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  • The whole year is considered as the Best time to visit Kullu Manali due to its timelessness and changing landscapes.Summers turn this place into a green abode that helps to rejuvenate. As the weather remains pleasant, this time of the year is the finest time to visit this place when flora and fauna remain at its best.For those who yearn for snow, winters are the perfect choice to witness the town embellished in white and strolling down the paths glittering with snow.

    July welcomes heavy rainfall which causes heavy rainfall in and around the town that can cause landslides making it not an ideal time to visit.
    It can be engrossing to witness how the lush green mountains and pristine river streams wrap itself with the quilt of snow and how clouds meet the land at the various time of the year.So, here some of the places that can be explored around a year in Kullu-Manali.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Kullu Manali:

  • 01Kullu Manali in Winter

    Kullu manali turns white with snow all around during winters. This paradise showers traveler with all sorts of adventure activities along with a pristine view of ranges and rivers.The winter season begins from the mid of september and continues till february. During that time temperature might drop down to sub-zero levels making it an ideal time to witness the snow-capped mountains.
     
    The temperature in kullu manali can vary from 5'c to 10’c during the day and drops down to -7’c to 3’c during the night.

    Places to visit in kullu Manali in winters:-

    Solang valley:- the valley is one of the most picturesque places to visit during winters as it remains covered with snow around that time.

    Hadimba temple:- constructed in the 16th century, this age-old temple is situated on the top of a hill in Manali. The temple is dedicated to goddess hadimba, strongest wife of pandava brothers. The place is surrounded by pine and deodar trees which during winters becomes miraculous.

    Vashisht:- located in the hamlet named vashisht approximately 3 km from Manali, the temple is quite popular for its hot water springs. The temple is believed to be existing for more than 4000 years now. Intricate wood carvings adorn the temple depicting mythological lores makes it an architectural piece.

    Hampta pass:- hampta pass is located on the pir panjal range of mountains at an altitude of 4270 meters. This place is trekkers paradise, particularly during winters. On one side is the lush green kullu valley and on the other side is the desert like lahaul valley. Along with trekking, skiing can also be chosen as an adventure sport.

    Manali winter carnival:- to promote culture and life of himachal pradesh, this festival happens every year in Manali. The carnival starts with the pooja at hadimba devi temple. This festival showcases various crafts, food, traditional dances, and other rituals.

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    aghunathan temple:- this temple is one of the most important temples in kullu. This temple is regarded as one of the most sacred temples among hindus. Dussehra is celebrated with great fervor in the city. One gets to see locals celebrating it in their own way in traditional customs which falls in the month of october-november.

  • 02Kullu Manali in Summer

    Kullu Manali has a certain charm in the summer season which makes it a perfect time to beat the scorching sun.Dwelling in the lap of the Himalayas, the hill station turns lush green with towering pine and deodar trees all around.The summer season begins in March and continues till June. The weather remains pleasant throughout the day with mildly cold air. The temperature ranges from 10’c to 25’c and starts dropping down as the night falls.

    This is the best time to experience various adventure activities such as paragliding, rafting, and trekking.

    Places to visit in kullu-Manali:

    Bijli Mahadev Temple:-
    What is better than walking amidst the lush green pine trees on a mountain to reach the height of 2,450 and finding an age-old temple of Shiva associated with numerous folklores. The cool breeze and mesmerizing view beat the summer sun.

    Great himalayan national park
    :- It is one of India’s largest national parks containing some of the most endangered species of flora and fauna. The villages inside the national park are of diverse culture and organize fairs showcasing their culture during summer months.

    Beas River
    :- Flows along the town of Kullu Manali, the Beas river is one of the best-known places in the town for its scenic beauty and adventure sports. River rafting and zip lining are the most pleasurable experiences provided by this river. Also, the scenery around is admirable for those seeking solace.

    Rohtang pass:-
     This place is a one-stop destination for people traveling in months of April to June as it is covered with snow. It is at an altitude of 4000 meters. It is known for its hidden waterfalls, glaciers and craggy peaks and adventure sports activities.

    Gulaba:-
    Quaint village surrounded by snow clad peak is best known for its reserve of snow throughout the year. Activities like skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed here in all the seasons.

    Paragliding and camping
    :- To satisfy the inner adventure enthusiast, one can experience paragliding at various spots in Manali. The high mountain peaks, pleasant wind, and rivers flowing around make it worth an experience.

    There are spots that are strictly camping sites which are situated among orchards and away from hustle bustle of the town.

    Trekking:- 
    This Himalayan spot is also a trekking paradise.The beautiful destination offers great trails The most popular being Rohtang pass-snowline, Chanderkhani pass, Sar pass etc.

  • 03Kullu-Manali in Monsoon

    Monsoon in Kullu Manali is undeniably mesmerizing. Clouds seem to fondle the peaks and spread the charm of little droplets all over the town.Monsoon in Kullu Manali starts in the middle of july and continues till august.

    But with all that unparalleled charm comes the risk of landslides and overflowing of rivers due to torrential downpours. So it is advisable to not get involved with such activities that are risky and can cause accidents like rafting etc.
    The average rainfall that the town experiences are about 150mm with storms at a certain time of the season.

    Places to visit in Kullu-Manali in monsoon:-

    Monasteries:-
    there are a number of monasteries lining across this Himalayan town amongst which lies the beautiful Himalayan nyingma gompa. This place is the impeccable spot for experiencing spirituality and spending some time alone. One can hear the sounds of chants and can inhale the aroma of incense sticks.

    Mall road:- having the rhythm of its own, the heart of the city, known as the mall road is the busiest and the most happening place to experience. Filled with colors both the sides, the place is the center for shopping that sells various handcrafted things like shawls and woolens etc.

    Old Manali:- Old Manali is a part of the town that is nothing less than a fairy tale. Imagine a river segregating the two parts and a bridge that connects the two. It feels like entering entirely a different world. This part of the town is surrounded by apple orchards which makes it even more worth visiting. Manaligarh fort is one more tourist attraction in this part of the towN.

    Vashist:- located just opposite the beas river, the village is just 10kms from the Manali. Along with the temple, the place is popular for its alternative therapy that is popular among tourist like sound healing, tarot etc. Hot water springs are also the attraction point in the village.

    Manikaran:-
     Manikaran is the pilgrimage zone. It encapsulates various legends in it. It is believed to be highly scared for hindus and sikhs. The place contains a number of temples. People generally take the dip in the hot water springs in the area which is also said to contain curative properties for skin.

    Cafes and nightlife:- one can best enjoy the hot coffee sitting in some of the most beautiful cafes with a pristine view of the valley during the drizzle. The unmatched ambiance of the cafes helps to engage in soul-searching or a long conversation. Live bands and lights lit up the energize the town during the night.

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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Zingzing Bar

A quintessential location and a high altitude roadside bar is Zingzing situated on the road from Manali to Leh. Travelers come here to refresh with a sip of coffee or to have food to energize the body and soul to resume their journey to Leh. The multi-purpose shacks can be availed to stay overnight as well.

A space where you will love to roll a joint and smoke it up to escape from the extreme cold. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters above the sea level, the place is recognized to be the most suitable one to take rest. Peaceful ambience and the silence prevailing would leave everyone addicted to it.

The fame of ZIngzing Bar was enhanced because of Baralacha La pass also; the starting point of Baralacha La, one of the most loved passes in Ladakh is Zingzing Bar. Thus it cannot be missed during one’s journey to Leh. The temperature level at the bar will be crazily as low as -2* Celsius and as you ascend from a different temperature from the base, chances to feel altitude sickness and fluctuations in the body are quite higher.

Height:
 The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.

Location:
 From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.

Best time to visit:
 Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.

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Baralacha La

A story says like this; there were two lovers in mythology, Chandra and Bhaga, one is the daughter of the Moon and the other one is the son of Sun God, respectively. To do their marriage, both of them climbed to the Baralacha La and from there, they started running in opposite directions.

Both of them found Tandi as their meeting point and thus their marriage became eternal. The factor made their love shine is Baralacha La pass, a high mountain pass in Zanskar Range that connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

In ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be the main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like the lake, the Suraj Tal which is the source of Bhaga River. The pass is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet and on this plateau, the famous mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas come together to meet.

One who wishes to go to Leh through Leh-Manali highway has to cross this pass which hides plenty of adventure and thrill in it.

Height:
 Baralacha La is the most important pass as Khardung La and it is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet above the sea level.

Location:
 Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.

Best time to visit:
 The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road

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Jispa

As a part of the adventure itineraries travelers follow on their tour of Ladakh, they will choose to halt in Jispa, a mesmerizing village 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha along the most explored Leh-Manali Highway and on the banks of Bhaga River. At a height of 3200 meters, Jipsa is located and it is the major village in Lahaul district.

In the backdrop, the lofty Himalayan Mountains create alluring images. There are 78 households in the village and the population is calculated as 332 including 235 males and 97 females. Travelers take a stopover here to stay one night during their travel to Leh. There are camping grounds and many other stay options. The village is occupied with a helipad, post office and a monastery.

The small houses shimmering in the multiple colours of nature would leave everyone stunned. Jispa is simply adorned by the rugged mountain terrains in the background and the village seems so small when you see it from a distance as the towering Himalayas play the dominant role.

Height:
 Jispa is located at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.

Location: 
Jispa Village is a main stop for Leh travelers and it is located 120 kms away from Manali. Keylong is in the north of Jispa about 20 km away and Darch is in the south about 7 km away. You can come to Jispa if you take the Manali-Leh Highway. The nearest airport to Jispa is Kullu that is situated at a distance of 180 kms.

Best time to visit:
 The peak tourist season is starting in May and continues till October. After that, the roads will be covered by heavy snowflakes.

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Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas. The fort spans over an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.

Location: Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu that are both an hour away from the Shimla airport, Jubbarhatti. Situated in Solan, the fort is one of the key attractions here.

Highlights: Some sectors of the forth are as old as 800 years however there are some new sectors that have been built and are a mere 8 decades old. Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

Best Time: Open all year round.
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Darcha

Darcha is a recurring name when you pack your bags for Padum trek as it is the base camp for the moderate yet adventurous trek in the Lahaul region. Darcha is a small village on the bank of Bhaga River in Lahaul in Spiti Lahaul District in Himachal Pradesh situated at an elevation of 3360 meters. In the northernmost part of Himachal Pradesh along the Leh-Manali Highway is Darcha, a secluded permanent settlement.

Many have described the village as a “lonely cluster of dry stone huts and dingy tent camps”. The total population of the village is 298 among which 152 are men and 146 are women. Travelers going to Leh from Manali take an overnight stay at Darchu. The river nearby causes nature to be soft and calm especially at night so that the travelers would find better sleep during their tiresome journey.

The popular Padum trek ends at Darcha and there are many stalls and shops on the street to just relax and have food. The village is surrounded by Naggar Tehsil, Spiti Tehsil, Bharmour Teshil. The nearby cities to the village are Keylong, Dharamshala, Mandi, and Chamba. There is a check-point set up by the police to check the passport of all passing people and vehicles.

Height:
 Sarchu is located at an elevation of 3360 meters above sea level.

Location:
 Darch is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The nearest railway station is Shimla Railway station only that is 174 km away. Buses and jeeps would be available in plenty to reach Darcha.

Best time to go:
 Anytime is suitable to visit Darcha but during winter the cold climatic conditions may pose difficulty to stay there.

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Solang Valley

Located atop the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is ideal for adventure sports such as parachuting, skating, zorbing and paragliding. The slopes of this valley also provide ski lovers an ideal destination to enjoy this activity on a trip to Manali. During the summer months, the snow on these slopes evaporates, resulting in ideal ground for zorbing, where a person hurls down a slope in an indestructible bouncy ball.

Solang Valley is definitely a playground for people looking to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities. Be it a honeymoon vacation or a family outing, a thrilling and engaging experience is guaranteed.

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Bhrigu Lake

Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places. 

Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali. 

 The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade.  Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque. 

The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.  Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times of harsh winters.

Distance from Manali: 18 Kms

How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba

Best time to Visit: May to June 

Attractions/Activities: Trekking

Type of destination:  Trekking and religious

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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Rahalla Falls

Cascading from a height of 8,500ft, the Rahalla or Rehala Falls as they are called as one of the most stunning natural places to visit in Manali. They are located at a distance of 16km from the town on the way to the Rohtang Pass and are must stop over on your way to visit this haven of snow. The falls are formed by glaciers as they melt on their way down from the mountains. It is one of the best places to enjoy photography or just sit peacefully by and admire the natural beauty. 

The more adventurous can go trekking up the mountains behind the waterfall cascades. The waterfalls are set amidst dense thickets of Deodar, birch and pine trees, making it one of the stunning places for photography. The sight of the place and the gentle rhythm of the falls gives instant peace and harmony to anybody who chooses to visit it.

Timing: The waterfalls are best visited in the months of March and November

Entry Fee: None

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Krishna Bhavan Mandir

The Krishna Bhavan Mandir was built in the year 1926 and is beautifully made even though it is so old. Tourists love the place not only for the religious sentiments attached to it but also for the marvelous architecture of the place.

Location: It is located in the town of Kasauli and is one of the major religious destinations of the place.

Highlights: If you know a little about architecture you would easily recognize the mix of European and Indian style of architecture. But the temple is very famous for its church like shape and for the same reason is one of the most visited places by tourists. It is also known for the fairs held in the temple every year.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is during summers as the atmosphere is quite pleasant and Kasauli is best visited during the months of March to May.
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Summer Hill

Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

Location: Located on the way of Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all round the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.
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Manali Winter Carnival

Each time around the dawn of New Year, Himachal Pradesh gets ready to welcome the oncoming year with aplomb and festivities and makes up for one of the most exciting Manali tourist places.  The festival is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is surely one of the most unique and exciting cultural experiences.

The tradition of celebrating the festival goes way back to 1977, and over the passing years the festival has assumed a bigger and more glorious role and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once promoted the culture of the hills with folk dances and music; has now become varied as other activities like Bazaar, Street plays, band competitions and food festivals have been added. 

Usually celebrated on the mall road, which is one of the busiest areas of Manali, it is surely a festival that cannot be missed. You will get to see colourful dancers, upbeat music of the hills, yummy food and most of all get to know what the pulse of the people of Manali really is!

Ideal dates to travel: Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2016            

Attractions: Cultural extravaganza           

Activities:

-Folk Dances

-Music

-Bazaars

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Manu Temple

Located in the Old Manali region, you can reach this temple through the road that passes through the Manali Community Center. Dedicated to the Indian sage Manu, this temple is the only temple on this planet that is dedicated to this sage. Thus it makes to be one of the most sacred pilgrimages for the devotees of this saint.

Built with wood and stone, the temple offers exotic views of the Beas River and magnificent hills. In front of the temple, a huge cascade enhances the aesthetics of this resplendent temple. A visit to this sacred temple in an important part of the Manali tour packages.


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Chadwick Waterfall

The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
  
Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill.

Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.

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