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Manali: Destinations in Himachal Pradesh

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Manali is often referred to as the "Valley of the Gods". Manali is truly popular hill station in the world. Everyone wants to visit Manali at once. Nature has gifted this place with such stunning attractions that never fail to grab the attention of visitors. Whether it’s a time of your adventures & honeymoon or you just wish to spend your vacations in the lap of nature, it is the perfect place to explore. Beautiful natural sceneries, cascading waterfalls, meandering rivers and natural floras and faunas, all makes this place the first choice of all kind of visitors. Apart from admiring its natural exquisiteness people love to experience several adventure and fun activities in this place. White-water rafting, trekking, mountaineering and snow-skiing are the few popular things that one can experience on the tour to Manali. Being a small destination it is gifted with such wonderful attractions that encourage visitors to visit here more often.

Climate in Manali

The climate in Manali is mainly cold during winters and moderately cool during summers.
Winters : 15 °C (5 °F) and 05 °C (41 °F)
Summer : 4 °C (39 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F)
Other Time : 04 °C (39 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F)

Manali is situated in the banks of the Beas River covered with the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kullu district about 270 km north of the state capital Shimla. In the old times Manali is the single route to Leh Ladakh, now this route is popular for tourism activities. Manali was once known as Manu. The word Manali is regarded as the changed name of "Manu-Alaya" which literally means "the abode of Manu". Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. The Old Manali village has very old temple devoted to sage Manu.

Best Places to see in Manali

Kothi Village

16 km from Manali – If you are looking for some peace and calmness in this busy hill station, the small village of Kothi is a wonderful option. The small village of Kothi is surrounded by majestic snow capped peaks, the splendid Beas River flowing below and the arresting calm of nature. The village has been a backdrop for a number of films. Also a favorite destination for poets, writers and painters, the village is soaked in the magic of nature. From anywhere in the village, the view of mountains is amazing and breath taking to say the least.

Solang Valley

13 km from Manali – You can easily hire a car or taxi from Manali, which will take you to the Solang Valley. Valley is covered with cascading mountains and the gently flowing Beas River. Solang Valley is famous for adventure sports, indulge in some skiing, paragliding or exciting ATB rides, during winters you can go for the intense 300-meter ski lift or other smaller lifts and jumps. There are a bundle of sports activities for kids like, zorbing, horse riding etc. You can pack in a big picnic basket and find the perfect picnic spot for a wonderful evening.

Rahala Waterfall

17 km from Manali – Rahala Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m. The waterfall is situated on the way to Rohtang Pass. You can also easily hire a car or taxi from Manali, which will take you to the Rahla Waterfalls. Visitor of Rohtang pass will halt for some moment and enjoy the waterfalls and mystical atmosphere. This place is popular during the summer seasons. The Rahala Waterfalls is not far from Manali. But still it is always recommended to start early so that the tourists can enjoy the Waterfalls and as well can continue their trip to Rotang Pass. Manali.

Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

2 km from Manali – The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is about 2 km from the Manali Town. The sanctuary spread is about 31.8 square kilometres. A bridle path from Manali log huts/ Dhungri temple passes through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut and Maple forests. Night stay in tents at Lambadug or Gallant thatch is an unforgettable experience. Alpine lush green pastures and glaciers beyond Galant thatch are a romantic attraction for the enthusiastic but enduring visitors. One may see Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear digging or ploughing the land and also pug marks with scent of Leopard or Snow leopard. Those who venture up to snows can see herds of Ibex in the glacier zone in summers.

Around Manali

Rohtang Pass


Triloknath and Udeypur

Activities in Himachal

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