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Manali

Manali - Hill Station

Manali is a delightful hill station that gives nature-lovers a perfect excuse to take a break from their routine life. It is noted for its scenic hills, quaint valleys, snow-capped mountains, aesthetic temples and beautiful orchards.

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About Manali

Manali, renowned as Queen of Valleys, is a picturesque hill station encircled with snow capped peaks, dense deodars and Beas river with its clear menders through the town. The chunky afforests with cool gentle winds, vast expansion of meadows, tiny fields, small quaint settlements and lovely fruit orchards, give a majestic look to the serene ambiance of Manali.

The place is a classic blend of peace and tranquility which makes it a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, who want to get off the main tourist trails and experience nature up close.

Manali opts as a perfect holiday spot for all. Besides the splendor of its natural vista, Manali offers outstanding adventurous opportunities in mountaineering, trekking, paragliding and skiing. There are also several other attractions that are an integral part of Manali tourism like Holy Hindu Temples and Buddha monasteries.

Manali as Honeymoon Destination

Manali is a one of the most popular romantic honeymoon destination in India. Honeymoon is not just about traveling to far locations but it’s time to know each other more intimately.

The chunky afforests with cool gentle winds, vast expansion of meadows, tiny fields, small quaint settlements and lovely fruit orchards, give a majestic look to the serene ambiance of Manali. Watching snowfall in Manali is not less than a free-visit to heaven.

Activities in Manali

Attractions of this hill station includes Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and adventure sports such as mountaineering, trekking, paragliding and skiing. The glacial water of River Beas after rushing down the slopes of Rohtang Pass allows adventure sport activities of rowing, white water rafting and river crossing as it meanders through the valley from Manali to Kullu.

Some of the important attractions are the natural hot-water fountain, Rehalla Falls, Hadimba Devi Temple and the picturesque Tibetan Monastery.

  • Paragliding: As soon as you arrive in Manali, you'll notice people  soaring through the sky on these gliders, having the time of their lives. While  paragliding, you can get the best view of the Dhauladhar mountain range and the  Beas river. Paragliding is popular in Solang Valley, Gulaba, and Marhi, among  other places.

  • River Rafting: Beas River offers the best river rafting experience.  Make your favourite fun and adventure moments with the thrill of river rafting  on the Beas.

  • Skiing: If you enjoy winter sports, Manali is the best place to  learn how to ski. While gliding down the sloppy snowy hills, take in the  breathtaking alpine scenery. The Rohtang Pass is open for skiing all year.

  • Trekking: Manali is a trekking lover's paradise, with beautiful  trekking trails set among the snow-capped Himalayas. The most popular panoramic  trails are the Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chanderkhani, Sar Pass, Tapri to  Kalpa, Sangla, and Barang treks.

  • Zorbing: You'll enjoy being tossed around in a giant ball while  taking in the breathtaking scenery of the mountains. Getting tossy in this  transparent ball is one of the most enjoyable adventures in Manali. Solang Valley is the location where you can go zorbing.

  • Camping: If you have the time, spend a night in the Solang Valley  camp. Solang Valley offers year-round camping with comfortable accommodations  and other fun activities.

As manali is the hub for the  tourist during the winters and summers. One can find a variety of option to  stay in Manali during their trip.

Some of the popular resort, hotels and stay houses are:

  • Span Resort
  • Solang Valley Resort
  • Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Manu Allaya
  • Aloe
  • Hadimba
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Manali has some of the best cafes and restaurants that serve choicest of cuisines – thanks to its ever-growing popularity among Indian as well as foreign travellers. The Mall Road and the market nearby are best places for snacking. Street food served at these places carry a tinge of spices that excites the taste-buds. For a pescatarian, most restaurants do serve trout.

Old Manali is a place where most menus are filled with western cuisines. Silent hangout spots with a foreign vibe, restaurants here serve great Italian and Mexican food. Vashisht, more compact than Old Manali, is home to some of the best rooftop eateries that offer great mountain views while serving delicious Italian, Mexican or Israeli dishes.'

Few popular restaurants to eat food  in Manali:

  • Casa Bella Vista
  • Cafe 1947
  • Dylans Toasted & Roasred
  • II Forno
  • Khyber

Manali's existence can be traced  back to Mahabharata folklore. Manali literally translates to "Manu's  Abode." When Manu and the other Gods were flooded, the seventh avatar of  Lord Vishnu saved them by towering high to dry lands.

Manali is the location  where Manu sought refuge. Raja Jagat Singh brought the idol of Lord Raghunath  ji to his throne in the 17th century, and he is still the presiding deity and  king of Manali.

Attractions of this hill station includes Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries and adventure sports such as mountaineering, trekking, paragliding and skiing.

Some of the important attractions are the natural hot-water fountain, Rehalla Falls, Hadimba Devi Temple and the picturesque Tibetan Monastery.

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What is Manali famous for?

Manali is famous among tourist as Hill Station, Solang Valley, Streams, Honeymoon, Snowfall, Skiing, Rohtang Pass.

Manali is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Manali is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Hill Station, Honeymoon Destination, Leisure.