Top things to do

Top Choice Multicuisine in Manali


Locals and visitors alike rate Mayur highly for its well-prepared North and South Indian specialities. The decor downstairs is solidly old-school and classy, with uniformed waiters, while the upstairs is bright and …
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 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 – that's steps above typical backpacker fare. Sit on chai…
Top Choice French in Manali

La Plage

Dinner at this outpost of one of Goa's chic-est eateries is like being invited to the hip Paris apartment of your much, much cooler friend. Classic French standards such as liver pâté are joined by specialities like…
Asian in Manali


The most popular traveller choice in Manali town centre, this tightly packed Tibetan-Chinese-Japanese place has Tibetan lutes on the walls and serves up good momos (dumplings) and gyoza (their Japanese equivalent), …
Multicuisine in Manali


Upstairs by the roundabout at the top of the Mall, Khyber is central Manali’s best 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…
Buddhist Monastery in Manali

Von Ngari Monastery

The traditional Von Ngari Monastery has an atmospheric prayer room crammed with statues of bodhisattvas (enlightened beings), revered lamas and Buddhist deities.
Buddhist Temple in Manali

Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple

The Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple contains a two-storey statue of Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha.
Museum in Manali

Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

Opposite Hadimba Temple, the interesting Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art has religious relics, household objects, instruments, weapons, architectural woodcarvings and scale models of Himachal temples.
Arts & Crafts in Manali


Shawls are sold all over Manali. A good place to start is at the cooperative Bhuttico, which has several shops around town.