If you love snow, skiing and other adventure activities then Manali is the place to be. Though the place has been a recent entrant to the list of hill stations, it has overtaken most of them in terms of popularity. Manali is visited by Indian and foreign tourists in equal number and the place give the feel of a global village. The haunting Himalayan beauty that Manali offers sets it apart from the hill stations in the lower Himalayan ranges. Girdled by snow capped mountains, deodar forests, and the majestic Pir Panjal ranges, the town will mesmerize you from the moment you set your foot in. Honeymoon is the time when you want to be surrounded amidst beautiful locales, and try your hand at things that you have never done before; Manali wouldn’t disappoint you on both the scores.
Manali is famous for its many temples. One unique thing about Manali is that as opposed to gods, it worships rishis or sages. It has temples dedicated to Sage Manu and Sage Vashishtha. Defying the norms, it also has a temple dedicated to demon Hadimba – Bhima’s wife. The best way to explore the town of Manali and its temples is on foot.
Solang Valley, located at 13 km from Manali, is the hub of all the adventure activities. You can try your hands at paragliding, zorbing and horse rides. The place also offers opportunities for skiing. For those of you interested in river rafting, can do so in the Beas river flowing close by. The rafting season is from May to mid-June and from end-September to mid-October. Manali is also a popular rock climbing site.
Located at 51 km from Manali, at an altitude of 13,400 ft, is the famous Rohtang Pass. The pass offers stunning panoramic views of snow peaks, glaciers and the Lahaul Valley.
Though Manali is a small town, it is a gastronomical delight. Since it is visited by foreign tourists in large numbers you can get all the famous international cuisines here. From pasta-lasagna, hummus-pita, momos, pancakes, to cakes, croissants and local Indian food you can get it all in the riverside cafes. Some of the best restaurants in Manali are: Johnson’s Café for Italian food, Chopsticks for Tibetan and Chinese food, Café Amigos for cakes, cookies and croissants, Madras Café for South Indian food, and Himalayan Dhaba for North Indian food.
Manali’s Mall is the shopping hub of the town. You can shop for authentic Kullu shawls, winterwear, handicrafts and souvenirs. Don’t forget to buy the very rare apple pickle that you will get only in Manali.
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