Manali, is situated at a height of 2050 m (6398 ft) at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, in Indian Himalayas.
Weather : In Manali minimum temp could be below -05 degree centigrade from Oct till March. Dec Jan and Feb are coldest months. Rest of the year the minimum temperature would be between 15 to 20 degree centigrade.
Manali by Air : Bhuntar, is the nearest airport from Manali, which is 50 km away from Manali, Bhuntar is connected to Delhi by air. Other nearest airport from Manali is Gaggal Airport, Dharamsala which is 103 km from Manali.
Manali By Train : Joginder Nagar is the nearest railway station to Manali, which is nearly 50 km away. Joginder Nagar is a narrow gauge railway station, hence connectivity is not so good. Other closest important railheads are at Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (300 km)
Manali By Road :
Manali is well connected by road to all major north Indian cities :
Delhi to Manali is 585 km & Journey duration is 14 Hrs.
Chandigarh to Manali is 350 Kms & Journey duration is 10 Hrs.
Ambala to Manali is 380 Kms & Journey duration is 11 Hrs.
Shimla to Manali is 270 km & Journey duration is 8 Hrs.z
Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of 3979 m (13,050 ft) above sea level, is another adventure tourist site where it can be cold even on a summer day. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is truly breath taking. Close by is a small lake called Dassaur Lake. Beas Kund, the source of river Beas.
Hidimba Temple : It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.
Maa Sharvari Temple This temple is represented as KULDEVI of the kings of Kullu in early times and is worshipped as a manifestation of Durga, and image of the goddess is also enshrined here.
Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple : Around 3 km from Manali, across the Beas river is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur springs.
Solang Valley popularly known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift. It is a picturesque spot and offers splendid views of glaciers and the snow-capped mountains. Jagatsukh, the former capital of Manali, is also an important spot.
Rahala waterfalls : About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.
Rozy Falls : On the way to Rohtang amazing water fall worth seeing. this water fall looks amazing between the high hills.
Monasteries : Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.
Old Manali : At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.
Naggar : The Castle, Roerich House and Art gallery are places to see. Bijli Mahadev temple, about 20 kms from Naggar, is also worth visiting.
Zana Falls : 15 Kms from Naggar and 35 Kms from Manali, at Zana Village, beautiful Water Fall is worth visiting. The valley provides amazing views.
Beautiful Log Hut Area and Club house : In fact both these places especially log hut area have some good hotels to stay.
The Manali Gompa : Manali Gompa was built in 1960. It is one of the most important places for Buddhists. Buddhists come to this place from Ladakh, Tibet, Spiti, Lahul and Kinnaur. Manali Gompa is world famous for a large statue of Buddha and for its wall paintings.
Kothi : Kothi is located at the bottom of Rohatang Pass. It is a beautiful and photographic village where tourists can capture different thrilling views of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly runs. This is an amazing place to experience the natural beauty of high altitude mountain.