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Manali

Manali, a mystical hill town of Himachal Pradesh is located near the highway leading to Leh. The city is a haven for skiing and paragliding and also offers various natural trails for trekking. The mythological legends, the snow capped mountains and scenic beauty lures tourists to Manali. Snow can be enjoyed year round at Rohtang Pass providing the perfect setting for families and couples to enjoy the natural vista.

The happening shopping areas and restaurants are located on the Mall road, tagged as the lifeline of Manali. While domestic tourists are mostly honeymooners and nature lovers, the town is thronged by international tourists for adventure sports and to hang-out in hippie villages.

Getting There

Air: Nearest Airport is Kullu (50 km). Daily Kingfisher flights are available from Delhi, but ticket is extremely expensive. Alternatively you can take a flight to Chandigarh as it has better connectivity.
Train: Nearest Railhead is at Chandigarh (310 km), Ambala (300 km) and Delhi (585 km). Express trains directly connect Chandigarh from Mumbai (Paschim Express), Chennai (Dehradun Express) and Kolkata (Howrah Delhi Kalka Mail).
Bus: Buses regularly ply between Manali to Delhi (585 km, 14 hours, Rs 850 for AC Volvo), Chandigarh (310 km, 6 hours and Rs 740) and Shimla (270 km, 8 hours, Rs 500).
Car: Private cars and taxis are also convenient mode of travel to Manali. From Delhi (Transport Nagar-Panipat-Karnal-Pipli-Ambala-Zikarpur-Kharar-Rupanagar-Swarghat-Bilaspur-Mandi-Aut-Manali) takes approximately 10 hrs. From Ambala, the route is from Mohali Village-Kharar-Rupanagar-Swarghat-Bilaspur-Mandi-Aut-Manali and takes around 6 hrs. From Ambala (6 hrs) the route is Ambala-Zikarpur-Kharar-Rupanagar-Swarghat-Bilaspur-Mandi-Aut-Manali while from Shimla (4 hrs) the route to be takes is from Bilaspu-Mandi-Aut-Manali.
Tourists travelling from South India (Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai) can take a flight to either Delhi or Chandigarh.

When To Go

The climate of Manali remains pleasant mostly through the year but the month from September to June is the best time to visit Manali.
  • Winters (October to February) the temperature can dip as low as -1 °C, making it an ideal time for skiing and enjoying Snowfall which is common during the end of December and the whole of January. Good time for honeymoon in Manali.
  • Summers (March to June) is ideal for enjoying paragliding, rafting, zorbing and mountain sports in Solang Valley. Temperature ranges from 10°C to 25°C and the climate remains pleasant during the day and cold during the night. Snow can be found only on very high altitudes but no snowfall.
  • Monsoons lasts from July to mid-September and is best avoided due to landslides. Rohtang Pass is open only from end of May to September and snow on the ground can be found here till the month of June or July.
While summers are ideal for exploring Manali tourism places and indulging in adventure activities, winters calls for snow sports and this is the best season for enjoying snowfall in Manali. Monsoons months are best avoided as rainfall may cause landslide and disrupt your journey on Manali packages from Delhi.

Eat & Drink

Manali offers numerous restaurants and cafes that serve a wide range of Indian and Continental dishes. Most of the eateries are located on Mall Road and are open from 8 am till 10 pm. For tourists seeking vegetarian restaurants, Raj Rasoi on Mall Road is the ultimate place, offering vegetarian Indian and Chinese cuisines. Their Gujarati and Punjabi Thali are famous. Shan-e-Punjab on Mall Road, is another vegetarian restaurant specializing in Punjabi and Indian cuisines.

For Chinese and Tibetan Food, Chopsticks is the best place. Located on Mall road close to the bus station, the restaurant also serves cold beers, fruit wines and tea. Khyber and Johnson’s Cafe located on Circuit House road, are bar-cum-restaurants having a wide menu of non-veg delights and well stocked bars.

Shopping

A shopping indulgence in Manali should include a visit to Bhuttico for various types of shawls, Tibet Art Collections for souvenirs, Tibet Emporium for Tibetan knicks-knacks and HimCoop for home-made jams, jellies and dried fruits. For rugs and carpets, go to Gadan Thekchokling Gompa area while the most authentic Tibetan handicrafts can be purchased at Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicrafts. Most of the shops are situated on Mall Road and are open from 10 am till 9 pm. Bargaining is a must.

History

The charm of Manali’s history lies in the various myths that have been woven stupendously to awe any reader or visitor. Various folklores claim the origin of Manali to be an important place in the Mythological epic, Mahabharata.

Manali got its name from the term ‘Manu’ who was a sage. A temple dedicated to the sage can be found here. The Nomadic hunter tribe of ‘Rakshas’ are known to have been the earliest inhabitants of Manali. Shepherds from the Kangra Valley were the next occupants of this city. One of the most popular inhabitants of the city was the ‘nar’, of whom only a few are surviving today. An interesting legend revolving around them is that they were known to make ‘Rakshas’ work as servants for them.

The orchards and the fauna, for which Manali is very popular, were brought in the city by the British. It is said that when these apples trees were first planted, the fruits grew in such abundance that the tree was unable to bear their load and collapsed.

Travel within city

Manali is a very small and picturesque town and travelling around Manali is very easy indeed. There are buses that ply rarely to all the local tourist destinations. Taxis, rented cars and bikes are available for commuting.

Bus


While travelling in Manali, buses can best be avoided. This is because the bus service in Manali is quite poor, and buses are normally very crowded as it is the preferred mode of transport for the locals. The buses are few and not so frequent. Hence travelling through buses can be quite hard. Bus fares will range around Rs 3 to 10.

Taxi


Taxis will also be available in Manali, and they charge around Rs 1500 per day. Taxis are a safe mode of transport, and you can opt for these during night time.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws in Manali are very costly, and do not run on meter. Auto rickshaw drivers may demand exorbitant amounts to travel from one point in the city to another point. A trip from the Mall Road in Manali to the Solang Valley can cost you around Rs 200 through an auto rickshaw, while the same trip will cost you just Rs 10 through bus. There are no separate night fares.

Rented Bike


Hiring a bike is a good way to make your commute in Manali easier. In order to rent a bike, you will need to shell out around Rs 500 to 600 per day.

Excursions

Kullu - Kullu is just 44 km from Manali and is known for its scenic beauty as well as adventure sports. Tourists can enjoy rafting and trekking. Other attractions are Himalayan National Park, Jagannath Devi temple, Chandrakahni pass and Jalori Pass.

Manikaran - A pilgrim destination famous for its medicinal hot water springs, holy gurudwara, temples and web of historical and mythological legends. Tourist can take bath in the private hot spring pools and pay homage to the holiest pith in the country, Kulant Pith. It is 38 km from Manali

Naggar - A heritage village, Naggar is 25 km from Manali and is famous for its architectural Naggar Castle and the Roerich Gallery. The village is scenically located on the banks of River Beas and is ideal for enjoying fishing and trekking.

Raison - This is a small collection of villages located on Beas River and popular for its fruit orchards. The village is surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains and serves as an excellent base for camping as well as rafting. Raison is 30 km from Manali.

Malana - An ancient village 20 km from Manali, Malana is famous for its isolated beauty. The village, believed to be one of the world's oldest democracies, can be reached via trekking from Manali.

Bhuntar - The village of Bhuntar is 50 km from Manali and the place has the nearest airport to Manali. The town is laden with natural beauty and has the popular Bushweshwar Temple located 5 km from the town.
Attractions

Rohtang Pass

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Rohtang Pass, the prime attraction in Manali, is a passage connecting Kullu Valley with Lahaul-Spiti. A popular adventure and picnic spot, it is open only during the months from May to September and can experience unexpected blizzards and snowstorms. Snow can be found during the summer months (weather dependent). Skiing, mountain biking and paragliding can be enjoyed here. It is 51 km from Manali. Tourists are advised to start early for Rohtang Pass as there is heavy traffic congestion.
Timings: May to September. Closed on Tuesdays.  Charges: Horse Ride - Rs 200, Snow Clothes (includes Ski Pair + guide) - Rs 150, Snow Scooters - Rs 500 (10 min), 800 (20 min), 1,200 (30 min)  

Hadimba Temple

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A sacred temple dedicated to Hadimba, wife of Bhima, the temple is 26m high and was built in the year 1553. The temple has 3 tiered pagoda and the 3 day festival of Dhungri in May is celebrated with great pomp. The temple is located at Dhungri area, around 20 minutes walk from the city centre.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  

Mall Road

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The lifeline of Manali, the Mall is the place where all action takes place. The city sprawls around this point and is filled with restaurants, hotels, entertainment and shopping centers as well. Tourists can enjoy a quiet stroll across the Mall and pick up the enchanting bric-a-bracs that are sold in the various shops lined across the street.

Solang Valley

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The hottest adventure hub in Manali, Solang Valley is 13 km northwest of Manali and have giant slopes suited for skiing and zorbing. This scenic gorge is ideal for paragliding, parachuting and hot air ballooning. Ideal season is winters for skiing and summers for other sports. The ropeway is another attraction tourists should not miss. Solang Valley is also known as Snow Point.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Ski Lift ticket - Rs 400 per head, Paragliding - Rs 450 (1 min flying), Rs 1,500 (5 mins), Rs 2,500 (30 mins)  

Van Vihar

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Situated in front of the Tibet market on Mall road, Van Vihar is a famous place to hang out. Here tourists can enjoy boating in the small pond. The tall deodar tress increases the scenic beauty of Van Vihar, making it an ideal place for picnic. There are numerous swings in the park as well, to keep the kids engaged.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily (Till 5.00 pm in winter)  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 5 per person, Boating Charge - Rs 30 for 15 mins  

Vashisht Baths

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Vashisht, a small town on the outskirts of Manali, is famous for healing hot spring baths along with Vashisth and Rama temples. Besides these gurgling streams, Vashisht also houses pretty old shrines dedicated to lord Ram and his kula guru, Sage Vashisht. Guesthouses are available for overnight stay.
Timings: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM daily  Charges: Bathing - Rs 35 per person for 30 mins  

Beas Kund (Chandratal Lake)

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The holy lake, Beas Kund (Chandratal Lake) can be reached via trekking. A historical bathing area of saint Rishi Vyas, the best time for trekking and camping here is May to October. This is an easy trek from where Shitidhar, Friendship, Ladakhi and Hanuman Tibba (5990 mts) peaks can be reached.

Gayatri Temple

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Located at Jagatsukh, around 7 km away from Manali is the Gayatri temple. It houses a marble image of Goddess Gayatri. The intricate woodwork of this ancient temple is worth admiring. Some other ancient temples are also located near this exquisite monument. One of them is the shikara style Shiva temple, which is worth a visit.

Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple

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The Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple houses a beautiful golden statue of Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha. The wall paintings of the monastery depict the events from the life of Lord Buddha. The monastery also has a Thangka School of Arts. There are also few shops outside the temple where one can buy all types of Tibetan gift items.
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm  

Paragliding

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For paragliding, Solang Valley (14km north of Manali) is the ideal place. Besides the government operators, private players also provide paragliding courses for novices. Weekly and fortnightly courses are also conducted. Equipment and gears are provided by the operators.
Contact: Antrek Tours (Mr Naushad Kaludi) +91-1902-252292 / 254492 / 254006 Himalayan Extreme Centre, 91 9816 174 164  Charges: Rs 450 (for 1 min flight), Rs 1500 (5 mins), Rs 2500 (30 mins)  

River Rafting

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Rafting can be enjoyed on Beas River. Trips begin at Mohal (north Kullu) covering stretch of 10 km. Best season is mid-April to - mid-June and September-October. The river offers grade II (moderate) and III (difficult) rapids. The rafting region can be accessed by taxis/cabs. Besides, courses can be taken from the HPTDC in Manali.
Contact: Antrek Tours (Mr Naushad Kaludi) +91-1902-252292 / 254492 / 254006  Charges: Rs 800 per head including food, transportation and equipments.  

Skiing

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In Manali, Skiing can be enjoyed at Solang Valley, Patalsu, Gulaba, Marhi, Dhundi and Rohtang Pass. Winter months from December to February are the best time. Training is available from government and private ski operators. Summer skiing is possible in Rohtang and Patalsu. Heli Skiing and snowboarding are also done.
Contact: Himalayan Extreme Centre, 091 9816 174 1 64, Antrek Tours (Mr. Naushad Kaludi) +91-1902-252292 / 254492 / 254006  Charges: Rs 1000 per person including ski equipment, Ski tours - Rs 2000 per day for 3-5 days  

Snow Point

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Located on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali, the snow point is a stretch of snow which reaches very close to Manali during the peak of winter and is 10 km before Rohtang Pass. Used by local vendors to set up their stalls, this point is popular among honeymooners and those looking to indulge in adventures like skiing, yak rides, snow scotters and snow mobiles. Winters is the best time to enjoy a visit to snow point as during summers the location of the point moves higher due to rising temperatures till it reaches Rani Nullah and then further towards the Rohtang Pass.

Trekking

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Manali has various trekking routes, catering to the needs of experienced as well as novice trekkers. The treks can last anywhere between 1 to 13 days depending upon the trekker and the route chosen. Famous trekking routes are Beas Kund, Deo Tibba and Baralacha pass. Trekking can be enjoyed during the months of June to October, but advisable to avoid during winter season.
Contact: Himalayan Extreme Centre, 091 9816 174 164, Antrek Tours (Mr Naushad Kaludi) +91-1902-252292 / 254492 / 254006.  Charges: Rs 750 to Rs 1250 for 5-6 hour trek including Guide, transportation and Lunch  

Zorbing

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A popular sport where a tourist is put inside a transparent sphere and after safety checks, the zorb is rolled down a slope. A maximum of two people (whose combined weight is not more than 120 kg) can zorb together. This thrilling adventure sport is done at Solang valley, near Manali.
Contact: Himalayan Extreme Center - 091 9816 174 164  Charges: Rs 300 to Rs 500 per person (2 to 3 mins)  

Club House

  
An absolute center for indoor and outdoor sports, the club is 1.5 km from Manali. Easily accessible by bus or taxi, the place is a recreational center boasting of auditoriums, game rooms, restaurant and bar. A nominal fee is applicable to enjoy sports at the Club House.
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday - Closed  Charges: Rs 10 per person  

Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa

  
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, located in the middle of the Manali town was built in the year 1960. The monastery serves home to many refugees from neighbouring Tibet, who came and found abode in Manali. Easily reachable by taxi, the monastery is a worth seeing place.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM  

Gelukopa Cultural Society Gompa

  
This monastery in Manali contains statues of bodhisattvas, revered lamas and deities of Buddha. The Gompa is more of a traditional and has an atmospheric prayer room. Besides, one can also see the small workshop inside the premises that produces Tibetan carpets.
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm  

HimValley Amusement Park

  
Manali is a beautiful and picturesque hill station with a host of attractions. One of the attractions that you should not miss to add in your itinerary is the HimValley Amusement Park. Situated around 3 km from the famous Mall road, this amusement park is the first-of-its kind amusement and cultural park in Manali.

An ultimate place for having fun and entertainment, the park is featured with numerous amusement rides and other enjoyment options such as bubble ball, bungy jump and bull ride. You can take the pleasure of watching live cultural shows performed by Indian traditional artists. The food court with a variety of mouth-watering delicacies is another highlight of the park.

With lots of entertainment options, this place is perfect for spending time and having fun with your family and friends.
Charges: Rs 400 - Rs 700  

Jagatsukh

  
A small village, 6 km from Manali, serves as a trekking base. The main attraction here is the ancient Jagatsukh temple and fragrant fruit orchards. Easily accessible by buses and taxis (15 to 20 mins), the region can be explored within 3 hours.

Favorable time to visit is during May to October. Gaurishankar and the Chatet-roofed temple are some nearby attractions which you can pay a visit.

Kothi Gorge

  
16 km from Manali, Kothi Gorge is a picnic spot known for its thermal springs and spectacular views. To reach the spot, one needs to indulge in a steep 1 hour trek from the road. Besides, paragliding can also be enjoyed at this place. Best time to go is during the months from May to October.

Manu Temple

  
Located 3km from the main market of Manali is the lovely shrine, Manu temple. It is believed to be the only temple of Manu in the country, who was the creator of human race on the earth. The place is easily reachable by taxi, and with its tranquil and serene surroundings, visitors are surely to have peace of mind.
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm  

Marhi

  

Mountain Biking

  
The high passes and mountain regions around Manali are apt for mountain biking. Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Kothi gorge, Jagatsukh and Naggar are the most popular areas one can reach while biking. Bikes can be hired from Manali at Rs 500 per day, they also ask for a deposit of Rs 1,000. Monsoons should be avoided.
Contact: Himalayan Extreme Centre, 091 9816 174 164, Antrek Tours (Mr Naushad Kaludi) +91-1902-252292 / 254492 / 254006  Charges: Rs 100 per hour or Rs 500 per day for a bike  

Mountaineering

  
Mountaineering is very challenging sport that can be undertaken in Manali. The popular areas to enjoy this sport are Hanuman Tibba (5,930m) and Deo Tibba (6,001). The best time for this activity is during April to November but for snow mountaineering, December to March is the best period.

There are many courses that are conducted by the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali. The minimum age for this sport is 17 years and interested tourists can take a 26 days course that is held on fixed dates from May to October, charging Rs 3,600 inclusive of food and accommodation.
Contact: Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali - 01902-250337/253789  Timings: 10 am to 5 pm Mon to Sat, Closed - 2nd Sat each month  Charges: Rs 3,600 inclusive of food and accommodation, for 26 days course  

Nature Park

  
This beautiful wildlife sanctuary is situated around 2 km from Manali. Set amidst the snowy Himalayas, with large grove of deodars on the banks of the Beas, it attracts a lot of visitors. Rich in flora and fauna, a walk through the park will let you come across various floras and wildlife such as Musk Deer, Monal and Brown Bear.
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm  Charges: Rs 5  

Old Manali

  
Located at a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is the serene enjoyable town of Old Manali. Well known for its orchards and old guest houses, the place offers a tranquil atmosphere conducive for a perfect promenade, also holding marvelous Hindu temples as well as Buddhist monasteries. Easily reachable by bus or taxi, it is best to visit during May to October.

Rahala Falls

  
Situated about 16 km from Manali at the starting point of the stunning Rohtang Pass, Rahala Falls is a popular picnic spot in Manali. Easily reachable by bus or taxi, the waterfall is absolutely marvelous with exceptional natural surroundings, and just beyond it is the white glacier of Rohtang Pass.

River Crossing

  
River crossing is one of the most popular upcoming sports in Manali. Bhang and Aleo are the places where this adventure can be enjoyed. The activity can be enjoyed at any time of the year, except Monsoons.

This is a risky sport, so a personal trainer is required. Western Himalaya Mountaineering Center conducts this adventure in Manali and charge Rs 350 per person.
Contact: Western Himalaya Mountaineering Center (+ 91-94182-83000)  Charges: Rs 350 per person  

Shiva Temple

  

Excursions

Malana
Malana is a very old village in Himachal Pradesh, popular for its ade old traditions and unique culture. Located is an isolated area, overlooking the Deotiba and Chandrakhani Peaks, pilgrims flock here to pay homage at the Mahadev Temple, located near the village. Trekking is the best option to explore the beautiful locales of Malana. Just a word of caution, tourists are advised not to touch any of the houses or belongings of the villagers as one is expected to pay a penalty for this.

Jamula Temple

  
The Jamula Temple is the main attraction of Malana. Dedicated to the Jamula Rishi Devta (a sage who inhibited this place), the temple is highly revered by the people of Gaddi tribes.
Naggar
Located in the Kullu district, around 20 km from Manali, Naggar is a very popular heritage village in India. Besides having various historical monuments and holy temples, the town also boasts of verdant fruit orchards and host of adventure activities like trekking, fishing and camping.

Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum

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Established as a Research Institute in 1928 by Professor Nicholas Roerich, Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum at present is a major attraction of Naggar inviting many visitors. The museum is rightly placed 100 m uphill from the Nicholas K. Roerich Art Gallery. The primary aim behind the establishment of this museum was to provide a place of study, research on Tibetan medicines, Indian traditional and the ethos of the Himalayan region.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed on Monday.  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 50 per person  

The Castle

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Naggar Castle is one of the prime attractions in Naggar. The main attraction in the castle is the Reorich gallery that displays the paintings of the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Reorich. Built in 1460 AD, it was converted to a rest house (run by HPTDC) in the year 1978. The castle also served as the backdrop for one of the song in the popular Indian blockbuster film, ‘Jab we Met’ .
Timings: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 5:00 pm. Closed on Monday.  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 30 per person, Camera - Rs 25  

Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery

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Nicholas Reorich Art Gallery is a very popular attraction in Naggar and is located within the Naggar Castle. The museum displays a private collection of paintings of the Russian painter Nikolai Reorich, who lived here and died in the year 1947. The ground floor of the gallery is dedicated to the paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul by the painter. The upper floor preserves the artist’s private rooms.
Contact: 01902-248290  Timings: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM - 5:00 pm. Closed on Monday.  Charges: Entry Free  
Raison
Raison is a scenic village in Himachal Pradesh, ideal for enjoying a relaxing holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the tiring and mundane city life. Holy temples, fragrant orchards and adventure options like trekking and camping are the main attraction of this village.

Trekking

  
Trekking is one of the most popular adventure options in Raison and is also perfect way to explore the small town. Some of the popular trekking routes starting from here are to Malana, to Kasol, to Naggar, to Kisathach, to Nagaruni and to Ramsu.

White Water Rafting

  
A haven for nature lovers, the experience of rafting is truly delightful in Raison. Raison is also an excellent camping site, thus very popular among the rafting operators who camp here.

Rafting Best season to enjoy rafting on the Bear River is from the months of April to the end of June. Various tour operators are available and the necessary gears are provided by them.
Kullu
Once known as Kul-anti-peetha - "end of the habitable world", Kullu is a valley famous for its majestic hills sprinkled with deodar and pine trees, dotted with sprawling apple orchards. Located just 44 km from Manali, the town is flooded with hill top temples, unwinding trekking routes, challenging rapids for rafting and tranquil streams for fishing. This is the largest valley in the state and is known for hosting one of the most vibrant Dussehra festivals in the month of October.

Pandoh Dam

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En route to Manali from Kullu lies the Pandoh Dam, which is known for its picture perfect views. The dam is situated on River Beas and is under the governance of Beas Management Board. Tourists can stop over here to capture a few glimpses of this magnanimous beauty in their cameras. It is 10 km from Manali town.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  

The Great Himalayan National Park

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A perfect haven for wildlife enthusiasts, the Great Himalayan National Park has 180 species of birds and mammals including Himalayan Tahr and Snow Leopard. Open from April to June and September to November, the best way to explore this 150 sq km sprawling park is by taking up a five day trek that is organized by the park authorities. Tourists are advised have a travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuations.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM from April to June and September to November  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 10 for Indians, Rs 5 for students, Rs 200 for foreigners, Rs 50 for still camera  

Raghunath Temple

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Raghunathji is a famous temple in Kullu renowned for its exuberant Dussehra festival. Built in 1650 AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Raghunathji and houses a beautiful idol which is claimed to have been brought from Tretnath temple where it was revered by Lord Rama.

Jagannathi Devi Temple (Bekhli Temple)

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Jagannathi Devi is one of the most sacred attractions in Kullu. Built around 1500 years ago, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's sister Bhuweneshwari and houses a beautiful idol of the goddess. A 90 minute long climb takes tourists to this beautiful temple with breathtaking views of the surrounding from atop.

Bijli Mahadev Temple

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An important pilgrim center, the temple is located at a height of 2050 mts above seal level and offers panoramic views of the valley below. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple can be reached only by a 3 km long strenuous trek.

Kullu Shawl Factory

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The Kullu Shawl factory is a small yet significant attraction for those planning a holiday in Kullu. Here tourists can shop for handmade authentic Kullu shawls. The way to reach the factory where tourists pass through gardens, mountains, falls and other amazing scenic beauties is also an added attraction.

Rafting

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Rafting can be enjoyed on Beas river in Kullu. Offering rapids suitable for beginners as well as experienced rafters, the best time to enjoy this sport is from mid-September to mid-October.
Contact: Himalayan Adventures - (01902) 253050  Charges: Rs 500- 1,000 depending upon number of person and distance.  

Hanogi Mata Temple

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Hanogi Mata Temple is located on a beautiful hillock set against green mountains and lazy brooks flowing below. The temple is the abode of Goddess Hanogi.

Chandrakhani Pass

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An ideal trekking route, Chandrakhani Pass is all about raw natural beauty with a few stone thatched roofed houses where trekkers can relax after a strenuous trek.

Trekking

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Kullu is one of the most popular trekking bases in Himachal Pradesh. Lahaul and Spiti passes and route from Pin-Pass to Spiti and Manikaran to Chhota Dhara are excellent trekking routes. April to mid-June and mid-September to mid-October is the best time to enjoy trekking in Kullu.
Bhuntar
Bhuntar is just 10 km from Manali and is popular for having the airport in the region. Bhuntar is not a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Jagan Nath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple and Basheshwar Temple that has many carvings and sculptures are a few attractions located close by.

Basheshwar Mahadev Temple

  
Basheshwar Mahadev Temple is a beautiful temple in Bhuntar, known for its stone carvings, flat shikharas and sculptures. The temple is located 4 km from the Bhuntar airport.

Also called as Visveshvara Mahadev, the temple is believed to have been built in the 8th century and is the largest of all the stone temples in Kullu.

Jaganath Temple

  
Jagannathi temple is located 3km away from Bhuntar on a hill. Pilgrims need to undertake stiff climb in order to reach the temple.
Distances from Manali
Manali 1 km
Mcleodganj 238 km 5h, 20m
Dharamsala 244 km 5h, 30m
Kufri 246 km 5h, 40m
Kasauli 250 km 5h, 50m
Shimla 250 km 5h, 50m
Chandigarh 308 km 7h
Dalhousie 340 km 7h
Delhi 545 km 13h
Malana 7 km 10m
Raison 30 km 40m
Kullu 40 km 1h, 10m
Bhuntar 48 km 1h, 20m
Manali map
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