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Whether you are skiing, hiking through a mountainous wilderness or relaxing in hot sulphur springs, this hill town in Kullu Valley offers year-round activities.

Set among snow-covered mountains and thick forests, Manali is located at the northern end of the scenic Kullu Valley. The Himalayan hill town lies more than 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level and attracts nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Ski down mountain slopes, ride river rapids, unwind in warm thermal waters and explore a cave temple.

The wilderness around Manali lends itself to a variety of outdoor activities. If you are feeling adventurous, hike through the Rohtang Pass. Positioned at 13,050 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level, the high mountain pass rewards you with fantastic views of the surrounding ranges. For the less intrepid, rent a car to drive through the elevated landscape.

Go rafting over the rapids of the Beas River and paraglide above Himalayan peaks. Mountain bike across the rough terrain and scale the cliffs of Solang Valley. If you are visiting during the winter, strap on your skis and slalom down the valley's slopes.

After all that physical exertion, unwind with a long soak in the hot, sulphurous springs of Kalath and Vashisht. Some people believe that the natural spring water has medicinal properties that can alleviate skin and joint-related conditions.

Experience more moments of tranquillity at the Hadimba Temple, an ancient cave temple that dates back to the middle of the 16th century. The ancient shrine at the foot of the Himalayas is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, a character in the Indian epic Mahabharata.

Another must-see destination is Old Manali, situated about 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) outside of Manali. The main attractions here are the apple orchards, riverside cafés, Manu Temple and the ruins of Manaligarh Fort.

Manali is about 342 miles (550 kilometers) from New Delhi, the capital of India. The town does not have its own airport or train station, but there are bus services from several cities, including the capital. Manali is a popular spot for backpackers who rest here for a few days before embarking on a trek into the mountains towards Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul.

Where to stay in Manali

New Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

New Manali

3/5(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in New Manali. You might want to make time for a stop at Mall Road or Tibetan Monastary.

New Manali

Top hotels in Manali

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Crystal
Hotel Crystal
3 out of 5
Near Mall Road, Circuit House Road, Manali
The price is Rs2,490 per night from 19 Sep to 20 Sep

Located in New Manali, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hadimba Devi Temple and Mall Road. Tibetan Monastary and Hadimba Devi Mandir are also within 15 ...

Hotel Crystal
Span Resort and Spa
Span Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
Kullu Manali Highway, Katrain, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The price is Rs12,964 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct

Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Naggar Castle, Hadimba Devi Mandir and Mall Road. Vashist Springs and Roerich ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Manali in Manali

"It was a good stay. In particular Mr. Rajesh, Housekeeping in charge and Mr. Chobe Ram in reception extended excellent hospitality. Restaurant team are also good. Need to improve in approach to room and fittings inside. Very poor and outdated."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2019

Span Resort and Spa
The Himalayan
The Himalayan
5 out of 5
Hadimba Road, Kullu Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hadimba Devi Temple and Mall Road. Tibetan Monastary and Hadimba Devi Mandir are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (21 reviews)

"Stayed there for 4 days in mid Dec 2019. Hotel is very well maintained, and staff are friendly and very polite. GM Mr Vivek Thakur provided great personalised service and attention. We got an upgrade to a lovely 2BR cottage as we arrived early and our Family Room was not ready. The weather was very ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

The Himalayan

Popular places to visit in Manali

Mall Road
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Mall Road

3/5(6 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Mall Road, a popular shopping spot in Manali. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Hadimba Devi Temple
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Hadimba Devi Temple

4/5(6 reviews)

Find out about the history of Old Manali when you spend time at Hadimba Devi Temple. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Chalal Trek Trail
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Chalal Trek Trail

3.5/5(4 reviews)

You can take time to visit Chalal Trek Trail during your travels to Kasol. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Manikaran Gurudwara
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Manikaran Gurudwara

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Manikaran Gurudwara during your stay in Manikaran. Amble around the area's parks or visit its monuments.

Manu Temple
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Manu Temple

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Old Manali with a trip to Manu Temple. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Naggar Castle
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Naggar Castle

3/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Naggar with a stop at Naggar Castle. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Reviews of Manali


Guest rating

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 37.5%
4 - Good
4 - Good 37.5%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 12.5%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 12.5%

5/5 - Excellent


8 Nov 2019

Best destination for experiencing snowfall and beautiful views..

5/5 - Excellent


12 May 2019

Great Place. But stay for atleast 3-4 days.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Apr 2019

Right now the town is coming out of the flood ravage. Expect lot of traffic delays in this tourist season