Snow-kissed peaks, cold, clear water of River Beas, lush-green valleys, and fruit orchards – Manali’s charm and beauty is hard to ignore. From nature lovers to honeymooners to adventure enthusiasts, this resort town in northern India has the right mix of everything and holds a mass appeal. Ancient temples and monasteries speak volumes of its antiquity; hippie villages act as magnets for backpackers from around the globe; there are more than one reasons to visit one of India’s favourite hill stations!
Though one can unwind in the lap of nature, and enjoy the pleasant, soothing weather all year round, holidayme gives you a breakdown of the best time to visit Manali.
Soak up some sun in May and June
Drawing maximum crowds, the summer season is the one of the best seasons to visit the hills of Manali. During summers, the town becomes a haven for trekkers and hikers. Melted snow increases the river flow, also making summer the ideal season for rafting. Paragliding, zorbing, and mountain sports are other activities that are equally popular. Flowers are in full bloom, a sight not to be missed. In the month of May, the Hadimba Devi Temple hosts its annual festival which is attended by several devotees. ‘Basantotsav’, also known as the Spring Festival, is held in the month of April and is a state festival as declared by the government of Himachal Pradesh.
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Experience the chill between November and February
Wrapped in a thick blanket of snow, Manali becomes much more dearer to locals and tourists alike. Witnessing the surrounding hills, clad with snow, is an experience in itself. The Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are entirely covered with snow; skiing and snow biking are a major draw in these regions. The much-anticipated Winter Carnival, a five-day festival, is a visual feast for the visitors and is highly recommended. The temperature goes down to 0 degrees, so don’t forget to take along some warm clothes.
Monsoons (July – August- September) are a strict no-no to visit Manali. Landslides, thunderstorms, and incessant rainfall – the climate can play a spoilsport during the trip and dampen your spirits. The room tariffs are considerably low because of the dull season, but it is definitely not worth the trip.