Manali : Manali is the best option for those who are unable to travel to Kashmir. The valley is the base for many adventure sports and a number of high altitude treks. With its own airport at Bhuntar and it well connectivity with Delhi and Punjab Manali offers a variety of accommodation, food and activities including White Water Rating, Paragliding, Trekking, Skiing and Camping.
Access : The airport at Bhunter is 50 km from Manali where taxis and buses are available. The closest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar, 165 km away. The closest broad gauge rail heads are Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km). By road the distance from Delhi is 570 km and from Shimla the distance is 280 km. From Delhi.
Climate : In winter, the temperature can drop to below freezing point when heavy woolens are required. Summer temperature are mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.
Places of Interest
Hadimba Temple (1 km) : Built in 1553 with a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof, it is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway.
Manu Temple (2 km) : This is dedicated to the sage Manu situated at old Manali.
Vashisth (3 km) : Well known for its hot springs. There are old temples dedicated to the sage Vashisth and to Lord Rama.
Monasteries : There are three recently built Tibetan monasteries at Manali.
Jagatsukh (6 km) : The one time capital of Kullu. Here are old temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and to Sandhya Gayatri. The Arjun caves are just ahead.
Solang Valley (14 km) : In a picturesque setting this has good ski slopes and picnic spots.
Towards The Rohtang Pass : On the road to Keylong is the Nehru Kund (6km) which is a clear water spring scenic spot named after the Late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Kothi (12km) is a picturesque village and has a thrilling view of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly races. The beautiful Rahalla falls (16km) are at at altitude of 2500m. A crucial link on the old trade route and still the gateway to trans Himalayan Lahaul, the Rohtang Pass is at height of 3978m.
Club House : The Club House with its comprehensive facilities that include a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar and restaurant makes wonderful outing for the day.
Cafe Junipar : Himachal Tourism also runs the Juniper cafe and Chandratal restaurants at Manali. SIGHT-SEEING TOURS : Himachal Tourism conducts a variety of sight-seeing tours from Manali.