Manali in August 2023: Places to Visit, Things to Do, Weather

Manali in August
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Manali is one of the most picturesque and popular hill stations in India, which is visited by lakhs of visitors throughout the year. Manali is located at an altitude of 2050 m in the Beas river valley. The hill station of Manali has dense woods, huge valleys, bright apple orchards, and pine trees among many other beautiful bounties of nature. The weather in Kullu Manali in August is quite pleasant with rain showers bringing the temperature down. Since monsoons will be in full swing in Manali during these months, so it is an ideal place to relax and stay closer to nature.

Manali Weather & Temperature in August – Pleasant for Your Visit

July to August is the monsoon time in August with an average temperature of 20°C while the low average is 15°C. The monthly rainfall level here exceeds 200 mm

If you have planned your trip to Manali in August, beneath we have mentioned some of the things that you must do in Manali in August. The sky is partly sunny on some days. All-in-all, the weather in Manali in August is quite pleasant and ideal to enjoy vacations with friends and loved ones.

The weather in Manali remains pleasant all over the year, but coming to Manali during August has its own perks. To help travelers plan a perfect vacation in Manali in August, we have mentioned the perfect weather conditions, places to visit in Manali, etc. in this blog.

Trekking in Manali in August

Trekking in Manali in August is an incredible experience. And this is the perfect time to navigate the hills, apart from the surprising drizzle and shower, August is the best time to explore a wide variety of open trails located near Manali. Trekking in Manali in August is an ideal time to visit the lakes, rivers, and waterfalls with popular trekking options like Bhrigu Lake Trek, Jogini Falls Trek, Beas Kund Trek, etc.

Most Popular Places to Visit in Manali in August

Check out the list of some of the best places to visit in Manali in August.

Chandrakhani Pass

Chandrakhani Pass

To have an incredible view of the mountains, visit Chandrakhani Pass. Trek up to this place, which is located at a distance of 21 km from Manali, and enjoy vegetation throughout the trekking trail. Surrounded by peaks including Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba, etc. the trek gives you many reasons to explore places like Naggarm Rumsu, Ganachalani, Celanti, etc.

Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran Sahib

It is one of the most famous Gurudwaras in India and is a popular destination among all devotees. Located beside hot springs, here the tourists can take rejuvenating baths. Gurudwara is famous for its natural hot springs. Many tourists also plan a Kasol trip from here as it is located just 4 km away from Manali.

Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu Lake

Relaxing at the base of Bhrigu Peak, Bhrigu Lake is a treat for nature lovers. Covered with snow-covered peaks, it is one of the best trekking trails in Manali. The sacred lake never freezes completely even if the temperature drops down to below zero degrees Celsius.

Best Things to do in Manali in August

The following is a list of the most popular places to visit in Manali in August. These places are known for their beauty and will take your breath away.


trekking manali

With the arrival of the monsoon, the entire town of Manali looks wonderful. It is the best time to lose yourself in nature and enjoy trekking. Though trekking in Manali is a year round activity, but many trekking routes are open for tourists from June to September. One of the popular treks is the Chandratal Lake trek, which takes almost 3 to 4 days to complete. During the last phase of the trekking, you can take a cab ride to the lake. The Chandratal lake is situated at 14,000 feet, and has crystal clear water.

The Beas-Kund trek is another popular 2-3 days trek. This trek covers a distance of almost 47 km and reaches an altitude of more than 12,000 feet.  This trekking experience offers the summit views of the highest mountains around Manali.

Enjoy some Good Food

August is the time when it rains in Manali and the surrounding regions. Since Manali has plenty of wonderful food, so you can try them out during this cool month. Grab a seat at the nearby café and enjoy a chai or hot chocolate break. Also, you can try some local dishes.

The cafes located in Manali also serve you some delicious English breakfast, from egg items to pancakes, you can get all. Also try out Himachali crepe, patande, made from milk, wheat flour, and sugar during the rainy season.

If you’re a vegetarian, try some babru. Similar to pooris, babru is a kind of kachori – dough fried and stuffed with black gram.

Visit A Waterfall

Waterfall manali

Nothing compares to the thrill of hiking to a waterfall during the rainy season and hearing the thunderous roar of water falling from a height. There are various thrilling waterfalls you can see when visiting Manali in August, with Jogini falls the most popular among all. Jogini falls are located in a small village named Vashisht. It takes almost an hour to hike through wooded land and apple orchards to reach the falls.

Another popular waterfall is Jana waterfall, located about 1.5 hours away from Manali. Visiting this waterfall is a wonderful experience, with a walkway created across the falls to click a lot of selfies. However, the real highlight here is the local, traditional mouth-watering food prepared by small restaurants and Dhaba owners.

Visit the Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary manali

The gorgeous Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a must-visit during the rainy season. The best part is that the wildlife sanctuary is located just 2 km away from the center of Manali. The sanctuary is home to many animals including musk deer, Himalayan black bears, flying foxes, and snow leopards.

Established in 1954, the sanctuary is spread on almost 3,180 hectares of land. This huge park lets you truly enjoy some solitude in nature without daily hustle-bustle.

Mall Road

Mall Road

Manali’s Mall Road is packed with so many things to purchase even during the rainy season. Visit the Manali’s markets and bazaars to shop for some souvenirs and trinkets. Some of the popular items to buy include local handicrafts, woolen shawls, woolen clothes, kinnauri shawls, caps, etc.

How to Reach Manali in August – Explore some ways

The town of Manali is well-connected to different parts of the country, and one can easily Manali in August via different modes of transportation. The best ways to reach Manali are discussed below:

By Bus: The most affordable way to reach Manali is via bus. Various HRTC and HPTDC buses ply to Manali from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, etc. on daily basis. Also, there are many semi-sleeper Volvo buses to Manali, which travelers can book as per their comfort.

By Train: Since there is no railway station in Manali, so the travelers have to reach the nearest station, Pathankot (Punjab) by train. From Pathankot change, the train to Joginder Nagar Railway Station, and from there continue your journey via taxi or bus to reach Manali. 

By Flight: The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is located almost 50 km away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi & Chandigarh.

By Bike: Many travel operators run bike tours to Manali and if you look for some adventurous treat, you can visit Manali by bike.

Things to Carry Along to your Trip to Manali in August:

  • Pack layered clothing and some light woolens as the temperature drops at night. Pack items like waterproof shoes, jackets, umberalla, etc.
  • Carry a first-aid kit with common medications needed for headache, fever, stomach upset issues, pain relief sprays, etc.
  • Sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, moisturizer, Lip Balm, wet tissues, sanitizer, etc.

Visiting Manali in August gives you so many reasons to stay close to nature. The pleasant weather makes Manali quite a beautiful place to visit. Also, the rain brings down the temperature, so make sure you carry light jackets with you.

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FAQs About Manali Trip in August

Can I visit Manali in August?

Since August sees a lot of rain, so you might need to change your traveling plans on certain days. But at the same time, it’s the perfect time to trek, hike to a waterfall, and enjoy some local sightseeing.

How is Manali’s weather in August?

Due to rain and high altitude, Manali has a low temperature in August. The average temperature in Manali is almost 15°C, and can drop to as low as 8 to 5°C during nights. But on sunny days, you can expect a higher temperatures hovering around 20°C.

What is an ideal time to visit Manali?

Based on your traveling preferences, travelers can plan their vacations. The summertime (April to June) is the peak season and one can do several outdoor activities during these months. While the monsoon season (July to September) opens many trekking routes, during the winter season (October to March) the tourists can enjoy snowfall and do snow-related activities.

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