Manali – Valley of Gods
Manali got its name from Hindu Law giver Manu. The word Manali is known as the changed name of “Manu-Alaya” which in literal term means “the abode to Manu”. In the olden part of Manali, there is an ancient temple which is dedicated to sage Manu. It is the stunning hill station which is surrounded via massive snows clad mountains and the forest of thick pinewood. It is quite famous for its breath-taking natural beauty. It is the top-spot in the Kullu Manali valley and is blessed with marvellous attractions. It is situated on the Beas River near it source and is suitable destination for people of India and the magical snow covered area in winter. It is the staging point for number of treks and sports like White water rafting.
How to reach Manali?
Manali is one of the hottest destinations in India during its peak season and mostly during that it is fully occupied. It is having a flourishing tourism which the mighty hill station is connected via road to different part of the country. When you are encircling Manali, then surely you could check out or hop to nearby locations like Shimla, Manikaran, Dalhousie, Kasauli etc.
- Via Air
Bhuntar is the airport which is located at the distance of 10Km from Manali and is appropriate gateway for this location. People who are fond of travelling in the area and can afford the cost do fly to cut short the travel duration and enjoy the landscape and beauty of Manali. Flights are easily available from every major city.
- Via Train
Jogindernagar railway station is considered the nearest railhead to Manali which is connecting the hill station to several important cities of country. Ambala and Chandigarh are two major cities for reaching to Manali via train.
- Via Bus/Car
Manali is just 570Km from Delhi which is the capital of India, and there are numerous buses which are connecting the town with Delhi, Leh, Dharamsala and Shimla. The estimated travel time from Delhi to Manali is 14 hours, from Chandigarh it is 8 hours, Ambala to Manali- its 10 hours etc. It is one of the hot destinations which should be travelled via car as you would be really enjoying the drive.
Top 10 places to visit in Manali
- Rohtang Pass
- Jogini Falls
- Solang Valley
- Rozy falls
- Old Manali
- Zana falls
- Tibetan Monasteries
- Hadimba temple
- Chandrakani pass
- Manu Temple
Where to stay and eat?
Market of Manali is the key location for eatables. Starting from the chat to Indian (non-veg/ veg) to international cuisine like Chinese/ Italian which are easily available in the market opposite to the bus stand. When you go deeper into the town’s lanes, you could find more local foods for eating and enjoy it to the fullest. If you plan to hang out then the best place would be the old Manali. It is having ample options of restaurants and hotels which are providing remarkable food. It is not crowded like that of the Mall road and the crowd is mostly of the foreigners. Some of the renowned restaurants which could be mentioned are –The Lazy dog, Red house Cafe, Shan-e-Punjab, Blue Elephant cafe, Chopsticks, Manali Resort, Satyam restaurant and so on.
The exquisiteness and popularity of the tempt of the place inspires maximum of people to spend quality of their time on the hill city. Whenever you plan a trip you have a single query and that is where do you stay, but don’t have to worry as there are numerous options available over here starting from budget hotel till 3 to 5 star hotels. Some of the well known resorts which need the mention over here are- Solang valley resort, Span resort, Hotel Holiday Inn, Hotel Manu Allaya and so on.