Manali’s finest homestays for an authentic Himachali experience

Manali is one destination that is sure to mesmerise you with its clear blue sky, high level of water sports & snowy adventures, pristine glaciers and the towering Himalayas. But wait! There is more to all this if you are game to soak in the Himachali experience, the offbeat way. Imagine sipping a cup of hot chai in the lawn of a rustic cottage surrounded by apple orchards. The cool mountain wind brushes through your hair while you stare at the mighty snow-capped mountains that seem just a few miles away. You turn around and watch the clouds look like floating balls of cotton right at your eye level. It is no more a dream to experience all this and beyond when you are in Manali. All you need then is, grab your camera, capture all these shots and breathe in some fresh air in one of the finest homestays and resorts near Manali.

Travel to Manali

Manali is the perfect respite to travelers who wish to escape the scorching summer heat. For an impromptu road trip plan like we did, you can book a dependable cab with an experienced driver in Delhi and head straight to Manali. The road is good, and the views are amazing. The mighty mountains have a diverse list of cottages, and homestays in its womb to give you the best experiences leaving your soul rejuvenated and senses mesmerised. Ditch the everyday hassles and wake up to the splendid views of the mountains in Joshi’s Homestay in Old Manali, strike a chord with the river stream at the river by your side, grab an experiential stay in the half a century old Pir Panjal cottage or unfurl the Himalayan vibe at the wooden villas near Manali. You are sure to be spoilt with the amazing list of choices offered. These offbeat stays are located at a few kilometres from Manali. Talk to the car rent service in advance and make your bookings accordingly for a one day outing near Manali.

Overview and Daily Activities

Manali has a lot to offer to tourists of all kinds. The place is a classic blend of tranquillity and peace. While the adventure souls can feel the adrenalin rush in bungee jumping, skiing, paragliding and trekking, the nature lovers can wake up to the glorious sunrise of the mountains.

As the snow begins to melt, you can enjoy the snowy Rohtang Pass that gives the summer access to the Spiti valley and Lahaul.  June to August is the best month to experience the beauty of the Rohtang Pass. As you glide into the mystique beauty, head to Solang Nullah also known as the winter sports arena of India, 13 km from Manali to get the taste of snowy adventure sports. Indulge in activities like mountaineering, camping, ballooning, rock climbing, the thrilling gondola ride, paragliding, zorbing and quad-bike rides. Don’t forget to enjoy the conventional Maggi with a Himachali twist. Have trek on your mind? Flanked by snow clad mountains on all sides, the Brighu Lake nestled at an altitude of 4235 meters, attracts a large number of trekkers each year. Also, visit the Hidimba Devi temple that dates back to the 16th century on the Mall road, the Manali wildlife sanctuary that houses the brown bear, musk bear, monals, snow leopards, Ibex and the blue sheep to name a few, the Nehru Kund fed by sacred waters from the Brighu Lake and the Manu temple in the old Manali road to revel in the colors of Himachal tourism.

How to reach Manali – Cabs from Delhi

Manali can be reached easily by car. Hiring an expert car rental service should top your to-do list for weekend getaways near Manali. The drive involves passing rocky terrains and hills. An experienced chauffeur will help you make the best out of this road trip by stopping at the popular places to please the travel bug in you.

Delhi → Panipat → Kurukshetra → Ambala → → Shimla → Mandi → Kullu → Manali

Delhi → Panipat → Kurukshetra → Ambala → Palampur → Mandi → Kullu → Manali

Delhi → Panipat → Kurukshetra → Ambala → Chandigarh → Mandi → Kullu → Manali

Homestays are usually located on the outskirts of Manali. The White villa sunshine heritage is one homestay that exudes the perfect combination of olden time workmanship, conventional Himachali stay and nature at its best. You can book cars to the resorts near Manali for a comfortable holiday.

Distance and time taken

Manali is at a distance of around 600Kms from Delhi. It is always recommended to avail a comfortable Delhi to Manali Car rental service. The drive takes about 12 hours. There are several bus services as well from Delhi for a night journey to Manali. However, hiring a car will let you be independent all through the trip. Moreover, with expert chauffeurs and hassle-free booking service, the idea of a road trip is sure to be a good one. It worked for us, and we had an amazing journey with some impromptu stops to relish the local cuisine, shop the local market and click some great pictures at popular stopovers. Your quest for an adrenaline pumped budget vacations near Delhi ends here.

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