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Stop by Hadimba Devi Temple. It's one attraction you'll usually find on many travelers' must-do lists. Manu Temple and Gayatri Temple are also nearby and worth a pit stop.
Time to hit the open road and venture out to Mandi. Just 37 miles away, a road trip here is a no-brainer. Swing by Bhutnath Temple and Bhima Kaali Temple to start delving into the culture of the region. Then finish off your trip by visiting Sunken Garden.
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No other mode of transportation can give you flexibility and freedom like your own wheels. Whatever the reason for your journey to Manali, CarRentals.com has a fantastic range of vehicles to pick from. Taking a city break with your significant other? Turn up the romance by renting a mini or convertible. Loads of fun to drive and a breeze to park, you'll adore sitting side by side in one of these little rides. A full-size car is a great choice for large families. There's room enough for everyone and you can venture wherever you want, whenever you want. If you're on the road for work, a premium car will take you from conference to meeting in comfort and style.
First of all, there's a huge variety of both economy and luxury rental vehicles available in Manali. What you end up opting for depends on what you're willing to spend and what you plan to do. Prestige vehicles often spare no expense when it comes to comfort and class. If you want to treat yourself, why not grab a fully kitted-out SUV, or perhaps a flashy mid-sized vehicle? Alternatively, if you just need a car to get you around town as efficiently as possible, maybe go for a budget compact vehicle (or something else that won't break the bank).
Before you begin driving in Manali, you'll need to brush up on the local traffic regulations. From blood alcohol limits to cell phone regulations, here's what you should know:
In Manali, you'll need to stick to the left side of the road. This means the driver's seat is on the right side. If you've rented a manual transmission car, you'll need to get used to shifting gears with your left hand.
It can be hard to locate a parking space in Manali. Once you nab one, be sure to pay attention to the signage. Overstaying the specified time limit or leaving the car where you're not supposed to can put a dent in your vacation budget.
One of the upsides of visiting a smaller city is less traffic, so you don't have to worry a whole lot about rush-hour gridlock. With a population of roughly 8,300, you can look forward to a smooth Manali driving experience.
While navigating through the streets of Manali, keep in mind that the speed limits generally range from 40 km/h to 120 km/h. Most residential areas are 40 km/h unless signed otherwise.
More often than not, your chosen rental car company will bill the amount detailed on the fine to your credit card, including local surcharges. Otherwise, they may supply your contact details to the relevant local authority, who'll then issue a fine straight to you.
Provided you have hands-free functions like Bluetooth enabled, you can lawfully use your phone while cruising around Manali. But be sure to keep focused on the road.
When driving in Manali, it's against the law to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.03%. Thinking of having a couple of glasses of wine with lunch or dinner? Consider booking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Yes it is. However, before you turn you must bring the vehicle to a total stop and only proceed if there's no approaching traffic.
Although there are a few exceptions, seat belts must be fastened when the vehicle is in motion in Himachal Pradesh.