A visit to the hills forms an intrinsic part of everyone’s childhood memories. Manali is one of the most popular hill stations of Northern India. Kullu-Manali are the enchanting twin hill stations blessed with divine beauty of snow-covered mountains and lush greenery. There are innumerable things to do and there’s something for everyone; the honeymooners, the adventure buffs, the nature lovers, just about everyone. Manali has captivating natural scenic beauty and at the same time the tourist places offer enough adventure sports activities. This mystic hill station becomes all the more mesmerizing in winters. Snowfall in Manali is like cherry to the cake, presenting tourists with myriad opportunities to play with snow. Manali in winters has a whole new look. It’s like someone has spread a white sheet on this beautiful land. It’s just about snow, and snow takes over everything. Manali is one such hill station which not only gets a heavy snowfall but also gets it earlier than any other famous hill station. Unlike other hill stations, there are loads of activities which can be enjoyed in Manali in the winter months. Since winter is the off season here, most local hotels offer hefty discounts. If a trip to this splendid destination in winters is on your cards, you will fall in love with snow clad mountains that turn into splendid ski slopes and zones of several snow sports. To traverse through the snowy-scapes of the city, the best time to visit Manali is from December to March.
The drive from Kullu to Manali is simply picturesque, with a view as though someone has laid a white canvas here. With so much snow around, the childlike excitement in you is bound to come out. Whizzing down the soft, snowy slopes, making snow angels, snow-man is no less an adventure.The scenic surrounding valley and hills all filled with snow transport to a land of that of “Fairy Tale”.
Solang Valley is a plateau nestled between Manali and Kothi. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and glaciers, it’s a great spot especially if you have a penchant for adventure. It’s also the destination for a yearly winter skiing festival.Ever wondered, what being on cloud 9 means? Go for cable car riding in Manali. Enjoy this breathtaking ride in Solang Valley where you are taken above the mountain peaks, laden with snow. Relishing the beauty of spectacular scenery around is a heavenly experience. Be prepared to delight in mesmeric views from your cable car when snowfall starts in Manali. Also get into the shoes of Santa Claus and get ready to sledge down in Solang Valley, your playground. Although a fleet of reindeers will not aid you, yet the magnitude of the experience will take over you. Be seated atop a wooden sledge to race down the snow-capped Himalayas. Enjoy a scenic trip along a groomed trail. Keep adjusting to fun-filled twists and turns.
Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La, around 51 km from Manali, lies on the highway to Leh/ Keylong. Open during May to November, Rohtang Pass is an ideal place for adventure seeks and nature lovers. The road to Rohtang Pass offers some amazing sights and the clean fresh air refreshes you. At an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang Pass has Snow Point where tourists can partake in several fun activities such as sledging, para-gliding, snow scooter riding, motor biking, ATV riding and Skiing. Snow clothes or snow dresses are easily available on rent at the local shops.
The opportunity of trekking to a high altitude glacial lake is something which every hiker looks forward to. Most of the high altitude lakes normally require multiple days of hiking before you can finally cherish the view of the lake. But here we have Bhrigu lake which is just two days hike away from Manali. This lake lies to the east of the famous Rohtang Pass and is an ideal weekend hiking option. Trek starts from near Gulaba which is 22 kms from Manali. The first day of hike is through virgin forests with fabulous views of Manali & Solang Valley till you reach the Camp site of Roli Kholi. Second day of the hike is a treat for those who love to see snow on a trek. The hike to bhrigu is steep & comprises walking over large expanse of snow (In the months of winter) till you reach a point where the oval shaped lake appears. One can enjoy the quite surroundings near the lake & afterward descend through meadows to the camp site of Pandu Ropa.
This should be one of must do things while you visit Manali. Manikaran is said to be one of the major religious centers in the town. The sulphur water bath is quite popularly known in the place. There are various religious beliefs associated which tell different stories about how this hot springs first emerged. There are no prices that you have to pay to get a bath at the place, it is free of cost. Usually, the best time to visit the place is during winters since the water is naturally hot and provides a comfortable soothing bath. The place is just 45 KM away from the city of Kullu and you can take a bus or a taxi to reach the place. Most of the tourists find it convenient to visit the place after touring around Manali for some time.
Do you want to climb frozen waterfalls or snow laden peaks? Manali is perfect destination to help you explore the frozen world of the nation with ice climbing, one of the much loved snow activities in Manali. Scale the mountains here that have an extremely thick coat of snow. No wonder, lots of glaciers around Manali are pulsating with climbers. Ready for an ice climbing challenge? Dozens of glaciers around Manali are abuzz with climbers.
The Vashist Temple
The Vashist temple in Manali is dedicated to the sage Vashist who was the Kula guru of Lord Rama across the river Beas. This temple is said to be at least 4000 years old which is the reason it attracts so many visitors to the place. The hot water springs in the region is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. Many people also believe that this hot water springs have a medicinal value which can provide as an ailment to many diseases. Located in the Vashist village in Manali, the place is at 3.5 km from the Manali bus station through where you will find buses for all around Manali.
After enjoying snow sports, carnival, and cable car rides, it is time to relax and relish some scenic beauty at Marhi. The scenic charms of Marhi are bound to bowl you over. Perched between Manali and Rohtang Pass, this is a splendid destination to enjoy during the snowfall month in Manali. Its cleaner snow field makes it a favorite of love birds. Thanks to the snowcapped mountains, this place offers some mesmeric views. When Rohtang Pass is closed because of unfavorable weather conditions, you can visit this heavenly destination to add to your vacationing verve.
Kothi is a lovely and picturesque destination located roughly 12 kilometers from Manali. It’s at the foothills of the Rohtang Pass and offers you some magnificent views of the mountains, glaciers and the Beas River. Kothi offers beautiful perspective of towering bluffs, iced slopes and undulating knolls. And it’s been featured in many a Bollywood movie too, in case you’re interested in that kind of trivia.