It certainly would be no overstatement that Manali is one of the best tourist destinations in the northern part of India. All those who wish to explore the undying beauty of the north Indian hills can make their way to Manali without wasting anymore time. Known for its hilly landscape and colonial structures, Manali offers tourists with ample respite from the pressures and tensions of everyday life.
Manali is a tourist destination that would appeal to you if you’re a city dweller who is looking to swat aside the ‘towering expectations’ that a person tends to come across as part of his/her daily life.
Manali is a place that needs to be visited if you wish to explore the hills. Known for its minimalist look, Manali is o less than a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Right from trekking to sightseeing, you have a bunch of exciting activities to look forward to.
There are plenty of things for you to do in Manali. However, you’ll have to squeeze them into your schedule. Here is how a 3-day trip to Manali needs to look like:
Reaching Manali From Delhi
Manali is well connected to all of the major cities in India, including Delhi. You can board a train from the New Delhi Railway station to Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh. Joginder Nagar is located at a distance of about 145 kms from Manali. It will take somewhere between 13-15 hours to travel from Delhi to Manali by rail. So, it can be said that those wanting to enjoy a long (and somewhat tiring) journey can travel via rail.
All those planning to travel by air can check out a set of economical flights from Delhi to Manali. Interestingly, Bhuntar is the nearest airport that connects Manali. Bhuntar is connected by flights from Chandigarh and Delhi. It is located at a distance of 50 km (approx.) from Manali.
Day 1: Reach Manali and begin Exploring the Place After a Breather
You will be able to explore the place well if you are well rested. Therefore, it is a great idea to make your way to the hotel as soon as you reach your destination. Check out the menu card available at the hotel and get something to eat. Rest for a while and start exploring Manali. To begin with, make your way to this village, named Vashisht. Here, you will find Jogini Waterfalls, which is one of the most-loved tourist destinations in the region. The waterfall is one of the most popular picnic spots in and around Manali and offers a tranquil environment to those who have a liking for natural wonders.
After you’ve spent some quality time while admiring the waterfall, check out some of the best restaurants in the Old Manali area, including Johnson’s Bar and Restaurant. Here, you will be able to get all of your favourite shakes and snacks (and main course). Do try out the wide range of milkshakes offered at this restaurant. If you are planning to have dinner at this restaurant, then do also try out the traditional lamb curry. Pair it up with a shot of Vodka, preferably Bloody Mary, and enjoy a memorable meal.
Also, make it a point to visit the Manali Gompa, which would provide you with some exciting knowledge about the development of Buddhism in the country. Moreover, the Gompa is known for its peaceful environment that it provides the touring parties with. Do remember to buy a few handicrafts from the stalls that ornament the Manali Gompa.
Roam around the Manali Gompa for a while before making your way to the hotel after enjoying a hearty dinner.
Day 2: Visit the Solang Valley, Tibetan Market and Hadimba Mandir
Check out Rider’s Inn Café (near the Tibetan Colony) to enjoy a hearty breakfast if you do not wish to are not willing to eat at the hotel. Omelette with chopped tomatoes can be enjoyed at the café. Plus, do not forget to order chicken ham and bacon. Aloo Paranthas and sandwiches are also available.
The Solang Valley is one of the most popular destinations in Manali for adventure lovers and trekkers. If you are someone who loves adventure sports, such as skiing, paragliding and zorbing, then visit Manali when the winter is at its peak.
Solang Valley is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Manali. Also, it is a heaven for those who want to put their photography skills to use. Check out the roadside stalls and enjoy a hearty cup of tea.
Do shop at the Tibetan Market for shawls and other woollen products and apparels. Also, you will find souvenirs dealing with Tibetan culture, such as Thangkas (Buddhist paintings on cloth). Also, female travellers would like get their hands on silver jewellery.
Up next, comes the Hadimba Mandir, which is not just a place for pilgrims but for tourists as well. It is surrounded by lush green forest cover, which makes it a popular place for all those who wish to spend some time alone while doing nothing. All you would find here is a vast green expanse to keep you company. Spend some time while roaming around (in the vicinity) and do remember to get a few photographs clicked.
As far as dinner is concerned, you need to try out Casa Bella Vista if you happen to be a pizza lover. Here, you would get to eat delicious pizzas, all of which are cooked in wood ovens. Savour the rich taste of these pizzas and enjoy a hearty dinner.
Make your way back to the hotel and get some sleep before kick starting your last day in Manali.
Day 3: Check Out the Bhrigu Lake and Manu Temple Before Leaving
Grab an early breakfast at the hotel and make your way to the Manu Temple. On your way to the temple, do grab a plate of Sifu and Babru. Sidu is a fluffy bread made using yeast, while Babru falls under the kachori family.
Manu Temple, just like many other temples in the region, is a symbol of peace and serenity. The temple is dedicated to the eponymous sage (Manu). You will have to undertake a hike in order to reach the temple. The pious vibes of the temple would engulf you from all possible sides.
Moving on, do also make your way to the Bhrigu Lake, which lies at a distance of about 20 km from Manali. This lake is a natural wonder you wouldn’t get to see anywhere else in the world.
Before you make your way back to the hotel (in order to leave Manali) to get yourself clicked near the Bhrigu Lake as it is one of the many Instagram-worthy destinations in Manali.
Happy holidaying, lads!
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