Kullu - Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India (with photos)

Manali (Hindi: मनाली) is a small town in Kullu district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a very popular & important hill station in the Himalayan mountain region. Lot of sporting activities like skiing, hiking, white water rafting, trekking can be done here. Manali is around 250 km to the north of the state capital Shimla. Its also a dream destination for honeymoon for a newly married couples :-)

Snow capped mountains as seen from Manali Town

Getting there:
By Road:
From New Delhi its around 540 km. NH1 from Delhi to Ambala city & from there its NH21 till Manali.
There are also private Volvo buses from Delhi to Manali.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) Airport , 50 km from Manali, 10 km from Kullu, about two hours away. Kingfisher airlines has a daily flight from New Delhi & Indian Airlines also operate flights from Delhi and Chandigarh.

Places of interest:

* Hidimba Temple

* Naggar Fort

This place is around 13 km northwest of Manali, is a good option for skiing. It also gives a splendid views of the glaciers & snow capped mountains. During winter, since Rothang Pass will be closed, the other option to feel the snow capped mountains is this place. Plan to leave early in the morning like 6 am or 7 am, because after that there will be huge traffic & you would be forced to park your car/jeep very far from the destination.

* Rothang Pass:
Its around 40 km from Manali, generally it'll be closed during winter & only open during summers. Being at a height at 3979m (13,050 ft) gives a very good panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayan mountains. Suggest to take a 4WD beyond snow point which is 16 km before Rothang Pass. Plan to leave early because of heavy traffic after 8 am.

Kullu (Hindi: कुल्लू) is the district headquarters of Kullu district. Its famous for the shawls. Don't miss buying a shawl here. Quality & design of shawls are too good here. Kullu valley is the largest valley in Kullu district & also called as the "Valley of the Gods"

Places to stay:
* Banon Resorts, Manali

More Photos/Images of Manali & surrounding places:


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