Manali is one of the most popular and visited hill stations in India. Located at an altitude of 1950 meters above sea level, Manali is known as the ‘Home of the seven great sages of Hindu Religion’. Manali is named after Brahma’s law giver, Manu, who was brought on earth to begin the seventh cycle of creation and destruction. Manali has many temples and religious centres for tourists. Apart from that Manali has a lot to offer in terms of adventure, sport activities and scenic beauties. The best time to visit Manali is from May to October when it offers a retrieve from the high temperatures in the other parts of country.
Kullu Dussera Dussera in Kullu is an International Festival which is celebrated differently from the rest of India. When the enthusias and celebration in the rest of India is about to end, in Kullu it has just started to begun. The festival in Kullu brings all the deep beliefs and religious ethos of people forward. Winter Festival Celebrated in the second and third week of January, the winter festival is celebrated for 5 days and is declared as the state festival by the Government of Himachal. The five day festival has much to offer in terms of entertainement, however, the last day has way much more entertainment to offer with the two contests that are organized to wrap up this festival; The Men’s Personality Contest and The Winter Queen Contest.
The Mall is the main shopping area in Manali, selling local Kullu and Kinnauri shawls, rugs, caps and footwear, imported goods, besides a range of Tibetan handicraft items. It is more of a busy commercial street with modern concrete blocks of hotels that spill over with tourists in the peak season. Other shopping zones in the Mall include- Hong Kong Market, Thai Market, Tibetan Market, Dragon Shopping Complex, Lama Underground, Shangri La Shopping Complex, New NAC Market and Snow Lion Underground Market. The Himachal Handicrafts Emporium and Bhuticco weavers’ co-operative in the main Manali Mall are good for local handicrafts. Handcrafted shawls and rugs are the major and the most popular buys here. The Tibetan Bazaar and Tibetan Carpet centre run by the refugee community sells thangkas, rugs, local tweeds, Buddhist paintings, bamboo souvenirs, Chinese goods (electronics, shoes, clothes etc), silver and turquoise jewellery and prayers wheels amongst other things. The place is overcrowded with tourists in the summers. If you are interested in buying more hippie and junky stuff, then the Old Manali market is a must visit. You could even pick up fresh fruit jams, jellies and pickles from the market and take them back as souvenirs. All the shops are open from 10 am to 7 pm. Bargaining is a must here as most shops tend to quote a higher price.
Bhuntar Airport – 10 km away
other Airport: Chandigarh is the nearest big airport.
Kullu is not approachable easily by rail. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar, 100 km away. On broad gauge, there is Chandigarh, 235 km away and Pathankot, 275 km away.
One needs to come to Chandigarh and from there the national highway NH21 is used which passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar and Mandi towns.
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