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How To Plan Kullu Manali Trip?

Manali is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. From trekkers to families to couples, this place is a favorite among all of them. The place has been at the top of travel destinations for tourists for as long as we can remember.

Located in Kullu Valley, this beautiful place in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh offers stunning landscapes, adventure activities, and a chance to experience the traditional local culture of Himachal Pradesh. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to plan Kullu Manali trip.

Set Your Travel Dates

Before visiting Manali, ensure that you choose the right season. The right season will depend on your convenience. Some people like the winter chill, while others like the pleasant summer weather. 

How To Plan Kullu Manali Trip

Winter brings snowfall and winter sports, while summer offers pleasant weather for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Choose your preferred time accordingly.

Ideally, the best time to visit Kullu Manali is between March and June. Avoid going to the hills during the rainy season, as there are high chances of landslide-related accidents.

Create A Budget

Choose accommodation ( hotels or guesthouses) that fit your budget. Options range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels. Hostels will cost around 1800-2500 INR for 3-5 nights. 

Secure your accommodation early, especially during peak seasons, to get the best deals. Choose a hotel that suits your preferences – whether you want to be in the bustling center or prefer a more serene location.

Decide on your mode of transportation. If flying, check flights to Bhuntar (Kullu) or consider a scenic drive from nearby cities like Delhi or Chandigarh. Decide on how you’ll get around locally – taxis, rented bikes, or public transport. 

Rental bikes are a budget-friendly option as they charge you around 500 to 1500 INR per day. A taxi on the other hand will cost you around 1500 to 2500 INR per day. If you plan to visit Rohtang Pass, check and obtain the permit requirements in advance.

Plan for meals, local transportation, and any activities you want. Keep in mind the costs for permits if you plan on trekking. If you are planning your trip with a travel agency, look for an all-inclusive tour package. An all-inclusive tour package will take care of all these arrangements for you. 

Itinerary Planning

Plan your itinerary around the key attractions. Begin your Manali local sightseeing trip with Hadimba Temple, a 16th-century wooden temple dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, wife of Bhima in the Indian epic Mahabharata.

After touring the temple, proceed to the neighboring Manali Nature Park. Enjoy the natural beauty of the park by taking a stroll in it. 

While in Solang Valley, you can try paragliding, skiing, and zorbing. Rohtang Pass is another key attraction in Manali. It sits at an elevation of 13,050 feet above sea level.

This mountain route connects Manali and Leh and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and snow-capped peaks. Don’t miss out on the hot springs at Vashisht, the entry to which is free.

In Kullu, explore local markets, visit the Raghunath Temple, and enjoy river rafting. Naggar Castle is a majestic castle in Naggar town, which is only a short drive from Manali.

The castle was constructed in the 15th century and served as the palace of the Kullu Kings. After seeing the castle, proceed to Naggar town to check out the local markets.

These marketplaces sell traditional Himachali handicrafts, shawls, and woolen clothing.

Pack Accordingly

Depending on the season, pack accordingly. Even in summer, a light jacket is advisable for cool evenings. If you plan to engage in adventure activities, pack appropriate gear.

Be mindful of the altitude. Take it easy for the first day to acclimatize, especially if you’re coming from lower altitudes. Carry a basic medical kit, especially when trekking or engaging in adventure sports.

Also, do not forget to carry ample cash as you will be less likely to find ATMs. You should also carry your IDs reservations slips and permits. 

The Bottom Line

Make sure to tick all the above-mentioned tips while planning a trip to Kullu Manali for a smooth journey. Also, allow some flexibility in your plans. Sometimes the best experiences are the unplanned ones.

Also read: How Many Days Is Enough for Manali?

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