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Manalis global village atmosphere arising from its popularity with backpackers , this famous hippie haven has riverside cafes that waylay your senses with promises of soup pasta humus pita momo pancakes and ginger honey tea . Then there are old temples , snow in Rohtang pass (also the gateway to the barren but beautiful reaches of Ladakh and Spiti) and plenty of organised adventure activities . but best of all , Manali offers that haunting beauty to which places in the lower Himalayan ranges can only aspire. Best time to visit Manali is October to February.
Things to see and do
Manali is actually a collection of three adjascent hills , each with a village and an old temple dominating it Old Manali ( Manu Temple) , Vashishtha and Dhungri (Hadimba Temple ) if u enjoy exploring , walk to either the Manu or the Vashishtha temple past the old manali especially out of the season . Fifteen minutes past old manali sits on the rock by the Manalsu stream for a bit further on a shepard trails goes up to a hill . walking through the Old manali or Vashishtha villages is a treat. in March April, apple blossoms greet you , and butterflies flit around . best time to visit June to October. The 400 yrs old Hadimba temple also known as Dhungiri temples framed by towering deodars is worth seeing come here early in the morning to see the dark wood on its sloping roof glow like burnished metal . Near the Nehru Park on The Mall take the path to the protected Van Vihar stretch . The 51 km climb up to the 13400 foot high Rohtang pass (open in july september usually) is formidable. On the way is the village of Nehru kothi (15km) where you get phenomenal view of the Beas. Manalis excellent rock climbing destination manalis Institute of mountaineering and Allied Sports .
Shopping in Manali
Manalis Mall is packed with shops selling woolens and winters wear Cds toys fruit wine and much more .HPMC outlet on the mall stocks Himachali jams chutneys pickles etc .
Where to stay
There is plenty of choice in Manali but if u are heading here in season book in advance . Johnson Hotel lovely Leela Huts . Negi Hotel May Flowers Hotel Snowcrests manor Banon Resorts and Highland Park Manali Manuallaya Resorts .
Where to eat
Best resturants in Manali Johnsons cafe , Cafe Amigos Swamijis Madras Cafe or North Indian meals at Himalayan Dhaba , Tibetian KItchen .
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