Travel Guide to Manali and Hiking in The Himalayas

Sometimes referred to as a hippie paradise in the Himalayas, this amazing destination is surrounded by beautiful mountains, rivers, and scented pines. You can spend days relaxing, hiking and enjoying the gorgeous natural setting. Here are some essential travel tips to plan your next trip and our travel guide to Manali.


Travel Guide to Manali


The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is about 50 kilometers from Manali. Bhuntar connects with both Delhi and Chandigarh, however, flights can be hit and miss due to the weather.


Most tourists choose the more reliable bus services and take advantage of the spectacular views from the road.


Routes are connected through Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi and private air-conditioned buses are the more comfortable way to travel.


You could also choose to drive yourself which would give you a unique perspective of the area. However, the mountain roads are not for the faint-hearted, so if you are not skilled on these types of roads its best to let someone else do the driving!


Where to stay in Manali


When looking for hotels in Manali you will notice they are almost all serene and comfortable properties. For example, Manuallaya Resort and Spa located in Chadiyari is surrounded by beautiful nature.


The resort pays tribute to Manu and the beginning of life, offering a unique experience to its guests. If you are looking for an eco-friendly property then you could try Shivadya Resort and Spa.


Although the concept is environmentally friendly it does not lack in amenities affording you a tranquil, relaxing stay. For a budget hotel in a central location, Hotel Mahajan is a good choice where the rooms are basic but comfortable and the hotel is very close to Hadimba Devi Temple.


There are many different types of accommodation to suit your needs but all take into account the ambiance and scenery of the local area.


What to Do in Manali


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Most of the things to do in Manali are centered around the surrounding landscape and natural environment. Here are some of the top things to see and do while in Manali:


Hampta Pass


If you enjoy trekking then this day trek from Manali is a must. Book an excursion with a tour operator and make your way to this beautiful area for fantastic snowy views.


There are not many facilities on the route so make sure you are well prepared for the journey.


Manikaran Gurudwara


A historic place of worship and pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindus, with the added benefit of hot springs. The water of the spring is thought to have curative powers and people often visit for the water.


Pilgrims are often also offered free food and lodging at the center.


Jogini waterfall


A lovely trek from the road through the mountains and one of the most stunning examples of natural beauty in this area. The waterfalls are reached by walking along a narrow steep path but the walk is worth it for the incredible views.


Hidimba Devi Temple


An ancient wooden temple which is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, wife of Bhima. It is built around a cave where it is said Hidimbi once lived.


The temple is a popular tourist destination and can get very crowded so expect a wait to enter.


Are you planning a trip to Manali?


Whilst traveling in India you should definitely make a stop at this peaceful and friendly destination. It is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty and ancient temples whilst reflecting on your travels and yourself.


Make Manali a stop when planning your next trip to the Himalayas, you won’t regret it.  

About Nia McKenna

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Nia is an Associate Editor at The Fairytale Traveler and self diagnosed travel junkie. Having traveled to 5 of the 7 continents, her love of good food and culture is a force to be reckoned with. When she isn't off adventuring with her husband, which she writes about on her blog CircaWanderlust, she can be found with a good cup of tea cuddling her pups and taking pictures of her food. She loves black and white movies and could listen to Elvis on repeat.

1 Comments on this post

  1. Great post, Nia and Crista! One day in 2022 will find me in the Himalaya-for an extended sojourn of course.

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