A gift of the Himalayas to the world, Manali is a beautiful township nestled in the picturesque Beas River valley. It is a rustic enclave known for its cool climate and snow-capped mountains, offering respite to tourists escaping scorching heat of the plains. Manali is popular not just because of its weather and views but also because of its affordability. Over the years, it has emerged as a backpacking destination with a number of travelers form all across the globe spending months here. Kullu is famous for its temples, mountains and pine and deodar forests. It is also famous for many adventure sports such as trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, etc. These markets are packed with tourists throughout the year. The best things to buy during the Kullu Manali trip include woolen clothing, shawls, Kullu caps, Dorjes, carpets, handicrafts, and unique Tibetan items. Kullu and Manali are also popular among tourists for dry fruits, fresh juices, jams, and local pickles. Besides natural charm and unparalleled beauty, Manali is known for its unlimited adventure opportunities, the famous Hadimba Temple, the scenic Rohtang Pass, the snow-laden Solang Valley and its delightful culinary scene. 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”. Blessed with a rich traditional art and craft from the ancient times, Manali is famous for the indigenous folk songs and dance of the region. Accompanied with the enchanting melodious folk songs, the dancers perform their art with perfection and great enthusiasm. Also, you can reach Old Manali by walking through Van Vihar National Park, which is populated with Deodar trees). Else, you can also take an auto-rickshaw to these places. Biking Across Manali: Bike rentals are available at reasonable rates. You can get a good bargain if you rent for two or more days.