Nested in the heart of the Himalayas, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a beautiful hill station. With the river Beas flowing through the city, Manali is beautiful, serene and lovely.
Things to do
- Raft from Manali to Jhiri – If you love water, don’t miss out on this chance of enjoying an absolutely thrilling rafting experience.
- Paraglide at Solang Valley – A bird’s eye view of the entire valley and the excitement and fun will stay in your memory forever.
- Visit the Himalayan Ski Village – Enjoy the snow-capped mountains more with some skiing! Winter has always been the most romantic experience for a couple. Wear few layers and be prepared for snow during
- Visit Hadimba Temple – Also known as Dhungri Temple, this ancient wood and stone temple is beautiful.
The nearest airport Bhuntar Airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21 about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. Air India has regular flights to the airport from New Delhi. Recently another operator ‘Himalayan Bulls’ has started flights on Kullu-Chandigarh-Kullu sector thrice a day International connecting flights naturally are from Delhi’s IGI Airport.
Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Ambala and from there NH 22 to Chandigarh and from there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns. The road distance from Chandigarh to Manali is 310 km, and the total distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km . Luxury buses (including Volvos) usually ply overnight on this route and are available from all major bus terminals. Besides 12 Non-AC services, HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs five daily Volvo and AC buses on Delhi-Manali route and two separate Volvos by HPTDC (Himachal Tourism Development Corporation).
There is no close railhead available close to Manali. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Una 250 km away, Kiratpur Sahib 268 km, Kalka 275 km, Chandigarh 310 km, and Pathankot 325 km. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar 175 km. The Kalka–Shimla Railway is nostalgic narrow gauge route culminating at the state capital of Shimla wherefrom one has to travel by road to Manali.