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Vidhi Grover
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Published: Aug 08, 2018 | 29 Views

Things to do in old manali

1.Cafe Crawling

  • Apart from a few good dhabas, you will find some of the best cafes in Manali that not only offer you picturesque views, but also lip-smacking food. Here are some top cafes in Old Manali where you can feel like having a treat.
  • CAFE 1947
  • Café 1947 is one of the oldest and renowned cafes in Old Manali and also the ideal Manali tourist spot.
  • Luxuriating comfortably on the edge of the enthusiastic waters of Manalsu River, it is a charming and a highly recommended beautiful place to please your taste buds and eyes.
  • It has both indoor and outdoor seating and the best place to sit is the outdoor space facing the river making this place even more surreal.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Pizzas and burgers
  • Timings: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM everyday, and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Wednesday
  • Cost For Two: INR 500


  • LAZY DOG CAFE
  • It is not the name of cafe, it is literally the state of mind.
  • You can savour really good food with your favorite chilled drink in a pocket friendly way, and even enjoy live performances by the famous bands during peak seasons.
  • They also have outdoor seating facing mountains and river which one can relish in the day time.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Desserts
  • Timings: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
  • Cost For Two: INR 500


  • BORN FREE CAFE
  • It is a small homely cafe with excellent graffiti on the walls and the moment you enter this place, you will get some optimistic vibes.
  • It is perfect for budget travelers and foodies and this is one of the top low-priced cafes in Manali that provides a similar evening episode like other cafes in the town.
  • It is not very big or roomy when it comes to seating but the food and live performances make a visit there completely worth it!
  • Top Dishes People Order: Pasta, Chicken & hummus pita bread, and smoothies
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Cost For Two: INR 300


  • DRIFTER’S CAFE
  • If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, then walk no further, this is the place in Old Manali.
  • Drifter’s provides a wide range of cuisines that are mouth-watering enough to please the taste buds of every type of foodie.
  • Its seating, flavored drinks, and warmth – everything here is number one!
  • Top Dishes People Order: Egg benedict, waffles, and pancakes
  • Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Cost For Two: INR 500


  • PEOPLE CAFE
  • Settled in the core of Old Manali, this one is a completely awesome cafe with cordial staff and amazing food.
  • If you are fortunate enough, you may see some live performances in the afternoon as well when some people indulge in jamming.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Burger
  • Timings: 10AM to 11PM
  • Cost for two: INR 600


  • JOHNSON’S CAFE
  • If your budget is big, then you can surely try out this one of the most expensive cafes in Manali.
  • This place is enroute to Hadimba Devi temple.
  • The cafe has a luxuriant green lawn where one can sit and savour lunch, brunch or anything you like.
  • Johnson cafe Manali is popular for serving more than 10 preparations of trout.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Trout fish, Rosemary chicken
  • Timings: 9AM to 11:30PM (Monday, Wednesday-Sunday) & 9AM to 11PM (Tuesday)
  • Cost for two: INR 2000


  • DYLAN’S TOASTED AND ROASTED
  • If you are trying to look for a place to chill down and have some coffee over a great conversation with your friends, then this place is ideal for you guys.
  • This place is popular for its breakfast and coffee, so if you are seeking for anything mentioned above, then do make your way to this adorable cafe.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Coffee, Breakfast
  • Timings: 9AM to 10PM
  • Cost for two: INR 600


  • CASA BELLA VISTA
  • Be it a lovey-dovey evening with your partner at the dim-lit yard or a family get-together in the outdoor seating area, Cesa Bella Vista serves to all kinds of travellers.
  • The café is a must-visit for those who love thin-crust pizzas fresh off the oven, and even like to observe them being prepared.
  • Situated off the Old Manali Road, this Spanish restaurant is also an ideal place for a quiet meal by the riverbank.
  • It also encloses a library and a boutique that provides a majestic collection of dresses for women.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Pizza
  • Timings: 11AM to 11PM
  • Cost for two: INR 300


  • SUNSHINE CAFE
  • This is one bright place with people serving with smile.
  • This place is run by a young Sikh named Sunny and his foreigner wife.
  • Every single day you make a selection, so this has to be your selection for relaxing in the evening.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Hot Chocolate and Milky Bar paranthas
  • Timings: 8:30AM to 1AM
  • Cost for two: INR 650


  • ART CAFE
  • As the name says, it is all about art and creativity.
  • If You like sketching, doodling, painting or poetry, then this is an ideal place for you to visit.
  • Even if you don’t, you can still go to this cafe and experience all of this.
  • People from all across the globe have done some excellent work and this cafe has retained all of it by pasting them on the walls just like a wallpaper.
  • While you wait for your order, you can draw or paint on A4 paper that is easily available which of course you can carry on with during or after your meal or drink.
  • Top Dishes People Order: Breakfast
  • Timings: 7:30AM to 12 Midnight
  • Cost for two: INR 500


2. Shopping

  • Strolling through the streets of the charming village of Old Manali, one can traverse its small shopping area known as Old Manali Market.
  • Away from the rushy lanes of the Mall Road, the market is full of eccentric little shops.
  • With a vast variety of shops selling old music CDs, the alleys of Old Manali Market will take you back in time.
  • What you can pick as a souvenir is a Dream Catcher. You will get a wide range of them in nearly every second shop with distinct sizes and colors.
  • As you wander through the hidden trails of the market, you will also find many shops selling fruit jams, jellies and pickles.
  • There is also a large variety of boho clothing available like herum pants, tank tops, shrugs and woollens.


3. Wine Tasting

  • One should try tasting the local wine available at distinct alcohol shops.
  • It is available in different flavours like grapes, apple, plum and apricot.
  • These wines are locally manufactured and sipping a few pegs won’t be harmful for you.
  • Mostly people do not really like the himachali wine because of their fruity taste.
  • But the Rhodo wine is not really very sweet and the taste is nice.
  • Price for Small Bottle: INR 250.


4. Visiting Manalsu River

  • Manalsu river is the one that indicates the beginning point of Old Manali.
  • Most of the cafes are located just close to this river.
  • This river is quite energetic in its origin, but it subdues by the time it reaches the Old Manali Bridge.
  • The water is crystalline, glorious and approachable for travelers.
  • You can actually go and sit close to the river area and listen to the music of the river.


5. Braiding

  • In the middle of the hippie land, you will find few shops where in they do braiding.
  • They almost have all the plausible colors and choices to go for this crazy scene.
  • You may have to wait for your turn as they do one at a time.
  • They finish the entire braid in less than 10min.
  • You can go for a temporary one which can be undone just by unfurling the last knot.


6. Maharishi Temple

  • The Manu Maharishi Temple is situated in the Old Manali region and is believed to be very holy by the people of the town.
  • The temple is devoted to the great sage Rishi Manu.
  • The temple tempts tourist from distinct corners of the world, due to the fact it is the only existing temple devoted to Manu, the originator of human race.
  • The temple is encompassed by abundant greenery in the form of pine trees and mosses and one has to walk on a slippery stone path to reach the temple premises.
  • The temple is constructed of stones and ravishing engravings of gods and goddesses on the walls.


7. Renting A Bike

  • One can rent a bike for touring Manali and its vicinity in a fun-packed and effortless way.
  • You can explore the alleys of Manali and travel to the beautiful villages through country roads and orchards.
  • So to be a responsible traveller, one should use e-Bikes instead of motorcycles to prevent pollution caused by them.
  • Lets Playy provides pedal aided electric cycles that make pedaling in the mountains easier.
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