A river flowing rhythmically through the rocks, luxuriant landscapes, and silver peaks glistening in the golden sun, collectively hint at a lovely hill town – Manali. This paradisiacal town of Himachal Pradesh is located in the Kullu district. Its picturesque locales, refreshing mountain breeze, deodar and pine-scented surroundings, and tip-off mist keeps you hooked to its charisma. A mecca for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, this is the perfect place to revive with your loved ones in the lap of the Himalayas. No wonder, Manali tour packages for families are taken up like hotcakes. Delight in the beauty of its myriad places to see and indulge in several activities for that adrenaline rush. The more you enjoy, the more you crave for.
Manali is considered the twin town of Kullu. It is because of its culture, history, and charm that the town has earned the sobriquet of the Valley of the Gods. So, when tourists come to us to choose from our Manali family packages, we bring them the best combination of attractions and activities. You can be sure of one thing – Manali has a lot to offer to every type of tourist in a family.
Tourists from across the continents flock to Manali all over the year. Although the quaint town is pleasurable in all the seasons, it is advisable to avoid a Manali trip in the monsoon. If you are looking for a Kullu Manali package for family, we will help you get one at the best time to explore this lovely destination. To know more about the seasons in Manali, scroll down.
Winter (October to February)
Winters in Manali (1°C to -5°C), transform the valley into a picture-perfect storybook. As the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius, snow casts its spell everywhere, calling everyone to play with snowman and fluffy snowballs. Families can have a gala time during this season while enjoying it like a kid.
Summer (March to June)
Summers are set in Manali at 10°C to 25°C, bringing pleasant weather. The town comes alive with colours and the fragrance of fresh flowers blooming all around. The landscapes turn green and luxurious, inviting superb family walks in the lap of nature.
Monsoon (July to September)The temperature in Manali remains between 10 °C and 16°C during monsoons. In this season, heavy and torrential showers wash the entire town. Landslides are frequent that also block the roads. So, visiting Manali in the monsoon is not a good idea.
How To Reach Manali
As you can reach Manali by various modes of transport, you can choose what suits you best as you book a family holiday package for Manali. To reach Manali, you can choose any of the following ways -
Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Manali, which is at a distance of 50 km. The airport is connected to Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Leh. From Bhuntar airport, you can take a cab to reach Manali. If you want, take a quick trip to Kullu first.
There are several options to reach Manali by public transport – bus and taxi/cab. Let’s look at each.
Manali is well-connected by bus with cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Shimla. Regular buses ply between these places. There are buses operated by HRTC and HPTDC. You can board a regular or deluxe bus to reach Manali.
Cabs/taxis from Delhi are easily available to reach Manali. A road trip of 12-13 hours from Delhi and 8-9 hours from Chandigarh take you to Manali. Kids especially love this road trip as the cab meanders through the snaking routes and offers scenic views of mountains around.
Savour the thrill with a bike trip to Manali. The hill town is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by NH 44 and NH 205 respectively. Roads are in good condition for a smooth ride. You just have to select the season to drive there. However, visiting Manali by bike with family might not be the best idea because of safety and comfort reasons. If you want to go for this thrill, join your friends who are adrenaline junkies like you.
The nearest railway station to Manali is in Joginder Nagar (47 km from Manali). It is well-connected to several cities of the country. Once you reach Joginder Nagar, take a taxi/cab to reach Manali in 4 hours, 30 minutes (approx.)
With our Manali family tour packages, you can explore the attractions that will make your holiday worth cherishing. From temples to national parks, Manali has everything to cater to people of every age group in a family. Its remote panorama, glistening lakes and gushing waterfall, endless pastures and sky-kissing deodar woods will keep you spellbound. Here are some of the places to visit in Manali with family.
There are several temples in Manali where you can have a blissful experience. Elders can find solace in these sacred places, located amidst the natural settings. These temples are architecturally rich as well. As you enjoy your Manali package for family, visit Hadimba Temple, Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist, Bijli Mahadeb Temple, Gauri Shankar temple, Jamula Temple, Siyali Temple, Ghatotkach Temple, Gayatri Temple.
An unmissable attraction – Rohtang Pass (51 km) commands your visit as you enjoy your Manali package for your family. Nestled in the Pir Panjal Range, it is a much-loved tourist place. A 2-hour ride in a minibus on the winding mountain road takes you to Rohtang Pass with charismatic scenery around. Elders will be enthralled to see this beautiful place and kids will be too excited to hold their enthusiasm. In summers, the pass offers access to Lahaul and Spiti. From the end of November, the pass remains closed in winters because of immense snowfall.
This old part of Manali has still preserved the charm of the bygone era. It has old mountain homes surrounded by apple orchards. Sparkling mountains in the background add to the beauty of the place. Don’t miss out on small cafés, Kothi, Manu Temple, Vashisht Temple and hot springs, and Malana here. Enjoy boating in Van Vihar. Buy home souvenirs at the local bazaars where hand-made products are sold.
Kids love the Great Himalayan National Park – the perfect place to spot some endangered species. The national park has 31 species of mammals, 209 species of birds, and 1000 plants. This is a vast stretch of great alpine grasslands, dotted by pine and deodar forests. This is home to some wild animals of the Himalayas such as the snow leopard. Tourists can go hiking and camping in the allowed zones of the park.
Valley of meadows, clear sky, and breathtaking vistas collectively give an idea of what the beautiful Solang Valley looks like. Elders in the family will love the serenity, kids will love the vast expanses with the heavenly Himalayas around, and everyone will admire the lovely melange of beauty and tranquillity.
A half an hour ride from Manali takes you to this picturesque place. Enjoy activities like paragliding, zorbing, camping, rock climbing and gondola ride in the summers. Skiing and snowboarding are some of the winter sports enjoyed here.
To be precise, our Manali tour packages for family are bundles of experiences and memories. The attractions and activities mentioned above give you an idea of what you can expect during your family vacation in Manali. With these places to visit and activities to enjoy, we bring you a holiday that you will treasure for a lifetime. You can also get your Kullu Manali family tour package customised as per your requirements and budget.
Manali brings myriad things to do together for families, which strengthen the bond with each other. From snow-clad mountains to lush green landscapes, activities can be enjoyed anywhere in Manali. And with our thoughtfully designed Manali package for family, you can enjoy the most exciting activities. No matter, whether you want to be daring with the choice of activity or simply having fun, there is something for everyone and every age group.
Gushing near Vashisht village, Jogini Waterfalls is a scenic delight. There are several small shrines at its base. To witness this white cascading beauty, you have to take a short trek through small creeks, pine woods, and wild orchards. Splash at each other in the small pool at the waterfall base. Enjoying this paradisiacal place is something you must do in Manali with your family.
Rahala Waterfalls is another place that beckons you for a great family time. At 29 km (approx.) from Manali, the waterfall cascades in its glory, spraying fresh mountain water on its visitors as a welcoming gesture. It has some nice picnic spots. You can also go on some hiking trails here.
Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy the thrill with a plethora of adventure activities in and around Manali.
Some of these are -
Skiing and Snowboarding - Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley
Paragliding - Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Fatru, Bir Billing. Marhi, Bijli Mahadev, Kangra Valley, and Gulaba
Trekking - Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, Hampta Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Pin Parvati, Chanderkhani, Deo Tibba Basecamp, Parashar Lake, Kheerganga
River rafting – Manaki to Jhiri section, near Bajaura, in Kullu, and from Pirdi to Jhiri
Camping – Beas River, Solang Valley, Bhuntar, Sethan, Tirthan Valley
No matter how amazing your Kullu Manali package for the family went but without some shopping, it remains incomplete. So, shop to your heart’s content at the markets of Manali such as Old Manali Market, Himachal Emporium, Tibetan Market, Manu Market, The Mall Road, and Bhuttico. You can also buy gifts for your loved ones from these markets.
The Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art provides you with a glimpse into the region’s traditions and rich cultural heritage. Exhibits here include traditional garments, musical instruments, and masks used in festival dances. Models of ancient houses and temples are also showcased here.
Bhrigu Lake is in Kullu, just 16.7 km (approx.) from Manali. This high-altitude lake is surrounded by evergreen forests and alpine meadows. Most of the visitors come here to admire the beauty of the Pir Panjal Range. You can also go for a lovely family picnic at this lake.