One of the most popular hill stations in Himachal, Manali offers the most magnificent views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow for most parts of the year.
With the Covid-19 pandemic going on, Manali has evolved to be a place loved by young people looking for longer stays for workstation. With ambient cafes, good wifi availability, small eateries, and convenient shops, Old Manali are among the favorite neighborhood for such people. There are many homestays and hostels offering dorm beds for cheap for longer durations.
Manali has many trekking options around it, making it a great base for exploring this side of the Himalayas. River Beas provides great rafting options in the nearby town of Kullu. Adjoining the Parvati river, lies the Parvati Valley with Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh, and small villages attracting travelers for longer stays. Atal Tunnel now allows travelers to reach Sissu within a few hours making Spiti way more accessible.
It snows the most in the months of January & February followed by December and March. If you’re very lucky, you might find some snow in April.
Tourists flock to Rohtang Pass & Solang valley for various adventure activities including skiing, paragliding, horse-riding & zorbing. Rohtang Pass is almost always covered with snow and can often get overcrowded and see traffic jams.