A beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, nestled in between snowy mountains and thick forests,
Legend has it that Manali was founded by an ancient sage Manu whose ark found its resting place here after a great flood. Manali, which literally means "the resting place of Manu" is a popular tourist destination and offers a welcome respite from the heat of the plains during the summer months.
Best Time to Visit Manali
The best time to visit Manali is from September to June:
How to Reach Manali
Bhuntar, which is located 50 km from Manali is the closest airport to Manali. The Bhuntar airport is well connected by flights to Delhi. There are tasi services available between Bhuntar and Manali.
One of the most convenient and faster ways to reach Manali is to avail the broad gauge trains. Trains to Manali take you to the nearest station broad gauge railway stations of Kalka, Chandigarh and Pathankot. Some of the trains that run from these stations are:
- Kalka Howrah Mail connecting Kalka and Howrah
- Shatabadi Express Kalka-New Delhi
- Shatabadi Express Chandigarh-New Delhi
- One can reach Manali from these stations reached by road.
Traveling to Manali by road is one of the easiest ways to reach the beautiful destination. You can plan your trip accordingly by going through the list which provides information on the distance of Manali from major Indian cities:
- Manali - Mandi 110 km
- Manali - Delhi - 570 km
- Manali - Leh 475 km
- Manali - Manikaran 085 km
- Manali - Dalhousie 385 km
- Manali - Rohtang Pass 051 km
- Manali - Dharamshala 235 km
- Manali - Kaza 200 km
- Manali - Palampur 200 km
- Manali - Pathankot 325 km
- Manali - Kasauli 275 km
- Manali - Chamba 402 km
- Manali - Udaipur 150 km
- Manali - Chandigarh 320 km
- Manali - Shimla 260 km
- Manali - Keylong 115 km
- Manali - Trilokinath 150 km
Shopping in Manali
The best place to go shopping in Manali is The Mall, where you will find traditional shawls, rugs, caps and footwear. Other places around The Mall where you will find interesting items to shop are Thai Market, Hong Kong market, Tibetan Market, Dragon shopping complex etc. The Old Manali market is also a good place to buy fresh fruit jams, juices and pickles. Don't forget to bargain as shopkeepers here quote an extremely high price.
A typical thali of Himachali food would comprise of rice, rotis, curried vegetables, madra (a curd based dish), lentils and sweet rice.
Travel Tips for Manali
If you are an adventure enthusiast, the best time to visit Manali will be during May to October, when the snow has melted. On the other hand if skiing is what you are looking for then the best time to Visit Manali will be from October to February when there is ample snow fall in Manali.
If you are visiting Manali during the winter, carry light cotton clothes. If you are going to Manali in the winter then make sure you carry thick woolen sweaters, scarves, gloves and socks as it can get very cold.
Avoid visiting Manali during the monsoon as the chances of landslides are high.
For any further travel assistance you can always contact the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation on the Mall Road. Their phone number is 01902-252175
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Last Updated on : 29/08/2013
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