The busy Himachal Pradesh hill station Manali is one of the most popular North India travel destinations and a starting point for travel to the Himalayas. Located in the foots of the Himalayas, Manali is one of North India’s best known hill stations and attracts both foreign visitors and domestic holidaymakers. It has for long been a favourite with international backpackers and is also a popular destination for Indian tourists on honeymoons and family holidays.
Things to Do in and Around Manali : Manali attracts visitors with stunning mountain views and opportunities for trekking, rafting, paragliding, mountaineering and mountain biking. Manali is a good base for exploring the beautiful Kullu and Parvati Valleys and a starting point for travel to the more remote areas in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The nearby Rohtang La, a 3978 m high mountain pass, is a popular daytrip destination especially amongst Indian visitors.
Finding Accommodation in Manali : The modern town centre, New Manali, is filled with new hotels, shops, markets and other businesses and services. Domestic tourists tend to stay in the hotels in New Manali, but most backpackers head to Old Manali or nearby Vashist. Both Old Manali and Vashist offer a choice of cheap guesthouses, restaurants that serve Western food, bakeries, Internet cafes, travel agents and other services designed for the international backpacker market, but in a less hectic environment than the busy town centre.