Manali, Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most visited hill stations in India. The name Manali actually evokes the visuals of snow-covered mountains, Deodar trees and apple orchards. Lavish nature offers variety of pleasures to all types of tourists having varying tastes. The romantic surroundings attracts the honeymooners which it lover’s paradise. The hygenic air of the valley fills the old person with energy and devoids ache associated with old age. So all in all it can be stated that it is a pleasure to visit Manali and lucky are those who opted Manali as their holiday destinations. There are lots of Places to visit in Manali.
The trip to Manali actually includes some wonderful and lavishing places which are visited by every tourist. So get ready to start a virtual journey of such places in Manali with us. Here is the list of must visited places in Manali.
1. Mall Road
If you are a shopping lover then Mall Road is an unavoidable place for you in Manali just 1.1kms away from Manali Bus Stand. Hundreds of shops are lined here which cannot be missed to experience the local flavours and sounds of the regions.
The Mall Road is confined with guesthouses, bakeries, souvenir shops and Tibetian people selling beautiful homemade woollens. All the tourists can be seen here wandering in the evening. Mall Road also has some family restaurants and sweet shops for foodies
Best time to visit: March-June and October-February
2. Nehru Kund
Nehru Kund is another must visit tourist place located on the Leh-National highway. It is named after First Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The lake is located at the height of 4300m. It is believed that the water comes from Bhrigu lake. This place is extremely popular among nature lovers and photographers. Lush greenery and serene surroundings makes this place worth visit.
Opening hours : 7am-7pm
3. Rohtang Pass
At a height of 13,000 ft. on the Leh-Manali highway ‘Rohtang Pass’ is 51 kms away from Manali Bus Stand. It is one of the highest and most beautiful high mountain passes in India. Rohtang Pass is one of the best places to visit in Manali. You can also see snow and flower covered mountains and patches everywhere.
Even in summers pass is covered in snow and you can enjoy sliding on the snowy slopes here. Rohtang Pass is favourite among the community of film directors. The magnificence of white landscape and peace is a mesmerising thing worth experiencing.
4. Hidimba Temple
At a distance of 3.5 kms from Manali Bus Stand, there situated one of the most famous tourist attraction called ‘Hidimba Temple’. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess ‘Hidimba’, wife of Bhima (one of the Pandavas). It is situated in the Dhungri forest and surrounded by pine trees. The Pagoda-shaped Hidimba temple is made of brass, which makes it pieces of unique architecture. The views of snow-covered mountains in the background, fountains and peace amidst beautiful nature.
Opening hours : 8am-6pm
Best time to visit : September or months of March-June.
5. Manu Temple
Only at a distance of 4kms from Manali Bus Stand, there situated historical ‘Manu Temple’. It is dedicated to Lord Manu which offers a sense of peace and serenity to the devotees. This temple is also famous for its ancient, beautiful architecture and wooden carving. The serene atmosphere of this place is soul-pleasing. Instead of cab, take a trek to the temple to enjoy the greenery and natural beauty of this place.
Opening hours: 5am-9pm
Best time to visit : May- June
6. Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple
Again at a distance of 3.5 kms, 4000 years old temple of Vashisht, the kulguru of Lord Ram is located. The hot springs are major attraction for the tourists. The premises consists of pyramid-shaped temple and water spring which is said to have medicinal properties. Bath areas for both men and women. Turkish bath is also available here. Take a dip in the water to relax your body and mind.
Opening hours : 7am-1pm and 2pm-10pm
Best time to visit : After monsoons and months of March-June
7. Jogini Falls
Jogini Falls is located near Vashisht hot water springs. The 160ft. tall breath-taking waterfall is one of the landmark attraction in Manali. The beauty of the falls, melodious sounds of nature, stunning views, lush greenery and peace are irresistible for the visitors. They love to spend time in sipping cup of tea and enjoying bowls of Maggi from nearby restaurants. In the surroundings of this beautiful falls one can see steams, meadows and peaks of Rohtang. Make sure you wear a pair of comfortable and grippy shoes and follow the regular trek route to stay safe.
Best time to visit : After monsoons (mid-september)
8. Old Manali
If you want to see the other side of Manali, just take a walk across Manalsu River bridge and cross over into the region known as ‘Old Manali’. Only 3.3kms away from Manali Bus Stand. Away from the rush and crowd, the exotic charm of the village will make you feel like you have entered into a whole new world. It is any backpacker’s heaven with cafes and hotels for cheap stay options. If you are planning a trip to Manali with friends, then you can consider booking accommodation in Old Manali. The idyllic village setting gives you the visuals and feel of 1960s era. The calmness of this place is only broken by the twittering of birds and gush of the river Kullu.
Best time to visit : October-February
How To Reach Manali
The nearest Airport is at Bhuntar and is 50 kilometers away from Manali. From here you can get taxis and buses easily for Manali.
There is no train direct to Manali. You can take a train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. Joginder Nagar to Manali has to be covered by road transport.
Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Chandigarh and other popular cities. You can get Duluxe, Semi Deluxe, Volvo Buses regularily from these places easily.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q : What are the best places to visit in Manali?
A : Top places to visit in Manali are Hadimba Temple, Manu temple,Vashisht Hot Water Springs, Rohtang Pass, Mall Road etc.
Q : What is the best time to visit Manali?
A : You can visit Manali throughout the year. It totally depend upon your choose. The weather is pleasant in summer season which starts from March to September. In the afternoon you can feel little warm but in morning and evening the weather is pleasant. Mostly people like to visit Manali in the months of October to February to see the snowfall.
Q : What can I buy in Manali?
A : There are many famous markets in Manali like Manu market, Khara Bazaar, Mall Road, Old Manali etc. From here you can buy woolen Clothes, Shawls, Kullu Caps and other Handicrafts items. You can get some Tibetan Handicrafts from here.
If you are travelling this region of Himachal Pradesh, then adventure is not only limited in the places described earlier. Places like Kullu, Kasol, Shimla, Malana, Manikaran, Bhuntar, Kheerganga, Tosh and many more are nearby Manali. They are also very popular among tourists. We will cover these places in our next blogs.
So this is our list of all the places to visit in Manali. We hope this blog is enough convincing to put Manali in your holiday destinations list. Keep supporting us and inspiring us with your valuable comments.