Manali is a popular hill station in HImachal pradesh in North India. Manali has so much to offer for travelers from snow peaks to temples to shopping and adventure sports.
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I traveled from Delhi to Manali in mid July 2017 for 6 days. During the 6 day period, i have tried covering every tourist attraction in Manali.
This video should help you plan your itinerary for Manali- Himachal pradesh
Volvo busses from Delhi start in the evening between 5 pm and7 pm. Travel time from Delhi to Manali is between 12 to 14 hours. My bus started at 7.30 pm from Delhi- RK Ashram, we reached Manali next day at 10.30 am
I got reference of Royal travels through a friend, so i got my To & fro journey booked from them.
https://www.royalindia.travel/ – You can check with them if you are interested to travel from Delhi to Manali
Details of the day wise itinerary is given below:
Day 1: Trip to solang valley plus vashisht temple.
Manali to solang valley is about 10 kms, it takes 20 to 25 minutes to reach there. Solang valley is popular for paragliding. There are 3 to 4 types of flight starting from Rs 1000 to Rs 3200 depending upon the height you are flying from.
During winters, you can enjoy skiing at Solang valley.
Pilot with whom i did paragliding: Ram chand: 9816170161
Vashishth temple: In the evening time i travelled to vashishth temple, which is about 6 kms from Manali. Rishi Vashishth is one of the 7 saptrishi as per Hindu religion.
Many people who have skin infection get cured automatically after bath in the kund at Vashishth temple.
Day 2: Trip to Manikaran
Manali to Manikaran is about 80 kms, it takes about 3 hours to reach there. You can take a HImachal tourism bus from Manali bus stand or take a bike on rent or taxi on rent to travel to Manikaran.
This place has a popular Gurudwara plus a shiv temple and a hot water spring
Day 3: Visit to Bijli mahadev temple: There are two ways you can travel to Bijli Mahadev temple.
Through kullu: This route involves a trek of 3 kms which can take little more than 1 hour. Even if this involves trek, then also it is route that one should follow when going to Bijli Mahadev temple.
Through Jana waterfall: Distance between manali and Jana waterfall is 35 kms. From Jana waterfall to Bijli Mahadev temple is 24 kms. This route is a complete off track. You should avoid this route if you cannot undertake off road bike drive. One should avoid this unless you are very sure of biking skils.
Day 4: Local sightseeing:
Jogini waterfall: I thought to spending Day 4 of the journey doing local sightseeing, 1st half of the day i travelled to Jogini waterfall, you will need to do trek of about 40 minutes from Vashishth temple for going to Jogini waterfall.
Manu temple: Photography inside the temple was not allowed, so i showed this temple from outside. This temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is believed to be the creator of world. This is the only temple of Sage manu. It is located in old Manali.
Hadimba temple: This is located at a distance of about 2 kms from Mall road. It is believed that Hadimba did meditation in the cave at this place. This is a must visit place in Manali.
After the temple visit – i decided to do night stay at a camp, which was near Kalath, landmark near green tax barrier.
It costed Rs 1000 per day per day per person. Name of the coman who manages this is into the wild himalayas: http://www.intowildhimalaya.com/
Day 5: Rohtang pass:
Rohtang pass is 50 kms from Manali. It takes about 3 hours to reach there. You can travel to Rohtang on Himachal tourism bus or take a taxi from manali to Rohtang.
It costs about Rs 4000 to travel on a small taxi like Alto in off season. In season – which is summers May and june travel to Rohtang cost Rs 6000 or so.
Naggar palace: This is about 20 kms from Manali, old house of Royal family.
Hamta pass: This is about 20 kms from Manali. You need to take permission from SDM office for going to Hamta pass. You can go there on heavy motor bike or on SUV vehicle, turns are sharp, 43 curves out over there.
At the end of Day 6 i travelled back from Manali to Delhi in evening, bus started at 6.30 pm and i reached back Delhi at 7.30 am.
Most of the local travel in Manali was done on Motor bike, which i got on hire from Blacksheep..
You may contact them if needed: 9459903529 – Shitij. Their office is at Vashishth chowk.
My recommendation on places to eat:
The corner house: Mall road Manali- opposite SDM office.
Nirvana restaurant: Near Vashisht temple.
Since this video is particularly about places to visit, i didn’t made exclusive coverage of places to eat in Manali.
Should you have any query about Manali places to visit shown in this video, please feel free to ask that in comments below.
Thanks for taking out time to watch this video on places to visit in Manali.