Manali’s ethereal scenic beauty can stun anyone into silence. With its soaring snow-clad mountains, gleaming waters of the Beas, towering groves of pine trees, rolling meadows, innocent smiling faces of pink-cheeked cherubic children – you’ve literally stepped into heaven.
This charming hill town has as much to offer the weary traveller who seeks solitude and peace, as much as it does, to an adventure junkie. Myriad experiences are to be enjoyed like riding atop a yak, plucking apples from the orchard, go skiing or riding a ski-mobile, sink into hot springs, and so much more!
Aptly named, the Club Mahindra Snowpeaks resort stands quietly in the midst of luscious apple orchards and is surrounded by powder-white hillsides. The resort has 33 well-appointed rooms, with each offering a picture perfect view of the surrounding orchards and the majestic, snow-capped mountains.
ACTIVITIES AT THE RESORT:
An unending list of activities at the resort include rappelling, rock climbing, rafting, river-crossing, paragliding, camping, trekking, cycling, skiing and horseback riding. After a day of adventure, lie back and enjoy the soothing services at the Svaastha Spa, or indulge in lip-smacking world cuisine at the Orchard Restaurant or sip at the Cider Lounge. A library, fun zone and gym are also present for guests.
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar, located 50 km from Manali. Air India, Jet Airways and Jet Konnect all fly into Bhuntar.
Road: Manali is well-connected by road to Delhi (570 km), Chandigarh (320 km), Ambala (370 km). Himachal Tourism shuttles regular bus service from places like Shimla, Chandigarh and Delhi.
Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Chandigarh (310 km). From here, overnight buses (10 hours) go to Manali.
PLACES TO VISIT:
Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass is situated at 3979m above sea level and lies 51km from Manali on the highway to Keylong, Leh. It is the ‘Highest Jeepable Road in the World’ and offers spectacular views of the Himalayas and provides excellent opportunities for trekking.
Hadimba Temple: The Hadimba Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, sister of Hadimb, of Mahabharata. Dating back to 1553, the temple has intricately carved wooden doors and a multi-layered roof. Opposite the temple also lies the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art.
Great Himalayan National Park: The Great Himalayan National Park located in the Kullu district of Himachal offers the causal hiker and serious trekker a wide range of experiences in the natural wonders of the Park.
Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple: Three kilometres from Manali, Vashist is a small village with natural sulphur springs where visitors can benefit from its medicinal properties. Vashist also houses two old stone temples opposite each other above the main square.
Other fascinating points of interest include the Solang Valley, Rahala Waterfalls, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Beas Kund, Manikaran Nagar Castle, Prashar Lake, Jagatsukh and more. Visit out website for more.