If you already haven’t been to Manali in Himachal Pradesh, it is time to discover the hills that offer a style of vacation to suit every budget, taste and age group. Ahead of Kullu district, it is located at an altitude of 2,050 m or 6,726 ft above sea level. In its peak season, the place is serene yet abuzz with tourists at the same time!
Running along the banks of river Manalsu, a tributary of Beas River, what makes Manali popular is its location, primarily, because it’s the only decent town to take a halt for tourists or travellers heading to and from Leh, Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti.
The place is a no man’s land. You will find people from all over the world with their cuisine offerings; Europeans, Asians and Americans alike. Manali has its own culture; it absorbs everyone and anyone without any inhibitions. The local people are very warm and adaptive to all foreigners. You could just move out of your place of stay and keep wishing everyone along and you will be surprised by the greetings you can get in return.
The best part about Manali is that it offers you plenty of walking areas, not to mention some great treks. Trekking on the other hand is extremely popular. There are treks to suit everyone, youngsters, oldies, professionals and amateurs. The right place to stay for trekking, however, is Old Manali.
The small hill opens to a vast valley towards its end and is still unexploited. Most tourists turn back after visiting Manu temple. But thats exactly where the outrageously beautiful hills start from. The river cuts a turn from the left of Old Manali hill to flow downwards and the tranquil hills will mesmerize you to the core.
One can spend an entire day by the river camping and still not feel satiated. This is just about one location. Imagine, the hills beyond which have a camping option at every turn. Away from the city lights and traffic and right in the middle of nowhere!
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