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Manali, nestled amidst the daunting mountains is a scenically blessed resort town of Himachal Pradesh. At an altitude of 2050mt, Manali is situated near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Shimla is located at a distance of 309km from Manali. Manali was once the starting point for trading route towards Ladakh. The beautiful valleys and mountains enclosing Manali attract adventurers and vacationers from around the globe.
Manali has emerged as a popular tourist destination of Northern India. Endowed with rich flora and fauna there are many nature bound places to visit in Manali. Apart from being the hub of backpackers and adventurer, Manali with its surreal view of snow clad mountains and emerald green forest has become an ideal honeymoon destination in India.
Rohtang Pass, located at a distance of 51km from the main town is one of the most favored tourist interest points of Manali. Hidden beneath thick blanket of snow Rohtang Pass is ideal for indulging in snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking. During winter season (October to February) Rohtang Pass remains closed making summer season the best time to visit Rohtang Pass. During summer season the surrounding valley of Rohtang Pass offer a surreal vista of meandering river streams.
Solang Valley situated amidst Solang Village and Beau Kund is located at a distance of 13km from Manali. The serene valley of Solang is blessed with fine skiing slope. During winter it an ideal destination to indulge in skiing and when all the snow melts away winter sports is replaced by parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding. There is even a skiing institute where even a novice skier can learn the basic skiing. Solang Valley of Manali is the hub for adventurers visiting Manali.
Beas Kund (Chandratal Lake) is a sacred water body situated in the upper Solang Valley. It is main source of River Beaus. Nestled on the foothills of daunting hills, Beas Kund offers a surreal vista of rugged terrain overlapping with each other which form a wonderful landscape portray whose beauty cannot be defined in words. Beas Kund also known as Vipas is the popular trekking destination of Manali. For trekkers and devotees visiting Manali, Beas Kund is one of the must visit destinations of Manali.
Perched at an altitude of 3660mt is another scenically blessed pass of Manali called Chandrakhani. Chandrakhani Pass is located a distance of 21km from Manali. Chandrakhani Pass makes it for an astounding trek experience for the tourist visit Manali. The Chandrakhani Pass trek starts from the scenic settlement of Nagar. Apart from being a famous trekking spot, Chandrakhani Pass is famous for offering a panoramic vista of Deo Tibba, Parbati and Pir Panjal peaks. Surrounded with the luxuriant groves of pine, conifer and cherry, Chandrakhani Pass with its surreal beauty has enthralled the mind of many travelers.
Pandoh Dam, built in 1977 is an embankment dam on the sacred River Beas in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on the way towards Manali. Pandoh Dam is located at a distance of 87km from Manali. Enclosed by the daunting hills, Pandoh Dam is a vantage point for witnessing the less trodden forest of Manila.
Jana Falls situated in the Nagger Region is a hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by deodar trees, pine trees, apple orchards and spectacular snow-covered mountain peaks, Jama Falls is a charming picnic spot. The best views of waters disgorging from a towering height and striking clusters of rock below can be witnessed from an old wooden bridge that overlooks this fall. For a serene experience, away from the hassle of city, a visit to this truly surreal fall is an absolute must.
Established in 1954 is Manali Sanctuary a wildlife sanctuary of Himachal Pradesh. Manali Sanctuary is located at a distance of 2km from the main town of Manali. The exquisite greenery and the presence of wild mountain animals make the Manali Sanctuary one of the must visit destinations in Manali. The thick wooded forest of maple and walnut trees of Manali Sanctuary has been the safe haven for endangered animals such as leopards, Brown Bears, and Goral. Endowed with rich flora and fauna, Manali Sanctuary with it serene ambiance and pictorial view of snow capped mountains has been a place to find solace amidst nature.
How to Reach Manali: Manali is a well connected destination. The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar which is located at a distance of 50km. Visitors can also traveler via road since it is also connected with the major cities like New Delhi with the vast state-run bus network. The most opted traveling method is a self driven one, the roads leading towards Manali is filled with pictorial sight of changing landscape.
Best time to visit Manali: Apart from rainy season (July to September), Manali can be visited throughout the year. During winter season, Manali is covered under the white blanket of snow making it look like a winter wonderland. If visitors are not a fan of cold weather they can visit Manali in summer season (March to June) when the soothing climate and emerald green valley of Manali make a perfect getaway destination from the scorching summer heat of plains.