First Snowfall at Manali, Rohtang Pass | Winters 2010

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Changing weather brings the pleasant news for tourists fond of witnessing snow. Yesterday, upper hills of the Himachal Pradesh region including Manali, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha Pass and Kunzum Pass experienced the first continuous snowfall of the winter season 2010. Rohtang pass recorded more than two feet of snow yesterday, Solang Valley experiencing to third of the feet. Manali was not far behind as it experienced its first snowfall of the season measuring 6 inches. Even the high hills of Dhauladhar ranges overlooking from Kangra Valley wore a white blanket of snow. Now, as the snowfall has been experienced in the valleys of Himachal Pradesh, many tourists will be overwhelmed by the news as seeing snow is what everyone prioritize :).  So, rush to book the holidays now…

Although snowfall caused many people to be left stranded in the Kullu – Manali region as villagers from tribal Lahaul Valley were in the Kullu region for ongoing Dusshera festival which was to end today. Rohtang Pass was to be closed on 31st October, 2010 but due to more than two feet of snow it has been closed. Officials may open the road for the Lahaul Valley villagers who are left stranded but for sure they won’t carry out any road clearing operations after 31st October, 2010.

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A number of tourists were stranded between Rohtang Pass and Manali as slippery conditions created by snow disrupted the movement of vehicles. The key tourist resort of Manali had the first snowfall of the season, receiving 6 cm snowfall while the Solang Nullah had 20 cm. The Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), gateway to tribal Lahaul Valley, received 65-cm snowfall. The Rohtang Pass that was to be closed from October 31 had been closed today

Source: Rohtang Pass receives 65-cm snowfall

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264 Comments

  1. Hi dheeraj.. We are planning to go kashmir in the last week of august..and we want to see snow..but we are confuse about whether to go leh ladakh or to go manali? Please suggest me where should we go? And where can we find snow? And we are planning 10 days trip..please guide me about this

  2. I am planning in to visit manali & shimla manali .also roahtang pass on 21 octger 2015 can i see ice there.
    Thanks

  3. Hi dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel to shimla and manali this november from 13th to 23rd from mumbai via chandigarh.. Please let me know if I can expect snow/snow fall? Also is the log huts area in manali a good option 2 stay? Will rohtang pass be open? Thank u 🙂

    • Hi Shanawaz,

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit.

      But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      Depending upon the time in hand, around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda, Hatu Peak. You can go via Shimla side and come back via Chail side just to experience a different scenery 🙂

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • We are planning to visit shimla kullu and manali in second week of April.I think Rohtang is closed as my daughter is coming along is there chances of seeing snow there is it worth going during that time.

  4. We are planning to visit manali on 6th of jan and to visit the rohtang pass on the 7th , is that possible ? or will it be covered by snow entirely ?

    • Hello Movva,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time of the year. Well, yes at that time you will be able to see snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley whichever is open. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.
      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      Johnson's, Jimmy Johnson's, Manali Heights are some good options of stay in Manali. For cheap and economic options you can explore hotels around Manali – Naggar Road, Old Manali and Vashisht.

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for the info. It is really helpful. I will get back to you after the trip to share my experiences. 🙂

  5. hi this is Suvro from Birla Institute of Technology,Mesra.
    I’m speaking on behalf of the 2nd n 3rd yr B.Arch students. We want to visit Manali around 10th/15th Dec’12 for 2 days for our clg tour.
    what are the places we can see around Manali during this period?
    how is the weather during dat tym? Are Rohtang Pass n Solang Valley accessible during the period?? wat vehicles ply on this roads??

  6. Thanx Deeraj for your valuable advice.Is it possible for me to visit Simla Kulu Manali Rohtang, Jawalamukhi,Dharamsala Dalhousie,within 10 days in the mth of dec jan.Is the costing of hotels and carfare less then.

    • Hi Babul,

      Yes, very much possible though might a bit hectic. Drop at least one circuit and you will surely enjoy more otherwise it will be like most of the time being on roads rather enjoying the vacation. I will say drop either of Shimla or Dharamshala/Dalhousie circuit to ease out the trip. If I were you, I will drop out Shimla from my plan.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Babul,

      Yes, it is possible to visit Dharamshala, Dalhousie in the month of December and January. Most of the tourist places in Himachal are accessible throughout the year including winter months of Januray and December apart from some inner regions and Lahaul + Pangi Valley.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  7. I like to travel to shimla,Kullu Manali in August or september. Which is the better season as we want to see snow in Rohtang pass.

    • Hello Priya,

      In both the months, you will not find snow at Rohtang Pass. Among the two months, it will be better you plan in September/late September types when firstly the monsoons resides from the valley and as winter starts to set-in there are always chances of fresh snowfall at Passes like Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass etc. So, who know you might be lucky enough to see the snow in September.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Prakash Rokhade on

    Dear Dheeraj,

    This is Prakash from Pune.

    We have Planned to drive from pune to Shimla, Manali and then to Leh & Ladakh for 12Days in my private Vehicle.

    Please Guide on below points.

    1) Permit for Manali to Leh,

    2) Accomodation on Manali Leh Highway, if we need to rest after Rohtang Pass.

    3) Permit for visiting Places in Leh & Ladakh.& is private vehicle allowed in Leh & Ladakh.

    4) 4Days Itinerary for Leh & Ladakh.

    • Hi Prakash,

      1. Read here for more information on getting permits for Manali – Rohtang Pass road for non-HP vehicles.

      2. Check the link here for a comprehensive List of Accommodation Options on Manali – Leh Highway

      3. For more details on inner line permits process for Leh – Ladakh and to download application form read the link here. Yes, private vehicles are allowed inside Leh – Ladakh.

      4. Day 1 | Leh Local Sighseeing + Inner Line Permits
      — Local sightseeing include Namgyal Gompa, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Shankar Gompa, Main Market, Hall of Fame, Spituk Gompa, Changspa Road Stroll in evening
      — For more details on inner line permits process and to download application form read the link here
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 2 | Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder
      — Head for Nubra Valley and stay overnight at Hunder / Diskit
      — On the way enjoy a cup of soup at Highest Motorable Pass (as claimed) Khardung La
      — Diskit has monasteries with tallest lord Buddha statue and Hunder has sand dunes and bacterian camel safari

      Day 3 | Hunder / Diskit – Sumur – Panamik – Sumur – Khardung La – Leh
      — Sumur has a famous monastery to check out and Panamik has hot water springs
      — Overnight at Leh

      Day 4 | Leh – Pangong Tso Lake – Leh
      — Day trip to Pangong Tso
      — Overnight at Leh

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  9. hey dheeraj also suggest me the best route we can take from chandigarh via rohtang pass as well as the places in kullu manali as far as snow and sight seeing is concerned

    • Hi Anisha,

      In second week of October, it is unlikely that you will find snow at Rohtang Pass unless there is any fresh spell of snowfall in nearby days of your travel dates. Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      If interested in more details on Manali and Rohtang Pass including route details, sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks 🙂 …

        • Hi Anisha,

          Thanks alot. The trip was JUST AWESOME …. had some most amazing fun of my life. The trip had everything I could imagine even after traveling so much … The snow run to Khardung La and getting stuck every odd few KMs at 18K was some serious fun…. Tangste to Nubra via Shyok isolated route was major highlight…. At couple of places we had almost cross a part of river, crossing landslides on that route was super adventure, even army men were shocked to see us on the other side. The route was really beautiful. Photography wise it was disappointing due to overcast days and dark clouds. also, ride a Bullet Classic for the first time upto Chilling and Basgo, it was fun in itself too.

          Overall, fantastic trip with not so good pics … I will try to post them asap but after spending so many days alone, my family would kill me if I go anywhere near the camera…

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  10. hi dheeraj, we are planning to visit kullu manali in the 2nd week of october , will there be snow in the rohtang pass and nearby areas ?

    • Hi Anisha,

      In second week of October, it is unlikely that you will find snow at Rohtang Pass unless there is any fresh spell of snowfall in nearby days of your travel dates.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks 🙂 …

  11. hi dheeraj…

    I am visiting Manali rom 13th march to 19th march 2012. Please suggest if there is any chances of snow all??

    And also suggest me i its possible to cover Shimla in this one week. If, yes.. let me know the places to visit in SHimla..

    Thank u

    • Hi Lavanya,

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit.

      But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      Depending upon the time in hand, around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda, Hatu Peak. You can go via Shimla side and come back via Chail side just to experience a different scenery 🙂

      As per itinerary, you can follow something like –

      Day 1 | Reach Shimla from Chandigarh. Check-in and rest at hotel. In the second half explore local Shimla including Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Back to Hotel By Evening.
      Day 2 | Around Shimla, a relaxing day. Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge etc. as you like or may be you can do Shimla – Kufri – Chail – Shimla (Kufri will not be much worth a visit in May) and on return visit Jakhoo temple.
      Day 3 | Shimla – Narkanda – Jalori Pass – Shoja
      – I will suggest that you take Jalori Pass route to Shimla and halt night at Shoja. The drive is extremely adventurous and beautiful + too scenic as compared to other routes to Manali from Shimla.
      Day 4 | Shoja – Kasol – Manikaran – Manali
      Day 5 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 6 | Manali – Snow Point at Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 7 | Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place. Very romantic with great views and food. Visit Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and do not miss the hike to ancient Krishna Temple at the top)
      Day 8 | Naggar Castle – Manali – Chandigarh. Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volvo to Delhi will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or you have the option to come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus. Or, you can also co-ordinate with bus HPTDC guys so that the bus pick you from the nearest pickup point for Naggar on the way to Delhi. Naggar Castle guys will arrange the taxi for the drop there.

      ** if you have time then try, Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. 

      ** If you are short on number of days then make a day trip to Naggar Castle in the day and come back to Manali by after noon to catch the evening Volvo. If you are OK with carrying luggage in the taxi then you can spend the day in Naggar Castle and ask taxi guy to drop you to bus stand near Naggar on Delhi – Manali Highway where HPTDC volvo can pick you (you need to let HPTDC guys know about your pickup in that case).

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      PS -> A very happy and colorful Holi to you and your family…

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • How is the snow situation currently in Manali? will there be good amount of snow stock available to play till last week of May? We are planning to come in the end of May

        • Hi Ashok,

          There is plenty of snow stock available as of now and Rohtang Pass has just been opened which have loads of snow to play around even in last week of May. Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

          If interested in more details on Manali and Rohtang Pass including route details, sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

          PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks 🙂 …

  12. Nirmalya Ghosh on

    I have a plan to visit Manali at the end of January 2013(25h-31st). Specially I am crazy to visit rohtang pass and surroundings. So, please give me some detailed information about the possibilities of my visit to each and every place and please provide me the information about the weather on that time. Apart from that, I want to know the approximate low cost budget to make my trip to manali.

    • Priya Rajasekaran on

      Hi,

      My daughter is 9 yrs old she like to visit Shimla,Kullu and Manali. She want to play in snow.Rohtang pass especially.When is it advisable to go after May.Is september a good time.

      • Hello Priya,

        If you want to play in snow then head to Rohtang Pass in June (mid-June types). Keep in mind, that in June Manali and around is flooded with tourist rush. You will not find any snow around Shimla even after March, so forget about May. The only place to find snow easily in June is Rohtang Pass.

        Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

        I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

        If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

        • Priya Rajasekaran on

          Hi Dheeraj,

          Thanks for your reply,is it a good time to visit during september2012.

        • Yes Priya, September will be good time but you will not find any snow there. Road condition and budget wise, it will be good time. Also, colors are most beautiful in September only.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • I am planning to go to shimla,Kullu and manali only in the month of september 2012. Will we be able to enjoy the Rohtang pass as my daughter want to play snow .If september is not good how about august last week?

    • Hello Nirmalya,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. Well, in January Rohtang Pass will be closed owing to heavy snow presence. You will be allowed to go upto Gulaba only about 20 KMs from Manali.

      Rohtang Pass will be closed but there will be huge amount of snow stock for sure.

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit.

      But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

      As per itinerary, you can follow something like –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle(stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      Day 5 – Naggar Castle – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol
      Day 6 – Kasol – Delhi

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  13. Hi, just sent you a guidance request – had omitted ticking on Notify via email part, hence these few lines.

    Thanks.

    • I am visiting shimla and Manali from 20th to 25th March.can anyone tell whether we will be able to experience snow in any place and whether rohtang pass is open to visit.thank you

      • Hello Ashish,

        Rohtang Pass will be closed but there will be huge amount of snow stock for sure.

        It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… For snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit.

        But, yes of course there will be plenty of snow stock around Manali and ahead of Shimla. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here will be useful for Shimla and Around: Shimla, Kufri regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Shimla and around.

        The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

        Depending upon the time in hand, around Shimla, you can check Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge, Lakkar Bazaar, Kufri, Chail, Narkanda, Hatu Peak. You can go via Shimla side and come back via Chail side just to experience a different scenery 🙂

        Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

        I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

        If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  14. Hi, would be going on vacation with my husband after ages….so lot of confusion on where we can go for 8-9 days from Kolkata during 03to11March2012. Any suggestions please on which place would be ideal – some off-season place preferably. We were planning Shimla/Kulu/manali/Dalhousie/Dharamshala/Rohtang _would Rohtang be open?). Need guidance. Thanks.

    • Hello Dipti,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time. I would suggest that you leave any one of the circuits out of three (Shimla,Manali,Dharamshala) in such number of days. Choose, Shimla and Manali I will say. Or if you prefer some off-beat location then prefer Shimla + Narkanda + Pabbar Valley (off-beat and very nice). Let me know your choice and I will suggest the plan/itinerary accordingly 🙂

      I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  15. HI Dheeraj, This thread is really informative and helpful. I am visiting Manali on the first week of March with 5 friends.We have 2 days at manali. Can u suggest me some interesting places(no temples) and adventure sports that can be done in this period?I am a photographer so plz suggest me some good places to shoot pics:)And also i wanted to know how safe isit to drive from manali to chandigarh in the night by car.

    • Hi Sudeep,

      If you have 2 days at Manali then on one of the days you can head to Solang Valley snow point for adventure activities. Ideally it should be the second day and on first day may be you can check out Naggar Castle where at Naggar you check Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and a hike to Krishna temple. Otherwise, if you like to hike around then there are ample of walks around Manali going into woods to some awesome vantage points. You can check walk towards goshal village which start near Manu temple or otherwise hike towards Lamadugh whose trail starts near Hadimba temple. Ask locals for direction, great views from the top 🙂 …

      Well, personally, I have done it 2-3 times and generally traffic runs throughout night but it becomes difficult due to heavy truck traffic post Sunder Nagar upto Bilaspur/Swarghat types. If you have experience of driving in hills at night, then only I will suggest you to go for it else avoid it.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. Hi Dheeraj,

    Myself naina,iam planning a trip to manali in the forst week of march , request you to kindly advice something about the wetaher conditions there. And will rohtang pass be open that time ?? Basically the aim is to see the snow fall there.

    Looking fowrward to a kind response.

    Thanks

    Naina

    • Hello Naina,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed for sure as in March only the snow clearance activity start, so you will be allowed at max upto Marhi (17 KMs before Rohtang Pass) or Gulaba (32 KMs before Rohtang Pass).

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley near Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible). You can follow below plan if it suits you –

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    Well iam planning a trip in the first week to manali, it would be great if you could advice a little about the weather condition and will rohtang pass will be open or not??

    basically the aim is to see the snowfall :). it is a right time to go there??

    Looking forward to a kind response.

    Thanks

    Naina

  18. HI Deeraj,

    I am visitng Manali on Feb 6th,I want to know wat would be the temperature and also i want to know if i can purchase woollen clothes after coming to manali ,is there any places were i can buy those clothes…

    • Hi Harish,

      The weather conditions will be very cold and I will advice you to go there with heavy woolens only. Of course, you can buy woolens once you reach there but on the way as well you will find very cold conditions. Buying from Manali will also be costly affair. So, buy it from your home town itself.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  19. hi… i am planning to visit kullu manali on feb 18to feb22.. can we see snowfall at this time? and what are the best places to visit there in these 4days…

    • Hi Anusha,

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley near Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible). You can follow below plan if it suits you –

      Day 1 – Delhi – Manali
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi. Make day trip in the first half to Naggar Castle if you like or relax in Manali only and then in the evening catch overnight Volvo to Delhi.

      If you have more days then probably an overnight stay at Naggar Castle would be worth. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  20. hii!! Durin 1st week of feb …Rohtang Pass will be there?????? i mean will they allow to go to Rohtang Pass ??

    • Hello Satish,

      No buddy Rohtang Pass is already closed for about 4-5 months now and you won't be allowed to go beyond Gulaba I guess in February which is about 32 KMs before Rohtang Pass.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  21. Hi Dheeraj Sharma,we friends(5members) r planning to visit kullu manali(3days)(feb 1st week) ….we r comin frm chennai(Tamil Nadu) .. would you plz schedule our plan frm delhi to kullu manali(i.e . mode of transportation.. hotal..taxi cost nd everything ) …amount shld not exceed rs.4000 each ppl…..total of 5members (rs.20,000)

    • Hi Satish,

      February is off season in Kullu Manali and you will find heavy discounts on both accommodation as well as transport. But, from Delhi to Manali for a return trip you need to spend about Rs 2100-2400 for a HPTDC Volvo or HRTC Volvo bus unless you are ready to travel by non-deluxe HRTC buses that run between Delhi and Manali. So, within remaining Rs 1600, if you plan to choose accommodation at either Manali-Naggar road or vashisht you might be able to do it in your budget. Check the hotels there once you reach and bargain hard being off-season. As per the plan yo can do like –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali and take rest for first half of the day. Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 2 | Manali – Snow Point at Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 3 | Manali Local again and in the evening take the overnight volvo back to Delhi

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  22. sachin sutaria on

    I want to visit manali in april or may. Which will be the best month for snow. kindly advise

    • Hi Sachin,

      April will be good time to see snow stock all around Manali. By May, generally the tourist rush start to increase and snow points get dirtier and dirtier… So, if you can head there in Spring season that is April. As I write this, Manali is being greeted with a very heavy snowfall 🙂 …

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  23. Snowfall Update 05 January, 2012:

    All you people heading for snow hunt… Snowfall around Manali, Narkanda, Kufri and other higher hills of both J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand 🙂 …

  24. Hi Dheeraj,

    As I will be in manali in next 3 days so how is the climate there? presently snow will be there or not? please reply.

    • Hi Sunny,

      You will find plenty of snow up there at Manali snow points and it was raining today there which means snowing up near Manali for sure or who knows even in Manali itself. In any case, you will find plenty of snow. Have fun and a great trip. Go with heavy woolens as it is indeed very cold and chilly there.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Hi, Dheeraj

    I am come for holiday in Manali on 2'nd of January with my friends so

    I want to know is there is possibility of snowfall in manali town on 2'nd Jan to 5,th Jan

    and what amount of snow in manali

    I am very thankful to you if you will give me the answers.

    • Hi Aditi,

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley near Manali. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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