Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains, Manali is a resort town located in the picturesque Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Part of an ancient trade route that connect the plains of India to the Karakoram Mountains, Manali is one of the best tourist destinations in India. Manali packages and Manali honeymoon packages have been popular since the British Raj. The colonisers were responsible for turning the town into a holiday destination and also introducing European species such as apples, pears, plums and trout in the environment.
Your Manali trip will give you the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Himalayas as well as the warmth of the people of Himachal Pradesh. Begin your Manali tour package at Mall Road. The main thoroughfare of the town, Mall Road is the heart of Manali. Constructed in the 19th century, the street is lined with cafes, restaurants, bars, stores and showrooms. It is the perfect place to shop for traditional Himachali wares including pottery and jewellery on your Manali trip.
An essential stop in most Manali packages is Rohtang Pass. Part of the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, Rohtang connects Kullu to the Spiti Valley and is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Enjoy a drive through the pass with its sheer cliffs, hairpin bends and blind turns past snowy slopes, a ride that will sure be one of the best moments in your Manali tour package.
We also recommending making the ancient temples of Manali a part of your Manali tour package. The most famous of these is the Hadimba Temple. The cave temple is nearly 500 years old and is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahābhārata. Located in the foot of the Himalayas, the temple is surrounded by pristine cedar forests. The sanctuary was built in 1552 over a huge rock jutting out of the forest floor and is a popular stop on every Manali tour package and Manali honeymoon package. Also pay a visit to the Ma Sharvari Temple on your Manali trip. Worshipped by the kings of the Kullu Valley, the goddess is a manifestation of the Hindu goddess Durga. The temple is found in a village called Shaminallah, a short drive from Manali, and is a hub of activity during festivals. During Dussehra, the idol is transported to Kullu to the Sri Raghunathji Temple for an annual visit. Another renowned Hindu temple in the area that should be a part of your Manali trip is the 12th century Gauri Shankar Temple that is in a fruit orchard by a stream.
The resort town is famed for its natural hot springs, a feature that makes Manali packages and specifically your Manali honeymoon package a more delightful experience. We suggest beginning your tour of the hot springs with the Vashisht Temple and Hot Springs. Dedicated to the Vedic sage Vashishta, the temple is made of stone and adorned with elaborate wood carvings. The area also boasts of sulphur springs with modern bath houses and Turkish style showers that would make for a great Manali trip.
Do visit the Manali Gompa on your Manali trip. One of the finest Buddhist monasteries in the region, the gompa is known for its pagoda like architecture and bright yellow roof. Built in 1960 by Tibetan refugees, the gompa is one of the most important Buddhist places of worship in India.
Your Manali package and Manali honeymoon package must include a visit to Naggar. We recommend visiting the Roerich Museum and Art Gallery during your Manali trip. The Nicholas Roerich art gallery was founded in 1962 by Svyetoslav Roerich, son of the Russsian artist Nicholas Roerich. The heritage museum houses paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul showcasing the beauty of the ice-covered valleys and peaks during the early hours of evening. The artist's private rooms have been preserved in the upper floor of the museum as well as a collection of his private photographs. The Bijli Mahadev temple is also worth a visit.
One of the beautiful spots around Manali and a must visit on your Manali tour package is the Solang Valley. A picturesque valley 14 km from Manali, Solang is known for adventure sports. You could try your hand at parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing on your Manali trip. Its rolling slopes, deador trees and snow capped mountains also make for a great stop on your Manali honeymoon package. Manali packages that take you to the resort town in winter promise a white paradise with ski slopes and winter sports. Snow melts during the summer months and skiing is then replaced by zorbing, paragliding, parachuting and horse riding promising a fun filled Manali tour package. Going to the summit can be possible by ATVs, ropeway and trekking.
You must try traditional Himachali cuisine on your Manali trip. You could try hilra, a pancake made from fermented mix of jaggery and flour that is eaten with a vegetable dish. Sidu is large steamed dumpling filled with different mixes such walnut chutney, poppy seeds or grounded/ roasted sesame, and is eaten with ghee or chutney. Bedhni rotis are parathas filled with a grounded mix of roasted sesame and jaggery. All of these are a great way to experience the Manali way of life. The locals drink two kinds of alcoholic beverages, Lungdi, a kind of crude beer made from fermented rice or barley and Arak, an alcoholic drink distilled from Lugdi. Arak can also be made from jaggery or apples or any other fruit.
Old Manali also deserves to be a part of your Manali tour package. The neighbourhood is brimming with quaint cafes, bakeries and shops selling traditional handicrafts, jewellery and dream catchers. Its charming lanes and warm people offer a sharp contrast to the more modern New Manali. This is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs and sample local as well as western cuisine on your Manali tour package. Among other attraction in the old part of town, we suggest you visit the Manu temple, built in honour of the sage Manu, Manali Club House and the riverfront for its al fresco restaurants during your Manali trip for an authentic experience.
Manali is a magnet for every kind of traveler. Culture vultures enjoy Old Manali, adrenaline junkies come to Manali for adventure sports and honeymooners come for the scenic locales and mountain air. No matter your reason for visiting Manali, your Manali tour package will give you a taste of paradise.Read Less
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