Manali is a tourist town nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. It is famous for its mall road, Hidimba Temple, Manikaran, and beautiful scenic view of snow-capped mountains. Also, Manali offers a great atmosphere for trekking in the summers.
It is one of the most crowded and popular hill stations. This place offers one of the best views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year. Amid covid lockdown, Manali has been a dream destination for many people to visit. With a huge range of cute cafes, small shops and good wifi connection is a great source of attraction for youngsters. Also, there are many hostels and homestays that offer dorm beds for cheap for longer durations.
One can plan on visiting Manali during summers as well (April to June). You may experience moderate weather with breezy vibes, a clear sky, and beautiful mountains. Since Manali offers such a range of experiences in almost every season, you can find all sorts of tourists here. From a group of young friends to families, plan to visit Manali Throughout the year.
Manali in Summers.
If you are a travel and adventure enthusiast, then Summer (precisely April to June), is the best time to visit Manali. Unlike many parts of the country, whether in Manali stays pleasant during this period of time. If you visit Manali during the summers, you can enjoy many outdoor activities like trekking, paragliding, and rafting. This sort of weather condition is perfect for doing such activities. As summers cut off the snow factor, you can also have an incredible experience with zorbing and mountain activities. Also, you can see flowers blooming at this period of time. It’s a great view for nature enthusiasts.
Manali is in festive vibes during summers. You may get to witness a whole different and unique culture. You can enjoy the festival of Basantotsav in the summer month of April. Himachal Pradesh declared this fair as the festival of the state. As it marks the beginning of the spring season, it is also known as the “Spring Festival”. The temperature in summers lies between 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius in Manali.
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Places to visit in Manali during summers.
Summers offer a very chill and gentle vibe in Manali. People usually visit Manali during summers to ditch harsh hot weather in their hometowns. Summers in Manali is quite crowded and occupied. Here are some places you can visit during summer.
Solang Valley is at the top of Kullu valley, around 14 kilometers away from the main resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang pass. This place is very popular among tourists for its adventurous sports. Precisely, this place offers parachuting, paragliding, skating, skiing, and zorbing depending on the weather’s favourability.
You won’t find snow during summers. During this time the ground and weather conditions are perfect for zorbing or globe-riding. Zorbing means when people are tied in a huge unbreakable ball and pushed down from the hill.
Hidimba Devi temple is an ancient cave temple in the name of Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima ( One of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata). Locals also call this temple as Dhungari Temple. A cedar forest “Dhungiri Van Vihar ” covers the boundaries of the temple. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built this temple in 1553.
It is one of the most popular tourist and pilgrim spots which is around 1.5 kilometers away from the mall road in Manali. The temple has four floors. Locals often visit this temple with belief and faith. If you are visiting Manali, make sure you pay a visit to the Hidimba temple to seek some peaceful vibes and to see this wonderful historical and archaeological place.
Rohtang Pass is also known as the snow point of Manali. People across the country visit this place to enjoy some breathtaking activities during the summer season. Due to unfavorable cold weather, Rohtang Pass is closed for the public from the month of October to May. This place is around 51 kilometers away from Manali and at an altitude of 3,979 meters above sea level. Hence, in Winters, the mountains in Rohtang pass are completely covered with snow.
This beautiful valley is a gateway to other valleys like Lahaul Spiti, Pangi, and Leh. Tourists enjoy a beautiful cinematic view here and also try different fun activities like snow scooters, skiing, paragliding, mountain biking, or ATV.
Naggar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manali. People visiting Manali come to see the beauty of art and miniature paintings. Basically, Naggar is a huge castle with incredible artwork and paintings. It is like a paradise for art and craft enthusiasts. This rich art castle is located at the bank of river Beas because of which people prefer this place.
Naggar is also known for its beautiful scenic view and sliding landscapes that make it a dream come true for couples. Tripura Sundari and Gauri Shankar temples in Naggar are must-visits.
Vashisht temple is a popular tourist destination. This temple was founded by Guru Vashisht who was the sole guru (teacher) of Lord Ram and Lord Laxman. It is at a distance of 3.5 km from Manali Bus Stand. The village of Vashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht one of the seven sages of Hindu. It is believed that this temple is 4000 years old. Inside the temple, there is a black stone image of the Rishi wearing dhoti.
Manali wildlife sancturary.
If you are a nature and wildlife enthusiast, make sure you don’t miss the chance of hanging around in Manali Wildlife Sanctuary. It starts about 2 kilometers from the center town Manali. This place is natural heaven and offers a huge variety of flora and fauna. It’s a huge area covering about 7,413 acres of land with lush greenery and beautiful snow-covered mountains. You can experience the wonderful sight and sounds of beautiful birds and exotic animal species.
Visitors find this place very peaceful and attractive with a wide range of different species of flora and fauna. Earlier, this place was home to many rare species like musk deer, Himalayan black bear, flying fox, striped hyena, and barking deer. Though, you may still spot rare and endangered species like leopards, brown bears, and goral.
Not just about the wildlife, but this place is home to many exotic flora species like Deodar, Horse Chestnut, Kail, Maple, and Walnut.
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River Beas Valley for river rafting.
As we know, Manali is associated with the River Beas Valley. Rafting here in cold icy water is surely a lifetime breathtaking experience. The River Beas is at its strongest here. The valley is famous for its range of 14-kilometer stretch of white water down to Jhiri. These properties and natural conditions make this place perfect for rafting. Many sports adventure companies offer rafting facilities in Manali. If adventure is something you are looking for, then what’s better than facing huge waves in a raft along with your friends.
As River Beas valley’s stretch is one of the best places for rafting in India, it offers short stretches for beginners and long, powerful stretches for experienced people. Summers that are months of April and June are most suitable for rafting in Manali. Rafting activities are done under complete training and safety guidelines.