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Introducing Manali

Best time to visit : September to June
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Manali, with its fascinating natural magnificence, seems to mesmerize the Gods and humans alike. Nature in and around Manali has made perfect arrangements with thick pinewood jungles, snow-capped mountains, rambling Beas River and amazingly attractive waterfalls and springs. Its beauty is extended further by meadows and orchards that stretch over miles. One of the ideal hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is home to numerous ancient temples, monasteries, forts and other tourist places. Holidaying in Manali is also a wonderful opportunity to enjoy trekking, skiing, rock climbing, zorbing, river rafting and paragliding.

Facts

Manali is popularly designated as ‘The Valley of God’, ‘The Queen of Valleys’ and ‘The Land of Seven Sages (Saptarishi)’. From time immemorial, the place has served trekking routes to many cities and regions, including an ancient trade route to Ladakh. Introduced during the British rule, the apple and plum orchards continue to charm the tourists till date. Manali experiences moderately cold summers and extremely cold winters. It is a favourite North India tour destination for honeymoon couples, adventure travellers and family tourists.

Blue Elephant Café near the roaring river is a popular venue to enjoy breakfast. The Mall Road has unlimited choices that serve Tibetan foods, Himachali cuisines as well as international dishes. Mayur Restaurant, Moondance and Chawlas Square serve extended lunch and dinner menus. Local dhabas and chat stalls are worth visiting for spicy and lip-smacking snacks. Local alcoholic beverages Arak and Chang can be enjoyed in the bars. Another good option is Himcoop Juice Bar that serves authentic frui

Chingu blankets and saffron are the top items worth purchasing in Manali. Musk, fruit juices, fruit crush syrups, jams and apricot oil of genuine quality can also be purchased. Shops selling woollens can be located at the Mall Road and in Old Manali. Customized key chains, jewellery items and wooden showpieces are other attractive shopping items.

Nearby Places:
•  Rohtang Pass (52 km.): Popular for offering breathtaking views of mighty mountains covered with panoramic snow covered treks.  

•  Kullu Valley (40 km.): A spectacular valley offering in-sight view of the Himalayan culture and many adventure sports. 

•  Kothi (12 km.): A peaceful village with picturesque beauty and well-known for the deep gorge offering amazing views of River Beas.

•  Beas Kund (22 km.): An historical place, well known for its igloo shaped temple and origination point of River Beas.

•  Naggar (20 km.): Known as a stopover to Kullu and Manali, Naggar has many beautiful resorts and restaurants and has attractions like Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, Naggar Castle and many temples.

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