Manali Mania

If you have not visited Manali, visit it; if you have gone in the past, go again and, if you have gone a few times in the past, visit again and again. This is my feeling culled out of my intensive experience at Manali. The place is a visitor’s paradise: a place where nature has descended to spread its fragrance and to give its feel to each and every man everywhere.

From the tourism point of view, Manali may not be the substitute of Srinagar, but, certainly, an alternative. It has to offer so many breath-taking places to the tourists and visitors that you have to stay a minimum of fifteen to twenty days, if not more, to enjoy your outing to the brim. and Manali has a great share of apple production of the state. I, with my family, left for New Delhi Airport from Bhubaneswar Airport by Indian for a two-hour journey during Mid-August, generally considered as an off-season chosen by me as ideal because I got all my reservations for journey and lodging at a big discount.

The next morning, an eighteen-seater single-engined aircraft was ready to start at 06.30AM, but took off at 09.30AM as the climate in the Himalayan ranges was cloudy. Ultimately at about 10.30AM, we reached Kullu Airport. The experience inside the aircraft was very exciting because co-passengers were only four, not to speak of the pilot who could be considered as a co-passenger in the sense that his driving seat was at our front like the seat in a luxury bus and he was a nice fellow who talked to us all through our journey. He, also, had tea, coffee and snacks for us and a packet full of chocolates besides fruit juice.

There was no air-hostess or attendant and self-service was the provision. But what was irritating was the sound of the aircraft; but to get something you have to give up something and at the end of the journey, we were disappointed that such an exhilarating experience had come to an end. Kullu area is a valley and very nice in every way. The Dussera Festival here is observed with much pomp and ceremony and the Kullu King leads a huge procession which is almost the best in the country and must be seen to be believed.

We hired a pre-paid taxi to Manali from the Kullu Airport and reached Manali at about 02.00PM and went straight to our officers` association guest house arranged in a star hotel at a nominal cost of Rs100/- per day, though the actual cost would have been Rs3000/- per day during off-season. So, comfort at less cost guaranteed us a longer stay at negligible cost.

Also, that being an off-season, we could extend our stay for fourteen days at a stretch, though we had to change to three rooms in the process. Off-season, also, gave us discount of 25% in our boarding bill. Area 7.12 Sq. Kms. Altitude 2,050 Mtrs approx.. Temperature Max. / Min. Summer 28 °C / 20 °C Winter 18 °C / 2 °C Languages Himachali, Hindi, English Religion Hinduism, Buddhism Best Time to visit Kullu Manali April – June / September – December Manali is located at an altitude of 2050 m along the banks of the Beas.

STD Code 01902 Hospitals: Civil Hospital, The Mall, Manali, Tel: 253385 Lady Willington’s Mission Hospital Manali Tel: 253714 Population 6,265 (2001 census) What to See Hadimba Temple: Over available tourist huts and rest houses for trekking enthusiasts. Naggar Fort: is a castle converted into a rest house and luxury hotel. It has architecture and design from the Pal Dynasty. Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. The smaller and more modern Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa stands nearer the bazaar. It has a colossal , Naggar was old capital of Kullu District.

This is now converted into Heritage Hotel by Himachal Tourism. Roerich Art Gallery made by the famous Russian painter to be seen, also. Manikaran: It is 86 km from Manali. Here icy cold waters of the Parvati river and hot-water springs co-exist How to Get There By air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar (Kullu), 50kms from Manali. By rail: The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Jogindernagar (135 km). The nearest broad gauge railway station is Chandigarh (310 km). By road: clip_image001 From Delhi – 585 km via Mandi. clip_image001[1] From Simla the distance is 270 km.

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