View of Himalayas, from Manali Hill Station. Photo Courtesy- Wikimedia
Manali Hill Station is nestled in the mountains of Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India.
Manali Hill Station is 32 kilometers from Kullu valley, 280 kilometers north of capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. The hill station is situated near to the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh.
Manali is famous for adventure sports like skiing, mountaineering, paragliding, hiking, trekking, rafting. mountain biking and kayaking. Skiing is a major tourism related activity at the Hill Station. The Beas river, with its clear waters, meanders through the town of Manali.
Manali Hill Station can be visited throughout the year. In winter, i.e. December and January, the temperature may drop below freezing point. Heavy woolen clothes are be required during this time of the year.
Domestic tourists comes here mainly for honeymoon and mountain views. Foreigners visit the Hill Station for adventure sports.
Solang Valley offers the view of the snow capped mountains, the glaciers and the Himalayan peaks. It has fine ski slopes and many picnic spots.
Rahala waterfalls is a major tourist attraction at 16 kilometers distance from the hill station.
MANU temple, at 2 kilometers distance, is linked to the history of the Hill Station and is a major tourist attraction. Tibetan monasteries at the hill station attracts many a tourists.
How Do I Go to Manali Hill Station?
The nearest airport to Manali is at Bhuntar town, at about 50 kilometers distance. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport.
Chandigarh is the nearest rail head at around 275 kilometers distance on the broad gauge railway line. On the narrow gauge rail-head, ‘Joginder Nagar’ is at 135 kilometers away. The Hill Station can be reached by road from the above mentioned stations.
HPTDC Tourist Information Office may be contacted at Telephone number +91 – 1902 – 253531.
Places to Stay at Manali Hill Station
There are many hotels at Manali. Holiday Inn, Apple Country Resorts, Ashoka Classic Cottage, Camp Exotica (on Naggar Road), Span resorts and spa (at 10 kilometers distance on Kullu Manali Highway), etc, are some of the Manali hotels and Manali resorts. Casa Bella Vista is a leading high-end resort among Manali resorts.
If you are looking for cheap and decent accommodation, Youth Hostels Association of India, may be the answer. The details from their website is given below.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOSTEL MANALI
(Near Club Mahindra Resorts)
Contact Person: Mr.Anil Nag
Phone: 1902-250437, 09736052663.
Tariff Season (May to June)
Dormitory: Rs.375/-, Economy Room:Rs.1034/-, Standard Room:Rs.1578/-,
Deluxe Room:Rs.1935/-,Family Room:Rs.2650/-, Family Suite:Rs.2650/-
Tariff Off Season
Dormitory:Rs.330/-, Economy Room:Rs.880/-, Standard Room:Rs.1428/-,
Deluxe Room:Rs.1785/- Family Room:Rs.2500/-, Family Suite:Rs.2500/-
Season : April to June & 25 December to 10 Jan
Off Season : Rest of the year
Whichever Govt.Taxes are applicable, to be paid at the hostel at the time check-in.