“Finally!! Its summer vacations and we are eager to escape the scorching heat and hustle-bustle of the city. Let us go to a beautiful hill station. Why not go to the most popular one, let us go to Manali. Surrounding hills, pleasant weather, peace, maybe some snow and we would be right in the lap of nature. Bags packed and driving mode on. So, here’s Manali and contrary to our expectations; traffic jams, crowded streets, pollution and noise welcome us. Hotels are 100% occupied and it’s almost impossible to get a decent hotel on the spot.”
Above scenario pretty genuinely and honestly describes the ongoing situation in Manali. 3-4 hours jam is common and is expected. Reasons for jam are tourists as well as authorities. As soon as the vehicle gets stuck in jam, some brainless drivers start driving in the wrong direction and block the traffic from both sides. Authorities are least interested in putting a fine or controlling this behaviour as it is a routine thing for them. If you have not booked a hotel in advance, you are in serious trouble.
Manali is getting overburdened and overcrowded because of its prestige as the most popular hill station. It is indeed beautiful but not in the peak season. All you would hear is honking of vehicles, all you would see is a long traffic jam and all you would feel is irritated and tired.
If it is on your travel list, then we have some suggestions for you:
- Do not visit in peak season like summer vacations or snowfall.
- Book your stay away from Mall road. Solang valley is a much better option.
- Try to reach in early morning hours. You would still get traffic but a little less.
- Have patience.
All the best for your trip to Manali. Do share your experience with us.