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Attracting travellers around the year, from all walks of life, there are countless reasons that make Manali such a popular holiday destination. From quaint boutique homestays to the backpacker villages dotted around the valleys, there are plenty of tranquil abodes in Manali. Our pick of the best places to stay in Manali are ideal for complete relaxation in its rolling hills.
Nestled towards the north of the beautiful Kullu District in the Beas River Valley, Manali commands some impressive vistas. Famous for its apple produce, wander amongst its ubiquitous orchards along The Mall road towards the charming Old Town.
Manali is the starting point of an ancient trade route between India and China along the Karakoram Pass. Nowadays you will see more trekkers than you will traders, but it does make for a challenging hike.
Outdoor pursuits heaven: there is a seemingly endless list of activities on offer in and around Manali. From trekking to fishing, rock climbing to paragliding there is no excuse for boredom here.
In the winter months’ skiers hit the slopes of the Solang Valley for some off-piste adventures. It’s no Méribel but it makes for a unique experience in India. Real adventure junkies can try their hand at heli-skiing.
Built in 1553, the Hadimba Temple is a much-revered place of worship. Built of wood and stone this historic edifice houses a sacrificial stone where animal slaughters traditionally took place. Though thankfully no longer!
Cold but manageable during the winters Manali can be visited all year round and enjoys pleasant weather in the summer months, when temperatures stay in the low 20°Cs.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Manali all provide a welcoming haven after a day spent out in the elements.
For a homestay experience
- A charming six-bedroom homestay, Urvarshi’s Retreat is nestled amidst fragrant apple orchards and a bubbling brook. Pine rooms are decorated in floral fabrics with modern bathrooms and mountains views. A mountain home away from home.
- Manali has a new luxury address: The Himalayan. Providing castle come cottage accommodation it boasts a spa, heated pool and cosy ‘pub’ style bar. Rooms include open fireplaces and four-posters. Good luck leaving!
For unbeatable value
- Johnson Lodge offers stylish, family friendly accommodation at excellent prices - rooms start from only £35 per night.
Still not sure which to book? From boutique to homestay browse through our list of the best places to stay in Manali to start to plan your trip. Widen the net and take a look at all our Himachal Pradesh recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Manali
The Himalayan 24 rooms from £57Manali (Kullu Valley)
Manali has a coveted new address: bringing boutique luxury to within a short walk of town The Himalayan has eight castle rooms and eight private cottages in charming neo-gothic style buildings. Rooms include open fire places and four posters. Plus a spa, pool and views! A total delight.Great walks - Manali is trekkers country and there are plenty of great trails on your doorstep.Fishing - Manali is famous for its trout which can be found in the River Beas.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotel
Snow Peak Retreat 46 rooms from £156Manali
Snow Peak Retreat enjoys a wonderfully scenic setting on the outskirts of Manali Wild Life Sanctuary. Built in a Himalayan style with plenty of wooden influences, this boutique hotel offers chic accommodation with both rooms and apartments available. Splendid cuisine served up. A fantastic retreat!Back to Nature - Snow Peak Retreat enjoys a stunning mountainous location, head off on a hike, bike or jeep to explore the HimalayasLocal exploring - There are a number of Manali's main attractions within a short distanceSights nearby - Snow Peak Retreat is located nearby to Raghunath Temple, Club House Manali and Vashishtha TempleGreat walks - Manali's mountains boast some stunning hiking trails for you to explore!
Johnson Lodge 20 rooms from £35Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
Run by a family, for families. Spacious rooms and private cottages are decorated in a classic style with green and magnolia palettes, wooden floors, comfy furnishings and views of Manali's enrapturing scenery. There is a cosy restaurant with open fireplace and a homely sitting room, plus a spa.Sights nearby - Located along the banks of the River Beas, Naggar Castle is an interesting and historic visit.Fishing - Catch a fish supper (Manali is famous for its trout) in the River Beas.Views - Great views from hotelFull of character
Urvashi's Retreat 6 rooms from £53Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
A charming home stay located within easy reach of Manali town. Pine clad rooms are decorated with floral fabrics and include modern bathrooms, some with private balconies and mountain views. Feel a part of the family by the log fire in the comfy sitting room or with a book in a sun dappled garden.Back to Nature - Surrounded by Manali's dramatic mountains and set within a fragrant apple orchard this property lies amidst nature.Fishing - Famous for its trout you can catch yourself a fish supper from the River Beas.Great walks - There are some excellent walking trails right from your front door.Full of character