Posted: August 1, 2013 by randommuzings in India
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DSC06372Manali or “Manu-Alaya” iterally means “the abode of Manu” and was developed as a hill station only in 1990s after terrorist infiltration brought tourism in Kashmir to a standstill. Its popularity today is hardly surprising as it is the living embodiment of the first painting everyone draws: verdant greenery, mountains in the background and a flowing river. Thus in the busy season in May-June, the 2500 hotels of Manali are completely full.

I fell in love with Manali the first time I had come here as a child. The flowing river Beas accompanying us almost the entire way once the mountains begin and the deafening sound of flowing water overpowering every other sound throughout our stay at Manali (Of course I mostly stay next to the river).  Drawn to the river, you will dip your feet (or hands) in the water but the cold will bite down to your bones and the massive force will try and drag you along. Mesmerized you withdraw your feet, just watch and hear it gush- the river in its purest and most powerful form._DSC0042

Besides the serene atmosphere, Manali has a lot to offer namely:

  1. Local Sights: main ones include Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Monastery and numerous nature parks
  2. Trekking: A number of trekking routes available depending on the time at hand.
  3. Shopping: Mall road and Old Manali. Most of the jackets are manufactured here and you can place an order and have it ready within a day.
  4. ADSC06421dventure Sports (in Solang Valley): Skiing (in winters), paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, mountain climbing, river crossing, rappelling
  5. Other Tourist Activities: spa, getting pictures clicked in Himanchali dress, with furry rabbits or on a yak

Manali also has some amazing coffee shops and restaurants. My favorite among them are: Dylan’s Coffee House and Johnson Restaurant

My favorite place to stay: Purnima Guest House, Old Manali


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