Tucked between soaring high Himalayas, Manali is that one destination that offers something to every type of traveller. Adorned with beautiful sights of mountains all around and pristine Beas river flowing down, Manali is truly the most loved hill retreat in India. Away from the main town, lies a beautiful hamlet called Old Manali, where two worlds meet. This exotic Himalayan village is known for its chilled out atmosphere and nomadic culture. Old Manali is just perfect place for backpacker and budget travellers to unwind in the lap of nature.
After reaching Manali by Volvo from Delhi, I checked in at D’ Country Villa Homestay (Old Manali) situated uphill at 2 kms from Mall Road in utmost tranquility.
Old Manali is a quaint little settlement in the Kullu District and has a gypsy appeal to it. There are various famous and less known places in and around Old Manali that one must visit. The most revered Goddess of Dhungri village i.e. Hidimba Devi and Manu Temple are first on this list. Both the shrines are ancient and visited by the people with utmost faith. Manali is named after Maharishi Manu itself, who is believed to be the creator of human race. A small and easy trek to Jogini Waterfall is a good option if you love adventure and going for a high altitude trek. Basically, it helps you to acclimatize for your next day’s high altitude expedition. Also, take a walk amidst numerous apple and apricot farms located in the Old Manali village.
What about spending a leisure-filled evening along riverside? Head out towards the famous cafes and restaurants in Old Manali situated on the banks of Manaslu River. These cosy hangout spots serve various cuisines such as Italian, Chinese, Continental and even Indian. Enjoy the delightful food with live music in the background.
You can even choose so eat at an open air cafe for an unmatchable experience. The cool mountain breeze and the sound of pristine Manaslu River flowing along will refresh your soul. It is far better than chilling at a cafe or a bar in metro cities like Delhi. Some of the best cafes in Old Manali are Cafe 1947, Lazy Dog Lounge, People’s Cafe, Kathmandu Cafe, and Shesh Besh to name a few.
Secluded from the main town, Old Manali is where you can feel the hippie culture in its full glory. Set in the surreal environment, this little gem of Manali will give you the perfect Himalayan vibes.
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