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Majestic Manali – Places to visit and things to do

by Deepak Sudera
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Majestic Manali – Places to visit and things to do

Seeking retreat from the scorching heat of the cities, thousands of tourists are heading towards hill stations. Manali, the resort town of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most loved hill stations of the country. Reaching Manali from any part of the country is easy as public transport is easily available. Delhi to Manali bus fare is cheap and buses are easily available for the commute.

Some of the must visit attractions in Manali include –

Hadimba Temple

Hadimba Temple, surrounded by pine trees, is among the most sacred sites in the city. Other than religious significance, the temple is also famous for its architecture. This pagoda-shaped temple is dedicated to Hadimba–  the wife of Pandu son Bhima.
Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
Entry Fee: Nil

Tibetan Monasteries

The hill station of Manali boasts off two beautiful monasteries, known as Himalayan NyingmapaGompa and GadhanThekchhoklingGompa. Both these monasteries draw a large number of tourists and are among the most visited places in Manali. Shopping for unique Tibetan art and craft objects is also a major highlight.
Opening hours: 7 am to 7 pm
Entry Fee: Nil

Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art

Located close to the Hadimba Temple, Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art is the best place to get an insight into the culture and heritage of this hill station. The museum houses a unique collection of unknown antiques including household objects, weapons, religious relics, instruments, and scale models, etc.
Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm (throughout the year)
Entry ticket: INR 10 per person

Manu Temple

Manu Temple, located approximately 3 km from the famous Mall Road, is dedicated to Lord Manu. The temple is the best place to meditate and spend some peaceful time.

Mall Road

Spending the evenings enjoying a stroll in Mall Road is a must when in Manali. Flanked with shops, showrooms, department stores, restaurants and cafes, Mall Road has something for people of all age groups. It is an ideal place to indulge in shopping.

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass, situated at around 2 hours driving distance from Manali, is bestowed with immense natural beauty. Located at an elevation of 4,000 meters above the sea level, Rohtang Pass remains covered with snow during most part of the year.  Adventure seekers can indulge in a number of snowsport activities including skiing, snowboarding, etc.
Opening Time: Closed during winters.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, located at a distance of 50 km from the main city. Air India operates a direct flight from Delhi to Kullu, however, the service is regular and the price is high. If you are looking to travel between the two cities at a cheaper rate, traveling by bus is the best option. Delhi to Manali bus route is scenic and offers sensational views of the surroundings.

Best time to Visit Manali

Those looking for a retreat from the city heat can visit Manali during the summer months from April to August. Thousands of travelers flock to Manali during the winter months to see snow and indulge in adventure activities. Manali is an all round the year destination and can be visited at any time of the year.

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