The winter season is fast approaching and before the extreme cold sets in, now is the best time to take a vacation. If you are into serene woods, splendid natural views, yummy food and adventure – then Manali is the place for you. Known as Jawaharlal Nehru’s favourite vacation spot, Manali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It not only sees a huge influx of local tourists but also travellers from across the globe. However, a frequent question in their minds is – what is the best time to visit Manali? Take it from an expert travel experience provider – its October. Read below to find out why to visit Manali this October.


Not everybody prefers to tread through snow-laden paths and wear innumerable warmers while on vacation. That is why October is the perfect month to be in Manali. The climate is mild at best with temperatures ranging from a maximum of 20°C to a minimum of 10°C. This allows travellers to explore all the places in and around Manali without worrying about the drastic snowfall or cold altering their plans. Even the rains subside by the month of October allowing for smooth access to all parts of Manali. Places like the Mall Road can be unapproachable due to heavy rains and choosing to visit during the month of October does not posit any of these problems.


Plenty of travellers come to Manali to not only see the city but also to explore all the surrounding regions. There are many popular destinations like Rohtang Pass, Chandratal lake, Spiti and Lahaul valley, Kaza etc. that people are keen to visit. However, the catch is that during the heavy snowfall season of November-December-January a lot of these roads are closed down. Due to the excess amount of snow vehicular movement is restricted among these routes, keeping in mind the safety of the locals and travellers. That is why if you are thinking of making a trip to any of these areas while in Manali, October is the best time to do it at.


The festival of Dussehra is a huge tradition in the Kullu Manali region. Every year in October, lakhs of tourists flock to Kullu-Manali to enjoy the grand events and processions of the Kullu Dusshera. The legend that connects to this festival being celebrated so vibrantly in Kullu is one of Raja Jagat Singh and the deity Lord Raghunath. Folklore dictates that the Raja offered his throne to the deity and drank the Charan Amrit after naming Raghunath as the reigning deity in his land. Ever since then Dusshera is a huge tradition amongst these parts. Dusshera commences on the 10th day of the rising moon and lasts throughout the week. The Dhalpur Dusshera maidan hosts huge fairs with jubilance, dancing, lots of food stalls and travellers from around the nation. If you want to experience this amalgam of people of divinity, October is the best time to be in Manali.


For lovers of photography, October is the time to capture the best shots. Views of faraway peaks like Kailash Kinnaur, Indrasan and Deo Tibba will be clear as day. The skies will be rid of clouds and one can get crisp pictures of all the majestic nature surrounding Manali in October. Your Instagram profile will never be the same!

Since you now know all the reasons why you should be visiting Manali in October, why not plan for a getaway? You shall be able to enjoy the city at its most precious weather and also explore all the nearby destinations. If you would love to have a budgeted vacation to Manali this October click here to book a room in our Manali hostel or click here to book one of our curated Manali travel packages.

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