Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines – Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has every reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.
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Q. How can one go to Manali from Chandigarh?
A. The route between Chandigarh and Manali is one of the most popular ones in North India, for a quick road trip or a weekend getaway. The best way to enjoy your trip is by booking one of the Manali packages available on the Internet. The distance from Chandigarh to Manali is approximately 320 kilometres and the best way to travel to Manali from Chandigarh is by bus. A number of buses are operated by HRTC (AC Volvo / Scania X2) and they take around 10 hours to reach their destination. These buses can be boarded from ISBT – Sector 17 and Sector 43, Chandigarh. Cab services are also available on various online platforms like Ola, Meru and Uber. They offer one-way and round trip rides from Chandigarh to Manali and the passengers can also choose their preferred car. There are no trains running on this route and the nearest airport to Manali is the Bhuntar airport which is around 50 kilometres away. This airport has direct flights operating from Chandigarh and Delhi only.
Q. What kind of adventure activities take place in Manali?
A. Manali is a picturesque hill station that offers tourists with an array of adventure sports.
River Rafting: One of the most awe-inspiring adventure sports in Manali that can be done all through the year. Although the best time to go river rafting is from April to June and October to March. The best river rafting experience can be gained from Jhidi to Pirdi locations and it approximately costs INR 2500 per couple.
Mountaineering: Beas Kund, Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Manali Peak offer mountaineers the best experience and is considered to be one of the most robust adventures in Manali. It can be experienced all year round, except monsoons and basic lessons are provided to the mountaineers so that challenges can be easily faced.
Paragliding: Manali is best known for its paragliding and it’s a treat for people who are both nature lovers and adventure junkies because surfing around the majestic mountains and getting lost in the blue sky is in a thrill in itself. The ideal time to paraglide is from April till June when the temperature varies from 10 – 25 degree Celsius.
Skiing: It has gained popularity as an adventure sport in Manali due to its snowy Himalyan Mountains. Even though the cold continues after January, the best time to experience skiing is in December and January. Keep in mind to carry a lot of warm clothes.
Q. What is the best time to see snow in Manali?
A. In Manali, you might get to see snow in December or January, although Rohtang Pass is covered with snow in October itself. During this time, the average temperature can go as low as -7 degree Celsius.
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