In the northern end of Kullu Valley, nestled among the mountain ranges is Manali. The quaint town is also one the ancient trade routes to Ladakh. At an elevation between 5,900 ft and 6,600 ft Manali is one of the scenic places along the Himalayan Valley’s. This is also one of the popular tourist spots and is also the base camp for most of the Himalayan Treks along this region.
The name Manali is said to have come into existence after the Hindu lawgiver Manu. The name, originally from Manu-Alaya means abode of Manu. The north of the Kullu Valley where Manali is also called as the Valley of Gods.
Apple orchards in Manali were first introduced by the British, is now one of the popular features and the best in the country. Infact, Apple, Plum and Pear from Manali is one of the important source of income for the people of this region.
Manali, with all its beautiful surroundings and the snow-capped mountains playing the perfect background, has been more than just a tourist spot over the years. The Vashist Temple adds beauty to the town with constant visitors. Adding to this, is the fact that Manali is one of the top skiing places in India, that attracts tourists from all over the country. The drastic increase in tourists & travellers has indeed affected the environmental conditions of Manali, which still needs a lot of damage fixing. With various types of tourists, travellers and trekkers visiting this lovely place, Manali still remains a charm in the mountains adding great travel experiences to every traveller and tourist.
How To Get There
Nearest airport is the Bhuntar Airport, which is also known as the Kullu-Manali Airport located 50 Kms from Manali.
Delhi has great road transport options to Manali. There are frequent buses plying between Delhi and Manali.