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Manali - the Valley of Gods

By Hungry Bags Subscribe to RSS | December 19th 2011 | Views:

Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station situated at a height of 2050 m (6398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas river and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter and a must visit place on your tour to himachal. A staging point for a number of treks (Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass) and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and rohtang pass which is main attraction on manali tour packages.

Rohtang pass is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, a truly breath taking sight on manali tour packages. Close by is a small lake called Dassaur. Beas Kund, the source of river Beas, is also nearby. In winter, the road of Rothang Pass is closed. There are some interesting temples of Tibetan Buddhist lineages located between old and new Manali and should be part of your manali tour package.

Manali tour packages are incomplete without a visit to the market –a key place for eatables. Right from chat to Indian to international cuisine like Italian/Chinese are available in the main market which is just opposite the Manali Bus stand. The mall road has a variety of eating options ranging from stalls and dhabas to fancy restaurants. Deeper into the lanes of the town, one can find more local eating places, catering to special tastes and habits ranging from Tibetan food, to Vaishnavi Dhabhas. You are sure to find something without hunting around too much. Old Manali is one of the best places to hang out in the evening. It has a great collection of restaurants/bars and shops. It is also not crowded like the Mall Road, with the crowd consisting mostly of foreigners on their manali tour package.

The locals drink two kinds of alcoholic beverages: Lugdi (plains) or Chang (Himalayan), a kind of crude beer made from fermented rice or barley and Sharab (plains) or Arak (Himalayan), an alcoholic drink distilled from Lugdi/chang. Arak can also be made from jaggery or apples or any other fruit. It might be an interesting experience on your tour to Himachal, to visit a local home when the ladies make arak (quite regularly). You can sit in the fields where the ladies make it, have hot water from the distilling to wash with and "test" the product at frequent intervals on the manali tour package. Because there are apple orchards all around Manali, it's often possible to find apple cider. Besides this, there is alcohol available in bars, larger restaurants and the larger hotels.

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A tour to himachal is packed with many things to do and places to visit. So on manali tour packages make sure that you enjoy the panoramic views, amazing weather and native drinks. Your manali tour package can be worth a lifetime’s memories.

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