Unusual art, quirky cafes, interesting tourists, apple orchards, hippie markets and the likes! Call it a ‘spiritual paradise’ if you may, but the fact remains that Manali is a trip away from the rest!
Where Is It?
Located 1950 m above sea level, in Himachal Pradesh, this quaint little resort town is thronging with tourist all year round. Backpackers and vacationers visit in summers to escape the scorching heat and in winters to get a dose of the snow-white paradise.
A Bucket List of Things to do in Manali
Treat the Adventure Junkie in You
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Manali may be a place for the spiritual seekers; nevertheless, it has something for the adventure junkies as well. The snow-clad peak and the high valleys, call for adventure; be it rolling down a hill in a giant ball or trekking in the exquisite mountains.
Here’s what you can do on your next trip to Manali – Zorbing, River Rafting, Trekking, Paragliding, Skiing, Rappelling, River Crossing, and Mountain Biking.
Gorgeous Cafes For Those Perfect Memories & Instagram Hits
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Café 1947 – retro ambience, quirky trinkets, and a streaming river on the side as you puff the hookah and gobble the amazing food.
The Johnson’s Café – cosy ambience, terrace, garden, European food. Do we need anything more?
Sunshine Café – Hot Chocolate! Hot Chocolate! Stunning View! Hot Chocolate! You get the point.
Go Temple & Monastery Hopping
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The best places to visit in Manali are the temples and the monasteries for spiritual rejuvenation, and some of them come hot water springs and baths as well.
Stop by – Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashist Temple, Raghunath Temple, Manikara Gurudwara and Arjun Gufa.
Capture The Mesmerising View
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Be it the old world charm of old Manali, the snow clad Solang valley cascading with adventure, the Buddhist ecclesiastical fortifications of Gompha or Rohtang Pass with a view one could only dream of; Manali has something for all.
Stop by – Rohtang Pass, Beas River, Bhrigu Lake, Gulaba, Jana Falls, Jogini Waterfalls, Pin Valley National Park, Rahala Falls, Solang Valley, Rozy Falls, Naggar Castle, Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompha and Van Vihar National Park.
Take Back The Essence Of The Resort Town
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While it might not be a fashion lover’s paradise, it sure is the collectors’ haven. The place is full of quirky souvenirs, hippie clothing, bohemian jewellery, handicrafts, etc. to take back home.
Where can you shop? – Mall Road, Bhuttico, Manu Market, Old Market Road and Tibetan Bazaar.
When Should You Go?
September – February: A refreshing time to go with the end of monsoons and the onset of winters.
December – January: A great time for couples honeymooning or adventure enthusiasts who want to go skiing.
March – June: Ideal for the travellers looking to escape the sultry summer heat as the temperature varies from 10°C to 25°C.
July – August: This is the best time to go if you have a tight budget as most hotel prices drop, as tourists usually do not tend to go during the monsoons.
Manali has accommodation for every kind of traveller, right from the backpacker’s budget hotel to the luxury resorts for honeymooners and families. The Byke Neelkanth is located close to the Arjun Gufa and offers travellers a dose of luxury amidst the cedar trees and snow-capped peaks of Manali.