Do you yearn for a getaway from the hustle and bustle in the concrete jungle and put some excitement into your life? Are you counting down the days to your next vacation? That's right, after working all through the year, you deserve to take a few days off to relax and unwind. Well, there is no better season than winter, and there is no other desirable place to visit than Manali.
Manali is an exceptional place where seasons define its beautiful avatars, from lush green meadows in the summer to snow-white mountains in the winter. And nothing in the world looks satisfying than the places that are all cast in the snow. That fact, combined with some other amazing features, will only make you fall in love with Manali.
Here are a few fantastic features that will provide warmth to your senses and your soul.
1. Fun and adventure activities
Spoil and indulge yourself in adventure activities such as Hot air ballooning, skating, cable car, heli-skiing or just everyday skiing( the most popular among the other fun events), to name a few. Top tourist place like Manali entertains thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts to enjoy the snow conditions, to make it a memorable one. You can also hire local operators to arrange adventure sports.
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If you think fun-filled activities are the highlight of Manali during winter, you are in for a surprise! Because there is delicious and sumptuous traditional food in the market that could tempt you into good habits. Though Himachal food is well known across India, its authenticity can be admired and indeed known only in the hills of Manali and around. Madra, Tudkiya Bhath, Bhey or Spicy Lotus stems, and Siddu are some of the most popular and lip-smacking delicacies to try, but it's the Mittha that hogs the limelight. Mitha is a bona fide sweet dish of Himachal Pradesh.
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Why travel by public transport when you can enjoy a ride on bikes through the fresh mountain air and get a glimpse of the majestic mother nature along the way? Nowhere else would you get an opportunity like this to exercise your freedom and make as many pit stops possible to visit local villages and embrace their distinctive culture.
4. Sulfur Hot Springs
Imagine taking a dip in the Hot Sulfur Baths post trekking or hiking, doesn't it sound rejuvenating and relaxing? Vashisht village, located an hour away from Manali, is home to this spectacular natural phenomenon. Going to this high altitude destination will be well worth the effort as you will find yourself in a place of otherworldly experience.
5. Historical Sites.
Manali showcases many historical places, and the exceptional ones are Naggar castle and Hidimba Devi Temple. Naggar castle was built in 1460 and was home to Raja Sidh Singh. It is an incredible place embracing both European and Himalayan culture. It is a virtual treat for art lovers as it offers many art pieces on display. Another must-visit is Hidimba Devi Temple, an archaic cave temple that was built on a rock jutting out of the grounding in 1553 as a tribute to the goddess Halima. It is surrounded by a cedar forest in the foothills of Himalayas. No trip to Manali would be complete without a visit to these historical places.
In this immensely beautiful haven, you have the opportunity to practice ski, snowboard, hiking, ride a bike, enjoy the food, air, and tranquility. All these factors, along with ones aforementioned in this article, have made Manali one of the best destinations in India during winter.