You can do a lot in Manali. Like enjoying the views of the Beas from Old Manali, visiting the temples of Vashist and its therapeutic hot springs, driving to Solang Valley for a roll down the hills (Zorbing) or even a jump (Paragliding). Then there are the Tibetan monasteries, the Manu Temple, the Hadimba Temple and the Pin Valley National Park for you to explore.
How to Reach Manali:
Buses for Manali ply every day from Delhi. Try booking an HPTDC bus for a fair price.
- Delhi ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus)Himachal Bhawan in Central Delhi.Approximate
Return Bus Fare:
- Rs. 1600* (Non-AC recliner)Rs. 2000* – 2500 (AC recliner)Distance from Delhi: 530 km approximately (roughly 12 hours)
Where to Stay in Manali:
- Hotel Vintage: Located in close proximity to some popular tourist attractions and near the banks of the Beas River, Hotel Vintage offers 25 neatly decorated rooms at reasonable rates.
- Amenities: Restaurant | Play Area | TV | Telephone
Tariff: Rs. 1,700* per night
- Hotel Silmog Garden: Situated amidst serene surroundings and at a walking distance from the popular Mall Road, Silmog Garden assures a luxurious stay to guests. This hotel is ideal for leisure travellers as it is located near to some popular attractions.
- Amenities: Taxi Service | Internet | Car Parking | Laundry Services
- Tariff: Rs. 1,900* per night
- Snow Valley Resorts: Snow Valley is an enchanting hideaway surrounded by breathtaking snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and lush green pinewood forests in the picturesque town of Manali.
- Amenities: Restaurant | Free Wi-Fi | Free Parking | Coffee Shop
- Tariff: Rs. 3,000* per night
Things To Do in Manali:
- Explore the Town on Foot: Manali is best explored on foot. The bus will drop you right at the main Manali market from where you can take a half-an-hour walk up to Vashist or Old Manali with its lovely roads, sweet little eateries and small kitschy marketplaces (sentence is long. You can break it up into two. Also, you can reach Old Manali by walking through Van Vihar National Park, which is populated with Deodar trees). Else, you can also take an auto-rickshaw to these places.
- Biking Across Manali: Bike rentals are available at reasonable rates. You can get a good bargain if you rent for two or more days. It’s the best way to explore the surroundings and the nearby Solang Valley. We rented one and took it all the way to Rohtang Pass and returned by evening.
- Solang Valley: Roughly 14 kilometres from Manali, the drive up to Solang is picturesque. Once you are there, try adventure activities like? or eat Chinese food from the local roadside shacks.
- Tibetan Monasteries: Built by the Tibetans and other followers of Buddhism, the monasteries are a great place to witness the Buddhist culture. Popular monasteries include the Manali Gompa, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa.
- Adventure Activities: From trekking and paragliding to mountain biking, jeep safaris and rafting, Manali has plenty in its kitty for adventure junkies. Himalayan Caravan Adventure offers many adventure activities. If you are looking to take on the jagged hills, Manali’s Mountaineering Institute offers several types of high altitude hiking and rock climbing opportunities.Read more: 6 Epic Places to Visit in Manali
Foot: 200 Calories
Auto-rickshaw: Rs. 60*
Bike Rental: Rs 500* – Rs 800* per day. (A photo ID proof and a valid license is required for this)
Where to Eat in Manali:
Casa Bella Vista: Known for its Italian food, especially wood-fired pizzas, Casa Bella Vista sports a courteous staff and good service.
Address: Log Huts Road, Off Old Manali Road, Manali 175131 | Phone No: +919816699663 Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Cost: Meal for two costs Rs. 500* Cafe 1947: A relaxing and fun place to unwind with a beer and sheesha; and great Italian food too.
Address: Old Manali (toward Manu Temple) | Phone No: 9418461969 Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Cost: Meal for two costs under Rs. 500*
Johnson Bar & Restaurant: Great Ambience, awesome music, good service; visit it for the feel and some great chocolate cake. Food is good too.
Address: Circuit House Road | Phone No.: 01902251523 Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Cost: Meal for two costs under Rs. 750* Travel Docs: Any Photo ID ProofWhat’s it
Shopping: Shop for turquoise jewellery, clothes, whacky t-shirts, Buddha heads, etc.
Explore a Nearby Destination: A Rs. 70* bus ride can get you to the heavens of Kasol and Manikaran. Or you can bike there too.
manali-gurudwara-manikaranThe Manikaran Gurudwara near Manali | Photo Credit: Gurudwara Manikaran/Flickr
Off Season Travel: Manali is an evergreen destination. You’ll love it in the summer, but winter will reveal another snowy side of Manali you would love to witness. It really depends on how well you can handle freezing temperatures.