Manali is a hill station, situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. During summers, this place becomes the ideal getaway for tourists from India and abroad to get relief from intense heat of the plains. The tranquil atmosphere of Manali has always attracted the tourists and they come here in large numbers to beat the heat. Manali is also known for being a destination for trekking. From here you can go to places like Lahul, Spiti, Ladakh, Leh, Kinnaur and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley. The snow capped mountains and the lovely Beas River are the major tourist attractions of Manali.
Travel to Manali also incorporates shopping of the local products found there. You can bring these as mementos for your near and dear ones back home. Almost all the markets of Manali are located in the downtown area and some are at the corner of the Mall Road. If you want to purchase clothes and accessories, the best place to try out these are at Vashist and Old Manali. You will also find plenty of handicraft shops both at Vashist and Manali. Some of the main markets of Manali which you can visit during your Manali tours are the Thai Market, Dragon Shopping Complex, Tibetan Market, Lama Underground Shopping Complex, Shangrilla Shopping Complex and the Snow Lion Underground Market.
Facts & Figures
|State||Himachal Pradesh |
|Area (Approx.)||6.68 Sq. km.|
|Languages || English, Hindi, Himachali |
|Best Time to Visit||April to July and October to February to enjoy the winters and snow sports. |
|Long Distance Code:|| +91-1902|
Manali is very well connected by roads and excellent bus services are offered here. Along with the HPTDC, there are also plenty of buses operated by the private operators and the road transport corporations. Manali does not have its own airport but that does not pose as a hurdle as the nearest airport is at Bhuntas located at a distance of 10kms from here.
The winters here at Manali are very chilly and the temperatures go below freezing point. Heavy woolens are a must during this season. Although the summers are mild, but even then you should use light woolen clothes. The peak season for travel to Manali is between May and October. But if you want to enjoy the snow, you can travel during winter months.
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