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Tips for Traveling to Manali - Trekking Spots near Manali

Updated on December 21, 2012
On the way to Chanderkhani Trek
On the way to Chanderkhani Trek | Source
  • If you can drive to Joshimath, then Manali will be cakewalk. Roads in Himachal Pradesh are much better than Garhwal. Stay 1 day in Naggar on your trip to Manali. The place is quiet and charming. The view of the valley is breathtaking and the HPTDC Hotel is very good, albeit, a bit expensive.
  • On the way back from Manali, you can stay for 1 to 2 days in Kasol on the Bhuntar-Manikaran route. That route is the most beautiful route I have seen in Himachal. All the tiny hamlets like Jari in Parvati Valley, Kasol, etc. are worth visiting. Kasol is just 5 kilometers before Manikaran Gurudwara and also has a HPTDC hotel which you can book in advance via phone.
  • Don’t stay in Manikaran. The place is dirty and hotels are bad, but you can visit it from Kasol. Remember the road to Manikaran is not good like other routes of Himachal. It is bumpy and dusty, especially when Manikaran is just a few kms ahead. I went there last year and the roads were like that.
  • Regarding hiking and trekking spots near Manali, if you want to do some real treks with guide and porters and with tent, then some short 3 to 4 days route in that region are Hanuman Tibba from Manali, Chanderkhani Pass and Malana trek from Naggar.

Hanuman Tibba Base Camp for Trekkers
Hanuman Tibba Base Camp for Trekkers | Source

If you want to do some day trek kind of walking without guides, porters, or tents, then try Kasol. The place is really quiet and good for spending a short hiking vacation.

We went to Manali in July last year so Manali is still fresh in my memories, so I will give some suggestions with that trip in mind. We went to Manali and onwards to Spiti Valley. We took Volvo for both ways and it was very comfortable. We left Delhi around 6 and by 7.30 am next day we were at Manali. Volvo from Delhi to Manali will take you through Panipat, Karnal, then Kurukshetra, Ambala, then Chandigarh, Rupnagar, Swarghat, then Bilaspur, Mandi, then Kullu, and finally Manali. The route is beautiful post Swarghat. Before that it’s all normal highway driving. For exact directions and kilometers in between two points visit this link: http://www.oktatabyebye.com/travel-directions/driving-directions-from-New_Delhi-to-Manali.html

Beautiful spiti valley.
Beautiful spiti valley. | Source


  • HPTDC has set up good hotels in Manali, especially location wise: Hadimba Cottage, Hamta Cottage, and HPTDC Log Huts would be good for you if you want to enjoy nature. You can check availability and book them on this link http://hptdc.nic.in/cir0203.htm#hhamik; otherwise, there are many private properties in Manali that would give you some accommodation options.
  • For next three days, you can have a few options in hand like visiting Solang Valley which is just 14 kilometers from Manali, it is a very beautiful place and is meant for adventurous people. In case, you love trekking, then you can go for Bhrigu Lake which is located at a height of 4270 meters above mean sea level and will take two days, may not be very simple but very worthwhile. You can hire a guide cum porter from Manali and do this trek. The route will be Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake, 14 kilometers, stay overnight besides lake and be back next day. Gulaba is 22 kilometers to Rohtang Pass from Manali.

Beautiful natural views on the way to Gulaba
Beautiful natural views on the way to Gulaba | Source
  • Another trek near Manali can be done from Naggar to Malana over Chanderkhani Pass. Naggar is a quiet village just 25 kilometers from Manali. It has an old castle converted into a heritage museum and some old temples. The route will be Naggar to Shillu Pathar just 11 kilometers but it will take 5 to 6 hours, Shillu Pathar to Chanderkhani Pass at 3600 meters - Malana (10 kilometers 5 hours). Check if the pass is doable at this time before you plan to do this trek and do take a guide.

Naggar castle just 25 kilometers from Manali. Away from the mad crowd of Manali Mall Road.
Naggar castle just 25 kilometers from Manali. Away from the mad crowd of Manali Mall Road. | Source
The famous Original Shere-E-Punjab restaurant at Manali Mall Road. Food here is awesome, especially North Indian nonvegtarian dishes. I am saying this we never tried vegetarian dishes here. My family is die-hard nonveg lover.
The famous Original Shere-E-Punjab restaurant at Manali Mall Road. Food here is awesome, especially North Indian nonvegtarian dishes. I am saying this we never tried vegetarian dishes here. My family is die-hard nonveg lover. | Source
  • Regarding trying best food in Manali, I would recommend you just three places which are must visit: Johnson's Cafe on Circuit House Road in Manali, Pine View or Pine Retreat on same road, and Original Sher-E-Punjab restaurant located right on the Manali Mall Road. Shere-E-Punjab restaurant in Manali has been there since 1972 and is meant for die-hard Punjabi food lovers. You will love their excellent service. Also you will like their delicious tandoori trout, butter chicken, chicken curry, dal makhani, mutton biryani, makke di roti, and sarson da saag. Out of our 5 days spent in Manali, we ate around 5 times in this restaurant. Neither me, nor my friends who visited Manali have tasted such type of food. This is the reason why so many Shere-E-Punjab restaurants have come up in India.

Morning view of Manali Mall Road.
Morning view of Manali Mall Road. | Source

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      srsddn 

      5 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      soni2006, Manali is one destination in India where I can go time and again. I am glad you mentioned about nearby stations which are equally attractive. I still remember my visit to Mani Karan and Naggar. I have heard a lot about Malana and hope to get a chance to study this famous place from close quarters. Thumbed up and shared.

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      Rajinder Soni 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sanjay Manali is beautiful but I am afraid that it will also turn like Shimla Mussourie in few years due to heavy load of tourists from urban places.

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      SANJAY SINGH 

      5 years ago

      Hi, we went to Manali few years back. Went to Chandigarh than to manali. We went there by Toyota Quallis. I must say once the roar of river started , i felt afraid i dont know why looking at 200 ft or more deep with water making so much noise and so many rocks but our 5 days there were wonderful.

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      s.prakash 

      7 years ago

      Great Information about Manali the hot destination of North India for tourists.

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      Gaurav 

      7 years ago

      Manali Rocks.. its the best place to visit. Shimla is too crowded and it has lost its charm

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      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Manali is a really beautiful place to visit. Some of my friends have got so bored of Nainital, Shimla, and Mussourie, that they have stopped going to these crowded places. Manali is in the main limelight now. This is the most sought out place after previous best hill stations of India.

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      sweetie1 

      7 years ago from India

      Hi, we went to Manali few years back. Went to Chandigarh than to manali. We went there by Toyota Quallis. I must say once the roar of river started , i felt afraid i dont know why looking at 200 ft or more deep with water making so much noise and so many rocks but our 5 days there were wonderful.

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