Manali in Winter
Places to visit:
Old Manali – Leave everything and visit this amalgamation of contemporary and traditional setting full of historical temples and chic cafes. You can visit the Hadimba temple, Manu temple, the red house cafe and Cafe 1947 for a nice meal.
Gulaba – seeking some snow in winter and we assure you will get lots in the grandiose town of Gulaba. While Rohtang pass could be closed due to heavy snowing, this locale sitting at 4300 meters will give you relishing the image of the beautiful towN
Choekhor Mahavihara – Find lasting peace in this monastery in the quaint Kullu valley. Located amidst the enchanting mountains and greenery, you have to come here in winters to enjoy the most.
Kasol – Located approximately 2 hours from Manali, this one should not be missed during winters. The mystic Parvati valley houses this village which is very famous for its river-side camping adventures.
Hampta Pass – The pass connecting the Kullu valley to Lahaul offers a breathtaking view of the Pir Panjal range and the cold deserts of the Lahaul. One of the best visions to endure, this should be unmissable in winters for its sheer beauty and striking revelation.
Beas Kund – This is a magnanimous walking trail and is a one hour drive from Manali. If you want to enjoy the truest beauty of nature, then come here and see what’s in it for you.
Gauri Shankar temple – Located near the Nagar castle, the trek to this temple will take you to this temple, which has beautiful architecture dated back to the 12th century.
Bhigru Lake – Also known as the glacier lake, the frozen beauty provides a great trekking trail to adventure enthusiasts.
Activities to pursue:
Don’t blame us to arouse the shopaholic in you, but we recommend you to shop here in winters especially at the mall road with some vibrant wares on display which you may never stop yourself from. Winters in Manali mean snow and the Solang, Gulaba, and Rohtang offers spine-chilling skiing reverie amidst the thick snow coating.
If you are not up for skiing you can still enjoy snow by going for a snowboarding ride that is equally charging. The Rohtang pass offers snowboarding if it is kept open. An abundance of snow also means you can take a ride on the Santa Claus sledge ride and experience twists and turns that your journey shall bring along.
If you are done with your share of snow, do not forget to take the Gondola ride to savour the visual treat. Last but not least, the winter carnival with foot tapping music and compelling folk dances is not to be missed
Manali in Summer
Places to visit:
Rohtang pass – Situated at an altitude of 4000 meters, the must-visit site seems to lure tourists every year for its sheer magnanimity. The resplendent icy glaciers and the cascading pure waters of the mountains will magnetize your attention.
Solang valley – The valley of Solang is a 13 km stretch between Beas, Kund and the Solang village. It is a paradise on earth just to see what this place unfolds in summers.
Hadimba Temple – The 4-tier Pagoda is situated amidst dense Deodar forest and is a sacred shrine dedicated to Goddess Hidimba. The place presents an immense opportunity for religious devotees and art admirers. The rock which the Goddess chose to meditate is present there for the tourists to discover its wonders
Vashisht Baths – Who said baths, have to be shied away? Not when you have the prospect of bathing in hot mountainous springs that will mend you spiritually. The Vashisht baths offer separate areas for male and female bath option. Enticing as it sounds to be get healed by just taking a hot water bath, you will also feel rejuvenated.
Rahala waterfalls – Situated at about 17 km from Manali, this is one of the best experiences you can get in summer. The waterfalls will give you some of the most beautiful sights and the experience of a lifetime.
Manali wildlife sanctuary – this thick deodar forest spreads about 3000 hectares and offers rich foliage with exotic flora and fauna. The best place for photo enthusiasts and bird watchers; it is a refreshing look into the wonders of nature’s creation.
Arjun Gufa – The legendary naturally formed cave is a favourite picnic spot of Manali. The cave gets its name from the celebrated brave Arjun who is believed to have meditated here. The trek up to the caves is infested with many exciting twists and turns. This is surely a must visit in the summers.
Activities to pursue:
Manali has an enriching list of activities to do in summer and perhaps that is why it is known to be the best time to visit here. The trails and treks here can be extremely challenging but when you are here do not miss the trekking challenges that the Hampta pass and Deo Tibba throw at you.
Camping would be fun too so will your bike adventures on underhand roads. The beautiful Pandoh dam also offers silent and peaceful boat can or you can easily avail the joy of riding a snow scooter or gear up for mountain biking encapsulated in wrinkled peaks in the Rohtang valley.
A host of family adventures can be found here like paragliding, parachuting, horse riding, zorbing, and tandem. The cable car rides will make go gaga over the beauty unfolding right in front of your eyes.
The Vashisht baths offer a different ride altogether. Apart from taking utter joy in bathing in the hot gushes of water, you can also hop out for some amazing shopping experience near the site. Hadimba temple too can be visited when you can indulge in taking a forest walk or photograph the marvel in and around the vicinity of the temple
Manali in Monsoon
Do you enjoy getting wet in the rain? If yes,
then you would enjoy during monsoons in this jewel of Kullu. There are risks
here when you visit the rather vulnerable town in monsoons, but we can also
recommend a few places if you happen to be there. The best thing you can resort
to is to avoid travelling a lot because of frequent unpredictable landslides
and dangerous situations. But we do have in mind that the traveller in you,
needs to venture out to some safe havens in monsoons.
Places to visit:
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk art – This is perhaps one of the most popular sights to go to especially when you are venturing out in rain and need to remain indoors. The site offers some of the most treasured traditional collection that has been a part of the town since the '90s. You can find a range of vessels, masks, traditional yard goods and some unseen musical instruments here.
Kuthar Fort – Yet another architectural marvel to hanker after in monsoons is the Kuthar fort. The 800-year-old fort is surrounded by quaint beauty which looks gorgeous in the rainfalls.
The Nagar castle – The architecture of the castle is made up of stones and wood which was converted into a rest house. But now, as the attractiveness as a prominent tourist location has increased it has been made into a heritage hotel.
Manali Gompa – This spiritual locale serves as a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. A colossal statue of Lord Buddha has been erected here and tourists come in hordes throughout the year to eye this wonder. The pagoda styled monastery also has some visually appealing paintings that showcase the teachings of Lord Buddha.
The international Roerich memorial trust – This fascination is just too apt for the monsoons because of its location on the lovely hilltop overlooking vegetation. The location is the former house of a noted Russian painter called Nicholas Roerich. The house has been beautifully and thoughtfully designed with exquisitely done private rooms and well-chosen paintings to brighten up the walls.
Activities to pursue:
We do not recommend that you set out your foot in the rain because of the associated risks, but for bikers, you can take part in the Brahmand tour organized for passionate bikers to take and seep in the stunning landscapes and breathtaking destinations. For those, who have no such passion, you can shop, eat at those little town cafes or relax with some joyous spa sessions.