Manali Travel Guide

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Manali Highlights

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     nice climate, less hassle then in most parts of India 

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     drug trade 

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Manali Things to Do

  • good time pass

    if you have spare time with you or you are in ma mood to relax do visit the club house at MANALI.There are lot of playing facilities along with a good sweater shop in the premises. you can enjoy river rope crossing here.

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  • Vistit the Dhungri Temple

    Also known as the Hadimba Temple, this is a quite old Temple built for the goddess Hadimba. It's not that special, but it's a nice walk to go there and if it's not raining it's nice sitting in front of it.

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  • Admire those mountain views

    We are in Manali right now, surrounded by mountains covered in Snow. It is not a sight you see everyday, certainly not for us. We are currently twice the height of the highest point in the UK.

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  • Try the local fruit wine

    Himichal has plenty of fruit orchards that produce huge amounts of apples, pears, plums and apricots. Not all of the fruit makes it to the market in time. So, the fruit is fermented locally and made into alcoholic cider and fruit wines.Try some whilst you are here.

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  • Hadimba Devi Temple

    Located 1.5 km away from Manali amidst the greenary and tall trees.Dhoongri Devi Temple was built in 1553 in honour of Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Pandav Bhima.As you can see in the pics it's four-tiered pagoda style structure.

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  • Naggar Castle

    Naggar is 25 Kms from Manali. A panoramic view of the valley of Gods. Naggar 1770 m above the sea leavel has been an old capital of the Kings of Kullu. Foundation of this ancient feudal seat was laid by Raja Visudhpal.Naggar retained its preeminence in the valley until Raja Jagat Singh who shifted the capital to Sultanpur (now in Kullu town) in...

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Manali Restaurants

  • Stop in for a hearty breakfast

    Breakfast at Mount View Restaurant in Manali was only by default. Chopsticks, my favorite spot next door, was open but not quite ready to serve food. Not wanting to wait for my morning tea we ventured over to Mount View. Aside from being the only customers in the place, the atmosphere was nice. Large glass windows allow for the front tables to be...

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  • Seems all the tourists are here, why not...

    No visit to Manali is complete before dropping by for a meal at Chopsticks. This busy, neat & clean joint is a favorite of the tourist crowd. It’s easy to find located right on the main drag, smack dab in the middle of the Mall.Service here is quick and friendly. Doors open early around 8 A.M. but the breakfast starts rolling out closer to 9 A.M....

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  • Warm yourself by the fire whilst you eat

    We came here for a beer and to sit by the fire.Set in the same building as Johnson's Lodge, it is constructed of stone and wood. There is a large open fireplace at one end with comfy chair's and a sofa around it. There is another wood fire in the middle of the room with more chairs. The food is a mixture of Indian and international. Soup 60 Rupees,...

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Manali Nightlife

  • DJ from 8pm

    This is a popular place with Indian Tourists. Everyone is welcome. With comfy sofa's, an open fire and good food. It is popular. Johnson's Cafe are trying to encourage everyone to come along. Music was okay, not much dancing was going on as I think people were enjoying the fire too much. No dress code

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  • Warm by the fire until 10pm

    Manali, isn't known for a late nightlife.So, Chopsticks is popular. Not just for eating, but drinking as well. We have found ourselves in there a couple of times, enjoying a bottle of Apple wine. Because being around the fire in winter is popular, we have got to know some of the residents of Manai. They are very knowledgeable of the local area....

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  • Not quite TGI Friday's

    Described in the Lonely Planet, as India's version of TGI Friday's. It isn't quite. It does feel a if it has a more upmarket feel than other places.One wall is taken up by windows looking on to the Mall. In the winter these means that it is cold especially as there is no heating. Drinks are more expensive than at Chopsticks. The seatings is...

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Manali Transportation

  • More Joy ful By Road/Charms of the...

    As the earth slowly dried, here across a place of breath taking natural beauty which was only appropriate for it was at Manali (2050m) that life began again. Today this legendary cradle of all human kind is a prime holiday destination. There are high mountain surrounded by silent snows and deep boulder strew gorges. There are thick forest full of...

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  • By road

    How to go Manali,from Delhi by bus ,Himachala tourism gives overnight deluex bus service.It departure 7pm,arrive Manali 9.30am.Roads are good,I enquired all details ,but went by car .Got car &driver from Himachala tourism for whole trip.Its long drive but worth it once you reach Kullu,from Kullu to Manali the view is so good.Nearest railway staion...

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Manali Shopping

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    The main market in Manali is situated along The Mall Road. It gets crowded in the evenings in the summer months. One can buy shawls, Kullu caps, shirts or other stuff in this area. I found that prices here are lower than in Ladakh. There are many eating joints along this road and one can try these places. Many hotels are also on this road. It is the busiest part of the town where one can take a stroll but it will not be leisurely. It could be more enjoyable in the off-season months.

    What to buy: Shawls, Local tweeds, caps, rugs, namadas, footwear, fresh fruit, natural oil, olive and almond, sliver jewellery, pullovers, metal craft, woolen jackets and bamboo products etc.

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Manali Local Customs

  • Dogs and cows!

    I already mentioned about the cows who are everywhere in India, the same i can say about the dogs. It is hard to feel lonely in streets of India, you ll always have a company, even that can be just a dog! :)

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  • Some parade!

    I dont know what was the reason for such a parade in Manali, but suddenly there were many Indian men dressed in very funny shorts and holding bamboo sticks. :)

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  • Indian dance!

    All Indians love to dance, dancing is everywhere and there wont be any movie without dancing and singing.In India you can find plenty of music channels and i am not talking about radio.While we were visiting some park in Manali, we witnessed filming of some music video.Oh, that was very nice- a lot of dancers doing traditional dance in national...

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Manali Warnings and Dangers

  • Caught in snow

    Snowfall in the higher hills can be pretty heavy, as we discovered. We chose to take a ride up to Rohtang on new years day. About fifteen kms before the pass, it beganto snow, and it snowed nonstop. Enough to bring the traffic to a total halt and we were caught in bizzare traffic jam in the middle of nowhere, and especially when many of the people...

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  • Beware from ....

    In Manali one can see many foreigners with lousy & dirty outfit... & you can be sure that they are drug addicts..even some locals are also addicts... so beware from these people.. better not to communicate & avaoid them.

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  • Dozens of tourists missing or murdered

    Dozens of tourists missing or murdered in former hippy paradiseWhen western travellers arrived in Manali in the 1960s, the north-west Indian town was a Shangri-la, a place of ancient stone houses in a valley originally known as Kulanthapitha - end of the habitable world.Visitors were welcomed by the valley's gentle and joyful people and relished...

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Manali Tourist Traps

  • Manali trip

    Hi renu you are going to do travel with kids. so safe, fun and peace are important. so you can try pearls tours for your travel assistances. for more information visit the sites.http://www.pearlsindiatour.com

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  • No Traps but.....

    Fortunately & surprizingly there are no tourist traps.. people are very genuine... so no need to worry... even if you bargain you can get a good discounts in the hotels.... only be careful of the street hawkers selling Musk, Saffron & Shilajeet.... because in 90% cases its fake.

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  • tourist invasion...

    Between Christmas and the New year, hoardes of tourists in a party mood descend upon Manali. Their understandable excitement however, may just kill your hopes of finding a spot with some peace and quiet... We decided to stay in old Manali, away from the excitement of town. I think it was a wise decision.

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Manali Off The Beaten Path

  • Ride a Royal Enfield motorbike!

    You can ride a royal enfield motorbike from Manali to Leh, over the one road that is open during the summer months Aug-Sept. You ride over the highest passes in the world upto 5600m. Amazing! There is no petrol station for a large part of the journey so make sure you buy spare tanks and fill them up at the last station! Use your horn a lot to make...

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  • Ride a Royal Enfield motorbike!

    You can ride a royal enfield motorbike from Manali to Leh, over the one road that is open during the summer months Aug-Sept. You ride over the highest passes in the world upto 5600m. Amazing! There is no petrol station for a large part of the journey so make sure you buy spare tanks and fill them up at the last station! Use your horn a lot to make...

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  • Arjuna Cave

    4 kms from Manali near the village of Perini is the Arjuna cave. It is said that Arjuna wanted the weapon from the king of the Gods Indra and he chose this place to meditate and please Indra to acquire the weapon. The place offers a charming panoramic view of the hills and the mountains around.

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Manali Sports & Outdoors

  • Hanging over the river

    Walking around I saw this guy with friends using a rope for hanging above the river which crosses the village.

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  • Skiing

    Skiiing India :)))) yes Can do Skiing at Manali.Himachal tourism offers beginners course ,and 15 days course .Dint try skiiing in life still waana try ,you can do one day beginners course ,can do skiing too.All euipment are avialble for rent.Only euipments Rs 150 charge,can use oneday.Snow point near Marhi,can see all beginners trying to...

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  • Hotels in Manali cast a magical Spell

    Manali is a hill station situated in the Himalayas. It is a popular tourist spot for tourists in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. Manali with its unspoilt scenic grandeur is extremely popular with the tourists, for a lavish display of natural scenery. It is one of the principal show places of the Kullu region. To its North,...

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  • Patience, Patience-Internet

    This is mainly with regards to the internet.Patience is required, connection can be slow (although it is not too bad at the place that I am in). The connection is frequently lost and there are power cuts. Just remember where you are!

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  • Apple Gardens

    Kullu Valley is most famous for Apple Gardens. You can see both side of the road Kullu to Manali and Manali to Nagar.

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