an adventure enthusiast as well as to the laid-back traveller who simply wants to admire nature.
Activities During Summers:
- Quad Biking
- Gondola (Ropeway)
- Backpacking and Camping
Activities During Winters:
1. Take A Thrilling Bike Ride in Rohtang Pass
This is one of the top things to do in Manali especially for an adventure junkie. Riding the Rohtang Pass is a thrilling experience. Passing the narrow roads with snow on either sides and the heavenly view of the Pir Panjal mountains is a surreal experience.
Other places & things to explore:
How to Reach Manali
Bhuntar Airport (50 km away)
Nearest Railway Station:
Ambala Cantt or Chandigarh
Nearest Bus Stops:
There are frequent buses plying between Delhi and Manali. One can also get buses from Shimla, Dharamshala, Leh and Chandigarh to Manali.
Rent A Car: The natural beauty of the hilly area of Manali is best experienced by taking a road trip. Travelling by car can be a fun experience. You can take suitable halts along the way.
Where to Stay
Tall Trees Resort | La Ri Sa Resort | The Anantmaya Resort | Apple Country Resorts
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