If you want to feel the peace in seclusion and yet indulge in some nice food and live music by the river, old Manali is the place to be. Unlike the new area of the town, old Manali gives you a feel of a charming village outside India. You must have already seen the pictures but here’s why this place deserve to be on your ‘to visit and to come back again’ list:
01 | Peaceful abode away from all hustle
Old Manali sees many tourists every year but is far less crowded than the main part of the town. People from all over the world come here to enjoy peace in the lap of mountains, mostly solo travellers, young couple and friends. The place is less noisy and basic, making it perfect for those who want to escape the city hustle and bustle and just relax.
02 | Amazing Cafés that serve delicious food
Owing to its many cafés that not only serve stupendous food but also provide an excellent ambience, this place certainly manages to create a perfect La Soirée for you. Enjoying my tea in the sun or a glass of wine at night, makes me feel nothing but that life is good and Old Manali is awesome.
03 | Weather to fall in love with
Of course, if your visiting Himachal, the weather ought to be nice! Manali is amazing in summers, gets good sunshine during the day and gets slightly windy at night (especially if you are chilling at a river side café like me). The rains are a common phenomenon, but for nature lovers that’s a plus. Winters are blissful if you love snow. Manali is awesome all year round, but avoid travelling during day time in peak season (mid May – mid June) and preferably rent a bike or a scooty for commuting to nearby places.
04 | Perfect if you’re headed out for adventure
If you’d like to have some fun like trekking, paragliding or rafting, don’t think twice about coming to this place. There are many rafting & paragliding camps you could contact for having some fun in the water & air. For trekking, you could head out to Tosh for Kheerganga trek and camp overnight.
05 | Meet travellers and connect
As I’ve already mentioned, most people staying at Old Manali are solo travellers; it provides an opportunity to connect and make new friends. The exchange of travel tales from around the world opens your mind and gives you so much perspective.
06 | Last but not the least - Best of both
When in old Manali, I can easily slip into solitude, read a book or sleep in a hammock all day if I so wish; or, I could go out and party. Each day can be customized and gives you a choice. As for me, I love this fact - to be able to get some air when I need or visit a lively café if it feels like.