When is Best Time to Visit Manali Himachal Pradesh?
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When is Best Time to Visit Manali Himachal Pradesh?

When it comes to hill stations in north India, Manali with its snow-capped mountain slopes, scenic streams, abundant landscape, white water river rafting definitely comes to our attention. Manali is a place that is certainly superb for families and even those honeymoon couples trying to find some hide and seek with the taste of romance over it.  Nicely positioned at 2050 m above sea level, Manali is also the best place for paragliding and winter sports activities like snow skiing. 

Acknowledged as ‘Goa of the north’, Manali’s natural views and setting catch the attention of tourists throughout India and also outsiders. In the past it was significantly overlooked by tourists. However, in the last few years, Manali’s exposure as a mountain getaway went up as a consequence of a surge of militant situations in Kashmir. 

Being positioned in the stunning Kullu Valley, Manali today is considered among the most visited hill stations in India. Despite the fact that Manali is an all-year-round vacation spot, some months are better than others. The best time to visit Manali varies according to a variety of factors. I’m gonna go over it intensely in the following few paragraphs. 

Best time to visit Manali

When it comes to best time to visit Manali, it completely depends on your preference. If you’re one of those who have a preference for winter weather and glaciers, in that case it is best to pay a visit to it between November to February. In the case of summer, March to June is the best time. In July monsoons season begins in Manal that lasts till end of September. Therefore, in certain Manali areas landsliding is common during monsoons. 

Best Month to Visit Manali

In order to find out the best months to visit Manali go through the following monthly Manali weather guide. 

Manali in Winter ( Oct to March)


With the halt of monsoon in September, The climate in October in Manali gets moderate, ranging from a maximum of 20°C to as low as possible of 10°C. Due to the present climate, you can conveniently explore many of the top Manali places without having to worry about the landslides and heavy rainfall. For this reason October is the ideal month to stay in Manali. Though in October you’ll experience some sort of cold weather in Manali, the probability of snow in October is quite less. Yet, ensure to pack your sweaters and light warm dress to relish the evenings of Manali 


Yet another best month to visit Manali. November lets you visit many Manali sightseeings like you can visit Hadimba Temple in November. Besides, those who wish to trek in Manali in cold climate, November is an ideal time as it lets you trek at Hampta Pass almost throughout the november. However, if you want to visit Rohtang Pass, ensure to visit Manali at the beginning of November. Rohtang Pass tends to close due to heavy snowfall at the end of November. Aside, during the whole November, you’ll be able to visit Manali’s most popular tourist point, Solang Valley. Second phase of November, the probability of snowfall in Manali soars. So if you’re visitIng Manali in November, you’re suggested to carry at least a jacket or shawl to protect yourself. 


With the arrival of December, Manali mountain receives a sufficient amount of snow, making it difficult to reach some highest Manali hill points. However, it allows you to enjoy snowfall as well as other snow activities in various parts of Manali. Even more, Chandrakhani Pass, Kheerganga, Bhrigu Lake and Hampta pass remain attainable in December. Furthermore, another best Manali place to visit in December is old Manali where you are able to experience a combination of traditional, and present day culture with ancient temples.


Heading to Manali in January demands you to quit your plan to go to some of the best Manali places. The most important is that you’re most likely not able to go to Solang valley due to heavy snowfall. The most important is that you’re almost certainly not capable of going to Solang valley because of the hefty snowfall. Also, During the January the temperature In Manali declines to zero degrees Celsius. Hence it is advisable to carry warm dresses and jackets if planning to visit Manali in January.


During February month, the temperature in Manali begins to increases. On an average in February Manali temperature remains around 12°C. It’s the best month to carry out outdoor winter sports in Manalik like skiing and skating. In terms of rainfall, You should expect about 3 to 8 days of rain in Manali throughout the month of February. Considering the fact that during February the climate in Manali remains cold, it’s advisable to pack warm outfits, sweaters, caps, socks, cardigans, jackets and shawls etc. 


During March the temperature in Manali fluctuates between 12 to 25°C making the climate pleasurable in the daytime. Therefore, March is the best time to visit Manali for those travellers who want to visit Solang Valley for paragliding, rafting and other mountain sports. Aside from that, You’ll view fresh snowfall at Manali hill peaks and in some cases a short span of rainfall as well. Hidimba Devi Temple, Dhungri Temple, Jogini Waterfalls, Bhrigu Lake, Nehru Kund,  Rahala Fallsare incredibly impressive sights to visit in March. Please note even in March you are unable to visit Rohtang Pass due road closed and snowfall. 

Manali in Summer ( April to Oct)


If you plan your Manali trip in April, You’ll  not only enjoy the beautiful places that would make for an unforgettable experience, but also many hiking trails In Manail and fresh waterfalls. The temperature in Manali during April is extremely pleasant and lets you do many outdoor adventure activities including hiking to the Jogini Waterfalls, Hampta Pass, paragliding, outdoor camping, zorbing, rope-walking etc. If luck favours you, you can also get to Rohtand pass which is one of the most visited places in Manali. 


Definitely It’s the best month to visit Manali to get rid of the blistering heat. In May temperature in Manali ranges between 25°C to 28°C turning it into a perfect summer escapade to refresh yourself. The biggest advantage of visiting Manali in May is that Rohtang Pass opens in the early days of May, allowing you to enjoy panoramic views of Manali at a high altitude of 13,050 ft. The negative aspect is that During May in Manali in rare cases you’d come across glaciers. On the other hand, you’d go through spectacular waterfall views across the Manali. 


Though similar to other Indian cities, Manali sees hot temperatures during June, being a hill station, the climate in Manali in June is still considerably less than other major cities. Furthermore, Despite the fact that June is nearly the oncoming of monsoons in Manali, a wide range of places in Manali are not dangerous to visit in June. As a consequence of gratifying climatic conditions Manali attracts families from all over the Indian in Summer months.

Manali in Monsoons ( July to Sept)

When it comes to Monsoon in Manali, Being a hill station, Manali features its own attraction that can make your Manali trip unforgettable if you plan your trip cautiously. 


Similar to June, the temperature in Manali during July is quite high. Nevertheless, as opposed to June, July is not encouraged to visit due to monsoons because a number of Manali towns encounter heavy rainfall that triggers landslides making travelling unsafe. 


When compared to June and July, In August Manali observes minimal temperatures. That being said, it’s still the monsoon season so the presence of rain and moisture is frequent. On the flip side, If you visit Manali in August, you will discover lush greenery scenery everywhere. 


As it’s the ending month of monsoon in Manali, the frequency of rainfall begins to decrease. Furthermore, During September the climate in Manali considerably goes down. Because of this, September is among the best months to travel to Manali if you wish to enjoy low temperatures and modest amounts of  rain as well.

Monthly Weather in Manali

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 3°/ -6° 17 days
February 6°/ -5° 8 days
March 7°/ -3° 18 days
April 12°/ 1° 17 days
May 13°/ 2° 14 days
June 17°/ 7° 12 days
July 19°/ 12° 26 days
August 20°/ 13° 24 days
September 20°/ 10° 8 days
October 14°/ 4° 5 days
November 9°/ -0° 15 days
December 6°/ -5° 8 days

Cheapest Time to Visit Manali

Given that during monsoon months Manali sees less visitors, hotels rent relatively goes down. Therefore, Monsoon is viewed as the less-expensive time to visit Manali 

How to reach Manali?

By Flights

Probably the best and quick way to reach Manali is by flight. Bhuntar airport (KUU) receives several  domestic flights from various Indian major cities including Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai etc. There are also some international flights as well that connect the hill station with Dubai and Muscat etc. Bear in mind, the Bhuntar airport is situated about 50 km away from the main Manali city.   

By Bus

If you’re making your way to Manali from Delhi, take an overnight bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. You’ve several government bus options to choose from including HPTDC and HRTC. If you’re travelling to Manali from Delhi within a strict budget, opt for the special deluxe buses. If you prefer a little bit luxurious, book volvo AC buses for a good night’s sleep.

By Train

Regrettably, directly Getting to to Manali by train isn’t viable. If you’re fine with a partial train journey then you’ve to take a train to Ambala Cantt, which is about 200 km away. An alternative train route choice is to get a train to Chandigarh, which is 250 km away. 

Places to Visit in Manali

Renowned as a  hill station and tourist destination of India, Manali offers plenty of natural tourist attractions. However, Following are the most visited places in Manali.

  • Solang Valley
  • Rohtang pass
  • Jogini Waterfall
  • Vashisht Village
  • Hadimba Temple
  • Parvati Valley

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