Female Solo Travellers Guide To Manali
After weeks of work and stress, you’ve finally decided to go on a solo trip to Manali. But now, what do you do next?
Do you contact an agency and go on a pre-planned trip? Do you want to travel by bus? Do you find a camp in Manali that you will go to? Or is this a purely tourist and sightseeing vacation? There are so many questions, but here is how you can tackle them all!
Let’s go and live our ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani’ dream.
Sightseeing in Manali
Some places that you should definitely visit include-
This is one of the most beautiful places one could ever visit and the views are to die for. The best thing about it? It snows more than half the year, including in the summer seasons. Hence, it is perfect to fulfill the snow fantasy when it isn’t freezing cold.
The view at this location is absolutely breathtaking and it would be a crime to skip them in your list to visit places. And you should most definitely make your trip more exciting by trekking there.
This is basically a mini version of the Pangong Tso lake in Leh. It is an amazing trekking experience, so if you do decide to go, make sure to prepare yourself for the breathtaking views!
Mahabharata enthusiast? Meditate in the cave or have a picnic, your choice.
You’ve obviously heard the name, don’t let it remain just a name. It’s a life changing experience!
Ask your driver-
They will definitely know rare and local places that are not to be missed.
Travel agencies are quite a lot of hassle and chaos and it doesn’t make up for the peace it steals from you to be very honest. However, if you do find a good agency, one you’ve used before and you’re comfortable with, then, by all means, go ahead and plan with them. Every woman has a different experience, a different level of comfort and most importantly, a different level of security in being alone.
Where do you live? Somewhere in the north, or are you coming all the way from the south? Well, once you reach your final destination in the plains, generally, Delhi, Chandigarh or Pathankot, the best way up is by road. You can drive, you can take the bus or taking a cab will be the most convenient option. You can go for cars for rent in Chandigarh or Delhi depending on your base.
Cabs are extremely convenient as once you hire a car and a chauffeur, they will be with you for the duration of your trip. It gives you privacy, convenience, and control over your travel and schedule. The local driver will take you to all the unique places that not a lot of travelers must’ve heard of.
There are a couple of camps with tents set up in hills that you will love, but if you’re looking for a comfortable vacation, this might not be the right choice for you. For people who prioritise comfort, you can book a hotel or resort with a great view of the landscape; feel free to walk around in the locality and enjoy the nightlife of Manali!
On my trips, I usually hire cabs from Chandigarh to Manali with local drivers who help me schedule my trip and itinerary.