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Tips on Manali Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

Manali Warnings and Dangers

The beautiful Manali is a picturesque valley situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Though an attractive place to visit, it’s best to be aware of dangers in the area.

The Threat of Heavy Snowfall

Snowfall in the higher hills can be pretty heavy during various parts of the season. It’s not unheard of for travelers to take routes up into the surrounding hills or mountains, only to be suddenly caught up in a snowstorm. Along the roads that wrap through these areas, traffic can quickly grind to a halt as people wait out the storm. These sudden, heavy snowstorms can leave people trapped in their vehicles while they wait out the storm.

Drug Threats Posed to Foreigners

Papers have reported on the dozens of tourists that have gone missing in this area over the last decade. Westerners first began traveling to Manali in heavy numbers in the 1960s. The towns at the north end of the Kullu Valley became a place for people from throughout Europe and the Americas to gather. However, things have changed in recent years. The hashish trade, which is a drug trade found in this region of the world, turned Manali into a more dangerous place to visit. Some foreigners have taken to this region to join the trade, while others have simply gone missing.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Manali.


By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider,,, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC,, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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