Top 25 Places to Visit in Manali

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Whether you are looking for inner peace from a busy lifestyle or want to spend some time with your friends then you need to head up to Manali. Manali is one of the best places in India for those who love hill stations. The mountains of Manali always fascinate its tourist as well as paradise for love – birds.

There are various exciting places of Manali which increase the enthusiasm of tourist. Here in this post, we have discussed 25 amazing places to visit in Manali.

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Best time to visit Manali:

The perfect time to enjoy the climate of Manali is from October to February. In winter temperature drops down at zero degrees C, if you are winter lover you will love this place especially in January because this is the time of snowfall.

Chill & fresh snowfall will make your trip of Manali memorable. Let’s pack your back this winter for explore the beauty of Manali.

Hadimba Temple, Manali:

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Hadimba Temple in Manali was built in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh. This ancient shrine is also known as the Dhungari temple.

This temple is dedicated to the Hidimba Devi, the wife of Bheem made of wooden architecture. If you love to visit religious places then don’t escape Hidimba or Hadimba Devi Temple.

Location:

Situated in Old Manali.

Timing to visit:

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fees:

No charges
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Solang Valley:

salong valleySolang Valley is a short drive away from Manali, located about 8400 feet above the sea level. Solang the mini valley of Manali known as the heaven of adventure & sports, so if you are adventure lover, have fun here.

You can explore snowmobile, paragliding along with Zorbing.

For snow-related activities, winter is the best season. During winter snowmaking skiing is the best spot here. For other adventure activities, the summer season is perfect.

How to Reach:

You can easily get public transport services like buses, taxi or train to reach there. So don’t worry about getting it there.

Best time to Visit:

Any season in a year whether you’re winter or summer lover. You can choose your season according to you comfort and purpose. Nov to Feb is perfect for winter sports when the valley is covered by snow and summer for adventurous sport.

Things to do:

Paragliding and sightseeing.
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Jogini Waterfalls, Manali:

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Jogini Waterfalls is one of the best picturesque natural spots in Manali. This waterfall is revitalizing trek away from Manali.

Here you can visit various old shires at the bottom of the pool. This place is popular among photographers because of its beauty.

Jogini waterfalls also attract tourists as a picnic spot, so you can enjoy this enriching place with your family or friends.

Location:

Situated in Vashisht Village, Manali.

Best time to visit:

The summer season is the best time to visit from March to May and during winter from October to February. During winter the temperature is low but in summer the weather becomes pleasant and perfect to trek the waterfall.
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Great Himalayan National Park, Manali:

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The great Himalayan National park in Manali is listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. This park is one of the best places to visit for animal lovers. This park was established in 1984. There are almost 1000 plant species, 31 mammal species and 209 birds’ species available.

The glacial valleys and wildflowers ignite craving for capturing these moments via camera. If you love to click pictures, you should plan to visit Himalayan National park.

Fun and adventure lover can engage in hiking & camping. This park also has decent accommodation options for tourists. Flora and fauna of this great Himalayan Park has build up its charm.

How to Reach:

Located in Shamshi, Himachal Pradesh, it is well connected with roadways. You can easily get private bus, cab and public transport to reach there.

Best time to visit:

The summer season is considered as the best time when the weather becomes bright and pleasant and the perfect time to trekking in the park.

Entry fee:

50 Rupees/head for Indian and for Foreigners – 200 Rupees/head

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Manu Temple, Manali:

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The temple Manu in Manali is popular because of its pagoda style architecture. To reach out this temple you may take some effort but the spiritual vibes will make it worth.

The peaceful environment of the Manu temple always attracts people. If you love history and want to read the history of this temple, take some time and read its history on the wall of the temple.

How to reach:

It is located approx 3 KM from the Manali market so either you can reach there by foot or use public transport.

The Manali Gompa, Manali:

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The Manali Gompa, Tibetan architecture was built in the 1960s via Tibetan refugees. It has an ornate design which allows tourist to feel the spiritual vibes. Gordhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is another name of Manali Gompa.

This place speaks the morals of Buddhism and its vivid traditions. The root of Manali Gompa has built-in Pagoda style, which makes it look more attractive.

If you are looking for souvenirs or handicraft Tibetan items, just buy from stalls of the complex of Manali Gompa.

How to reach:

It is located on the mall road near Manali bus stand. You can either use public transport or rickshaw and taxis are also available here.

Best time to visit:

Either morning or evening is the perfect time to observe prayer and Buddhist Monk.

Timing:

6:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday Closed)
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Beas River, Manali:

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The natural landmark of the Manali region near Vashihst village “Beas river” is the most popular places to visit in Manali. You can enjoy enriching views of the river valley close to its crystal clear blue water.

River Beas is the hub of rafting and kayaking. White river rafting for 7 kilometers on this river will sure increase adrenaline in your body.

Whether you are on a solo trip or with family/friends just let your desire experience thrilling adventure of river rafting.

How to reach:

The Beas River is located 5 KM from the bus stand and 3 KM from the old Manali clubhouse. You can easily get there by renting a taxi or rickshaw or taking the public bus.

Best time to visit:

During monsoon season when the water is in full flow.

Things to do:

River rafting, sightseeing, take photographs of beauty around and take a dip into the water if you know how to swim.
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Bhrigu Lake, Manali:

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Do you love trekking? Here is the best trekking destination in Manali and that is “Bhrigu Lake.” This top most picture-perfect serene of Manali has located about 4300 meters above the sea level. Therefore trekking on this lake would be such a thrilling experience. Evergreen tree forest and the beautiful lake will definitely steal your heart. Those who love nature and adventure would feel pleasure to see this wonderful site.

How to reach:

Located 18 KM away from Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. If you have a car then it is well connected through Manali by road. Private and shared taxis are the most affordable mode of public transport.

Best time to visit:

Any time in a year is perfect to visit this beautiful site. If you love snow then come in winter season from October to May, you’ll get some portion of the lake frozen and covered by snow. Summer is best for adventurous.
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Hampta Pass Trek, Manali:

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There are many spots are popular for trekking but the most popular one is the Hampta pass. This is known as the most dramatic crossover trek in Manali. It is located over 4000 meters at Pir Panjal Range where a river crossing it.

If you are willing trekking of this awesome trek pass then you should contact any group who will guide you. The charges may vary according to their facilities and number of days.

How to Reach:

Located approx 15 KM from Manali and it is well connected by road so you can hire a taxi or cab to reach this beautiful destination.
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Kothi, Manali:

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On the Rohtang pass, there is an iconic hamlet named “Kothi.” This village is situated an altitude of 2500 meters. Kothi is a perfect spot for trekking, camping and photography.

Some artists visit here for peace of mind and get some creative ideas. The beauty of this charming village has been written by many poets in their poems.

This place is really great combination of nature, beauty, and peace, such extraordinary inspirations for artists, painters, and photographers.

If you have a plan to trek Rohtang pass via foot, don’t miss this place.

How to reach:

It is located approx 14 Kilometers from Manali on Leh Manali Highway. Rented cabs are the best mode of public transport and two-wheeler motorbikes are also available here for rent.

Best time to visit:

For snowfall, lover winter is the best season to visit from October to June. During the summer season when the snow melts and the natural beauty is exposed making it easier for treking.
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Nehru Kund, Manali:

Nehru Kund
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The beautiful spring “Nehru Kund” is located in Manali on the Rohtang pass highway. This exciting place is famous among photographers because this place has natural light for great photo shot.

Nehru Kund spring got its name from the first PM of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. Actually, during his visit of Manali, he used to spend his time here and drink water from this natural spring.

It has been said that the water in this spring comes from Bhrigu Lake.

For nature lovers and photographers, Nehru Kund is an ideal place, crystal clear water and calm climate made it a great tourist spot in Manali.

How to reach:

The Nehru Kund is located around 6 KM from Manali on the Manali-Keylong road. Rented jeeps and cabs are the best way to reach there.
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Van Vihar, Manali:

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Among top places to visit in Manali Van Vihar is one of the great tranquil places. Actually Van Vihar is a public park maintained by Municipal Corporation of the city.

This park has decorated via sky touching deodar trees and manmade lake. Bird lovers can enjoy local species birds in this park.

Boating and well-maintained park which has beautiful site sense can make your day awesome. You must enjoy this place with family if you are on the trip to Manali.

How to reach:

Located opposite Tibbet market Van Vihar is easily accessible by public transport and private cab. The Himachal Pradesh State Bus has arranged the number of buses that frequently run through the city.

Timing:

8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (In Summer) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (In Winter)

Entry Fees:

5 Rupees/head. 30 Rupees for 15 minutes of boating in the lake.

Things to do:

Picnic, relaxation, and boating.
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Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, Manali:

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Another spiritual spot of Manali, “Himalayan Nyingmapa, Buddhist temple has soothing silence which will calm your soul. This Buddhist temple is situated in the mid of a busy town.

Amazing pagoda-style architecture enriches this temple mystical allure which frazzled the nerves of tourist.

Once you will reach this awesome spot don’t miss to pray wheels and Sakyamuni idol and watching the wall painting.

Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist temple will connect you with spirituality and relax your soul.

How to reach:

This temple is located near the mall road in Manali. You can take a local bus, auto-rickshaw, and taxis to reach it there.

Timings:

6:00 am to 7:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee:

No entry fee, 20 rupees if you want to use camera or mobile inside the monastery.
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Rahala Falls, Manali:

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Whether you have visited Manali or not but the name of Rahala falls, must be heard. Actually Rahala falls counted among incredible beautiful sight seen in India.

Water cascading onto the rocks of falls and spraying on tourists, it gives just wow feeling to everyone. Fresh and cold water spray refresh tourists and let them capture beautiful moments.

This awesome spot also attracts tourists as a picnic spot. All around the waterfall, there are many hiking trails. You can experience attractive deodar and silver birch trees explore its region.

How to reach:

Rahala Falls is located on the Leh-Manali highway about 16 KM away from Manali. If you have your own vehicle then you can easily drive through this beautiful destination. And taxis or cabs are the best modes of public transportation.

Best time to visit:

From March to October when the water level is high and snow has started melting down. Come early morning or first half of the day to explore the beauty of this stunning place.
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Rohtang Pass, Manali:

Rohtang Pass
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If you are in Manali and haven’t plan to tour Rohtang, that may let you regret it. So, after such a lovely experience of Manali, don’t miss adorable place Rohtang. The Rohtang pass is an elevation of 4000 meters above the sea level.

For nature lovers and artists this tourist spot is known as the heaven of adventure. Tourist enjoy mountain biking, skiing, paragliding, etc,

Whether you are with family, friends or on a solo trip, don’t miss this trip because it will let you experience more adventure.

How to reach:

This place can be reached only by road and the best mode is renting a bike or car. You can use public transport buses that run through the Manali to Leh via Rohtang pass.

Best time to visit:

May is considered the best time to visit Rohtang pass, during this time it becomes a hotspot of adventure lovers. During the winter season, the pass remains closed.

Things to do:

Admire the beauty of Rohtang

pass, enjoy heliskiing, paragliding and enjoy snow scooter driving.
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Naggar Castle, Manali:

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The amidst scenic beas valley has awesome “Naggar Castle.” This castle is a historical place in Kullu, made up in 15th century by Raja Sidh Singh in Kullu.

Nowadays this castle has taken by tourism Development Corporation and run as a heritage hotel. This castle has made up of a very distinct style and wooden structure. Over the year some European elements added on it.

From this castle tourist can capture fantastic alpine forests and view of the town. If you are a photographer must visit this castle for more inspiration.

How to reach:

Nagar Castle is located around 27 KM away from Kullu. From there you need to take a bus to reach Nagar village. Nagar and Manali are 21 KM away from each other so you can take private buses those run by HRTC from Manali.

Timings:

7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Entry Fee:

15 Rupees per person
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Gauri Shankar Temple, Manali

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The wonderful historical place of Manali “Gauri Shankar temple” is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has designed in the Shikhara style of architecture along with craving on the stone wall. These cravings depict God & Goddess.

You can feel the spiritual vibes of Goddess Gauri & Lord Shiva in this temple. Just because of its amazing architecture it becomes the center of attraction among researchers and architecture freaks.

Gauri Shankar temple is located at Naggar castle hamlet. Once you have visited Naggar Castle must travel this temple for spiritual vibes for purifying your soul.

How to reach:

Gauri Shakar temple is located near to Nagar bus stand so it is easily accessible bus. Local buses are frequently run from Manali to Nagar. Also, you can hire bikes or cabs on hourly basis and drive private vehicle to travel the temple.

Timing:

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Everyday)

Old Manali, Manali:

old manaliWhile tour of Manali if you would like to see the culture of Manali just travel Old Manali feel it. This is the most antiquated part of Manali.

You can see forests & apple orchards, bridge over the Manaslu River which always has high current. This river divides Old Manali from the main town that gives it an iconic image.

If you are craving for food or food lover, there are lots of cafes are waiting for you. You can visit most popular cafes like Evergreen, Sunshine, Bone Free and 1947.

This would be the perfect place for travel just to energies your body and soul.

How to reach:

The best way to reach OId Manali is by foot to trekking uphill from Manali as the distance from Manali is just 3 KM. You can also take auto and taxis as well.

Things to do:

Hire a scooter or bike and admire the beauty of this place, taste some delicious food in the Old Manali cafes, take a nature walk and explore the true culture of Manali.
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Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Manali

Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
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History freaks and researchers must love the Museum of Himachal culture and folk art.

Although you are not a history lover if you wish to have some glimpse of Manali tradition and rich local heritage then the Museum of Himachal culture and folk would be a perfect spot.

This Museum was established in 1998 which has a collection of masks, musical instruments, traditional dresses and models of houses and temples.

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How to reach:

It is located next to the Hadimba Temple in Utopia complex of Manali. You can take local bus ride or hire a scooter, bike or cab to reach it there. The cost of anything lies around 1000 to 2000 INR per day. You can drive your own vehicle through NH3 and Hadimba temple road.

Timing:

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fees:

10 Rupees per head
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Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple, Manali:

Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple
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One another spiritual tourist place “Vashisht temple” has its own history of 4000 years. Beautiful wooden carving, antique painting and figures on the wall make this temple unique.

Vashisht temple is dedicated to sage Vashisht who was Kul guru of Lord Rama.

There is a hot water spring that makes it more alluring. This spring has believed that it has the healing property of disease. Apart from that, you can enjoy shopping over here. Woolen of this place is popular in India.

How to reach:

Vashisht temple is located about 4 KM away from the Manali bus stand. By taking local buses or hiring taxis and scooter you can easily reach this magical destination.
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Jagatsukh, Manali:

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Jagatsukh is one of the most popular villages in Manali which is situated at the left side of the river Beas. This village is home of various temples and mountains. According to the local lore Jagatsukh village was the first capital of Himachal Pradesh.

You can enjoy the amazing architecture of temples in this village as well as trekking of mountains. This place is popular for beautiful site seen along with spiritual vibes of temples.

How to reach:

Jagatsukh village is located 12 KM away from Manali in the northern end of the valley of Kulu. Taxi is the best and affordable mode of public transportation to reach it there or you can drive private vehicle or motorbikes through Kullu Nagar Manali road.
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Gulaba, Manali:

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On the way to Rohtang pass, on Leh –Manali highway there is a small village is situated “Gulab.” This place is also known as snow point among tourists. The name of Gulab village was taken from Raja Gulab Singh, King of Kashmir.

Well, Gulab village will let you experience the distinct culture along with the stunning site seen. High altitude and low light pollution make it perfect for camping and other adventurous activities.

Adventure freaks should include Gulab village in their tour list for Manali.

How to get there:

Gulab village is located around 20 KM from Manali in the Pir Panjal Mountain range of Himalayas. Rented taxis, bikes and a private vehicle is the best mode of public transportation to reach it there.

Things to do:

Yak and horse riding, skiing, camping, star gazing, trekking, paragliding, hiking and many more.

Entry Fees:

No entry charges, camping or trekking charges may be applied
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Manali Sanctuary, Manali:

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Would you like to experience the wilderness of nature, just have a trip of Manali Sanctuary? Among thrill-seekers, Manali sanctuary is a popular one. From 2 KM of the town, this sanctuary is spreads over 31.8 square KM.

This sanctuary has variously endangered rarely seen species of birds & animals. If you and fond of capturing pictures, this place will surprise you.

For adventure freaks, there is trekking and camping facilities are also available. So, get ready to have fun with your friends with full enthusiasm.

How to reach:

The Manali Sanctuary is located just few kilometers away from Manali. From the center Manali you can reach it there in just few minutes. The nearest airport is Kullu Manali Airport which is 50 KM away from it and Ahuja Railway Station the nearest railway station.

Timing:

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Everyday)

Entry Fees:

10 Rupees per head

Things to do:

Admire the beauty of nature, bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, camping etc.
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Chandrakhani Pass, Manali:

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Chandrakhani Pass is located at an altitude of 3660 m of Kullu Valley. This pass is one of the most beautiful & serene ones in the Manali passes. This valley is also known as the Valley of Gods. Fresh wind and calm surroundings of Chandrakhani pass will blow you mind.

You can enjoy trekking, camping and other activities on this pass. The best thing about this pass is that beginner or experienced both can do trekking on it.

So, if you are a beginner and would like to have trekking then this is best place. Under guidance of tour experts, let your desire to fulfill of trekking.

How to reach:

Chandrakhani Pass is located 28 KM away from Manali in beautiful Kullu Valley.  The trekking start from Naggar to reach it there. The only way to reach there by trekking through the rocky tracks.
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Katrain, Manali:

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After having lots of fun, adventurous activities and capturing enriching sight seen, you should not miss, “Katrain.” This is a fishing paradise of Manali which attracts tourists.

Crystal clear water in this area makes fishing more interesting. If you are a fishing lover, you would be grateful after the tour of this spot.  Among amazing places to visit in Manali Katrain has an important place.

Tourist can enjoy beautiful sight seen Beas River from this paradise. Most of the photographers love this place and visit here for their inspiration. For nature lovers, writers and photographers this place is a paradise in Manali.

Well, fishing in this area is subject to take permission from Government of Himachal Pradesh. Tourist only can do fishing via rod and line. Fishing via net is prohibited.

How to reach:

This place is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh which is 25 KM away from Kullu, 7 KM from Naggar and 20 KM away from Manali.

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Interesting facts about Manali:

There are various facts which have hidden about Manali. In this blog we have collected some interesting facts for you. When you have planned for Manali tour must know these facts.

Name Manali has secret:

Actually the name Manali got on the name of saint Manu. The translation of Manali is home of Manu.

Manali was that holy place where saint came after human wash out in a great flood. He meditated here and re-create the human – life.

Manali is a collection of three adjacent hills:

Yes, the top tourist destination Manali is a collection of three adjacent hills and each hill has its own temple & village.

These villages are Old Manali, it has Manu temple, Vashisht – it has Vashshit temple, Dhungri – it has Hadimba temple.

Each local has at least one apple tress:

In backyard of every local have apple orchard. Because of climate and temperature of Manali apple trees grows easily. This is the main reason Manali produces one of the world’s finest apple of different varieties.

Rohtang – Heap of dead bodies:

Well, the truth of Rohtang may be surprising but the translation of Rohtang means heap of dead bodies. This place got its name after the death of number of people due to bad weather and they couldn’t survived.

Things to do in Manali:

If you are daring and love adventure, there are many things you can enjoy in Manali. Trekking, skiing, rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding, camping, river rafting, zorbing, horse riding, mountain biking and more adventures things are waiting for you in Manali.

Just pack you back and get ready to feel the adventure of next level with full enthusiasm for Manali tour.
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Where to stay:

Well, when you are on trip to a hill-station like Manali, finding comfortable hotel where your accommodation would be safe must needed. There are both luxury and affordable hotels available in Manali which are popular for best hospitality. You can book best hotel according to your preference and budget.

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