Situated in the Himalayan Mountains, Manali is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Due to its beauty it has become known as a perfect honeymoon destination that has much to offer its visitors.
Summer in Manali runs from April through June. During these months, the temperature is cool and pleasant. Wearing cotton or light woolen clothing is weather appropriate for this time of year. The winter here runs from October through February. It becomes extremely cold and foggy and snows a lot. During the winter months you need to wear heavy woolen clothing, and scarves and gloves are absolutely necessary. July through September is monsoon season in Manali. These months see heavy rainfall and occasional landslides, and probably aren’t the best months to plan your vacation. The best time to visit Manali is May through October, although adventure seekers might want to book a trip during the winter to take advantage of the skiing opportunities.
As long as you know your way around the area, the best way to explore is by motorbike, which can be hired at a reasonable cost. Otherwise, taxis and local buses are available to take you around the city. In either case, it is a good idea to carry a map of the area with you.
What to See and Do
This area is rich with beautiful sights to see. There are many temples such as the Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, the Bijli Mahadev Temple, and the Bhuvneshwari Temple. You might also be interested in visiting Naggar Castle, the Urusvati Himalayan Folk Art Museum, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, or the Dechen Choekhor Monastery.
If you like being outdoors, Manali is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, and hot springs.
Visiting the wildlife sanctuaries around will give you the opportunity to come face to face with endangered species such as brown bear, snow leopard, musk deer, cheer pheasant, and the Himalayan tahr.
There are many beautiful waterfalls and hot springs located nearby. Rahla Fall and Palani Fall are two popular waterfall destinations. The hot water springs, including Kheerganga, Kalath, and Vashishtha Springs, are thought to have curative powers.
If you are more of an adventure seeker, you might be interested in rafting in the Beas River or trekking through Solang Valley, Snow Point Rohtang Pass, or Jallori Pass. There are also opportunities for skiing, paragliding, and angling. The ultimate adventurer might want to check into the Western Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering.
No matter what time of year you visit Manali, you are almost guaranteed to be there during some sort of celebration. Whether you are there for the Ghost Dance or Winter Carnival in January, the Spring Festival in April, or the Dussera Festival in October, you are sure to have wonderful time learning about the rich culture of the Indian people.