Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Manali
External view of ancient Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali
Map showing the location of Manali within Himachal Pradesh and India
Map showing the location of Manali within Himachal Pradesh and India
Manali
Map showing the location of Manali within Himachal Pradesh and India
Map showing the location of Manali within Himachal Pradesh and India
Manali
Coordinates: 32°14′35″N 77°11′21″E / 32.243177°N 77.189246°E / 32.243177; 77.189246Coordinates: 32°14′35″N 77°11′21″E / 32.243177°N 77.189246°E / 32.243177; 77.189246
Country India
StateHimachal Pradesh
DistrictKullu
Named forManusmriti
Elevation
2,050 m (6,730 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total8,096[1]
 • Rank22 (state)
Languages
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
175131
Telephone code+911902
Vehicle registrationHP-58
House with homemade bridge for monsoon floods. Manali

Manali is a resort and tourist town in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India.[2] It is situated in the northern end of the Kullu Valley, formed by the Beas River. The town is located in the Kullu district, approximately 270 kilometres (170 mi) north of the state capital of Shimla and 544 kilometres (338 mi) northeast of the national capital of Delhi. With a population of 8,096 people recorded in the 2011 Indian census, Manali is the beginning of an ancient trade route through the Indian-administered territory of Ladakh, over the Karakoram Pass and onto Yarkand and Hotan in the Tarim Basin of China. Manali is a popular tourist destination in India and serves as the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti district as well as the city of Leh in Ladakh.[3]

History[edit]

Manali is named after the Sanātanī lawgiver Manu (see Manusmriti). The name Manali is regarded as the derivative of Manu-Alaya (transl. 'the abode of Manu').[citation needed] In Hindu cosmology, Manu is believed to have stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. The Kullu Valley in which Manali is situated is often referred to as the "Valley of the Gods". An old village in the town has an ancient temple dedicated to the sage Manu.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

Himalayan mountains in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Manali is located at 32.2396 N, 77.1887 E, about 547 km (340 mi) north of New Delhi.

Demographics[edit]

Manali has grown from a trading village to a small town; as of the 2011 census of India, its population was 8,096. In 2001, Manali had an official population of 6,265. Males constituted 64% of the population and females 36%. Manali had an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; male literacy was 80%, and female literacy was 63.9%. 9.5% of the population was under six years of age.[4] During the summer months, there is a marked surge in the transients as many of them are employed in the hospitality businesses.

Climate[edit]

Snowfall in Manali

Manali features a subtropical highland climate (Cfb) with warm summers, relatively cold winters, and a high diurnal temperature variation. The temperatures range from −7 °C (19 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F) over the year with the hottest day crossing 30 °C (86 °F) and the coldest day going below −7 °C (19 °F). The average temperature during summer is between 10 °C (50 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F), and between −7 °C (19 °F) to 15 °C (59 °F) in the winter.

Monthly precipitation varies between 31 mm (1.2 in) in November and 217 mm (8.5 in) in July. On average, some 45 mm (1.8 in) of precipitation is received during winter and spring months, increasing to some 115 mm (4.5 in) in summer as the monsoon approaches. The average total annual precipitation is 1,363 mm (53.7 in). Manali experiences snowfall predominantly between December and the beginning of March.

Climate data for Manali, Himachal Pradesh (1981–2010, extremes 1968–2011)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.5
(67.1)
23.5
(74.3)
27.0
(80.6)
30.0
(86.0)
35.0
(95.0)
33.2
(91.8)
32.6
(90.7)
30.6
(87.1)
29.2
(84.6)
30.0
(86.0)
25.6
(78.1)
21.5
(70.7)
35.0
(95.0)
Average high °C (°F) 10.8
(51.4)
12.1
(53.8)
16.7
(62.1)
21.7
(71.1)
24.9
(76.8)
27.0
(80.6)
26.9
(80.4)
25.5
(77.9)
24.7
(76.5)
22.0
(71.6)
17.7
(63.9)
13.5
(56.3)
20.2
(68.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1.1
(30.0)
0.2
(32.4)
3.0
(37.4)
6.4
(43.5)
9.1
(48.4)
12.8
(55.0)
15.9
(60.6)
16.0
(60.8)
12.2
(54.0)
6.1
(43.0)
2.2
(36.0)
0.2
(32.4)
6.9
(44.4)
Record low °C (°F) −11.6
(11.1)
−11.0
(12.2)
−6.0
(21.2)
−1.0
(30.2)
1.0
(33.8)
4.4
(39.9)
7.4
(45.3)
7.0
(44.6)
3.0
(37.4)
−1.5
(29.3)
−5.0
(23.0)
−10.0
(14.0)
−11.6
(11.1)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 83.5
(3.29)
110.4
(4.35)
156.9
(6.18)
84.7
(3.33)
73.5
(2.89)
73.9
(2.91)
190.3
(7.49)
192.1
(7.56)
113.1
(4.45)
35.9
(1.41)
28.1
(1.11)
55.0
(2.17)
1,197.4
(47.14)
Average rainy days 5.2 7.4 8.0 5.5 5.8 6.4 12.1 13.6 7.7 2.3 1.7 2.9 78.6
Average relative humidity (%) (at 17:30 IST) 61 61 53 56 61 63 74 76 75 69 61 62 64
Source: India Meteorological Department[5][6]

Transport[edit]

Air[edit]

The nearest airport Bhuntar Airport (IATA code KUU) is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21 about 50 km (31 mi) south of Manali and 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Kullu town. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. Air India has regular flights to the airport from New Delhi.

Helicopter taxi service[edit]

Pawan Hans, the Government charter agency, provides heli-taxi service connecting Shimla to Chandigarh, Kullu, and Dharamshala.[7]

Road[edit]

Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Ambala and from there NH 22 to Chandigarh and from there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns. The road distance from Chandigarh to Manali is 310 km (190 mi), and the total distance from Delhi to Manali is 570 km (350 mi). Bus services are available from HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation), HPTDC (Himachal Tourism Development Corporation), and private operators.

Rail[edit]

There is no close railhead available close to Manali. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Una 250 km (155 mi) away, Kiratpur Sahib 268 km (167 mi), Kalka (275 km (171 mi)), Chandigarh (310 km (193 mi)), and Pathankot (325 km (202 mi)). The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (175 kilometres (109 mi)). The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a nostalgic narrow-gauge route culminating at the state capital of Shimla wherefrom one has to travel by road to Manali.

Environmental concerns[edit]

Manali has witnessed a flurry of activity related to hydroelectric power and tourism. Unplanned and rampant construction has led to severe depletion of forests and pollution of river bodies, along with garbage being disposed of on the side of the mountains. There has been a loss of habitat to various species of fauna, not limited to the Himalayan monal, incidentally the state bird of Uttarakhand.[8]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Verma, V. 1996. Gadd of Dhauladhar: A Transhumant Tribe of the Himalayas. Indus Publishing Co., New Delhi.
  • Handa, O. C. 1996. Buddhist Monasteries in Himachal Pradesh. ISBN 978-8185182032.
  • Penelope Chetwode 1972, 1989 "Kulu: The End of the Habitable World" (ISBN 9788185113203) Time Books International

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manali (Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India) - population statistics, map, and location". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Wanderlust the mountains are calling head over to Manali, Himachal Pradesh". theindianexpress.com.
  3. ^ Paper also Presented at the International Seminar on Disasters, Environment and Development, December 9-12, 1994, New Delhi, India –by James S. Gardner (1995). Tourism and Risk from Natural Hazards: Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba.
  4. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Station: Manali Climatological Table 1981–2010" (PDF). Climatological Normals 1981–2010. India Meteorological Department. January 2015. pp. 469–470. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Extremes of Temperature & Rainfall for Indian Stations (Up to 2012)" (PDF). India Meteorological Department. December 2016. p. M69. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Shimla-Chandigarh helicopter service now operating six days a week". Himachal Tourism Official Website. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ Azad, Shivani (18 November 2019). "Uttarakhand's state bird monal to be conserved with help from Himachal". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 March 2021.

External links[edit]

Himachal Tourism Official Govt Website