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Manali

A slice of heaven in the midst of some seriously spreading urbanization around the area, Manali offers that perfect mix of cultural serenity in a rapidly growing town. Usually the base for high-altitude trekking and mountaineering, Manali now offers much in the way of adventure tourism with splendid opportunities for mountain biking, paragliding, rafting and skiing in the right seasons. If you are travelling at in summer, Manali is the perfect stopover as you head to Ladakh and Spiti Valley. Drop in at Bob Dylan's cafe in the heart of Manali for some lip-smacking cookies and healthy dose of Dylan's music. A short drive away from town would lead you to lovely hot water springs (at Kalath and Vashisht), fascinating waterfalls and ancient temples as well as those renowned orchards.

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Things to do

Rohtang Pass Drive- Manali has been a major draw for tourists for a fairly long time now, and one of its star attractions is the drive to Rohtang pass. The ban of diesel vehicles and activities and eateries at the pass by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) did create some confusion, but clarity ensued, and this has been well received by nature lovers.

Old Manali to Solang Valley Cycle Ride - A drive down in the morning to meet the instructor and the cycles. Hop on the mountain bike and cycle through the tapered lanes and bazaars, past the orchards beyond Old Manali. One of the best places to hang out later in the evening, stop for a nibble of 'yak cheese' at any of the eateries in Old Manali before you move on. The trail narrows down as you get to the next three villages, Goshal, Shanag and Burua.

Rafting - Stop thinking apples for a while. Kullu Valley, much like Rishikesh, has now become a popular haven for adrenalin junkies as well. White water rafting on the Beas is everything you imagined it to be, and a little more. Hang on to the board handles as you literally bounce through captivating rapids this gushing river.

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Best time to visit October to March

Late September to early November is the ideal time to visit here after the rains have subsided.The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.

Clear skies stay on through March till the haze in by mid-April to the mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Kullu Manali airport (KUU) at Bhuntar in Himachal Pradesh is 52 kilometres away from Manali (limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled).

  • Kullu-Manali Airport is located in Bhuntar. Bhuntar lies in Himachal Pradesh. Air India provide flight services from Delhi and Chandigarh to Bhuntar Airport. You can take cab or bus to reach Manali from the airport.

Rail

  • The Kalka Railway is the only railway station in Himachal which lies 283 kilometre from Manali. Kalka offers a good connectivity from major cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Howrah and many more.

  • Pathankot is the meeting point of 3 Northern states of India – Punjab, Himachal, Jammu, and Kashmir. Pathankot is located in Punjab and is 317 kilometre from Manali. Pathankot is well-connected to all the major cities in India. There are daily trains from Delhi to Pathankot. You can take cab or bus from Pathankot to reach Manali.

Road

  • Manali is well connected through road. You will find bus and cab facility throughout the state connecting Manali to all the major cities in Himachal Pradesh. These roads offers some of the most beautiful views of different Himalayan ranges and valleys.

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