Manali is a hill station in the Beas River Valley (in the Himalayas), situated at an altitude of 1926 m (6318 ft). Manali is a popular place for trekking, skiing, paragliding, white water rafting, river passing, rock climbing and hiking. Old Manali is known for its silver jewellery while Tibetan Bazaar for rugs, Buddhist curios and old “thangka” paintings.
Major tourist sites in and around Manali: Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Springs, Rohtang Pass, Brighu Lake, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, Tibetan Monasteries, Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple, Jagatsukh, Manu Maharishi temple, etc.
When to visit: best time to visit March to June and October to November. June to September is monsoon season. December to February is winter season.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Manali is not directly connected by railway. Kalka train station is about 284 km from Manali. It is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains.
Nearest airport: Bhuntar ( Kullu ) Airport is about 50km from Manali. Connectivity is limited. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh
Buses: Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses as well as private operators connect Manali to the major cities in North India.
By road: The distance from Chandigarh to Manali is about 309 km via NH205. It takes around 8 hours.
The distance from Kalka to Manali is about 284 km via NH154. It takes around 8 hours.
The distance from Shimla to Manali is about 251 km via NH205 and NH3. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Delhi to Manali is about 540 km via NH 44. It takes around 11-12 hours.
The distance from Kullu to Manali is about 44 km via Kullu - Naggar - Manali Rd. It takes around 1-2 hours.
The distance from Dharamsala to Manali is about 238 km via NH154 and NH3. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Leh to Manali is about 474 km via Leh Manali Hwy. It takes around 13-14 hours.
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