MANALI, INDIA - MAY 13: Tourists enjoying rafting in Beas river at Kullu on May 13, 2015 near Manali, India.  Adventure water sports centre near Kullu provide exhilarating experience for the tourist. Along with rafting enthusiasts can also enjoy activities like Kayaking. (Photo by Aqil Khan/Hindustan times via Getty Images

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With mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Backpackers are well catered for in parts of Vashisht and Old Manai where numerous agents offer trekking, climbing, rafting and skiing according to season. Meanwhile, so many Indian families and honeymooners come for a first taste of snow that greater Manali now has an estimated 800 to 1000 hotels and guesthouses. Tight-packed resort buildings already fill the town center and are now steadily devouring former orchard terraces as far south as once-rustic Prini village. But while the whole area gets jam-packed in season (mid-April to mid-July, mid-September to mid-October, and over Christmas–New Year), it doesn't take too much effort to get off the main tourist trail. And in November, clear skies plus slashed prices make Manali a bargain – if you can handle the cold and the closure of some restaurants.

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