Manali is a small city, situated at northern part of India in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in Kulu valley and part of Kullu District. The height is 1950 mts. from sea level. Manali is well known for its snow capped hills, an ideal place for holidays and a popular honeymoon destination not only in India but also in all over the world. There are numerous treks for adventure lovers; it offers many adventure sports like hiking, skiing, and trekking.
The Manali market is very crowded with lots of interesting shops selling carpets, woolen cloths, artificial jewelry and many budget restaurants. Tourist can enjoy of snowfall in winter season during the December to February. The place is surrounded by green forests and mountains, makes it a peaceful hill station.
Kulu: It's around 40 km. from Manali. Kullu is one of the famous holiday destinations of Himachal Pradesh. Bijli Mahadev temple, Raghunath Temple, wild life sanctuary and hot springs are major attractions of Kullu valley. The Kullu town is famous for it's Dussherra festival. The hill station has become the center of many adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering and river rafting. The ideal time for travel to Kullu is May to June and September to November.
Prime Attraction of Kullu Manali
Hidimba Temple: This temple is dedicated to Hidimba, wife of Bhima one of the five Pandavas. The temple is located in the middle of forest "Dhungiri Van Vihar", just 7 km. from main market.
Tibetan Monastery: The market between the city, famous for its carpet, handicrafts and woolen shops at cheap price.
Vashisht Kund: It is situated at distance of 3 km. from the city, banks of river Vyas. The temple is in pyramid shape, dedicated to sage Vashisht. You will find here a hot water spring, the bathhouses are made in Turkish style.
Rohtang Pass: It is situated at 4112 mts. above from the sea level, 51 km. from the city at Manali-Keylong road. It offers a beautiful view of snow capped mountains and covered by snow for almost 9 months in a year. If you want to enjoy snowfall, visit between December to February.
By Air: The nearest domestic airport is in Bhuntar, which is at the distance of 10 km. from Kullu town and 40 km. from Manali town. Indian Airlines and Jagson Airlines operate the flights from Delhi to Kullu, it's 90 minutes journey of Delhi to Kulu.
By Train: The nearest railway stations are Joginder Nagar (125 kms. from Kullu), Pathankot (285 kms.), Shimla (270 kms.) and Chandigarh (267 kms.). Chandigarh is the most convenient because regular bus service is available for Kullu Manali from here.
By Road: Kulu-Manali is well connected with all major parts of the country. The distance from Delhi to Manali is approximately 570 kms. The regular buses are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu Manali. HRTC and private operators operate the ordinary and deluxe bus services as well.