The Kullu and Manali tourism hits the highest point in the summer holiday season and also during December to February when the climate is mostly pleasant and nice. Manali is one of the top favorites of honeymoon couples, who head to this region to have an exciting experience amid the magnificent mountains, topped with snow.
There are many places to visit in Manali and these places are:
1. Solang Valley
When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang. 14 kilometers on the north west of the main town of Manali, Solang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.
2. Rohtang Pass
When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres, the way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck. A peculiar fact behind the name of the place is that it was named so because a number of people working in CBRE died whilst trying to cross this treacherous stretch. Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here.
3. Hadimba Temple
Located amidst the snow covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hadimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of the goddess herself. The construction style of the temple is entirely different from that of any of the other temples, with its wooden doorways, walls, and cone-shaped roof. This temple is a fitting dedication to its presiding deity Hadimba.
4. Vashisht Baths
While most temples will leave you spiritually rejuvenated, there are a few where you can take a dip into hot water springs and baths, which leave you refreshed and maybe even healthier.
Situated 6 kms away from Manali, these are natural springs accompanied by beautiful sandstone temples. The government has made arrangements for separate bathing areas for men and women. The water in these natural springs contains medicinal properties that are believe to cure skin diseases. This area is surrounded by hundreds of small shops from where you can buy souvenirs and religious merchandise.
Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and it is frequented by Sikhs from all over the country.
There are many small temples in the town as well making it a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus too.
Shopping in Kullu & Manali
Both Kullu & Manali are a great place to indulge in shopping as there are a number of markets here that sells everything from woolen clothing to carpets to handicrafts to fruits to local pickles and more. To get the best woolen items & handicrafts, one can visit Manu Market and Khara bazaar,in Manali and pick the best quality Kullu shawls, caps, and jackets. The Mall road area of Manali naturally comes in the list of best shopping destination in Manali as we all know it is packed with shops that sells artifacts, handicrafts, shawls, woolen wear, local tweeds, rugs, Buddhist paintings, Bamboo souvenirs, Chinese goods, artificial jewellery, etc.
Other than this, you can visit the old Manali market for Dorjes, Gadan Thekchokling Gompa market for carpets, Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicrafts market for unique Tibetan items, Mohal market in Kullu for dry fruits, fresh juices, & local pickles, and Lakkar Bazaar for wooden furnitures with intricate carvings.
Best Places to Eat in Kullu & Manali
Food is a great way to discover the taste of Manali which offer plenty of opportunities to eat out during your Kullu and Manali tour. Right from a traditional restaurant serving delectable local cuisines to a range of varied roadside cafeterias, Manali is filled with a number of food outlets that serve delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages. You can pamper your taste buds with some extraordinary gourmet food served at the places listed below:
Dylan's Toasted & Roasted
The Lazy Dog
Drifter's Inn and Café
Bob Dylan's Café
Accommodation in Kullu & Manali
Manali is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India that most of the travelers, especially the backpackers love to visit. The place is highly crowded, especially during the summer season when families, school & college groups, and honeymoon couples visit this majestic hill station to beat the heat and spend time in absolute bliss. To welcome its guests, Manali keeps itself prepared with hundreds of hotels, lodges, cottages and guest houses, classified into budget, deluxe, and luxury accommodation. Here is a list of the best hotels in Manali that would keep you warm and comfortable throughout your stay.
Hotel Holiday Inn Manali
Span Resorts Manali
Apple Valley Resort Kullu
Baragarh Villa Kullu
Daffodil Cottages Manali
De Vivendi Resorts Manali
Apple Country Resorts Manali
Solang Valley Resort Manali
Ambassador Resort Manali
Hotel Snow Park
Hotel Honeymoon Inn
Hotel Victory Resort Manali
Things to do in Manali