Manali is one of the most popular hill stations of India’s Northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Located on the banks of the River Beas, it is among the most attractive tourist destinations of India as there are many places to visit in Manali. Also, known as the ‘Valley of the Gods’, Manali is situated at an altitude of 2050m and is not only famous for its scenic beauty, mountains, history and culture, but also for a good number of shopping places from where you can shop stuff and take it back home as a memory.
Best time to visit Manali
Usually, the best time to visit Manali is during summers from March to June when the weather remains pleasant, but one can also visit the place in winters (October to February.) to witness snowfall.
However, monsoon is not the best time to visit Manali, because it receives heavy rainfall and landslides are very common during this time. Hence the monsoon months of July to mid of September should be avoided.
You can also plan a trip to Manali during festive season i.e. October and November. Dussehra is one of the two major festivals, which is celebrated in Manali with great enthusiasm. Apart from this, Hadimba Devi Festival is another festival celebrated in the month of May.
How to reach Manali?
To get access to all tourist destinations in Manali, reaching Manali is easy and convenient as it is well-connected to all parts of India via roadways. You can reach Manali by private cars or hire a cab.
You can also reach Manali by air, the nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar airport, a mere 50km away from it.
Manali can be reached via bus as it is well connected to tourist destinations like Shimla, Leh, Dharamshala via buses.
Shopping in Manali
The most exciting part of any trip is when you get to roam around the city to find stuff which you can take back home as a memory. If you are planning a trip to Manali, you will find a large number of shopping places from where you can buy the best things of Manali. Hence, knowing the markets besides the holiday destinations in Manali, and what to buy in and around the town would help you fill your shopping bags with your favourite products.
- Old Manali Market
- Himachal Emporium
- Tibetan Market
- Manu Market
- The Mall Road
If you are looking for some cool hippie stuff, then this market is the best place to be. Located in the old Manali Village, the market has a large number of stalls selling traditional shawls, music CDs, jewellery, t-shirts, key chains, hippie style clothing, and a lot more. The market has a charm of its own that attracts people of all age groups.
However, it is recommended to carry cash with you as shops here do not accept cards. Moreover, you can buy some interesting gifts and souvenirs to take back home for family members and friends.
The market opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm.
It is the best shopping place for handicraft lovers. Located on the Mall road, this place has a variety of precious and delicate items. Among various items, some of the most preferred products are handmade slippers and shoes, pashmina shawls, decorative items, and much more. Prices for all items are fixed here, but you are sure to get a reasonable deal here. This place has earned its reputation for great service by handling customers in a friendly way. This handicrafts store open at 10 am and closes at 7 pm.
It is one of the best places to visit in Manali with family as here you can buy something for everyone. You can buy Tibetan souvenirs like jewellery, thankas, bamboo souvenirs, and nice handicraft items. The market also gives a vivid idea of the Tibetan culture. Located near hotel Ibex, the market opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm.
You can walk along the streets of the market and see various products, which will help you to know about the Tibetan culture and history.
It is one of the most preferred shopping places in Manali, featuring a good number of shops where one can find different items, such as electronics, gadgets, cooking utensils, crockery, footwear, dresses, handicrafts, handloom, books, gifts, jewellery, etc. Located on the mall road, it is an ideal shopping zone besides being one of the best places in Manali to eat food. It also offers an ideal setting for photographers with its hue, beauty and picturesque setting. This market opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm.
The Mall Road is a main market in Manali and is always crowded with tourist and locale. In this area, you will find many shops selling different accessories, t-shirts, woollen clothes, sarees, Kashmiri shawls, antique stuff, books, and much more. Bargaining here is recommended. The Mall Road is also a great place to enjoy the tourist crowd, enjoy activities, and indulge in various local street foods. Items found in the shops on either sides of the Mall road are reasonably priced. This market opens at 10 am and closes at 7 pm.
If you are looking for buying local Manali style winter wear, traditional winter dresses, trendy jackets, and many winter wears and accessories, this is the right place for you. In the year 1944, this market was established by a group of women and has a fixed price policy. Located in the Bhutti Colony, you can also find ISO marked products here. This store opens at 10 am and closes at7pm.
Things to do in Manali:
- Manali offers opportunities for trekking, paragliding, skiing, mountaineering, water sports, etc.
- Photographic beauty is in abundance and offers professional photographers a good getaway to capture some scenic images.
- It has many temples and romantic places, where you can enjoy with family, friends or as a couple.
- There are many tourist places in Manali, which are a must see. Main tourist destinations in Manali are Rohtang Pass, Vashisht village, Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple and Chandratal Baralacha Trek.
Popular Hotels in Manali
When you decide to book hotels online, all you need to do is, visit the hotel booking site and select the option “hotels near me”, and you will be provided with the following options to choose from:
- Shivadya Resort and Spa
- La Ri Sa Resort
- Manu Allaya Resort and Spa
- The Moniker Resort and Spa
- Hotel Sun Park Resort
- The Holiday Resorts Cottages and Spa
- Thomas Villa Hotel and Cottages
- Fog Hills Cottages
- Holiday Heights
- Snow Valley Resorts
The above mentioned hotels in Manali are the top ones that ensure that their guests feel comfortable and welcomed during their stay. Besides, there are various other luxury resorts, star-rating, budget hotels, cottages, river side cottages, deluxe hotels and more to suit every pocket. However, homestays are considered the best way to enjoy the culture of the city.
With varied shopping places to visit in Manali within 10000, there are several other options which tourists explore during their trip to India’s, one of the top, hill stations. However, before you plan a trip, it is recommended to build a plan after conducting thorough research to get the most out of your holiday.