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.
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
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.
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.
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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