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1. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hiya!
Im headed to India for the first time in 3 weeks time!One of the places that we plan on visiting is Manali...we were thinking about 3 days???Im trying to do a lot of research on it but to be honest, not a lots coming up...the section in the Lonely planet is kind of sparse and after trawling online Im not finding a lot of information. If anyone has been and can give me a better insight and share any tips or treasures, it would be most appreciated!!!Also if anyone can recommend anywhere nice to stay, that would be great!!!

2. Posted by akumar (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I don't think it would be of any use or make any sense now to post some useful information about "Manali" here. If you are still interested to know about this beautiful place then just drop a message in this post and I will surely help you out.

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Hello Twinkle,

Manali is a beautiful place no doubt, i have been there 3-4 times, mostly becoz i used it as a base for my travels to Leh-Ladakh and the trans-himalayan region.

3 days are enough for the city, i can suggest u the following:

Day1-- Visit the highlights of the city like the Hidamba temple, Manu temple, Vashist Temple and the hot water spring, u can also visit the government recreation centre which is situated besides the Beas river. All these places are nearby, u can choose to walk or hire a 3-wheeler to do all the places. The same evening u can spend time in the local market exploring the local stuff.

Day2-- A visit to the beautiful and enchanting Solang Valley which is just 16 kms from Manali. Either hire a cab or a 3 wheeler(much cheaper). U can relax in the lush green valley and choose to indulge in paragliding or other activities. Also u can hire a horse and go through the valley to a remote temple situated across the river. It is such a refreshing experience in Solang Valley

Day 3-- Full day excursion to the Rohtang pass, for this u have to invariable hire a Taxi as it is around 50Kms from Manali. All along the way u will find beautiful locations and u can stop and relax at ur chosen place. Once u reach Rohtang Pass after the twists n turns of the mountain road, again there is a horse ride to the lake which is some distance away from the taxi stand. When u leave Manali for Rohtang Pass, u will find number of small shops from where u can hire ur mountain boots, gloves and overcoats as it is quite cold at Rohtang Pass.

If ur of the more adventurous type and have time, u can venture into the barren land of Leh-ladakh. The land route from Manali to Leh(470 Kms) opens in the first week of July. Even though the journey is long and tough but it passes through spectacular landscape. U will be on the edge of ur seat and enjoy every bit of it. Moreover Himachal Government tourism runs a daily bus service from manali to leh with an overnight halt in a tent in a beautiful valley called Keylong. The bus has more foreigners than Indians. I highly recommend that.

Once u reach Leh u have 2 important excursions....one to Nubra Valley and other to Pangong Lake.. the road to Nubra valley passes through Khardung-La, the highest motorable road in the road at almost 6000metres. Pangong lake at an altitude of 4200m is a beautiful lake which is 120Kms, half of which is in India and the rest in China.... Some of the landscape was so barren and bizzare that it appeared we r travelling on moon. Apart from these there are numerous trekks available ranging from 4 days to a month.

Finding accomodation in manali is not a problem at all as it is a small town and lined up with many hotels n lodges. I stayed everytime in Hotel New Kenilworth International. If u want to stay in a tourism department run hotel, u can visit the Himachal Pradesh Tourism site(www.hptdc.gov.in)

Do let me know if u need any more info:)

Cheers and have a nice trip
Arif

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Wow Arif, impressive piece of info...i consider this thread closed;)

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

It should have been closed long time ago as Twinkle started this in September 2006. :)

6. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

Wow Arif, impressive piece of info...i consider this thread closed;)

Thanks Wouterr, i realised my mistake later:)

Actually i saw the reply of "Akumar" and thought it was a recent post and somehow i missed the date of Twinkle's post

Since i love that region and have wandered in the trans-himalayan region for quite some time, i just couldnt stop myself from writing my heart out

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

It should have been closed long time ago as Twinkle started this in September 2006. :)

I have apologized personally to Twinkle:).

The post of " Akumar" made me believe that it was a recent one. I dont know what made him extract and revive a thread which was started almost 2 yrs back

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 26, 2008, at 11:40 AM by arif_kool ]

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting arif_kool

Quoting Hien

It should have been closed long time ago as Twinkle started this in September 2006. :)

I have apologized personally to Twinkle:).

The post of " Akumar" made me believe that it was a recent one. I dont know what made him extract and revive a thread which was started almost 2 yrs back

Why dont you put your info in the wiki Arif and then its there for all too see!!

Dont worry there was no harm done - l actually went into the thread myself yesterday too as l know Twinkle hasnt been active on the site for a very long time!!

Heather

9. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Why dont you put your info in the wiki Arif and then its there for all too see!!

Dont worry there was no harm done - l actually went into the thread myself yesterday too as l know Twinkle hasnt been active on the site for a very long time!!

Heather

Good idea Heather:) I will put the same in the Wiki