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Planning a trip to Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

11th May to 17th May, 2024Budget Friendly Train
Backpacking / Wandering Looking for Buddy
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  • Things to Carry
Estimated Budget
for the Trip
INR 23,000 - 36,000View Breakdown

Things to do in Manali in May

Day 1 - Saturday 11th, May
Morning -

Arrive in Manali by train. Check in to your backpacker hostel and rest for a bit.

Afternoon -

Explore the local markets and shops at Mall Road, known for its unique souvenirs, handicrafts, and local food stalls.

Evening -

Enjoy a cozy dinner at one of the local eateries like The Lazy Dog Lounge, offering scrumptious food and a laid-back vibe.

Day 2 - Sunday 12th, May
Morning -

Head to Solang Valley for thrilling activities like paragliding, zorbing, and trekking in the stunning Himalayan landscape.

Afternoon -

Jump to Old Manali, known for its bohemian vibe, visit the Manu Temple and explore the cafes and live music scene.

Evening -

Try some Israeli cuisine at Drifters' Cafe or enjoy a riverside dinner at the charismatic Johnson's Cafe.

Weather in Manali in Invalid date
Avg Temp12°C to 25°C
Chance of Rain30%

May in Manali is generally pleasant. Expect warm and sunny days with occasional rainfall. So we are suggesting you pack accordingly.

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Things to Carry on your trip to Manali

Clothing & Apparel

Comfortable cotton T-shirts -

Go for breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking synthetics. Avoid heavy fabrics like denim.

Lightweight and breathable long-sleeved shirts -

These provide sun protection. Choose fabrics that dry quickly, such as nylon or merino wool.

Comfortable and durable hiking pants -

Look for pants made from quick-drying and moisture-wicking fabrics with convertible legs for added versatility.

Warm and waterproof jacket -

Manali can experience unpredictable weather, so a waterproof jacket is essential.

Fleece or down sweater -

For added warmth during cold evenings or early mornings.

Comfortable and supportive hiking boots -

Essential for exploring the hilly terrain. Ensure they are waterproof and have good ankle support.

Comfortable and breathable socks -

Choose moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics like merino wool or synthetic blends.

Sunhat with a wide brim -

Protects you from the sun and keeps you cool.

Gloves and scarf -

For added warmth during colder temperatures.


Sunglasses -

Protect your eyes from the sun's UV rays.

Headlamp or flashlight -

Useful for navigating in low-light conditions or emergencies.

Reusable water bottle -

Stay hydrated throughout your trip.

Basic first-aid kit -

For minor injuries or emergencies.

Insect repellent -

Keep away mosquitoes and other insects.

Sunscreen -

Protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Lip balm -

Protect your lips from dryness and sunburn.

Toiletries -

Pack essential toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and deodorant.

Essentials & Must Haves

Travel documents -

Keep your passport, visa, and travel insurance handy.

Cash and credit cards -

Both cash and credit cards are widely accepted in Manali.

Travel itinerary -

Have a rough plan of your trip to manage time effectively.

Personal medications -

Carry any prescription medications you require.

Small daypack -

For carrying essentials during day trips and excursions.

Good to Have

Travel towel -

Quick-drying and compact, ideal for various purposes.

Small umbrella -

Provides protection from rain and sun.

Camera -

Capture the beautiful scenery of Manali.

Binoculars -

For wildlife viewing or enjoying scenic landscapes.

Travel pillow and sleep mask -

Enhance comfort during train journeys.


Smartphone -

For communication, navigation, and photography.

Power bank -

Keep your electronics charged.

Travel adapter -

Ensure compatibility with local electrical outlets.

Headphones or earphones -

For entertainment or listening to music.

Good to Knows

Payment Options -

Both cash and credit cards are commonly accepted in Manali.

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Budget for Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India in May, 2024
  • Budget
  • Tips to Save Money
INR23,000 - 36,000

Approximate Budget Range for your trip.

Travel Expenses Breakdown
Flight Expense
INR 5,000- 8,000
INR 12,000- 18,000
INR 3,000- 5,000
Local Travelling
INR 500- 1,000
INR 1,500- 2,500
INR 1,000- 1,500
Simple Tips to save money while travelling to Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Carry some cash as some local markets and food stalls may not accept cards.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking in and around the hilly terrain.

*Disclaimer - Please note that the travel budget suggestions provided by Trip Garuda are generated through AI algorithms based on available data and user input. While we strive for accuracy, these estimates may not reflect real-time pricing or unforeseen expenses. We recommend using these figures as a general guide and encourage you to conduct further research and budgeting based on your specific travel requirements.