Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh state.
It has a reputation for being a trekkers and adventure lovers paradise as well as a favourite honeymoon destination among many Indian couples.
Manali is a beautiful place with many attractions – Tibetan monasteries (Tibetan culture is prevalent here), temples, waterfalls hilly views, greenery and lakes and a lot more. Here are the top must-see places in Manali:
- Vashisht Hot Water Springs – Relaxing hot springs that are great to escape the biting cold
- Nehru Kund – A tank/pool; great place to refresh and revive
- Jogini Falls
- Solang Valley – Some mesmerizing views
- Rahala Waterfalls
- Arjun Gufa – Mystical Adventurous caves in the hills
- Naggar Village – A scenic and beautiful hilly village area nearby
- Chandrakhani Pass - Hiking
- Van Vihar – Greenery rich region
- Rohtang Pass – A trail popular with the adventure lovers, trekkers and hikers
- Great Himalayan National Park – Wildlife sanctuary
- Bhrigu Lake Soul-stirring
- Kullu – A town that is largely seen as part of Manali by tourists; on the banks of the beautiful Beas River
- Maa Sharvari Temple
- Various Tibetan Monasteries
- Hadimba Temple
- Manu Temple
- Manali Sanctuary
- Museum Of Himachal Culture and Folk Art – A museum showcasing the culture and folk arts of the Himalayan regions in India through the years.
People can shop for interesting souvenirs and things like woollen clothes and local handicraft items in Manali. Some of the best market places and shopping spots that shopaholics can scour in Manali are:
- Old Manali Market
- Himachal Emporium
- Manu Market
- Tibetan Market
- The Mall Road
Manali is famous for its Himachali cuisine. Some of the popular local delicacies here include:
- Sabu – A risen refined flour dough bread that is par cooked and then steamed.
- Babru – A fried snack made with soaked black gram batter that is kneaded well and fermented.
- Trout – A fish that is popular in the Himalayan region; various delicacies using this fish are available in Manali that sea food lovers will relish to no end.
- Patande – Himalayan style crepes, made with a batter of wheat flour, milk and sugar.
- Chana Madra – A street food delicacy, made with cooked chickpeas and flavoured with tamarind, onions, garlic and other spices, providing a delightful burst of flavours.
- Mittha – A famous street food in Manali; comprising of a dry platter of cooked rice and raisins.
Here are some of the best restaurants and eateries in Manali to try the local delicacies and a lot more:
- Mountain View Restaurant
- Basil Leaf Restaurant
- La Plage
- Dylan’s Roasted & Toasted Coffee House
- The Open-Air Multi-Cuisine Restaurant
- Il Forno
- Cafe 1947
- Fat Plate Restaurant
Here is a list of the best hotels in Manali for a comfortable stay:
- Hotel Piccadilly Manali
- Hotel Smuggler
- Apple Country Resort
- The Orchard Greens
- WelcomHeritage Urvashi’s Resort
- Manuallaya – The Resort Spa in the Himalayas
- The Manali Inn
- Sun Park Resort Manali
- Regenta Inn Blossoms
Manali also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include:
- The Lazy Dog
- Johnson Cafe
- Cafe 1947
- Drifter’s Inn
- Kapital Lounge
- Zing Zing Bar
- Khyber Bar & Restaurant
Manali city STD Code – 01902 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police: 100
- Fire: 101
- Ambulance: 102, 108
Hindi is the official language of Manali.
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad