Manali is a valley located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It is located at the northern end of the Kullu Valley which is in the Beas River Valley, at an altitude of 2050 meters. The town of Manali is part of an ancient trade route to the Leh and Ladakh. The best things to do in Manali like any other hill station in Himachal include trekking. One of the best treks of Manali is Bara Bhangal trek.
It has some of the most beautiful, scenic and challenging trekking routes in the northern half of India, giving it a wide range of attractive tour packages of Manali. Rohtang Pass, Chandratal Baralacha, Hampta Pass, Chandrakhani Pass and many other such locations make up for excellent trekking tours and pose a challenge to the adventurous mind. Kullu, Manali’s sister city, is also a very popular tourist destination. The Bhrigu lake is also a scenic trekking route in Manali.
The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport, at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21, which is 50 kilometers south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and Air India has regular flights to it from New Delhi. Manali is also accessible by road from Delhi passing through Ambala, Chandigarh, and Kullu while changing two national highways. Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs luxury and non-luxury buses daily on the Delhi-Manali route and there are many private operators which run daily buses on this route or from Chandigarh or Ambala as well.
Manali is located in the Kullu Valley, which is also known as the Valley of the Gods The British introduced apple farming here, and to this day apple farming remain the major source of income for the locals and the apples from here have made a name around the country.
The rise of disturbances in Kashmir meant almost all of the snow seeking tourists traffic got diverted to Manali and Kullu. The trekking and the visits to several temples and wildlife sanctuaries along with adventure sports experiences like the rafting in the white water of Manali are some of the best things to do here.