Manali

About Manali

Manali is a happening destination located in Himachal Pradesh, roughly around 540 km from the national capital, New Delhi and is a popular destination among all types to travelers. The location of this place, soothing climate and its proximity to the national capital makes it a place which is flooded with tourists round the year. Gushing waters of the Beas River and striking apple orchards takes you close to nature in its pure form. 

Bike tour packages to Manali are very common and are taken up by bikers in summers a well as winter season. Tour packages to Manali often open the gateway to the more popular Leh Ladakh tour packages. Manali also many times serves as the starting point of Leh Ladakh Bike Tours.

Tour packages to Manali allows you to relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature as there are many places of interest and activities that one can enjoy as part of Manali tour packages. Hadimba Temple, Jogni Waterfall, Vashishth Temple, Manikaran Sahib, Kasol, Pandoh Dam and Prashar Lake are some of the more popularly visited destinations in and around Manali.

TREKKING DESTINATIONS FROM MANALI

Tour packages for adventure seekers and trekkers are easily available. There are a number of trekking packages that start and culminate in Manali. The most common ones are:

  1. Beas Kund Trek: Best taken up during the months of May to October, this is an easy to moderate 3 day trek taking you to the source of the Beas River. The total distance of this tre is 47 km and en-route it gives a soul refreshing view of the coniferous forests, rivulets and panoramic view of the Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Dhundhi, Indrasen Peak and the mighty Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. At the summit of this trek, is located, the Beas Kund Lake which is supposed to be the place from where sage Beas wrote the epic Mahabharata.
     
  2. Bhrigu Lake Trek: This 25 km trek to the Bhrigu lake takes 3 days time and traverses through beautiful Alpine forests, meadows and campsites, and the picturesque view of Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters. Bhrigu lake, situated at the height of 14,000 feet, remains frozen for almost the complete year and is the main attraction of this trek, which attracts beginners and seasoned trekkers, alike.
     
  3. Hampta Pass Trek: Paving the most convenient way from Mid June to Mid October, this trek is a 5 day adventurous journey taking you to an altitude of 14,010 feet. The easy to moderate difficulty trek, is a contrasting getaway trek from the more green pastured and grasslands of Kullu Valley to the barren cold deserted land of Lahaul Spiti Valley. Due to this dramatic transformation across a distance of 28 km, this trek is more popular as the most dramatic crossover trek of the mighty Pir Panjal Range. One can witness grasslands, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, vertical rock walls and exciting campsites during these 5 days of trekking. The main attraction of this trek is the Chandra Taal Lake, giving a divine peace to trekkers.
     
  4. Pin Parvati Trek: This imposing trek 112 km is competed in 11 days and is mostly taken up from July to September end. The trek is famous amongst seasoned and experienced trekkers and takes them to an altitude of 17,457 feet, where uncertain weather conditions and completely frozen mountains make the terrain very difficult to traverse. Once on the apex, the pass links the two great valleys of Kullu and Spiti. The pass connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu, which is lush grassland to the cold barren Pin Valley of Spiti. The transformation of the trekking route gives you a glimpse of the cultural shift from Kullu to the Buddhist culture of Spiti. One witnesses the Shrikhand Mahadev, Kinner Kailash, Bara Shrigiri, Parbati Goat Head Peak, Fluted Peak, and Kulu Makalu along the trek.
     
  5. Chanderkhani Trek: Another low altitude trek, having moderate difficulty level, this trek is famous among all types of trekkers and is generally done in the Mid May to September. This 21km trek is covered in 3 days and gives you a mesmerizing view of the mammoth Barabangal, Pir Panjal and Parvati ranges of the Himalayan range. This trek gives one of the best views of the Deo Tibba and Hanuman Tibba peaks. On the way one passes through the mountain villages of Naggar, Rumsu and Chandrakhani Pass which also serves as the star attraction of this trek.
     
  6. Bara Bhangal Trek: This mammoth 11 day trek covering 80 km is best taken up during the months of May to September. Journeying through the pastures, meticulous river crossings, glacial lakes and trails, moraines, this trek takes you to an ambitious height of 16,000 ft and thus, it is definitely not for the faint hearted. The trek gives a beautiful view of the Kalihani and Thamsar Pass, Deo Tibba, Indrasen Peak, Hanuman Tibba and the high peaks of Bara Shigri glacier. The Bara Bhangal village is inhabited by locals who believe that they are descendants of Alexander the Great, and becoming a part of their history is another rewarding package of this trek.
     
  7. Deo Tibba Basecamp Trek: Though an easy trek, this is a long walk of 30 kms covered in 6 days touching an altitude of 14,698 ft. The imposing mountains and the dazzling beauty of Deo Tibba, Norbu Peak, and Jagatsukh Peak makes this trek a reward in itself for the more adventurous trekkers. The major attraction of this trek is the ultimate beauty of the emerald blue coloured waters of the Chota Chandratal which is located at the foot of the Deo Tibba. The mountain peak of Deo Tibba translates its name to “Hills of Gods” and the summit is considered to be the seat of Lord Indra.
     
  8. Parashar Lake Trek: This easy to moderate trek is a low lying trek, which can be traversed in virtually any month of the year is a 19km trek covered over a span of 2 days. The stunning Parashar lake, which also dedicates a temple to Sage Parashar on its banks is the star attraction of this trek. The lake itself is surrounded by the Dhauladhar Range and journeys through thick forests and snow laden mountains.
     
  9. Sar Pass Trek: The best time to take up this trek of 49 kms spanning over 6 days, is May to October. The trek has been rated as moderate to difficult and hence is generally taken by more experienced trekkers and is certainly not for beginners. This trek is a wholesome package as it allows you to pass through a range of terrain of varied difficulty levels, srating from the easy green meadows and sparkling villages to the more challenging glacial rivers, silver waterfalls, steep climbs and an amazing slide. The highlight of this trek is its descent that cannot be traversed by trekking given its steep incline. So, almost a km of the slope from the pass has to be covered by sliding through it, before you can reach less stepper slopes and traverse down trekking. The star attraction of this trek is the Sar Lake, which remains frozen for almost the complete year.
     
  10. Kheerganga Trek: An easy, low altitude trek, Kheerganag is very popular among beginners and amateur trekkers. The short trekking distance of 12kms is covered in a 2 day span and takes you to Kheerganga which is the last inhabited village on the trekking route from Pin Valley via Pin Parvati Pass. The trek is a beautiful passage encompassed with lovely apple orchards, gushing waterfalls and beautiful green expanses. The hot water springs and the Shiva Temple are other important attractions of this trek, giving it mythological relevance, as Lord Karthikeyan, son of Lord Shiva is believed to have meditated here. One can even take a dip in the holy hot water springs surrounded by the snow covered mountain peaks.

BEST TIME TO VISIT MANALI

Tour packages to Manali can be availed in any season as this place a lot to offer in all weather conditions.

  1. Summer season in Manali extends from June – September. The temperature range during these months is a comfortable 25 deg C to 12 deg C and hence makes this season very popular among tourists from the Northern Plains of India which generally experience hot weather window. Bike tour packages to Manali in this season allows you to take a tour to the more famous Rohtang Pass which is a high pass en-route bike tour to Leh Ladakh and Spiti Valley. You can experience the coolness of snow filled Rohtang Pass. Contrastingly you can also enjoy paragliding in the lower Solang Valley, which is another popular activity, included in Manali tour packages.
     
  2. Winter Season in Manali extends from October to February, where there is a gradual change in temperature happening. Before the snow fall sets in, the number of tourists visiting Manali drops a bit. During the months of November – January, tourism in Manali again surges back to life, with people flooding in to witness snowfall. Tour packages to Manali during this season often allow you to go for Skiing and Ice Skating in the Rohtang region and Solang Valley.

HOW TO REACH MANALI

  1. By Road – This is the most common and easiest way to reach Manali. The tour packages to Manali also, take this common way to allow bikers experience Manali. The general route which is taken to Manali is:
    Delhi – Chandigarh – Charghat – Swarghat – Sunder Nagar – Mandi – Kullu – Manali

     
  2. By Air – Although a less popular way, air travel to Manali is also possible. The nearest airport to Manali is situated 10km south of Kullu and has regular flights operating from New Delhi and other major cities of India. From Kullu, one has to reach Manali by road, for which taxies and buses are easily available.

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