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What :

Situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a remote hill station offering stunning views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Mountain Ranges.

The enchanting alpine setting complete with wood and stone buildings perched on steep hillsides drew colonial British vacationers here. The colonials brought the first apple trees to the region, and the orchards they started here are still thriving all these decades later, and are the source of much of the area’s agricultural income.

Manali’s proximity to Tibet means there’s a palpable Buddhist influence in the air here, and there’s a Tibetan colony just south of the town’s center. The Himalayan Nyinmapa is an interesting Buddhist temple with a two-story statue of The Buddha in its shrine.

Manali’s Old Town has the feel of an old Indian mountain town with its wood and stone houses, and the towering Manu Maharishi Temple located here is worth a visit. Outside of town, the Hadimba Temple is a mid-16th century structure covered in woodcarvings well worth the 20-minute walk through the stunning scenery.

When :

Manali’s best weather falls between March and October. It is warm here between June and August, but still much cooler than the plains to the south. The cool weather makes Manali a popular summertime getaway for domestic tourists. Between November and February there is often fresh snow fall, and excellent skiing.

Where :

Manali is located in the Kullu Valley beside the Beas River in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station can be reached overland from Himachal Pradesh’s capital of Shimla while exploring the region on one of our luxury tours of India.

Who :

The stunning scenery and Tibetan vibe found here is as compelling as when the British first started vacationing here over a century ago. The splendid mix of cuisine from different cultures, amazing locally grown produce, and quiet atmosphere should not be missed while traveling with us on a tour of India.

Appropriate Attire :

Even in the summer months it’s relatively cool here, so bring along long sleeves and pants. During the winter months, snow fall is common so bring appropriate cold-weather gear depending on your excursion plans.

Guest Reviews :

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  Maria Gonda-Terrazas and Alexander Terrazas
February-March 2014
Chandni, we are back safely and had a great time and will definitely travel with your company again. I wanted to take the time to write to you to let you know what a superb experience we had at the Marwah’s home. They were very warm and welcoming, so eager to teach us about Indian cooking and customs. We have done home visits in many countries and this one was by far thefinest experience.
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  Barbara Boom and Joe Schwartz
February 2014
The guides were great and each was better than the previous.  Special notice to Anu- our guide in Khajuraho- he was brilliant and we learned so much from our brief encounter with him.  I would travel anywhere in India with him as our guide.  Dada- our guide in Varanasi- was also excellent and made the Hindu rituals understandable.  With the tutelage of these two guides, we have both become fascinated by and interested in the roots of culture and religion that we were exposed to by them.
And the hotels were marvelous.  The upgrade to the Nadesar Palace was worth the cost.  It is a one of a kind experience.  The level of service and tranquility will always be a standard that others may try to live up to. The Imperial was a bit overwhelming on first encounter, but by the time we returned at the end of our journey it felt like we were coming home.  Victor helped arrange an upgrade to a suite on our second stay! 
We were quite pleased with the Oberoi, and the Rambagh as well.  Had it been sunnier, the views of the Taj would have been breathtaking in Agra.  Even so, our view of the gardens were lovely.
The drivers were awesome!  Though they were not so fluent, they made every effort to be attentive and helpful on the long road trips.  We cannot comprehend how they managed in the city traffic.
The trip to Bandhavgarh was another place entirely.  We were most fortunate to see tigers on all 5 of our safaris.  We understand that this is unusual. The guides really knew the jungle and it was impressive to see how they could track the tigers. 
Overall I think we got a good feel for the culture and the way of life in India and would hope to return.  The guides and Easytoursstaff were always there for us from the moment we stepped out of the airport.  The itinerary was well constructed.  We would definitely consult you for our return visit.
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