Manali Tourism

Plan your Manali holiday trip with authoritative Information

About Manali

Manali is a picturesque hillstation situated along the banks of the river beas and close to the snows of Himalayas. The scenery at Manali is picture perfect: glacier topped Himalayas looking down on lush, grassy valleys and forests of the valley. For long, Manali was a well hidden hippie Shangri-La ignored by mainstream tourists. All that changed when insurgency rendered Kashmir Valley inaccessible to tourists. Manali replaced Kashmir as the most popular destination for honeymooners and for those wanting to indulge in snow play.

Tourism in Manali has taken off as there are many interesting sights

Reaching Manali

  • Manali can be accessed from Delhi or Chandigarh by bus or by taxi. Budget travellers prefer Volvo buses from Delhi, while those seeking comfort, hire a taxi either at Chandigarh or Delhi to come to Manali
  • You cannot reach Manali by train as the nearest practical railhead is Chandigarh
  • Bhuntar, at 55 Kms from Manali, is the nearest airport.Air India, Spicejet and Jet operate flights from Delhi to Bhuntar [Kullu]

Manali Accommodation options

There is no dearth of accommodation options at Manali. Probably, there are more hotel rooms than the entire native population of Manali village. Accommodation options range from modern star hotels to rustic and charming guesthouses at Old Manali. We have the shortlist of the best hotels in Manali with editorial reviews for every shortlisted hotel.

Manali is an all weather destination

Best time to visit Manali

  • For Snow Play : November to March
  • As Summer retreat : March to June
  • For Treks : August to October

Monthwise information on Manali Weather

Manali is truly a 365 days a year destination though most of the tourists visit Manali as a summer retreat. In peak winters, Manali is the best place to enjoy snow. During Autumn, Manali is the hub for trekkers and for those undertaking the iconic Manali- Leh journey. Picky tourists can avoid month of July when monsoons brings in heavy rainfall at Manali.

Manali Sightseeing and activities

There are many activities for tourists at Manali

Manali is often visited along with Shimla. Popular itinerary is 2 Nights at Shimla and 3 Nights/ 4 days at Manali. Key attractions at Manali are the serene environment, snow activities at Snowpoint and adventure sports at Solang Valley.

Package tours to Manali

There is no need to go for any packaged tours, you can use the information on this website to create your own package to suit your taste. Read the reviews of the best accommodation options at Manali and book them online or contact the hotel directly. For sightseeing, follow the detailed itinerary and engage a local taxi from one of shortlisted reliable taxi operators.

Useful Information for tourists to Manali

Manali Tourist Office The Mall, Ph:01902 - 253531
HRTC Bus Stand, Manali The Mall, Ph:01902 - 252116
Manali Taxi Union The Mall, Ph:091-1902-252120
Medical Assistance Mission Hospital, Manali,091-1902-252379
ATMs in Manali Bank of India : Hotel Neelkanth , The Mall Manali
SBI:D-Complex, The Mall, Manali
J and K Bank: Govinda Shopping Complex, Old Mission Road, Manali

Manali Tourism News Updates

This winter, there was hardly any snow in Manali

This winter has passed but Manali, the resort known for its snow did not wear a snow mantle. For Manali, November to March are winter months, when it receives many spells of heavy snowfall.This winter, Manali hardly witnessed any snowfall. Yes, there were three spells of snowfall between December and February, but snow accumulation was less than 3cm each time, and it melted away within a couple of hours.

Hope for Manali tourism industry

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked for a comprehensive status report on Rohtang. Based on the report, tribunal will consider allowing some adventure activities, and increase permitted number of vehicles to Rohtang Pass.Currently, the NGT has ordered a ban on the movement of all diesel vehicles, and allowed only 500 petrol vehicles per day for tourists.

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