Top things to do in Manali

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Temple

This much-revered wood-and-stone mandir, constructed in 1553, stands in a clearing in the cedar forest about 2km west of central Manali. Pilgrims come from across India to honour Hadimba, the demon wife of the Panda…
Top Choice French in Manali

La Plage

Dinner at this outpost of a chic Goan eatery is like being invited to the hip Paris apartment of your much, much cooler friend. French standards such as onion soup or mushroom quiche are joined by specialities such …
Multicuisine in Manali

Lazy Dog Lounge

This slick restaurant-bar features big plates of fresh, flavourful international food – from pumpkin-and-coconut soup to oven-baked trout and Thai rice bowls, as well as good Indian dishes – that's well above typica…
Asian in Manali

Chopsticks

The most popular traveller choice in central Manali, tightly packed Chopsticks serves a big range of Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese dishes with professional efficiency. Amid Tibetan lutes and Chinese lanterns, it doe…
Continental in Manali

Casa Bella Vista

Not the cheapest, but the best pizzas in the Old Manali area – thin-crust, log-oven pizzas with tasty topping combinations. The salads and pasta are good too.
Books in Manali

Bookworm

Excellent selection of books including many on the Himalaya, and maps including Leomann trekking maps.
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Khyber

Upstairs overlooking the roundabout at the top of the Mall, Khyber isn't a bad place for a cold beer, fruit wine or even a mojito. The food is also good – the speciality is meat-heavy Punjabi and Afghani cuisine but…
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Rendez-Vous

Popular and spacious, Rendez-Vous has a large front garden-yard and a quite classy inside room with varnished pine tables and brick pillars, and does a decent job on dishes including tandoori trout, chicken tikka, h…
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Drifters' Inn

A loungey restaurant-cafe that's good for hearty breakfasts, strong coffee, international dishes from eggs Florentine to Thai curries, and imaginative beverages such as seabuckthorn fizz, as well as plenty of alcoho…
Park in Manali

Nature Park

This woodland of magnificent towering deodars (cedars) is easily the nicest route between the centre and Old Manali, though not recommended for a woman alone. There is often no one at the gates to collect the admiss…