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To travel is to a journey into yourself

- Danny Kaye

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

- Herman Melville

One way to get the most out of life, is to look at it as an adventure

- William Feather

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

- Confucius

He who would travel happily must travel light.

- Antoine de St. Exupery

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

- Zoey Sayward

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

- Charles Dudley Warner

It's been a huge blessing, being able to travel and have a great life

- Seann William Scott

In both business and personal life, I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do

- Ivanka Trump

My Favourite thing is to go where I have never been

- Diane Arbus

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.

- Robert Frost

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

- Anonymous

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

- St Augustine

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

- Caskie Stinnett

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

- Benjamin Disraeli

Life is a trip. Plan your next vacation.

- Matthew Fryer

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

- Edith

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

- Mary Anne Radmacher

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before

- Dalai Lama

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.

- Matthew Karsten

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.

- Samuel Johnson

I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel - packing my bags and choosing my outfits - but my favourite part is getting there

- Dominic Monaghan

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

- Susan Sontag

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in this world

- Gustave Flaubert

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

- Anais Nin

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

- Lawrence Block

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

- Ibn Battuta

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

- Freya Stark

MAGIC IN THE MOUNTAINS

Somewhere in the vast expanse of the snow-capped Himalaya, 6,000 feet above sea level, lies the stunningly beautiful riverside town of Manali. It’s the perfect place for romance and adventure. Honeymooning couples huddle close for warmth and intimacy; children, invigorated by the cool mountain air, prance gaily; young adventurers head out in search of heart-stopping thrills; locals, in colourful mountain gait, shuffle to work… Slowly, as the chilled air permeates the senses, you succumb to the magic of the mountains.

In this idyllic town, you don’t really have to go anywhere to do sight-seeing. There’s hardly a place that doesn’t have a view of a stupendously beautiful mountain or the cool, clear waters of the pebble-strewn river Beas.

Popular excursions just add to your experience of the Manali magic. The fresh green meadows of Solang Valley, the high-altitude road to Rohtang Pass, the pristine valleys of Lahaul and Spiti, the hot springs of Manikaran, ancient temples and humming Tibetan monasteries are just some of the attractions of this beautiful place.

The landscape lends itself to an incredible range of outdoor sports such as river rafting, paragliding, zorbing (which is rolling downhill inside a huge plastic orb), skiing, trekking, and mountain-climbing. Of course, the humble walk becomes an experience in itself in the thick wooded groves of deodar, pine, sal, rhododendron, oak, fir and birch.

Evenings are a good time to descend into the Manali marketplace, a motley montage of curios, kitsch and food. From charming Tibetan shops to touristy trinkets, and Tibetan momos to Lebanese, Japanese and Italian food, Manali is a delightful blend of cosy and cosmopolitan.


FACT FILE

  • Altitude –1,926 metres above sea level
  • Latitude 31° 20’25” to 32°25’0” North Latitude and longitude 76°56’30” to 77°52’20” East Longitude
  • Area – 5.12 km (core Manali town)
  • Distance from nearby towns/cities: Shimla 270 km, Chandigarh 310 km, Ambala 365 km, Delhi 585 km
  • Take away: Tibetan and Kashmiri handicrafts, hand-woven carpets, famous Kullu and hand-made shawls, Kullu caps, woollen wear

TRAVEL ANECDOTES

  • Khajjiar: The Mini Switzerland of India
  • Arjun Gufa: The cave where Arjun Meditated
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Manali: Bollywood's Favourite Shooting Spot
  • Kullu: Indian home of paragliding
  • Manali: Where Bhim found his love
  • Manali: Marked by the presence of both Vyasa nad Valmik
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The Frozen Falls of Manali
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Shitidhar: The Friendship peak of Manali
  • Apple: An Integral Part of Manali’s Culture & Economy
  • Bijli Mahadev Temple: Where Lightning is a blessing
  • Vashisht Hot Water Springs: A Curative Bath

#1.Khajjiar: The Mini Switzerland of India Khajjiar, a 6 hour ride from Manali, will give you the feeling of a Bollywood song location. In 1992, this hamlet town was declared 'Mini Switzerland' by Willy T. Blazer, the then Vice Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India, due to its resemblance to the geography of Switzerland.

#2. Arjun Gufa: The cave where Arjun Meditated According to an old legend, Arjun Gufa in the Prini Village near Manali is where Arjun (one of the Pandavas) meditated and practised austerity. As a result of this he succeeded in acquiring the Pashupata Astram from Lord Indra.

#3. Manali: Bollywood's Favourite Shooting Spot Manali has been the backdrop to many Bollywood movies. Some movie directors even believe it to be a lucky location. Many of the movies shot in Manali such as Aap Ki Kasam, Roja, Saudaagar, Jab We Met, Krishh and 3 Idiots have proved to be immensely successful.

#4. Kullu: Indian home of paragliding Paragliding, as a sport and adventure activity, began in India during the early 1990s on the hilltops of Kullu. This happened when some visiting foreign pilots decided to explore the possibility of flying over such beautiful locales.

#5. Manali: Where Bhim found his love According to a legend, the Pandavas visited Manali during their exile and came across local strongman Hidimb who obstructed them. Bhim overcame Hidimb in a fight and went on to marry Hidimb's sister Hidimbi. The Hidimba Devi temple is dedicated to Hidimbi.

#6. Manali: Marked by the presence of both Vyasa nad Valmiki Manali is one of the very few places in India that can boast of legends featuring authors of both of India's epics. Vyasa, narrator of the Mahabharata, is considered to be the patron of the Beas river; even the source of the river is named Vyasa Kund. Though in a different period, Valmiki, author of Ramayana, is also supposed to have spent time meditating near the Jogni falls in Manali.

#7. The Frozen Falls of Manali Rahalla Falls, in Manali, are known as the frozen falls because they only flow in the summer and remain frozen throughout the months of November to February. They are one of the very few waterfalls in India that remain frozen for such long periods.

#8. Shitidhar: The Friendship peak of Manali 'Shitidhar‘ peak near Manali is also known as the ‘Friendship Peak’. It owes this nickname to an Indian-French expedition, the first to conquer the summit. Friendship Peak is situated in the Beas Kund region of Manali. It is the only open peak in Himachal where no royalty is required to be paid to the Indian Mountaineering Federation for recreational purposes. It's also considered as one of the best starter treks for amateur mountaineering enthusiasts.

#9. Apple: An Integral Part of Manali’s Culture & Economy Manali is known for its apples. However, apple trees are not native to Manali and were introduced by the British. According to local legend, when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight, would collapse. Today apple farming forms the backbone of the hill town's economy.

#10. Bijli Mahadev Temple: Where Lightning is a blessing The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sits atop a hill at a height of 2,500 m. Bijli Mahadev temple is famous for its 60 feet high staff, which periodically attracts lightning. Watching the lightning strike the temple is considered a blessing by believers. A 2-km trek to the top of the hill offers devotees a chance to see the temple’s ‘pahadi’ architecture, seek blessings of Lord Shiva and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the valley around.

#11. Vashisht Hot Water Springs: A Curative Bath A bath at the Vashisht natural sulphur springs, located in the Beas river valley, is both enjoyable and therapeutic. Baths in these springs are considered to have curative effects on skin ailments.


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WEATHER

Summer Winter

Summer
12°C - 25 °C

Winter
–3°C - 15°C

BEST TIME TO VISIT

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You can visit breathtakingly beautiful Manali any time of the year. Ideal seasons, though, are April–June andSeptember–December. The months of July and August are best avoided due to rainfall and landslides.

You could also choose a season depending on what you’d like to do here –
Rohtang Pass – Open from May to November 15 (depending on the weather)
Skiing – November to February
Paragliding – April to November (depending on the weather)
Rafting – Mid-April to June

In general, if you’re looking for snow, winter months are the best. Summer months are better for sight-seeing, trekking, mountain climbing and other activities.

Activities at a glance

  • Trekking

    Trekking

  • Rafting

    Rafting

  • Zorbing

    Zorbing

  • Paragliding

    Paragliding

  • Skiing

    Skiing

  • Horse riding

    Horse riding

  • Canoeing, kayaking

    Canoeing, kayaking

  • Mountaineering

    Mountaineering

  • Biking

    Biking


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