Is it just me or has everyone around me decided to head to Manali, especially considering it’s December? Apart from the possibility of some roads being blocked due to snow, Manali is actually the perfect place to be at right now! That is, of course, if you can bear the cold. But again, isn’t that why people are there right now? To enjoy that snowfall?
Even though many people may have flocked there now, January is still safe from the hordes of people who swarm the hill station in the summers. So, pack up your warm clothes to finally put them to some use, and head to Manali to enjoy the snow! The stakes for your next holiday just got higher! We have handpicked 5 of the best things for you to check out while you’re there:
Alright, first things first! This is probably the only time it won’t be as bustling as it usually is. Do check out Dragon Shopping Complex, Shangri La Shopping Complex, Lama Underground, and Hong Kong Market. From books to clothes, the markets have it all.
The iconic road made popular by Bollywood and bikers. Apart from being the gateway to Spiti valley, it is also for adventure junkies who would like to try out ice-skating, skiing, trekking and paragliding.
If it’s not Rohtang, it’s got to be Solang! This place is also popular amongst skiing enthusiasts, while appealing to zorbing fans as well. Snowmobiling and quad biking is the literal icing on the cake.
Beas Kund & Vashisht Kund
Vashisht is a rustic village that is home to hot water springs, while Beas Kund is a glacial lake that sources the river Beas. Trek to either and take it all in.
Last but not the least, this may be a bit of a trek owing to its height. The meadows on the way are to die for, while the lake itself is a marvel.
Done being in awe of snowflakes on your sleeve? Head back to your cosy villa so you can be warm again. We have handpicked 7 of the best snug stays we have for you:
Welcome to Woodrose, a heritage property amongst the orchards in Manali. The villa’s facade that overlooks the valley is full of windows so that you can enjoy unrestricted views of the snowclad mountains. The wooden flooring and ceiling give the villa a warm and cosy feel. The expansive balcony is a great place to hang out at, unless you want to stay in by the fireplace or heaters. Enjoy a balmy soak in the bathtub!
The Magnolia Estate
Lush green views, earthy elements, cosy vibes and opulence best describe this estate. Picture yourself in the sprawling lawn around the bonfire with your loved ones, while the cold breeze blows. This is how the late evenings here unfold. Experience heritage at its best at this 60-year old property. Choose this abode for an enriching and luxurious experience when in Manali.
White Mist Cottage
Find bliss amidst the mist at this cottage. Manali’s chilly weather will make you appreciate a hot soak in the bathtub. If you wish to feel toastier, the heaters and electric blankets all around the house will make sure you do. You can sit on your attached balcony or the expansive deck for the best views of the valley. There’s also an outdoor sitout and lawn with kitchen gardens to enjoy the pleasant setting from. Head to White Mist Cottage for a peaceful time!
Nestled among apple orchards with stunning views of the Himalayas, the villa overlooks the Beas River. It is a homage to the traditional architectural style of the region, with the interiors housing every modern comfort. The living room has a warm vibe to it, and the entire group can hang out together here. The views from the patio and balcony are sure to lure you outside, where you can also enjoy a bonfire on chilly evenings. The well-maintained lawn adds a generous touch of green to space and brings you closer to nature.
Away from the everyday cacophony, nestled in a nook overlooking the mountains, Casa Luca is a cosy villa equipped with modern comforts. With traditional exteriors and wooden interiors, watch all your worries disappear while you are here. Equipped with diverse amenities and activities, this property features a book and DVD library, a badminton court and an outdoor bath. If it’s too chilly, make the most of the sauna and end your day with a warm cup of cocoa by the bonfire.
The Greystone House
If you’re dreaming of a beautiful villa amidst nature’s best kept secrets, look no further than this mountain-facing property in Manali. The Greystone House is a heavenly abode that is surrounded by apple orchards and the beautiful Himalayan valleys. Perfect for group getaways and celebrating momentous occasions, you can arrive at this villa worry-free and enjoy a spread of entertaining activities like indoor games, group barbecues and bonfires.
At Chalet Windflower, you experience an unfiltered bond with nature as the gorgeous snow-clad mountains and verdant vistas embrace you, in all their purity. Oozing rustic wooden charm, paired with earthy colour palettes and scenic open-air dining spots, this luxuriously magnificent villa has four bedrooms. Watch snowflakes drift to the ground as you indulge in a sauna session or snuggle up with your loved ones by the fireplace to share laughter and stories. As a quintessential mountain hideaway, it offers a slice of Manali with the finest of amenities.
Do check out the room listings for the properties above, in case you’re looking to travel in smaller groups. Manali offers something for everyone, which is why it’s great for families, couples, and even solo travellers. Make sure that wherever you visit, you have figured out the logistics beforehand. The spontaneous explorer in you might need to be prepared for 2020. We hope you have a great time exploring Manali and around. Stay smart, stay safe!