The Himalayan town of Manali is blessed with endless natural beauty. There are dense deodar forests, snow capped mountain peaks, and serene valleys. Beas River flows through Manali, and the place has innumerable ancient Hindu temples.
Manali is a paradise for trekking, camping, mountaineering, and many other adventurous activities. From Jaipur, you can go on a fascinating road trip to Manali and go on sightseeing tours nearby, and also go on exciting excursions to nearby attractions.
How to reach Manali from Jaipur?
From Jaipur, Manali is 795 km away, while Chandigarh is just 300 km away from Manali. Chandigarh, as such, is closer to Manali. There is no direct transport available between Jaipur and Manali. However, from Jaipur, you can board many express trains that go to Chandigarh.
From Chandigarh, you can then hire taxis or State Transport Bus to reach Manali by road. You can board buses from Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 43 in Chandigarh. There are AC Volvo buses and non-AC buses between Chandigarh and Manali.
You can book tickets through online portals like Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), makemytrip, redbus, yatra and others.
Alternatively, if you want a quicker transport, then you can catch flights from Jaipur to Chandigarh and then travel by road to Manali.
Places to see in Manali
Beas River flows through scenic river valleys and lofty peaks, offering fantastic vistas all along its course. Its fast-flowing rapids are perfect for rafting and canoeing.
There are ancient temples like Manu Temple, Hidimba Temple, Gayatri Temple.
Tibetan monasteries like Nyinmapa Gompa, are located in the midst of gorgeous landscapes.
There are hot water springs like Vashisht Hot Springs and Manikaran, which have miraculous healing properties.
Places like Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass have glaciers and are perfect for skiing.
There are heritage monuments like Naggar Castle and Kuthar Fort, which are centuries old.
There are trekking and hiking trails like Bhrigu Lake Trek and Hampta Pass Trek, which takes you to magnificent mountain landscapes.
You can see cascading waterfalls like Jogini Waterfalls and Rahala Falls.
Best hotels in Manali for all budgets
Budget Hotels (Rs.1000-Rs.2000): Golden Tulip, The Orchard Greens, Khushboo Resorts
Mid-range Hotels (Rs.2500-Rs.4000): The Manali Inn, Allure Grand Resort, Holiday Heights Manali
Star Rated Hotels (Rs.5000-Rs.10000): Apple County Resort, Urvashi’s Retreat, Rock Manali Hotel & Spa
Luxury Hotels (Rs.100001-Rs.20000): The Himalayan, Manuallaya -The Resort Spa in the Himalayas, The Lama House
Excursions from Manali
There are innumerable temples like Bijli Mahadev Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Raghunath Temple and others. There are Buddhist monasteries and Sikh gurudwaras too. There are scenic places like Tirthan Valley and Parvati Valley, where you can go camping near mountain streams.
If you like trekking, there are so many treks like Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chandrakhani Pass, Chandratal Lake and many others.
This is a holy place for Hindus and Sikhs, and its gurudwara has a langar, which prepares free meals for visitors. The hot water springs here are said to have healing powers, and a dip in these waters is a must-do experience to have in Manikaran.
Situated along the Manali-Leh Highway, Keylong is a major stop for those going to Leh Ladakh. Keylong is famous for its gompas and Buddhist monasteries, where you can see traditional Buddhist art and crafts.
Visit Pin Valley National Park:
One can see the most enchanting landscapes in Pin Valley National Park. If you like trekking and camping, then this is the best place for such adventures. Here you can see the Siberian Ibex, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Marmot, Blue Sheep and many other species of wild animals and migratory birds found in this cold desert region.
The picturesque Dharamshala has fabulous Buddhist monasteries like Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery, and rock cut Masrur temples and Jwalamukhi Devi Temple. McLeod Ganj also has many Gompas and Buddhist monasteries like Namgyal Monastery. There are temples too like Bhagsunath Temple, Baglamukhi Temple among many others. Trekking to places like Triund and Bhagsu will show you incredible beauty of Himachal Pradesh.
And how to plan a road trip from Jaipur to Manali
If you are traveling by car from Jaipur to Manali, travel only in a big cars such as Toyota Innova or SUV cars, as they are made for rugged terrain and hilly regions such as that found in Manali. Leave Jaipur in the early morning hours by car, so that you can reach Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh by night. In the next morning, you can resume your journey from Bilaspur and reach Manali.