You can do a lot in Manali. Like enjoying the views of the Beas from Old Manali, visiting the temples of Vashist and its therapeutic hot springs, driving to Solang Valley for a roll down the hills (Zorbing) or even a jump (Paragliding). Then there are the Tibetan monasteries, the Manu Temple, the Hadimba Temple and the Pin Valley National Park for you to explore.
Buses for Manali ply every day from Delhi. Try booking an HPTDC bus for a fair price. Boarding Points:
- Delhi ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus)
- Himachal Bhawan in Central Delhi.
Return Bus Fare:
- Rs. 1600 (non-ac recliner)
- Rs. 2000 – 2500 (ac recliner)
Where to Stay
Snow Valley Resorts: This hotel is 1.3 km from Manu Temple, 2.1 km from Manali Bus Depot. It offers an in-house restaurant, rooftop coffee shop, free Wi-Fi and free parking Tariff: Rs. 2800 per night Free Wi-Fi | Indoor Games | Free Parking | Lawns | Restaurant
Broadway Inn: The Broadway Inn offers great connectivity at convenient expenses, with a number of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Tariff: Rs. 3000 per night Multi Cuisine Restaurant | Laundry Service | Lounge | Parking | Transfers | Free WiFi
The Holiday Resorts & Cottages: Holiday Resorts and Cottages are suitably priced for solo travellers, families and couples alike to get the best out of Manali.Tariff: Rs. 2200 per night Free Wi-Fi | Room Service | Free Parking | Indoor Games | Multi-cuisine dining
What to Do
- Explore the Town on Foot: Manali is best explored on foot. The bus will drop you right at the main Manali market from where you can take a half-an-hour walk up to Vashist or Old Manali with its lovely roads, sweet little eateries and small kitschy market places (sentence is long. You can break it up into two. Also, you can reach Old Manali by walking through Van Vihar National Park, which is populated with Deodar trees). Else, you can also take an auto-rickshaw to these places.
- Biking Across Manali: Bike rentals are available at reasonable rates. You can get a good bargain if you rent for two or more days. It’s the best way to explore the surroundings and the nearby Solang Valley. We rented one and took it all the way to Rohtang Pass and returned by evening.
- Solang Valley: Roughly 14 kilometres from Manali, the drive up to Solang is picturesque. Once you are there, try adventure activities like? or eat Chinese food from the local roadside shacks.
- Tibetan Monasteries: Built by the Tibetans and other followers of Buddhism, the monasteries are a great place to witness the Buddhist culture. Popular monasteries include the Manali Gompa, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa.
- Adventure Activities: From trekking and paragliding, to mountain biking, jeep safaris and rafting, Manali has plenty in its kitty for adventure junkies. Himalayan Caravan Adventure offers many adventure activities. If you are looking to take on the jagged hills, Manali’s Mountaineering Institute offers several types of high altitude hiking and rock climbing opportunities.
- Foot: 200 Calories
- Auto-rickshaw: Rs. 60
- Bike Rental: Rs 500 – Rs 800 per day. (A photo ID proof and a valid license is required for this)
Where to Eat
Casa Bella Vista: Known for its Italian food, especially wood-fired pizzas, Casa Bella Vista sports a courteous staff and good service. Address: Log Huts Road, Off Old Manali Road, Manali 175131 | Phone No: +919816699663 Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm Cost: Meal for two costs Rs. 500
Cafe 1947: A relaxing and fun place to unwind with a beer and sheesha; and great Italian food too. Address: Old Manali (toward Manu Temple) | Phone No:9418461969 Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Cost: Meal for two costs under Rs. 500
Tempted to Spend Some More?
Shopping: Shop for turquoise jewellery, clothes, whacky t-shirts, Buddha heads, etc.
Explore a Nearby Destination: A Rs. 70 bus ride can get you to the heavens of Kasol and Manikaran. Or you can bike there too.
Cost of Stay: Hotels are available for anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs. 2000 per night. Take your pick!
Off Season Travel: Manali is an evergreen destination. You’ll love it in the summer, but winter will reveal another snowy side of Manali you would love to witness. It really depends on how well you can handle freezing temperatures.