Himachal Tourist Places
Himachal Pradesh is famous for its Himalayan landscapes and popular hill-stations. Many outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, and heli-skiing are popular tourist attractions in Himachal Pradesh. Manali, the state capital, is very popular among tourists.
Manali is a hill station in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, at the northern end of the Kullu valley. It is located at an altitude of 2,050 m (6,726 ft.) in the Beas River Valley. The district Manali is located in is Kullu. And has a population of about 31000. This town is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and a roadway to other northern hill stations.
The town became a popular tourist destination only recently after the British visited it frequently due to the favorable climate and beautiful landscape and the rise of militancy in Kashmir also boosted tourism in Manali in the 1980s. The town is visited by tourists throughout the year, and there are 800 1000 hotels and guesthouses in the town and outskirts. People come here with families, on honeymoons, or in search of adventure sports. Manali offers a wide range of activities like mountain biking, skiing, trekking, paragliding, cannoning, etc.
The Kullu valley is famous for its picturesque hills and temples. It is one of the topmost tourist destinations and one can visit famous places like the Rohtang Pass, the Hadimba Temple, Vashist Hot Springs, Solang Valley, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Nehru Kund, Sultanpur Palace, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Ma Sharvari Temple, the Beas Valley, etc. There are many famous trekking routes like the Malana Village Trek, Bara Banghal and Bir Trek, Hamya Herbal Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Jogini Waterfalls Trek, Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek, Beas Kund Trek, Brighu Lake Trek, Lama Dugh Trek, Chandrakhani Pass Trek, etc.
The climate in Manali is very cold in winters and moderately cool in summers, with winter temperatures ranging from 15 to 5 degree Celsius and summers with 4 to 15 degree Celsius. If one is looking for snow activities, then one should visit Manali between January Mid-June. For honeymooner, the whole year is favorable, except the monsoon months of July September. For people looking to visit Manali in the off season, the best time is January Mid-March, when the crowd is sparse and hotels offer discounts.
Weather in Manali:-
In fact, you can explore the hill station anytime. Below mentioned are the details of best time to visit in Manali.
Spring Season : From March to April when temperature stays between 10℃ to 20℃ with Clear skies. However, occasional rain and thunderstorms are normal.
Summer Season : May to June is the summer season to explore Manali tourism. The temperature stays between 16℃ to 28℃ with clear skies. However, environment may become smoky due to forest fires.
Monsoon Season : July to September is the Monsoon weather when temperature stays between 13℃ to 20℃ with Cool and humid. It rains continuous through the rainy season. Walking at Manali Mall Road during Monsoon season is amazing experience.
Autumn Season : Months of October and Novemberis weather season when temperature stays between 10℃ to 23℃ with clear skies and chilly evenings.
Winter Season : Months of December to February are winter months. During winter temperature reaches minus 7℃ to 10℃. Generally dull weather and frequent snowfall are common.
Weather in Puri is highly influenced by sea as it lies on the banks of Bay of Bengal. The tropical climate of Orissa with pleasant winters, hot and humid summers and heavy rainfalls makes the period from October to April the best time to visit Puri. White Sands of Puri Beach attract lots of tourists to Puri from October to April.
Best Time to visit Manali - Manali is a beautiful destination that offers different charms in all seasons:-
September to February : The monsoons pull in to an end in September and winter starts setting in from October.
December to January : December end to January is the time when you can welcome new year and witness of snowfall with white mountains and river's, making it a most adored with the honeymooners and party lovers. This is the ideal time for experience adventure enthusiasts who need to go skiing.
March to June : Summer adventures in from March anyway the atmosphere is so far great. The temperatures in the midst of these pre-summer a very long time generally change between 10°C to 25°C, so you may at present need light woollen’s in the midst of the night. This is the perfect time to appreciate outside activities, for instance, paragliding, drifting, trekking and mountain encounters in the Solang Valley. This is furthermore when the locale's verdure is in full bloom advancing it the absolute best basic perfection.
July to August : Monsoons in Manali can be questionable as the region experiences significant precipitation, which can moreover once in a while lead to torrential slides. Regardless, considering a lot of guests would prefer not to go in the midst of this time, the expenses of hotels will when all is said in done drop.
Fairs and Festivals in Manali- Come Close to Traditions and Culture of Himachal Pradesh:-
This Himachla hill station is not only known for serenity, cool climate, lush greenery and snow-capped mountain ranges, but also for a number of fairs and festivals that are celebrated by both locals and tourists. Some of the most celebrated fairs and festivals in Manali include:
Spring Festival-Time for Joyous and Celebration:-
It is the most awaited festival that is organized in the month of April from 28th to 30thof month every year. Folk music and dances of Himachal Pradesh keep visitors mesmerized during the festival season.
Baba Nath Fair-A Fair that Attract Devotees to Manali:-
This event occurs is celebrated from 14th March to 13th April in which Pilgrims from all over the country and globally come to visit Baba Nath Fair to invoke their blessings.
Nalwari Mela-A Very Traditional Fair:-
It is one of the most celebrated festivals held for wrestling, cultural events, and cattle fair and trading activities. People from differnet parts of the India come to enjoy the traditional fair.
Rafting Cup-An Adventure Sport Event:-
Being one of the popular adventure sports festivals, Rafting Cup is river rafting championship from Pandoha to Tattapani. As far as Pandoha is concerned, it is 70 kilometers from Manali.
Shivratri Fair-The Most Religious Festival:-
Fair and festivals Spring festival ManaliIt is also one of the sacred festivals in Manali in which hundreds of local deities and consists of cultural program gather in the evening for dance and music.
Summer Festival-Enjoy Cultural Programs:-
Like spring festival, summer festival is also much celebrated festival here that is held in the month of June. In the festival, cultural programs are performed by state residents who come from various parts.
Places in Manali:-
MANALI:- “left bank of river Beas”,
Manai : According to mythology, one day, Varvasvata, the seventh incarnation of Manu found a tiny fish in his bathing water. The seventh Manu cared for the fish till the day it grew so huge that he released it into the sea. When the entire world would be submerged and bade him to build a sea worthy ark. When the flood came, the fish which is regarded as first avatar of Lord Vishnu. As the water subsided the seventh Manu's ark came to the rest on a hill side and the place was named Manali (2,050 m) after him.
Rohtang Pass (3979 m) is 51Kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular Mountain View. The pass is open from May to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. For latest information about opening of Rohtang Pass, contact tourist information centre at Manali, Ph: +91-1902-253531.
Solang Valley : Solang Valley located at a distance of 13 kms from Manali, Solang Valley lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. Which is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting, paragliding, trekking, and mountaineering, summer is for zorbing and paragliding, the best time to visit Solang Valley is between the months of November to February.
Naggar Castle : Naggar is 25 Kms from Manali. A panoramic view of the valley of Gods. Naggar 1770 m above the sea leavel has been an old capital of the Kings of Kullu. Foundation of this ancient feudal seat was laid by Raja Visudhpal. Naggar retained its preeminence in the valley until Raja Jagat Singh who shifted the capital to Sultanpur (now in Kullu town) in 1460 AD.The little town of Naggar is situated high above the left bank of river Beas.The surviving old castle is an a marvelous medievval building.Bult in local architect KATHKOONI having alternate course of stone and wooden beams with a tiny temple at its center known as JAGTIPAT TEMPLE: In the upper courtyard of the castle there is a tiny temple -a small square structure which contains "Jagtipatt" a slab of stone measuring 5'x8'x6" which is said to have been brought from a place near Vashisht by honey bee. This is also place for meeting of local deities of Kullu, this historic monument now a Heritage hotel run by State Govermment. But tourist can visit to pay Rs 15.
Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara : Manikaran at an altitude of 1760 mts 80 kms from Manali is located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati. Manikaran is considered to be the prime place in kulant peeth as per the brahmand puran. Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Manikaran Gurudwara or Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurudwara is commemorated to the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to Manikaran.
Hot Springs in Manikaran, Hot springs in Manikaran emerge at various locations spreading upto a distance of 1.3 kms along the river from the old bridge to Brahma ganga. There is no sulphur or iron in the hotsprings here.
Manikaran 85 Kms, Kullu (40 Kms): Famous for White water River Rafting & exquisitely woven colorful shawls and kullu caps.
How to Reach Manali:-
AIR : The nearest airport to manali is bhuntar kullu airport which is actually close to manali, approximately 55kms. This airport operates domestic flights connecting to Delhi and Chandigarh, Chandigarh airport also near to manali (himachal Pradesh) that runs scheduled flights from Kolkata to Chandigarh and major cities likes New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
RAIL : The nearest railway station to manali is Joginder nagar, find the narrow gauge track up to Joginder nagar, which is about 165 km. You can then take a cab or a bus to manali. From Jogindernagar to Manali is 5-6 hours en route Mandi and Bhuntar. The nearest junction is at Chandigarh about 310 kms away and Ambala about 310 kms away, from where you can get trains to reach Manali.
ROAD : The distance between Delhi to Manali by road is over 560 km and it takes around 11 to 14 hours, for tourists since it lets them enjoy picturesque views and pleasant weather there are frequent buses from Delhi to Manali, there are many private bus operators as well to make the services more convenient and accessible.
You can check the status of the buses and also book online here on HRTC.
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