This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Manali. To help you make friends with Manali before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India, is an incredibly peaceful town tucked into the Indian Himalayan mountain range. The best Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels are located in the Manali Old Town; some are advertised as being in this area, but can actually be up to an hour's walk away uphill from the Old Town center, so be sure to check the location of your Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostel before booking. Many hostels in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India, are members of national backpacker hostel chains that are well accredited and have many positive reviews from travelers. Manali is a beautiful place where you could easily spend a week enjoying nature and healthy eats, but the town can be thoroughly explored in three days if you have limited time.
Manali is a haven for nature lovers, with many day treks into the surrounding Himalayas; waterfalls to be discovered; and white water rafting, parasailing, and bungee jumping available. Adventure seekers are sure to get their adrenaline fix here and the staff at Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels will help you arrange the experiences you’d like to have during your stay. Those who are more zen will enjoy yoga classes, sound baths, and reiki sessions.
In Old Manali there are many healthy eateries, international cafes, Italian-style coffee shops, and music venues. Rain often falls for a short period of time throughout the year, so discover your local favorite shop to pass the wet moments with a lassi or steaming cup of chai. Most Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India hostels also offer food at cafes on their property, so you can comfortably have breakfast at your accommodation before heading out to explore for the day.
While in Manali, make sure to also explore the surrounding villages and visit the many temples to get a feel for the unique lifestyle here that sets apart the mountain town from the rest of India. You’ll likely come across some massive yaks (be sure to try their incredible cheese) and local women dressed in traditional costumes carrying massive white bunnies and asking you to take a photo -- for a price, of course.
Written by local enthusiast for Manali hostelsLola