Situated near the end of valley, Manali is one of the most attractive tourist spot not only of Himachal Pradesh, but of International fame also. Manali is synonymous streams and birdsong, forests and orchards and grandees of snow-capped mountains.
Manali is the real starting point of an ancient trade route which crosses the Rohtang and Baralacha passes, and runs via Lahul and Ladakh to Kashmir while divergent road connects it with Spiti. Now the motor link have been provided up to Leh in Jammu & Kashmir, Pangi valley in Chamba and Kaza of Lahul & Spiti. There are regular bus services to these places from Manali during summer season. It is situated at a distance of 45 kms from Kullu.
There is an interesting legend about Manali which goes to say that Manu, the author of ’Manu Samhita’, after the great deluge first stepped on the earth from the celestial boat at a place in this land. The particular spot where he established his abode was the present Manali which is regarded as the changed name of ’Manu-Alaya’, the abode of Manu. The temple dedicated to Manu is still existing in the Manali village.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is Kullu-Manali Airport which is 50 km from Manali located in Bhunter. Flights are available to and from Delhi, Chandigarh and Jubbar-hatti (Shimla). From Delhi, it takes one & half an hour to reach Kullu-Manali Airport.
The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar which is 160 Km far on Mandi-Pathankot way is a narrow gauge track. Kiratpur is another railway station 240 Km far on Kullu-Chandigarh highway. Another nearby railway station is Una which is approx. 300 km. from Kullu.
This place is very well connected by road from all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh and other neighboring states. The State Transport (HRTC – Himachal Road Transport Corporation) operates its well maintained fleet of Super Luxury, Luxury, Super Fast and Ordinary buses to all the major destinations. Privately operated bus service is also available within the state. Hired Taxi service is also available easily.