Manali - Tours and Excursions
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A paradise for mountain lovers, Manali is a high altitude Himalayan holiday destination from years. It has an reputation of backpacking and honeymoon destination with other endless options for adventure, pilgrimage, food, history, and sightseeing to staycations.
Manali - Tours and Excursions
Kulu Manali is on the foot hills of the Himalayas and the scenic beauty of the snowcapped peaks makes it a perfect tourist destination. It is also known for backpacking and center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it is a gateway for the skiing in Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It is also home to other adventure activities like Rafting, paragliding, zipline, zorbing etc.
Manali surrounded by the high mountains, is a paradise for tourist, the spectacular views, charming streams, the cozy cottages, the apple fields and the lingering scent of pines and freshness the place has something for everyone. The place is classic blend of peace and tranquility which makes it heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiastic who wants to escape the normal life. The valley is referred to as the “Valley of the Gods”.
The glacial water of River Beas allows adventure sports like river rafting and river crossing. Manali is also the real starting point f an ancient trade route which crosses the Rohtang and Baralacha passes and runs via Lahaul and Ladakh to Jammu and Kashmir. There is an interesting legend about Manali which goes to say that Manu, the author of ‘Manu Samhita ‘after the great deluge first stepped on the earth from the celestial boat at a place in this land. The particular spot where he established his abode was the present Manali which is regarded as changed name of ‘Manu-Alaya’ the abode of Manu. The temple dedicated to Manu still exists in the Manali village.
Tourist Attractions in Manali:
The most places to visit in the town are Hidimba Temple, Manali Gompa, Manu Temple, Solang valley, Vashisht village, Rohtang pass, Mall Road etc.
Solang Valley ( Snow Valley)
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Must Know Before You Visit Manali
- What Manali has to offer
Manali’s surrounding scenery is its main asset. Set amidst the Himalayas and River Beas, the adjacent countryside is truly breathtaking. But go knowing that Manali is a nothing more than a base to explore the surrounding areas.
- What Manali doesn’t…
Apart from using Manali as a base to explore its surroundings, the city itself does not have a lot to offer if you are the type of traveller who enjoys culture, shopping, good cafes and restaurants, and so on. The temples in Manali can all be seen in half a day and after that you’ll be hard pressed to find activities in town to occupy yourself. Old Manali is overrun with hippies who come mainly to smoke hash (which you’ll find growing all over Manali). If this isn’t your idea of fun, you won’t find much that is redeeming about it.
Manali proper isn’t much better; the main thoroughfare – the Mall – is a pedestrianised shopping street that has shops and restaurants of all sorts. But again, the quality of what is on offer is mediocre at best. Don’t imagine a lively Indian bazaar where you’ll find gorgeous local handicrafts and clothing – this is not what the Mall offers. It’s more a hodgepodge of dollar store trinkets.
- What to expect
In short, Manali caters to two types of tourists: stoners and adventure seekers. If you fall into one of these two categories, you might love Manali. If you don’t, go knowing that Manali itself is not the reason to visit – the surrounding countryside is the only thing worth seeing, and Manali is only a base to explore that.