A curated itinerary of what not to miss when you only have two days in Manali.
If you’ve zeroed in on Manali as your destination of choice, we must laud you! It is the ideal destination for all kinds of travellers. It offers everything from relaxation, adventure, culinary escapades, and more. However, what is the best way to sneak into the hill town if you only have 48 hours? Fret not, we have the best itinerary for you to ensure no significant hotspot is missed out, and you go back with a content heart!
Since there is so much to do and such little time, we recommend you prioritise basis your interest. Once you reach Manali, check in to the best five-star luxury resort in Manali, Bookmark Resort. This resort is near all the popular destinations and offers luxurious accommodations with stunning views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges.Soak in the beauty of nature and immerse yourself in the architecture of the space that will impress you at first glance.
Your curated itinerary for 48 hours in Manali
After relaxing for a while, you can start with a visit to the Hadimba Devi temple, which is nestled by cedar forests and makes for a real visual treat. It is built in pagoda-style wood and commands your attention not just because of its architecture but also its history and mythology. Stay here for a few hours before setting off elsewhere.
The Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art in the vicinity offers a window into Himachali culture through its extensive collection of musical instruments, wood engravings, dresses and jewellery, household objects and more.
After this historical exploration, pump your adrenaline with some thrill-seeking activities. You can go to Jogini Falls, which is set amid pine forests. Breathe the crisp air and immerse yourself in the beauty of this nature’s delight. Also, try to head to the Vashist temple in the neighbourhood, which is mainly known for its sulphur-hot water springs.
Next, if you have some time, make a stop at Old Manali, which offers the best of the old and new. Admire the ancient structures that adorn the streets; you will mostly be able to spot apple orchards, which are the true jewels in the crown of Manali. Take your time and explore this part of town – several cafes and places to shop for souvenirs.
End your first day by returning to Bookmark Resort Manali and savouring a fine meal with well-crafted beverages at the all-day restaurant. Call it a night at the comforting and luxurious stay in Manali.
After relishing a hearty breakfast at the best resort in Manali made with fresh local ingredients.
Start your day early with the most popular and lovedadventurous destination of Manali, Rohtang Pass. One of India’s highest motorable roads to enjoy a plethora of sports, including mountain biking, paragliding, zorbing, skiing and more. Ensure you have a permit arranged in advance so you don’t waste a second of those precious 48 hours.
Not much of an adventurer? You could also then head to the Manali Gompa, also known as the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, which is believed to have been constructed by Tibetan refugees way back in 1960. Its pagoda-style architecture is much talked about. Step inside to take a look at some of the most magnificent murals that depict the richness of tradition and culture of this region.
If you want to explore further, visit the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, which is covered in dense foliage and includes indigenous flora such as deodar, fir and walnut trees. Come here to watch the many elusive animals like snow leopards, brown bears and ibex in their natural habitat. If you are a birding enthusiast, you will be in for a treat spotting species like kingfishers, snow pigeons and the Himalayan monal.
After a long day, head back to Bookmark Resort, Manali and savour the local dhaam, a curated selection of Himachali delicacies prepared by our in-house culinary experts. Wash it down with a few alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, and you will have a good night’s rest, we promise! Forty-eight hours might not sound like enough time, but with the perfect Manali itinerary which prioritises your interests, anything is possible!