The breathtaking destination nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of Kullu valley. It is located about 270km north of state capital Shimla. Referred as “Valley of Gods”, this place is named after Hindu law giver Manu.
Manali, as it is in high altitude has predominantly cold winters and pleasant summers with modest cool climate spread all over the place. It witnesses beautifully spread blanket of snowfall during the period between November end to early days of February making the place look awesome and stupendous with snow all over the ground.
The monsoon is blessed with eye soothing greenery all round and the spring season during March makes the region look colourful because of the variety of beautiful fruits and flowers, multicoloured butterflies flying here and there reenergising your soul and gives a sort of boost to your tired nerves.
The culture and tradition of Manali reflects the lifestyles of people living in hilly areas. One gets a tinge of Himachal Pradesh flavour in the cultural activities of the region. Dance, music, art and crafts all gelled up together in the tradition of Manali. The philosophy of simple living and high thinking is followed by the locals of this place and is fully reflected in their cultural activities. Himachal, a Dev Bhoomi wherein locals honour deities, Gods and Goddesses and perform various religious ceremonies to appeal God and Goddess associated with nature. Dusshehra is festival that is celebrated with pomp blended with purity and devotion.
Rightly called as Switzerland of India, Manali has beautiful and mind blowing site seeings that are millions worth watching viz:
- Rohtang pass
- Solang valley
- Hidimba devi temple and Manu temple
- Great Himalayan National park
- Bijli Mahadev
- Bhrigu lake
- Pin valley National park
- Pandoh dam
- Manali Santuary
- Rahalla falls
Stay option in Manali is not an issue at all as there are various hotels catering to varied preferences of the people according to their pocket. There are umpteen numbers of good hotels in this region. Budget hotels, Star hotels and Manali resorts all provide good hospitality and have all the basic amenities, affordable rates, grand rooms and beautiful vistas to treat their guests in right royal way.
Manali offers interesting options when you want to shop from this region. Famous things that you can opt for are Tibetan and Himalayan handicrafts, woollen clothes, Kinnauri and Kullu shawls, Amulets, hippie clothes, jewellery, yummy fruit products like apples fresh fruit jams, pickles and jellies to take home as souvenirs. One can go for Buddhist paintings, Nameplates and key chains tailor made to one’s own taste.
Manali offers gamut of traditional lip smacking delicacies which includes rice curry or cooked beaten curd, a curd based dish madra, pulses, raita which is mustard based digestive food made of dry fruits and sweet rice. The food style is related directly to the crops that are grown in this region viz. Maize, paddy, kodra and salyara all make up the staple dishes of people of this region. Lots of milk and milk based recipes dominate the food habitat of the local population. Famous dish made during festive season is Dham.
Manali with its natural scenic grandeur is extremely popular destination among the tourists which provides paragliding, mountaineering, Skiing , rafting, trekking, ballooning, trout fishing and cultural touring amidst the nostalgic view of cliffs, ravines, moraines, glaciers etc.