5 Things to do in Manali in One Day
One of the most popular destinations in India, Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan town that has a treat for everyone. If you are planning a family trip, a graduation trip with your friends, a backpacker or even a solo trip; Manali has got you covered! Surrounded by the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges, the aura of Manali is incomparable and unbeatable. It is the ultimate pit stop before moving forward. A common point for Spiti valley and Ladakh trips, Manali offers all the treatments within a single day. Here are a few things you can do in Manali in just one day:
The heart of Manali downtown, Mall road, is one of the must visit place in Manali. Dotted with shops, family restaurants and ice cream stalls, Mall road is a huge complex right near the bus stand. You can roam around the Mall road, shop souvenirs and visit the Manu temple which is located in the middle of the road. The mall road offers ample choices for you to juggle with. The shops offer a variety of winter gear ranging from thick jackets to funky gloves. This is one of the best places for shopping in Manali. The food outlets also offer variety of cuisines, mainly Indian street food and Chinese. You can find the best restaurants here. Mall road is also surrounded by hundreds of hotels, making it a prime location; attracting tourists like a magnet.
One of the best places to hang out in Manali for someone who is on a solo or a backpacking trip, is Old Manali. Old Manali is beefed up with hippie cafes making it a pristine destination for those who want to channelize their time without any disturbance from the tourist crowd. Few of the top cafes of Old Manali are Café 1947, Born Free, evergreen, Sunshine, Lazy Dog, etc. You can spend your time here while enjoying good music and different cuisines. You can also visit the Clubhouse, which is an amusement and adventure zone. It has outdoor and indoor games along with various activity facilities. One can skate, play table tennis and even do go karting here! It also has a video game centre, library and an auditorium. You can also go and sit by the Manaslu river and enjoy the weather as well.
Locally known as the Dhungari temple, Hidimba Devi temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to the wife of Bhim, one of the five Pandava brothers. It is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of Hidimba. The temple attracts not only religious people but also those who are in love with the nature. The setting of the temple is absolutely magical. Set amidst the background of cedar forests, the temple is located right on the laps of the nature. The architecture of the temple adds a cheery on top of the cake. Made with wood, it has a cone shaped roof thereby distinguishing it from the rest of the temples.
Take a stroll in Van Vihar
Another interesting thing to do on a Manali trip is to buy a Rs 30 ticket at the counter of Van Vihar and spend a good amount of time strolling in the lap of nature. Van Vihar is a national park covered densely with deodar trees providing shade all over the place. It has a well laid out path, with fun activities to indulge in. You can spend good quality time here. You can silently read a book at a quite spot, roam around the park, have a small picnic with your friends and family, enjoy boat riding or do nothing at all! It is the perfect place to explore the nature sustainably without causing any harm to the environment.
Hop till Vashisth
More budget friendly and quiter, Vashisth is a small village few Kilometres from Old Manali. It is famous for its temple and hot spring along with much calmer and much quiter cafes. From yoga to ayurvedic treatments; vashisth is a quaint village attracting more tourists every year. If you have made it till Manali, then this village adds a bonus to your trip. It is also has the path that leads to the Jogni waterfalls.
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