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Kullu Manali and Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass - Himachal Pradesh
Rohtang Pass in Himalayas

Visit to Kullu Manali

Shimla to Manali (or Kullu Manali) – 250 Km
Manali to Rohtang Pass – 50 Km
 
National Highway # 21 starts from Chandigarh and ends at Manali, so this tour circuit is called Chandigarh-Shimla-Kullu-Manali circuit. Chandigarh is very hot in summer and very cold in winter but Shimla, Kullu, and Manali are the places in Himachal Pradesh which are always cool. Commonly, this tour is called Kullu Manali.

Kullu

 
Rafting in Beas RiverKullu or Kulu is the capital town of Kullu district. This small town famous for shopping markets on the street is your halt between Shimla and Manali and is situated on the banks of river Beas. The Bias or Beas River rises in the Himalayas and in summer the water it carries is the melted water of snow and glaciers in the Himalayas. The entire road from Shimla to Manali is known for rafting. The White Water Rafting is a great experience. There is a standard point to point rafting adventures arranged in this area and you will see the local people sitting on the roadside with their air filled boats arranging these expeditions. They are really expert in this game and can safely take you across the 10 to 15 Km amazing experience. Rafting in the clean and cold water of Beas is generally covered in the group tours arranged in the Himalayas during summer.

Manali

 
Vashisthi Baths - Manali
Manali keeps growing due to the tourist inflow and has become a small town in spite of very difficult situation to live and even construct anything with a deep valley on one side of the road. The Hotel construction starts from the valley and then the upper floors come at the level of the road. When you enter the Hotel, you are at the topmost floor where you see the reception and then your room will be on the lower floor, very funny experience. 
 
Hidimba Devi temple, Manikaran Gurudwara, Vashisthi Baths which is a temple of a rishi (sage) Vashisth and inside the temple are hot water baths arising out of natural spring containing sulphur (known for pain relieving bath), Pandoh Dam are some of the places of tourist interest in Manali. Multiple hotels are available at Manali is reservation is a must.

Rohtang Pass

 
The key attraction to visit from Manali is the Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is at a height of 3979 meters. This is a road connecting Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti valleys. This pass remains closed in winters and remains open from June to October. Your journey is through the walls of snow on both sides and it’s an exciting trip. The area where you can play in the snow and do activities like riding Yak, snow scooters changes based on the availability of snow. You have to start the early morning by local taxi to reach the snow point before it gets too crowded.

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Chandigarh to Shimla – 115 Km via NH5
Delhi to Shimla – 340 Km via NH44 and NH5
 
Shimla witnessed the season’s first snowfall on Christmas Day (Sunday, 25th Dec. 2016) and tourists entering here to enjoy their holiday were welcomed by snow! Snowfall happens in India in very specific Northern states only, so people from all over India visit these states like Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir to enjoy the snow fall. The heavy snowfall impacts vehicular movement on National Highway 5 making it difficult for people to reach these hill stations from the central India.
 
 

Small Town of Shimla

Shimla is a small City and it is the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state of India. It is located at the foot of Himalayan Mountain ranges. It was the summer capital of British India. There is a narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway line which you can use or best way is to travel from Chandigarh. This place always remains cool and is gifted with natural beauty. The famous Church and Valley-view points are the main places to visit here.
 
 
This place has retained its colonial heritage, old buildings, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The local market packed with shops and eateries is the main attraction of this town. Wooden crafted and woolen items are a speciality along with Apples and other dry fruits. We will see other interesting places to visit in Himachal Pradesh also.

Himachal Travel Circuit

Starting from Chandigarh, you can complete this travel circuit. Stay at Chandigarh for a couple of days and go to Shimla. Take a halt and Shimla and see the beautiful area around. Move to Manali via Kullu and stay at Manali. On the way back, you can directly come back to Chandigarh, which could be a long journey but the road is very good and you don’t have to stay again in the same towns.