Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state.
Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.
Manali is a gorgeous Himalayan hill station in Kullu Valley and an immensely sought after holiday spot in India. The hill station is well known for its snow-clad peaks in winters as well as adventure activities like trekking and white water rafting. Manali is also the doorway to Ladakh, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, and enjoy adventure sports like paragliding, rock climbing and hiking.
Best Time To Visit Manali
Undoubtedly winters are the best time to visit, which is between October and March when the temperature remains between 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. Folks like to visit Manali in monsoons too, as the place looks and feels dreamy and mystical during rainfall.
Also, if you love snow you should visit between December to January to have the splendid snowfall view.
How To Get There
Take your own car if you have experience driving in hilly and rocky terrains, or else hire a taxi with an experienced driver. Only hardcore bikers should take a bike trip to Manali.
Alternatively, take a bus from Delhi to Manali. Private bus operators offer tickets for as low as Rs. 1000. Self-hire cars are also available at good discounts online. The shortest distance between two cities is roughly 550 kilometers, reachable in 11 to 12 hours by road.
There are three scenic routes you can take. Find them mentioned below.
Route 1: Ambala-Chandigarh Route
Delhi → Panipat → Kurukshetra → Ambala → Chandigarh → Bilaspur → Mandi → Kullu → Manali
This route will take you around 12 to 13 hours via NH 44 and 154. The distance is approximately 560 kilometers. Check out the itinerary of the sights to see below.
Popular Stopovers on the Delhi to Manali Road Trip
- Purana Quila: Visit this historical mosque, library and park in Panipat.
- Karnal Lake: After crossing Karnal, you will come across this small lake which can make for a quick stop. A peaceful place.
- Sheikh Chilli Tomb: Check out this beautiful mausoleum of a famous Sufi Saint in Kurukshetra.
- Jyotisar Birthplace of Bhagavad Geeta: This holy place in Kurukshetra is where Lord Krishna delivered the Geeta sermons during the mythical war of Kurukshetra.
- Rock Gardens of Chandigarh: This is a must-see unique spot, a garden made of trash and recyclable material, creative and interesting.
- Sukhna Lake: A well-maintained, clean and serene lake in Chandigarh.
- Le Corbusier Centre: Do visit this gem of a place that houses photographs and other archival material of Le Corbusier, the great architect of the city.
- Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary: On Pendra Road, Bilaspur, visit this green, lush and dense forest area is worth a visit.
- Rewalsar Lake: After leaving Bilaspur, stop at this lake nestled in mountains, with a monastery nearby.
- Parashar Lake: A detour from Mandi will take you to this stunning lake in Dhauladhar mountain range.
- Barot Valley: Further ahead, experience this stunning locale before reaching Manali, covered with dense deodar trees.
- Bijli Mahadev Temple: Before reaching Kullu, explore this simple and gentle trek amidst Kullu’s green and floral landscape.
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