Lockdown hasn’t been a good experience for many of us. All this negativity around and being locked up at your home degrades your mental health. Travelling and adventure are some sort of saviour in such conditions. And whenever we say adventure, Manali is the first name that comes up. Manali is in the state of Himachal Pradesh, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley.
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.
River Beas offers options of river rafting near the town of Kullu. Hence, Manali is not only known for its natural scenery, but also for its adventurous activities. The majority of the time it snows in the months of December and January followed by April and March. When it comes to adventure, Rohtang Pass & Solang valley is very popular among tourists.
Best time to visit Kullu Manali
Though the range of attractions in Manali never makes it boring to visit, but still, if you want to get the best out of something, time matters. The best time to visit Manali is during winter. Precisely, the months of November and February are most suitable to hit the roads heading to Manali. During this time, the town is covered with a shed of snow which enhances the beauty of hilly scenery. The temperature during this time fluctuates from 5 degrees Celsius to – 90 degrees Celsius. December and January are months of extremely cold weather conditions here. Though, people who love snow and winters can enjoy this weather by visiting here in December and January. At this time, the whole town is covered with a quilt of show.
But this doesn’t indicate that you can’t plan to visit Manali during the summers. 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.
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Things to do during this time
As in winters, you can do many snow-related activities, people love to visit Manali during winters. Even the weather starts getting good once the monsoon gets over, that is from October. Hence you can enjoy cool and breezy weather with lots of adventures.
Also, there is this very famous festival known as “Winter carnival”. It is one of the most popular attractions among tourists. It’s a blast of culture and celebration. Students and cultural groups massively participate from various colleges of India. The festival is held at ‘Manu Kala Kendra’ in Manali. This festival goes on for 5 days and offers a five-day feast to the visitors. But, not just this, there are a lot more reasons that why you should visit Manali in the winter season. Some other things are
Cherish the snowy moments
Well having a real snowy Christmas is something we all dreamt of as kids. And to fulfill your dream Manali is no less than heaven. As Manali is in the northern region of our country, it stays cool throughout the year. In winters, the temperature falls down from 0 degrees Celsius to minus 9 degrees Celsius. At adventure spots like Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley, you can easily witness snowfall. Hence, you can make snowman and snow fairies fulfilling your childhood wishes. Not only this but there are a lot of activities to do in Manali if you are coming here in the Winter Season.
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 favorability. In Winters you can enjoy activities like ice skating and skiing. Sloping down on snow-covered slopes with your skis while enjoying the cold waves and beautiful view is a mesmerizing experience.
Visit Hidimba Devi temple
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.
Visit some beautiful villages
Landscape views of the Himalayan region hit differently. Beautiful mountains with deep valleys and lots of greenery around. There are some very beautiful villages in Manali. Malana, Kothi, and Vashisht are some of them. Malana is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in India. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of the torrential Malana river, at a height of 2,652 meters (8,701 ft) above sea level. Malana has its own lifestyle and culture. The peaks of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba. A most simple way to reach Malana is by taking a taxi or bus.
Kothi is an inspiring destination located at the foothills of Rohtang Pass. It is approximately12 kilometers away from Manali at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level. Kothi offers a magnificent view of mountains covered with snow, glaciers, and the Beas River. It is a perfect plan for camping if you are planning to climb the Rohtang Pass.
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