Want an escape from the hot summer of Delhi? Plan a getaway with your friends and family to Manali. The drive to Manali from Delhi is an epic journey. All you need is an experienced driver and you will reach Manali in 12 hours including two to three short breaks.
The way to Manali is so beautiful that it overcomes your travel fatigue. Once you enter the hills, the road to Manali is magnificent. The sky is blue and the hills are green with flowering trees on the roadside while river Beas flows beside you for most of the journey. As you reach nearer to Manali, mountains covered with snow start to get visible. The calmness in the atmosphere smoothens your inner soul.
Once you reach Manali there are plenty of things to do. Starting from adventure sports to shopping and eating.
The Mall Road is a vibrant place. You will see many colourful souvenirs shops and several restaurants for the tourist to enjoy delicious food. Close to the Mall Road, along the riverbed, adventure sports like river crossing takes place. If you are interested in river rafting then few kilometers away, near Kullu, the sport can be done on river Beas. For some flying-in-the-air adventure, paragliding flights takes place at Solang Valley which gives you a bird’s eye view of the Valley. You can also hire snow scooters and ride in the snow. Skiing facility for amateur is also given at Solang Valley.
One of the most famous tourist spot in Manali is the Hidimba Temple. Dense forests surround the temple and the tress are said to be 1000 years old. You will encounter many Himanchali ladies holding alluring white rabbits and men selling kesar outside and near the temple. The surrounding areas too have small eating outlets and shops selling accessories and souvenirs. You can enjoy a photo-ride on yaks near the temple.
Thirteen kilometers away from Manali is the Solang Valley. Hire a taxi or rent a bike and enjoy the mesmerising scenery while going to Solang Valley. To reach to the top of the Valley you have to do a small trek of two kilometers or you can go uphill riding on a horse. The place is covered with snow and full of people who come to see it.
Going up from Manali, approximately fifteen kilometers away is the Naggar Castle constricted between the forested hills. Built in AD 1460, Naggar Castle, made of stones and wood, served as the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. Once a royal residence, the Naggar Castle now serves as a heritage hotel that is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC).
Another exciting place to visit in Manali is the Old Manali. You cannot miss the shopping lanes and eating joints of this place. Here you will find all ‘hippie’ and cool stuff. From cloths to bags to accessories, you will find all chunky things in this market.
Overall, Manali is beautiful place for a sweet little escape.