We all must have been to Manali, sometime or the other, and yes those living in Delhi, you just can’t miss this beauty. But believe me, Manali in winter has a whole new look, it’s like someone has spread a white sheet on this beautiful land. It’s just about snow, snow and more snow as it takes over everything.
The drive from Kullu to Manali is simply picturesque, with a view as though someone has laid a white canvas here. With so much snow around, the childlike excitement in you is bound to come out. Whizzing down the soft, snowy slopes, making snow angels, snow-man is no less an adventure.
The scenic surrounding valley and hills all filled with snow transport to a land of that of “Fairy Tale”.
Known as the “Valley of the Gods”, located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh this beautiful land enchants one and all. As winters happens to be an off season you can avail great discounts on your hotel booking. So don’t shy away from bargaining while doing the bookings.
The feel of snowfall and the snow flakes gently caressing your face surpasses all experiences. Though driving around the area during winter is bit dicey due to weather conditions but you can always enjoy the hot springs in a small village called Vashisth, named after a sage. And if you are bold enough then take the pleasure of bathing in this natural sulfur hot spring. And yes, those super enthusiast traveller’s can visit Solang Valley and Rohang pass (if weather permits) to get a feel of heaven on earth
One can see the feel of urban landscape in New Manali and Foodies you don’t have to bother as to how to satiate your tummy pangs. Get a bit fishy here, as you get the best and freshest of Himalayan trout served in most of the restaurants but for the best one try: Johnson’s Café. As you walk down the mall road you can spot vendors selling “gulab jamuns” much smaller in size than the ones you get in shops. Served hot they satiate your taste buds on any winter evenings.
With nothing much to do in winter as you walk down the Mall road you can spot constant influx of tourists and as you walk up-hill you come across Hadimba Temple, built in 1553, dedicated to goddess Hadimba Devi.
A holiday is all about relaxing, rejuvenating and recreating your mind and soul to catch up with the hectic urban life.
Recommenced places to eat: Jonshon Café for some awesome trout, Chopstiks for Tibetan and Chinese food. Driving: Beware of the mountain roads. Take chances to drive only if you are an pro in the mountains.
By Bus: Those taking bus be prepared that due to snow the bus can stop 15- 20 kms ahead of the Manali bus-stop. From there you can get cabs on hire
- Wear the right kind of footwear to walk on snow. You can pick them up from local shops in Manali too for Rs 300/-
- Old Manali is all shut during winters, or else this place has some awesome cafes.