Difference between Nainital and Manali

Key Difference:  Nainital and Manali, both are popular hill stations of India. Nainital is situated in Uttarakhand whereas Manali is present in Himachal Pradesh. Nainital is widely popular for its lake, whereas Manali is famous for its magnificent mountain views.

Cool fresh air, serene beauty, cloud studded sky, a river or a lake, all these lovely words take you to another world where you would love to spend your vacations. A hill station can be referred to as a place where you can imbibe your body and soul in magical surroundings. India is famous for its hill stations worldwide. Even before the independence of India, British were quite surprised with the serene beauty of hill stations and tried to make best use of these hill stations.

In listing the important hill stations of India, one might not forget two important hill stations that are Nainital and Manali. Though both are hill stations, they still differ in many contexts. The comparison in this article may help you to select either of them, if you are planning your next vacation somewhere in hilly regions.

Nainital is a popular hill station present in the Uttarakhand state of India and is located at the district named the same as Nainital. Nainital is mainly famous for its lakes; it is also sometimes referred to as the lake city. It is set up in a valley that comprises of a pear shaped lake known as Naini Lake and the city has got its name from this lake. There are other lakes too that are present near Nainital and thus, whenever tourists visit Nainital, they take a tour of all nearby lakes too.


The hills of this Kumaun region were ruled by British after the Anglo Nepalese war. Nainital, however was founded in the year 1843 by P.Barron who was a sugar trader from Shahjahanpur. Due to its clean environment, it was also termed as the health resort and later was adopted as the summer residence of the Governor of the United Provinces.

Later on, major developments took place and the city got popularized day by day. Nainital has been able to create the same charm as it had earlier, during the British rule. The famous attractions of Nainital include Naini Lake, Naina Devi temple, Governor's House, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Snow View, Naini Peak and many others.

Manali is another famous tourist attraction. It is a hill station in India. It is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is famous for it its Hadimba temple and Manu temple. The nearby places of interest are Vashisth which is know for its hot springs, monasteries, Solang valley known for ski slopes and many more.

It is named after Manu, who is a mythological character. It is believed that he survived at the time of a massive flood which drowned the whole world. A fish saved him and then later he recreated human life at Manali. It is also known as the 'Switzerland of India' or 'mini-Switzerland'. It is admired by the trekkers and of course by the honeymoon couples. In Manali, it is easy to see the snow capped peaks. It is situated in the Beas valley, and thus one can easily glimpse the Beas river meandering through the town.

It is also renowned for it apples and other fruits. The British introduced apple trees and trout in this valley. Today apples, plums and pears contribute majorly in the income of the people of this region.

If you want to see the snow even in May, then definitely Solang valley near Manali can make it feasible, similarly if you like hiking or paragliding then you must visit Manali. On the other hand, if you love lakes and are not much into adventure sports then you must visit Nainital and relax in its cool environment. You must start planning your next vacation soon!

The details are summed up in this table below:-





6,398 ft or 1,950 m, 29.5333° N, 78.9333° E

6,837 ft or 2,084 m, 32.1600° N, 77.1000° E


Hindi, English & Kumaoni.


Hindi, English, Manali and other regional 'pahari' languages.

Local Transport

Rickshaws, Dandies, Ropeway, Ponies, Taxis.

Car, Train, Bus and Taxi.

How to reach

Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 35 km. Nearest Airport is Pantnagar, 71 Kms. Nainital is connected by road to major centers of northern India, Regular and luxury buses ply to Nainital from Delhi.

Nearest railway station is at Jogindernager, 135 km, Bhuntar Airport in Kullu is the nearest airport to Manali, 50 km. Regular and luxury buses ply to Manali from Delhi

Local Dishes

Raas, Bhatt ki churkani, baadi and baal mithai

A curry or cooked beaten curd, a curd based dish madra, a mustard based raita, Jatu, Kodra roti and sweet rice.

Traditional Dresses

Men: sultan for lower part,  'dora' used as a belt to tighten the sultan and a long over coat, chola. 

Ladies: use pattoo which is a form of a long and warm shawl.

To cover their head, women wear dhatu or thipu.

Men: long coats with pyjamas and a woolen cap

Ladies: ghaghara-pichora

Image Courtesy: en.wikipedia.org, blog.smilingstart.com

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