A beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, nestled in between snowy mountains and thick forests, flanked by the Beas River, Manali is truly a travellers paradise. Situated at an altitude of 1950 meters, Manali offers stunning views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar range of mountains, which are considered to be the dwelling place of Gods and Goddesses.
Legend has it that Manali was founded by an ancient sage Manu whose ark found its resting place here after a great flood. Manali, which literally means "the resting place of Manu" is a popular tourist destination and offers a welcome respite from the heat of the plains during the summer months.
The best time to visit Manali is from September to June:
By Air: Bhuntar, which is located 50 km from Manali is the closest airport to Manali. The Bhuntar airport is well connected by flights to Delhi. There are tasi services available between Bhuntar and Manali.
By Train: One of the most convenient and faster ways to reach Manali is to avail the broad gauge trains. Trains to Manali take you to the nearest station broad gauge railway stations of Kalka, Chandigarh and Pathankot. Some of the trains that run from these stations are:
One can reach Manali from these stations reached by road.By Road:
Traveling to Manali by road is one of the easiest ways to reach the beautiful destination. You can plan your trip accordingly by going through the list which provides information on the distance of Manali from major Indian cities:
The best place to go shopping in Manali is The Mall, where you will find traditional shawls, rugs, caps and footwear. Other places around The Mall where you will find interesting items to shop are Thai Market, Hong Kong market, Tibetan Market, Dragon shopping complex etc. The Old Manali market is also a good place to buy fresh fruit jams, juices and pickles. Don't forget to bargain as shopkeepers here quote an extremely high price.
A typical thali of Himachali food would comprise of rice, rotis, curried vegetables, madra (a curd based dish), lentils and sweet rice.