Manali is located on the NH-21 on the Kullu-Leh road at a distance of 40 km from Kullu. The place is about 2134 meter above mean sea level. For the lavish display of natural scenery, Manali is one of the principal show places of Kullu. North, south and west is an ostentation of pinnacles and ridges which in fine weather, stand out in bold relief against the skyline. Deep purplish, crevices, overhung by scarped cliffs reach down towards the valleys. Manali is a lovely area of old guest houses and orchards, where livestock wander at will. Past most guesthouses, the small Manu Maharishi Temple is where Manu meditated after he arrived in the area. Vashishth village, a prominent tourist attraction in Manali, is home to hot water springs & an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ram and Vashishth Muni. Though hot water springs hold religious significance but their utility for curing skin diseases prompt a visitor to have a holy-cum-curative bath. Most of the tourists visiting Manali visit Rohtang Pass & Hadimba Temple. While in Manali, also visit Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa, built in 1960 by Tibetan Buddhists.
Visiting Manali in Winter Season: October to February, the winter season, is preferred by the tourists interested in enjoying snow sports and snowfall. The temperature dips to sub-zero level.
Visiting Manali in Summer Season: During March to June, the summer season, tourists from all across India throng in Manali to beat the heat in the plains & enjoy trekking, camping, whitewater rafting etc. The temperature in summer varies between 10° C and 35°C.
Visiting Manali in Monsoon Season: The temperature in monsoon season varies between 10° C and 18°C. From tourists’ arrival perspective, it is a lean season. Due to frequent heavy rains, incidents of landslides & road blockage take place, therefore, it is advised not to travel to Manali in Monsoon season.