Nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali, is a traveler’s paradise. Located on the northern side of the Kullu Valley at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft) in the Beas River Valley. The word Manali is regarded as the changed name of “Manu-Alaya” which literally means “the abode of Manu”. It is about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital,Shimla. It has a population of around 9,000.
Manali is the perfect getaway in Summers with family and friends. It’s picturesque beauty is spellbinding. Once, you step in Manali, you’d feel as if you came in heaven. We were a group of 10 people & took the road to Manali so that we could get the true feel of the mountains which one often misses out while traveling by train or air. We went to Chail & Shimla on our way to Manali. 🙂
There are many things to do in Manali. River rafting, flying-fox, para-gliding, zorbing, making snow castles to name a few. Since it was just a 5 day trip we couldn’t manage to do it all but we did most of them. It was cold throughout our trip & the Sun played hide n seek. All of us would bask in the sunlight whenever it was sunny.
The roads in Manali are steep so its better to hire a vehicle as the locals are most accustomed to the roads there. Also, it’ll give you a chance to be mesmerized by the nature’s beauty! 🙂
Flying-fox over the Beas river is once in a lifetime experience which I highly recommend everyone to try!! When you are in the middle of the river tied to a rope and the water gushes into you, no words can describe it. 🙂 The ice cold sends chills in the whole body. Yet, it’s one memory of the trip I’ll always cherish. The cost of it was INR 200 per person but since we bargained he agreed on INR 150. I did it twice and was so wet that I was literally shivering! 😉
We visited the Vashishth Temple which is in Old Manali village, dedicated to sage Manu. In the temple, there is a famous hot stream of water which is different for males and females. People from around the world come to take a dip in it. The way to the temple is a steep and uphill road hence people prefer walking. There are markets lined on both sides of the road for people to buy souvenirs. While coming back from the temple, we gorged on hot piping samosas & patties! 😛
We thoroughly enjoyed our Manali trip and can’t wait to go there again! 🙂