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Introduction

Manali is Situated at the Northern end of the Kullu Valley. Surrounded by towering peaks at arm length, Manaliís major asset is its proximity to the snowline, never more than few hours drive from the town nestling at comfortable 2050meters. Manali's `history' is really more myth than history. According to Hindu mythology, Manali was the home of the lawgiver Manu. Vaivasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu, the first creation according to Hindu mythology, found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The fish told him to look after it with devotion, for one day it would do him a great service. The seventh Manu cared for the fish until it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. It is the center of the flourishing orchard industry a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks.

Area 7.12 sq km
Altitude 2,050 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-16.0 C-28.0 C Winter-2.0 C-18.0 C
Language Pahari (Local Dialect), Hindi, English
STD Code 01902
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year

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How to get there

  1. Air :- The nearest airport for Manali is Bhuntar, 50 km ( Approx.) from Manali
  2. Rail:-The nearest Railway Station for Manali are at Chandigarh (310 km.) and Ambala (355 km).
  3. Road:-The distance from: Delhi to Manali is 585 km & Journey duration is 14 Hrs. Chandigarh to Manali is 350 Kms & Journey duration is 10 Hrs. Ambala to Manali is 380 Kms& Journey duration is 11 Hrs. Shimla to Manali is 270 km & Journey duration is 8 Hrs.

Places to Visit

The Hadimba Temple The Mall Vashishat Solang valley

Excursion

Manikaran Rohtang Pass Naggar

Shopping

The colourful Tibetan Bazaar at the extreme south end of Manali sells Kullu shawls, caps, and other woollen clothes, and a good range of Tibetan souvenirs that includes thangkas (Buddhist paintings on cloth, see Arts & Crafts of HP for more), silver and turquoise jewellery, and music cassettes. The Mall offers many options to those interested in the serious business of shopping. Try the Government owned Charitable Trust Tibetan Handicrafts, or any of the cooperatives run by local women, such as Kullu/Kashmir Shawl Emporium. For shawls Bhutico is good too, and so is Himachal Handicrafts on Circuit House Road. If you’re looking for postcards to send back home, walk into Bookworm at the NAC Market, which also has a good collection of paperbacks. Roadside stalls spring up in the evenings, especially around Cozy Restaurant and the bus station. Do try some locally made pickles, jams and juices. Natural oils for massage and shampoos are available from a shop on the Mall that sells nothing else.

Accommodation

Hotel Apple Country Resort Ambassador Resort, Hotel Solang Valley The Orchard Greens
Manali Heights Heritage Village Highland Park Honeymoon Inn