Cold even on a summer day, Manali is a hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. Tourists from around India flock to it during the summer season to get a respite from the smoldering heat. Altogether the mystical atmosphere attracts visitors from all over the world.
HOW TO GO
Bhuntar airport is 50 km from Manali. From the airport, you can book a prepaid taxi to the city. The trip by car is only an hour. You can also take a bus to Manali from Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh and Kullu. If you hire a taxi, it takes about 8 hours to reach Manali from Chandigarh. It is also pretty easy to reach Ambala from Delhi; you can take a train between the two cities. From Ambala, it will take 10 hours to reach Manali.
WHEN TO GO
Indian tourists find Manali to be heaven during the summer. The temperature seldom exceeds 20 degree Celsius. While the rest of the country burns with 40-45 degree temperature, Manali enjoys a pleasant temperature. But during winter the temperature dips to -5 and lower. It is best to visit between February and May when there is no rain.
WHERE TO GO
In this remote corner of the country, there are several incredible places to explore. The Kalath Hot Springs is just 7 km from the city. A bath at the hot sulfur spring cures all skin diseases. Other springs include Vashist which is just 3km from the city. There is also a lovely waterfall 2 km from Vashist Springs, called Jogini Falls.
The center attraction is the Rohtang Pass which stands at the impressive height of 13,050 ft. Driving to the pass or hiking is full of risk, but therein lies the thrill. Manali resides on the Beas River. Pay a visit to the Beas Kund Temple, which celebrates the origin of the Beas River. Lastly, Kothi Village is a great location for a day trip. From the village, you can gaze out on the river and surrounding hills while breathing in the crisp air.
December 22, 2017 12:54 am