A journey is a discovery. For everyone who loves traveling, it is a means to discover oneself, others, the place, and everything associated with it. In a country like India where the diversity is such that you experience extreme dissimilarities in different corners. Be it the food, climate, language, or living conditions …everything can be so strongly foreign. The thrill of exploring, experiencing, and finding joy in it all makes the difference.
Some venture out on solo trips, while others love it when in groups of family and friends. Either way, finding peace with yourself and taking delight in what you do matters. Family trips are totally fulfilling and enriching.
Such trips become all the more exciting when the destination is wholly different from your home state.
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Located in Himachal Pradesh in North India, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Tourists flock to Manali as solo riders, in groups, and as family. Although the onset of winter attracts maximum tourists to these places, you will be surprised to see visitors here throughout the year. With the breathtaking views, forests, valleys, streams, rivers, waterfalls, snowfalls, and orchards, the place is a sanctuary for tourists. A plethora of activities there add value to your family trip and make it memorable.
The location is rousing, trendy, romantic, scenic, tranquil, and spiritual. There is everything you can ask for in a tourist spot. However, when you plan the family trip to Manali, do consider the prerequisites of your family.
From among the wide range of spots in Manali, it is better to choose locations that are family-friendly as it is a family trip. By occupying a resort in the Old Manali area, you can easily reach many lovely spots in the close vicinity.
When you are on a family trip, safe and comfortable accommodation and food should be on top priority. Luckily, these days there are several tour companies that offer multiple options to streamline your decisions. From picking you up from the nearest airport/railway station to dropping you back, they take care of everything as per your need. They provide you with delicious food in both veg and non-veg options on the go. It is recommended to choose such a company since you are on a family trip.
Winter Outfits and precautions
For those traveling from places not used to below 10 °C or snowfall, the experience can be challenging. Especially when your family trip includes members who are elderly and children, do take precautions. The hilly terrain, winding roads, snow, and ice-flaked streets can be physically demanding. While on family trips to such hill stations, it is better to educate them in advance. Taking adequate measures would ensure you have a pleasure-filled outing.
- Extra set of woolen cloths and good pair of shoes
- Mini first aid kit
- Winter creams and lotions that might be required
To savor the beautiful and historical side of Manali, a walk through the alleys of the town is perfect. Olden-style buildings, architectural designs, apple orchards, and the thickly packed trees along sideways keep your imagination animated.
The popular Manaslu River bridge, which connects Old Manali to the main town is one spot you wouldn’t want to miss.
The temple built in 1553 is devoted to Hidimba Devi. And it is one of the landmark spots to visit on any family trip to Manali.
Surrounded by cedar trees, the temple is in a serene spot, but you need to walk a bit to reach there.
The valley situated over eight thousand feet above sea level is a few Kilometers away from Manali. Those who visit Manali, as part of a family trip or solo, never miss Solang valley. Be it summer or winter, you have plenty to do there. Besides the spectacular views, you get to engage in winter and summer activities depending on the season. The temperature in the region is between −12 °C to 25 °C.
The spot is a wonderful picnic spot. Tourists throng the location to catch a glimpse of the magnificent falls and settle down for a few relaxed hours. With several trekking trails, the adventure lovers find their haven here.
When you are with family, it is always good to take local aid while venturing out to the woods here.
Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
Another soothing sight families love to visit while in Manali. Not far from Manali street, the Buddhist Temple is open to everyone. A visit to the enchanting temple complex is incomplete without spinning the prayer wheels by the side of the temple.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
The Museum is located within a walking distance of Manali town. Besides taking a glimpse at the rich heritage and culture of the region, you can also shop in the complex. They have a good collection of woolen and traditional items on display. Adjacent to the Museum, there are several activity hubs where children can have lots of fun. And snack carts there will certainly entice you.
The high-range location is a must-visit spot while in Manali although a bit far from the town. Of course, giving a consideration to the family members is a prerequisite. The Pass is located at an elevated location usually traversed by local jeeps. The picturesque, snow-blanketed view is just magical once you are there. And if the season is right, you can enjoy snowfall too. That would be the best experience of a family trip to Manali.
The sight of the Beas River winding by the road would catch your attention on your way to the destination.
When you decide to unwind and spend some relaxed hours with your loved ones on this family trip, walk down to the riverbank. Breath in the tranquility.
The thrill, the chill, and with it comes to the craving to munch on different flavors. The sheer variety of food in Manali will amaze you.
Unbridle yourself and savor the best of Himachal Pradesh.
A Travel enthusiast and Foodie, craving to explore the intricate beauty of nature and its gift of delectable treats. Pens down his thoughts and experiences to present a delightful journey for his readers