A look at the history of Manali would bring out interesting facts about this popular summer tourist destination of India. Manali rules the minds of people as a hill station for vacationing along with Shimla and Kullu as a primary tourist destination. Today, the number of hotels and other facilities that you find for tourists in Manali were not existent in the past. This town was rather a sleep place where people led lives at bare subsistence levels. Manali was primarily a home to nomadic hunters, the people who led their lives by hunting the animals and moving around in search of food. There was no fixed settlement or habitation in this town in the ancient past.
The next stage of development of this hill station came when the nomadic hunting slowly paved the way for a rather more settled lifestyle by taking up agriculture. Shepherding and agriculture became the primary tasks for the settlers. Since sheep were the right animals to be reared in the cool and dry environs of Manali, these also began to provide a means of livelihood for the inhabitants. Even today, you can find flocks of sheep moving around and feeding on the pastures of the valley.
The days of this tourist destination changed for the better once people began to recognise the importance of this town for spending their vacations and began to flock it in good numbers. This was the time when the potential to develop the hotels in Manali began to be recognized and all sorts of staying accommodation were either developed from scratch or the existing homes began to be converted into the staying places for travellers. This led to economic diversification beyond the British introduced orchards of apple and trout which was the mainstay of its economy for a long period of time.
The popularity of Manali as a tourist destination led to the rapid evolution of Manali hotels. The big hotel chains also realised its potential and developed their resorts and niche properties which provide astoundingly beautiful views of nature and its picturesque landscapes besides elegant and comfortable living. As is the case with other tourist destinations of the country, Manali also has a range of various types of hotels. These include the cheap hotels which are more in number than the other types of hotels for hosting those travellers who have less spending capacity but their numbers are more. Currently you will find that the concentration of these hotels in more along the National Highway 21 and the MDR 29 road.