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There’s no place like Manali. If Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz, was from the quaint hill town, no one would blame her for wanting to click her red shoes to come home! Surrounded by beautiful peaks in the picturesque green valley of the river Beas, Manali invites tourists to take mountain adventures that they will soon not forget. Backpackers from across the globe are content to the laidback villages surrounding the main town their home. Adventure enthusiasts flock to the town to indulge in trekking, mountain biking, canyoning, rafting, paragliding and skiing. The lovebirds and families visit Manali for the fresh mountain air and the glimpse of snow on the journey to Rohtang Pass. Manali is considered the main starting point (between June and October) for trips to Ladakh and Spiti. It is always a good idea to unwind and rest in Manali for a few days before making the long journey into the mountains. Manali’s popularity has skyrocketed over the years, becoming a bucolic retreat for Indian tourists who look to escape the city during the brutal summer months. About 800-1000 hotels and guesthouses have sprung up in the main centre and on the outskirts. From mid-April to mid-July, and then from mid-September to mid-October, the town is buzzing with activity and is overrun with cars trying to navigate the narrow lanes and main roads leading to Manali. Most tourists prefer staying in the villages of Vashisht or Old Manali. However, these villages are partially closed during November and April. Old Manali is a must visit. It is located about 2km northwest of the Mall on the far end of the Manalsu Nala stream. It is the main backpacker zone and still retains the old-world Indian village charm. One can find a number of old houses made of wood and stone. Located nearby is the famous Manu Maharishi Temple. Legend has it that the temple was built on the site where the ark of Manu, the creator of civilisation, landed once the great flood ended. The Public Baths is an interesting place to visit in Manali. These sulphur-laden hot springs are connected to the small public baths located inside the Vashisht Mandir. The Nature Park should also be listed on the places to visit in Manali because of the towering cedar pines. It is by far the best route between the centre and Old Manali. To the south of the centre lies the Van Vihar Park. The best time to visit Manali is between October and February. It is also a good summer retreat as the temperature never soars above the 25 degree mark. For those looking to enjoy snow, January is a good time to visit. However, be warned, as the temperature drops to below zero degrees Celsius in January. There are about 102 OYO Rooms to choose from in Manali! A majority of the budget and premium OYO hotels in the town offer spectacular views. For those looking to enjoy the old world charm of the town, book a hotel in Old Manali. One can find OYO hotels located near Log Huts Area, Naggar Road and the popular The Mall Road. One can also find a room on the Rohtang Highway.