‘The mountains are calling, and I must go.’
These words by Scottish-born American naturalist, author and botanist John Muir hold in every way. After all, it is the mountains where you can enjoy a sense of peace and calm that is far from possible in our bustling towns and cities. While several hill stations in India are known for their unparalleled beauty, only a handful command attention, like Manali in northern Himachal Pradesh. That’s because the beauty and lushness of Manali make it a treat for all kinds of travellers. So here’s your guide to the best things to do in Manali.
Located in the Kullu district, Manali was once a sleepy hamlet. Today, it is a charming hill resort that offers many activities for travellers to immerse in. Perched at a height of 7,000 feet, the town is punctuated with picturesque valleys, dense forests and gurgling streams, set amidst a backdrop of stunning snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal mountain ranges.
Manali’s Natural Terrain Ensures There Are A Lot Of Things To Do In Manali
The Dhauladhar Mountains
Also referred to as the White Range, the Dhauladhar Mountains tower over the hill town of Manali. It is a joy to witness the sun’s bright rays fall on its white blanket of snow. It is almost magical when the peaks glisten like shimmering diamonds – Let’s say the sight will surely leave you speechless. This mountain range is made from granite, limestone and sandstone in the Middle Himalayas.
While some of these mountains are only conducive for experienced trekkers and hardly see any habitation, lush meadows also attract the flocks of the local Gaddi shepherds.
The Dhauladhar mountain ranges join the Pir Panjal range near Manali, with the latter being the largest range of the Lesser Himalayas. Named after the Pir Panjal Pass (also known as Panchaladeva in Indian mythology), this mountain range is mainly known for Rohtang La. This mountain pass connects Manali to Keylong in Lahaul.
Rivers of Manali
It’s not just the mountain ranges but also the rivers, Sutlej and Beas, that are an intrinsic element of Manali’s geography. Not only do they ensure adequate water supply, but at the same time, they extend a range of water tourism activities, including angling and white water river rafting.
Regarding its geography, Manali is the gateway to the Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur regions of Himachal Pradesh – largely considered remote. Only recently have these regions become more accessible to both domestic and international travellers.
The Mountain life
When you head to Manali, it is essential to enjoy your time here in a space that offers a slice of mountain life, an area that embraces you and makes you feel one with yourself and most importantly, a room that is set amid the magnificent mountainscape. Bookmark Resorts Manali ticks all the right boxes.
Ensconced by lush orchards laden with fruit-bearing trees and dense foliage, Bookmark Resorts in Manali is a luxury resort in Himachal Pradesh that offers all the luxuries in the lap of nature. Nestled amid the Dhauladhar and the Pir Panjal mountain ranges, this luxury resort in Manali affords stunning views of the Rohtang Pass, one of the highest motorable roads in India.
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