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Manali is a beautiful hill station in the laps of the majestic Himalayas. Located near Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, this quaint town is easily accessible by road from nearby cities. While the town itself is a picturesque destination and a tourist’s paradise, it also forms the base camp for various other interesting spots such as the Rohtang Pass and Spiti Valley. While it is quite cold during the winters, Manali has pleasant climate during the summers making it a great holiday destination around that time. The temperature ranges from 4°C to 20°C through the year. The average temperature during summer is between 04°C and 15°C and between −15 ° C and 05°C during winter.
Best time to visit Manali:-
March to June: Summers are the best time to visit Manali. When the rest of the country is burning under the scorching sun, Manali is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks. There is clear sky, cool breeze, green grass, rolling valleys and beautiful meadows with colorful flowers. The temperature varies from 10 – 25°C. Keep light woollens handy. This is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities such as paragliding, rafting, trekking and mountain adventures in the Solang Valley.
July to August: Monsoons in Manali can be tricky as the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can also sometimes lead to landslides. But considering a lot of tourists don’t prefer to travel during this time, the town is less crowded and you can avail competitive pricing from service providers.
September to November: As the monsoon starts to retreat and the chill of the winter sets in, Manali turns a new leaf. The rain-washed beauty of the place is unparalleled. The temperature can drop below -1°C. Ensure you carry enough warm clothes. It is the perfect time to curl up next to a fireplace with a warm cup of tea and your favourite book or spend hours chatting with friends and family against the backdrop of the mist-covered magnificent Himalayas.
December to January: Head-out to a white-washed Manali. The town is covered in milky white snow and the temperatures are freezing. The crowd is comparatively less as compared to the summer season. Indulge in snow ball fighting or simply cherish the beauty of Himalayan winters. Adventure enthusiasts – this is the time you go skiing!