How to design an ecommerce Check out flow that converts

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The shapes that disconnect most severely from their surroundings stand out the most.

How to Design an eCommerce Checkout Flow That Converts

How to Design an eCommerce Checkout Flow That Converts
  • The checkout flow is where the money is at.

Think about it, random strikers leave the site before ever entering the checkout funnel, while motivated buyers come here to finish their order. Any small increase in this stepusually has a direct impact on how much more money your site makes.

Example: An Ecommerce site that I analyzed recently had a payment page where 84.71% of the traffic proceeded to buy. I calculated that if we can increase that to 90%, that would result in 461 more orders and additional $87,175/month. That would be 23.94% growth in revenue. So yes – “small” gains here can be very big.

So, the question is how do we get more people to go through our checkout flow and complete purchases?

Specific tactics depend on your site, but the principles for coming up with the answer are universal.

A framework for thinking about this: Fogg Behavior Model

Bottom line is this: Behavior = motivation x ability x trigger.

Here’s the model:

Used with permissions by Persuasive Tech Lab

You want to aim to be at the top right of the graph (high motivation, easy to do, a trigger in place). If you have high motivation and low ability (difficult to do), what you’ll get is frustration. If it’s low motivation, but easy to do (e.g. take out the trash), you get annoyance.

How Amazon does it:

When Amazon sends you an email with a product promotion – that’s motivation AND a trigger. People click on the link, and get to the product page. They read the copy, reviews, look at picture = more motivation. ‘Add to cart’ is the trigger to initiate the checkout process.

What about ability? How easy it is to complete the checkout process? This is where Amazon kicks butt. You only need to type your password + click a couple of times.

Here is the actual workflow on Amazon’s mobile commerce application:

amazon-mobile-order-workflow

Done and done.

So let’s walk through the whole checkout flow step by step, and see what makes a good one.

Best Shopping Cart Design

It all starts with people adding something to the cart. The moment a visitor adds the first item to their cart, they’re not browsing – they’re shopping.

What Should Cart Add Look Like?

When people add something to the cart on your product pages, what should happen?

Most importantly: it should be stupidly obvious they’ve added something to the cart. Clear confirmation. It’s ridiculous how many sites screw this up either by not displaying a proper confirmation or showing a tiny animation, or small confirmation text that’s hard to notice.

You can’t miss a cart add in Bonobos. This is what the product page looks like:

productAnd this is what you see after you click ‘Add to cart”:

cart

The cart appears with a small animation which is good because human eye reacts to movement, and it’s a subtle visual cue that indicates the shift from visitor to buyer.

The cart contents along with “Checkout” button also remain visible until the user clicks somewhere else. That’s good. I would change the “Checkout” button color to something other than blue – it doesn’t stand out enough. The main thing in the visual hierarchy here is the Add to Cart button, but the product is already in the cart!

Asos shows a small animation as well, they open up the cart contents, and fold it in a few seconds:

qwow

I would keep the cart contents open until the user makes a choice by clicking somewhere. This way “Pay now” button keeps staring them in the face.

While we always want them to buy more things, improving the process to purchasing even a single item can lead to big improvements. Nudging them towards the checkout is always a good idea.

Once The Product Is In The cart, Then What?

There are 2 main approaches here.

  • Show ‘cart add’ confirmation and remain on the same page. Pros: people didn’t ask to move to another page, so there are no surprises and thus good experiences. They might also consider adding more items to the cart before checking out. Cons: they already have the product they’re now staring at in the cart. It would be way more useful to you if they’d look at something else they’d might want to buy!
  • Transfer the user to the cart page. The advantages here is that you’re taking them one step closer to making a payment. This is also a great opportunity to make upsell offers. Cons: you might be losing out on “items per cart”.

Amazon takes you to a cart page, confirms that you added a product to the cart, and shows you upsells. What Amazon does well is shrinking cart contents, so upsells stand out:

amznThe exact strategy to choose depends on your industry and strategy, and you definitely want to test this.

Metrics to keep in mind here:

  • Average transaction value
  • Average quantity per transaction

We don’t want to just increase the number of transactions, but also the amount spent for each transaction.

Displaying Cart Contents Well

Key principles for displaying cart contents are clarity and control.

Clarity: it’s easy and obvious to understand what’s in the cart and what’s the final cost including shipping and taxes. Surprise costs down the line make people abandon carts.

Control: it’s easy to make changes (update quantity, remove products).

Asos has a good take on the cart page:

asoscart

What they get right:

  • Product photos
  • Product name & price
  • Ability to remove, save for later, change details like size
  • Show the kind of payments they accept
  • Show total price with the option to change shipping
  • Clear call to action
  • Even an attempt to get you to add more items in the cart

Indochino has nice minimal approach to presenting cart contents (with a few issues like prominent coupon box and inability to change quantity):

indo

Get the visual hierarchy right

The number one thing in the visual hierarchy should be the “Continue to checkout” button (test different CTAs), and you should have two of them: one above and one below the cart.

Something like this – their 2 checkout buttons clearly stand out:

mod

What’s bad: updating quantity requires typing. There can be a more elegant solution to this.

What’s good: Notice that Modcloth also offers PayPal option. While most people prefer to pay with credit card, offering 1-2 alternative payment methods (PayPal, Amazon etc) is a good idea and has shown to help conversions along. Too many choices are hurtful though.

Modcloth also reminds you that they have free returns + exchange AND secure transactions.

Don’t make coupons prominent

When people see a “Enter coupon code here” field, they feel less special. “How come I don’t have one?” Many go to Google to find a coupon; many never return. Leaving the site in search for coupons is a common reason for shopping cart abandonment.

So this is not a good idea:

coupon

Instead, have a text link saying “Got a coupon?” or something similar, and clicking on the link makes an input field – like the one above – appear. Text links are not visually very prominent, so less people will pay attention to them. Customers who already have a coupon code will be looking for a way to enter it – so unless you hid it really well, they will find it and will be able to apply their coupon code.

Remind Them About The Good Stuff: Shipping, Returns and Security

When will they get the goods? How much is the shipping, is it free? Will the transaction be secure? Remind people.

Asos shows these 3 key messages underneath the Checkout button (which also says “Pay Securely Now”):

asos

Persistent Carts FTW

When people add something to the cart, don’t let the cart contents expire. Use cart abandonment emails and retargeting ads to bring people back next week or next month and continue where they left off!

Sign Up Process: To Create An Account or Not?

Many ECommerce sites want buyers to sign up before they buy. Some even force registration (not possible to buy without registering). Long story short: don’t do that, it hurts conversions, a lot.

1 in 4 abandon online purchases due to forced registration.

It’s part of the “greedy marketer syndrome”. It’s easy to understand why Ecommerce marketers want that – they’re hoping the user gets “locked in” and will now start shopping with them since they have an account with them.

Is that really the case? Oh please. Ask yourself honestly: how many websites do you have a registered account on? Do you now feel loyal to them for this reason? I bet you haven’t logged in to most of them more than once.

Here’s a good story on forced registration, told by usability guru Jared Spool:

It’s hard to imagine a form that could be simpler: two fields, two buttons, and one link. Yet, it turns out this form was preventing customers from purchasing products from a major e-commerce site, to the tune of $300,000,000 a year. What was even worse: the designers of the site had no clue there was even a problem.

The form was simple. The fields were Email Address and Password. The buttons were Login andRegister. The link was Forgot Password. It was the login form for the site. It’s a form users encounter all the time. How could they have problems with it?

The problem wasn’t as much about the form’s layout as it was where the form lived. Users would encounter it after they filled their shopping cart with products they wanted to purchase and pressed the Checkout button. It came before they could actually enter the information to pay for the product.

The team saw the form as enabling repeat customers to purchase faster. First-time purchasers wouldn’t mind the extra effort of registering because, after all, they will come back for more and they’ll appreciate the expediency in subsequent purchases. Everybody wins, right?

We conducted usability tests with people who needed to buy products from the site. We asked them to bring their shopping lists and we gave them the money to make the purchases. All they needed to do was complete the purchase.

We were wrong about the first-time shoppers. They did mind registering. They resented having to register when they encountered the page. As one shopper told us, “I’m not here to enter into a relationship. I just want to buy something.”

By removing forced registration they increased sales by $300 million dollars.

Jarad’s team also figured out that most people have multiple accounts in the system! People had forgotten that they had accounts, got error messages when trying to create one with their standard email, so had to use an alternative emails to create more accounts.

What you should do instead?

You should always offer a guest checkout. (But add some great twists.)

There are 2 good approaches:

  • Don’t even mention the word “register”. Say New Customer or use other similar terminology.
  • Wait until they check out, and offer account creation on the Thank You page. You’re asking them for their name, email and address anyway so they could buy and get their stuff, you already have this info. So now on the last page you can just offer to create an account with 1-2 clicks: ask for their desired password (or provide option to auto-generate it for them) along with just the permission to create account.

Bad

Any kind of forced registration where one is not able to buy without registering.

Still bad

In my experience this is the most common approach on Ecommerce sites, and it’s sub-optimal. It always seems to have too many things going on here (busy), but the most important bit is that there are 2 choices given for new customers – that’s too much, and creates hesitation.

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Better #1

Just 2 choices: Returning users and new users.

asos

Asos didn’t always have this approach. This was their previous sign up page with 3 choices:

aososcreate

Killing this approach and switching to the current page reduced abandonment by 50%!

So when you click ‘New’, what happens? They take you to this screen:

asosnew

It’s still forced registration essentially, but packaged as something completely different! A typical usability problem is now just a single text field – password. The rest of the data is your typical checkout information.

Better #2

Shopping cart abandonment is a major issue. Bonobos is asking for your email up front, and can easily start abandoned cart recovery process. Also, easy 2 choices – no sensory overload.

signin1

signin

Better #3:

Another great way is to skip login/new/returning screen altogether – so it’s defaulting to guest checkout. People with existing account can log in via link, and new clients are offered to create account after they pay.

pay

What Diamond Candles is doing well here is not even visible. They create an account for you automatically, but don’t mention it. Let’s say you do 4 different guest checkouts here with the same email address, then then finally decide to create an account (enter a password essentially). What now happens is that all your previous order with that email address are going to be merged for this account, so your freshly created account comes with a proper order history and everything.

Better #4:

Account registration is offered together with an incentive upon completing the purchase.

Speedo example:

speedo

People are not bothered with any account stuff until they pay you money (if you had to choose, what’s more important to you: account registrations or purchases?).

Usually “thank you” pages are not very useful, but not so here. They give you a no-brainer offer: just enter password and get a coupon (+ order tracking, fast login next time). The account creation percentage for new users here is over 75%! Very high.

Ecommerce Checkout

This is the money page. Any lift on this page will make a nice difference to your bank account.

A few principles that will help you create a better checkout page.

Asking For Credit Card Info Last

Have people complete shipping information before they get into billing. This puts Cialdini’s principles of commitment and consistency into action. Once people start doing something, they feel like they should finish.

They’ve already been asked to enter their name, email, and shipping info (which ideally is the same as billing address, so they don’t need to type it again).

Same principle applies for form fields – start with the easier fields first, like name. Credit card number field is the hardest so it should come last.

This is what you should NOT do:

billing

This is better (you get here from the shipping page):

check

The good: clear 1-2-3 step flow, name before card details, billing address same as shipping.

The bad: main CTA is “Save & Continue”. To what? It should be specific, like “Continue to review” or whatever the next action is.

Payment Form That Looks Like An Actual Credit Card

Add real life touch by designing the payment form in this skeumorphic way:

ccv

You can get an interface for this called Skeuocard free of cost, and implement on your system. Try demo here.

Make It Look Secure

Security is a serious concern for many. Besides making payments actually secure by using SSL, tell people about it.

This is an example of a form made to look secure:

secure

  • Different background color (you can have that only for the credit card number field)
  • SSL logo
  • Written statement: “Secure credit card payment. This is a secure 128-byt SSL encrypted payment.”
  • Explanations for expiry and security code

Note that if your audience is not tech savvy, they might not know what SSL and https are, so better to speak in plain terms.

Store Credit Cards In Your System

Sure, you have to deal with PCI compliance and there’s a risk of getting hacked, but you will make so much more money off of returning users. When people don’t need to enter their billing info anymore, buying becomes a 1-click thing. Amazon is killing it largely because of this: friction for returning buyers has been almost completely removed!

Returning visitors are much more likely to buy than new visitors, but that’s nothing compared to returning buyers. Make it easy for them to buy.

Conclusion

Start your eCommerce optimization efforts at the checkout flow. Relative gains here will result in very nice absolute sums.

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17th October 2014

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Some days are like this when I do not feel good for no good reason. I have seen whenever I feel like this some days later I come to know something was not going well in with my loved ones during that period.

My feelings follow a sinusoidal curve. Sometimes I am very happy all well and sometimes it’s all low. I think this is what mood swings is. Anyway. Being aware of myself is helping me in a lot. Started breathing deeper!

choose kurti as per your body shape

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How To Choose Ethnic Wear, Designer Kurtis And Tunic As Per Your Body Shape?

Applaud Your Body Shape with Perfect Attire
Every one likes to look beautiful and eye-catching among all and especially women are crazy to look gorgeous. Many women don’t know about their body type & it is very essential step for style your self. Most of Indian women don’t know about their body shape, and dressed up with any attire. If you want to look good and perfect every day choose apparel as per body type. There are many online stores offer different style kurtis, do online shopping for kurtis and tunic but take theses kurti shopping tips before buying online.

Which Is Your Body Shape?
There are five basis body types.

  1. Apple Shape or Oval Shape
  2. Pear-Shape
  3. Square-Shapes
  4. Inverted triangle Shape
  5. Hourglass-Shape

Apple Shape
Apple Shaped women have larger upper body and thin legs. If you have apple body shape you can wear kurti which create an illusion of curvy waist.

Apple Body Shape Women Must Prefer:
Select V-neck pattern  kurti
Belt pattern kurtis
Select cotton kurtis
Choose short kurtis with leggings which draw attention to your slim leg
Mix & match  trendy stole with designer kurti
Choose cool  and dark colors kurtis

Apple Body Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid Mandarin collar pattern kurti
Avoid Yoke pattern kurti
Avoid patialas bottoms






 Pear Shape
Pear shaped women has wide lower body and thinner upper body. If you have pear body shape selects kurti which draw attention to your shoulder and on your upper body. Most of Indian women has Pear shape body.

Pear Body Shape Women Must Prefer:
Select a-line kurtis
Light color kurti tunic with dark color bottoms which hide lower body
You have many options for neck line because your upper body is slender, choose boat neck, square or mandarin neck pattern
Choose detailed work on shoulder and on front yoke pattern to draw attention to your upper body
Mix & match traditional waistcoat with kurti

Pear Body Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid skin-tight kurtis
Printed bottoms which draw attention to your lower body







Inverted Triangle Shape
Inverted triangle shaped women have larger upper body like wide shoulders and broad chest. Choose kurti which draw attention to your lower body.

Inverted Triangle Body Shape Women Must Prefer:
Strap pattern kurtis
Avoid boat neckline
Choose Embroidered leggings with simple kurtis
Choose plain kurti with printed patiala

Inverted Triangle  Body Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid broad neck line like boat-neck
Avoid bulky work on shoulder line










Rectangle  Shape
Square shaped women have no curve flat body, most important for them to create illusion of curvy body.

Rectangle Body Shape Women Must Prefer:

Frock style short kurti with skin tight jeans
Sleeveless anarklai kurti with leggings to show your arms
Light color kurti with flare

Rectangle Shape Women Avoid: 
Avoid closefitting kurti


Hourglass-Shape
Hourglass-shape women has perfect upper body and lower body with well define waist. You can select any kurti but avoid loose fitting kurti which hide your curve.

Hourglass Body Shape Women Must Prefer:
Loose-fitting kurti will hide your curves choose exact fitting kurtis
Belt pattern kurti which define your curved waist line
lightweight and thin  fabrics kurtis
skinny leggings or straight jeans with kurtis

Hourglass Body Shape Women Avoid: 

Loose fitting kurtis

Choose Kurti according to your body shape

Fashion is frequently changing phenomena since ages. We instantly entice for new fashion trends and forget old fashions. This sequence never stops. Every women love to look gorgeous and appealing with new fashion trends. To look pretty and beautiful first and foremost thing is that women need to understand and appreciate their body. Positive thinking is very important because negative thoughts always wanting something more, you will never be satisfied with what you wear. Second most important thing is to understand your body.

Finding the exact clothing for your body shape is tricky .There are five main body shape hourglass body shape, rectangle body shape, pear body shape and of course, apple and inverted triangle body shape. Choose exact kurti for your body type that flatters you best. But deciding between different cuts, colors, styles, length and fits can be not easy. Here some guidelines to choose right kurti for different body shapes.

What is Apple-Shape?
Apple shape body usually carries their weight around their mid part and medium or large bust size, no waist definition and has a fairly large tummy.

Preferable for Apple-Shape

  • Dark Color kurti to look slim
  • Cotton and silk are familiar fabrics
  • Kurti with simple a-line
  • V-shaped & embellished neckline
  • Embroideries and other beautiful shoulder design
  • Flare and cuff sleeves

What to avoid

  •   Shapeless or loose fitting kurti
  •   Kurti that fall away from the tummy
  • Yoked style kurti that draw attention to your upper body
  •  Patiala and salwar


What is Pear-Shape?
Pear shape body is characterize by smaller shoulders and bust with heavier hips and thighs with waist definition. Many Indian women have pear shape body.

Preferable for Pear-Shape

  • Light color kurti with dark color Patialas to streamline lower body
  • Flare Style Kurti & Anarkali Kurti
  • Kurti with collar pattern, boatneck and Square neck style
  • Printed and textures (stripes, polkadots, sequins) Kurti
  • Bishop and rouched sleeves
  • Prefer longer kurti as they add length to your body

What to avoid

  • Body-hugging fabrics.
  • Tight bottoms that highlight your lower half

What is inverted triangle-shape?
Large shoulders, upper body broad than hips, skinny thighs and little or no waist definition it’s called inverted triangle shape.

Preferable for inverted triangle shape

  • Kurti with soft sleeves like raglans
  • Waist defining kurti
  • Collar-less kurti
  • Horizontal stripes and prints
  • Kurti that flare at the waist
  • Low U and V-necklines

What to avoid

  • Stay away from shoulders pads and strong shoulder details
  • Avoid high necklines
  • Bulky collar pattern

What is Square-Shape?
Square shape body has slight waist definition with same width upper body and hips. Square shape is lacking of curves.

Preferable for Square-Shape

  • Kurtas with broad, deep neck style suits this body type
  • Choose belted kurti which help to create defined waist shape
  • Curving kurti with a tighter waist or squeeze at torso
  • Anarkali style kurti or heavy fabric will add volume to your figure
  • Slim bottoms
  • Semi-fitted clothing, by adding padding and by wear clothing that drape around but tighten at the waist line.
  • Nipped Kurti
  • Kurti with Front panel detail & Pleating

What to Avoid

  • Strait and tight kurti
  • Loose fitting kurti

What is Hourglass-Shape?
Upper body and hips has almost same width with waist definition its called hourglass shape body. This body shape called curvy figure and very popular among teenager girls.

Preferable for Hourglass-Shape

  • Waist-Defining Kurti
  • Narrow Kurti with specific shape at the waist to highlight your figure
  •  Fit and flare kurti with classic work
  • Wear a low and Bust- enhancing necklines to slim down upper body
  •   Straight and bootcut bottom that hug around your hips
  • Prefer kurti that extend just below your hips

What to Avoid

  • Loose and ill-fitted kurti which hide curves
  • Bulky pattern kurti which make you look fat

Art of living- what to eat

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Have you ever thought that the food you eat may be the secret to deeper meditation? Here’s a food guide designed exclusively to help meditators go deeper. 

Have you ever had one of those days where you sit to meditate but you feel sleepy or are bombarded by nothing other than a zillion thoughts? Do you find yourself thinking about what to do? Generally, what you eat can be one of the reasons why you find it difficult to meditate. Let’s look at how food plays an important role in determining if a meditation experience is good or not so good.

You Are What You Eat

Once upon a time in India, there lived three friends, Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas. They were very close to each other but very different in nature.

Tamas was inclined to rest but easily fall into laziness. He would lie all day, lethargic, and did not work. But he was very active at feeding time; he ate all kinds of meat and heavy food.

Rajas was focused on action, but he was very restless, with many thoughts in his mind and many tasks in his hands at the same time. With regard to food, he was a fan of hot and spicy foods, and sweets made with a lot of sugar.

The wisest among them was Sattva. He was a natural balance between calm and enthusiasm. He was extremely careful with his diet and ate only what was necessary for his body. Freshly cooked green vegetables and grains and fruits and juices were part of his main diet. So he remained healthy, light, and energetic throughout the day (unlike his friend Tamas), and was also able to think clearly and logically.

Which of the three friends do you like and who among them would you like to be best friends with? Well, all three are already part of your life, your friends—Tamas helps you have good sleep at night, Rajas keeps you active during the day, and Sattva keeps your energy high. But of the three, make Sattva your best friend so you can accept his qualities in your life. The higher the Sattva, the deeper your meditation. Choose your food wisely and clear the way for a blissful meditation experience.

Choose Your Diet According to Your Prakriti (Vata, Pitta or Kapha)

Each body type has a unique natural constitution composed of vata, pitta, and kapha. Knowing which of these prakriti you are can help you change your eating habits to stay healthy and balanced, and also have deeper meditation.

Your habits Personality Type What to eat What to avoid
♦ Sit hungry at any time of the day and night
♦ Lively and constantly restless
♦ Speak fast
You may be Vata Fruits – banana, orange, and peach
Vegetables – asparagus, fresh peas, and okra (cooked with mild spices and olive oil)
grãos – oatmeal or whole grain rice and flour thoroughly cooked
– small amounts of milk, cheese fresh yogurt, buttermilk, and butter are permissible
Fruits — Dried fruits that are not soaked, raw apples and melons, and raw salads, because they increase dryness and cause constipation and indigestion
vegetais– broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, as they cause gas
Pulses – beans are hard to digest; chickpeas and red beans to be avoided
Sweeteners– white sugar
Spices – red and green pepper
♦ Sit hungry at dinner, especially if you are half an hour late.
♦ Live by your watch (usually an expensive commodity) and regret having your time wasted.
♦ Wake at night feeling hot and thirsty.
♦ Take charge of a situation or feel you should.
You may be Pitta Fruits – grapes, coconut, and avocado
Vegetables – Asparagus, cauliflower, and cabbage
Beans – flour, rice, and barley
Dairy products – fresh milk, butter, and buttermilk.
Fruits– sour fruits
Grains– white flour (pizza and white bread)
Sweeteners – white sugar
Seasonings – pickles, spices, spicy or bitter salads, sauces, vinegar, and green and red pepper
♦ Think long before making a decision.
♦ Wake slowly and like to stay in bed for long
♦ Be happy with the status quo and perseveres to pacify others
♦ Search for emotional food.
♦ Has graceful movements and a gentle walk even when overweight.
You may be Kapha Fruits – lemon, apple, and pomegranate
Vegetables – pumpkin, beets, and green leafy vegetables
Grains– corn and millet
Dairy– goat’s milk and unsalted buttermilk
Spices– all spices are good, and ginger is the best.
Grains– white flour (bread, pizza, and pastries)
Dairy products– yogurt
Sweeteners– white sugar

5 quick tips to make your meditation deeper

  • 1. Switch to vegetarianism – It is healthy and also makes meditation easier
  • 2. Eat more fresh fruits and green vegetables – Include high fiber foods in your diet
  • 3. Drink plenty of water – It is good to consume at least two liters of water every day. Prefer fruit juices to carbonated beverages
  • 4. Eat the right amount – It is not a good idea to eat too much because a very full stomach makes meditation difficult
  • 5. Have a sattvic diet – Higher sattva helps to have a deeper experience of meditation

Note: To learn about your own body constitution (Prakriti) and receive personal guidance on appropriate food for deeper meditation, consult a doctor from Sri Sri Ayurveda and get your Nadi Pariksha (an ancient method of pulse diagnosis) done. Eat well, live well, and meditate well.

Inspired by the knowledge of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Travelling to Manali in October 1st week

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Some reliable websites I got to see.

http://www.manalishimlaexpert.com/manali/rohtang.html

http://www.manalishimlaexpert.com/manali/manali-local-taxi.html

http://www.manalishimlaexpert.com/manali/manali-local-taxi.html

Good reviews site : http://www.mouthshut.com/product-reviews/Manali-reviews-925003650

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g297618-i10234-k6143351-Cab_rates_for_local_and_nearby_sightseeing_in_Manali-Manali_Himachal_Pradesh.html

Key attractions near Manali village

• Hadimba Temple • Vashist Kund • Tibetan Monastery • Manu Mandir (Old Manali) • Van Vihar.

  • Time required to visit listed attractions : 5 hours. Google Map of Manali local attractions
  • You can either hire a local taxi (around Rs.600/-) or an autorickshaw to visit these attractions.
  • Many youngsters prefer to spend evenings in one of the many atmospheric old Manali hang-outs.
Hidimba temple at Manali is an ancient wooden temple.

Hadimba Temple

Hidimba temple lies nestled among tall deodars at around 2kms from the main market area of Manali. The wooden temple built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 is dedicated to demoness Hidimba, wife of Pandava Bhima. Roof of the temple consists of massive deodar planks, which has largely survived the rages of time. To the left of the temple is a natural rock shelter with oversized footprintssaid to be the footprints of Hidimba. Annual Dhungri Mela (fair of the temple) is held in mid-July, which culminates with beheading of an ox.

Tibetan Monastery at Manali built by Tibet refugees.

Tibetan Monastery

Manali has three important Tibetan Monasteries: Himalayan Nyinmapa Temple, the traditional Gelukpa Gompa and the other one at Aleo on the left bank of Beas river. The first two monasteries are easily accessible from the town. The market near to the monastery sells rugs, Kullu shawls, and Tibetan souvenirs. 
The Monasteries are open 6AM to 6PM

Vashist Kund is a natural sulphur ring at Manali.

Vashist Kund

Vashist is a small village famous for its hot springs and temple of Rama and Sage Vasisht. There is a separate bath area for men and women near the hot springs which unfortunately gets dirty as the day progresses. There was an attempt to build modern turkish style bath houses but the project faced resistance from local people is now abandoned. An hours enjoyable walk from Vashist village leads to an attractive waterfall.

Manu is said to be the first hima being.

Manu Mandir

Manali takes its name after Manu, the sage who authored Manu-smriti, probably the earliest codification of law. Fittingly, there is a temple dedicated to Manu at Old Manali. There is an interesting walking trail from Old Manali to Solang valley passing the villages of Goshal,Shanag and Buruwa. For the uninitiated, the walk can be tiring.

Old Manali used to be hippy haven long back.

Old Manali

Old Manali used to be a hippy haven but today houses some of the most interesting restaurants of Manali. Many options for youngsters to chill out in the evenings.

Van vihar .

Van Vihar

A nature park of deodar grooves on the banks of Beas River. The park houses a small aviary of Himalayan birds. 
The park is open from 8AM to 6PM

Recommended Manali Tour Plan

Day One Check into hotel and post lunch, visit Manali local attractions
Day Two Start early for an excursion to Rohtang Pass / Snow Point; (Winters : Kothi, Rahala, Gulaba /Snow Point)
Day Three Go to Solang Valley for adventure sports. Keep evening free for shopping at Manali or to visit Old Manali hang-outs.
Day Four Visit Naggar and Manikaran. In the evening, proceed back to Delhi.

Manali Taxi Union

When you need local taxi for trips to Rohtang Pass, Naggar, Manali sightseeing etc, book taxi from Him – Aanchal Taxi Operators Union. They have three offices in Manali

Manali Taxi Union Telephone Number
Near Bus stand, Mall Road 01902- 252450, 252120
Near HPTDC Kunzum hotel Phone : 01902- 252205, 252926
Manali Aleo Left Bank Phone : 01902- 254032

There is no need for advance booking, you can either walk into their office or call them over the phone.

Why book with local union?

  • Taxi fare is the lowest if you book thru the union
  • They are reliable as the union is officially recognised
  • They will change the vehicle and driver if you are not satisfied
  • You will help local economy as most drivers are local residents
  • Only HP registered vehicle can proceed to Rohtang Pass

Manali Taxi fare

Taxi fare is fixed, best offer is combined itinerary of Rohtang (Gulaba); Solang- Naggar and local sightseeing for Rs. 4,500. This itinerary is spread over two and half days can be finalized over the phone by contacting Taxi union directly. While you may not be able to bring down the fare, you can negotiate for a Sumo or Qualis by paying for Indica

Manali – Kothi – Gulaba – Rohtang Pass – Manali Rs. 1,700
Manali – Solang Valley – Naggar- Manali Rs. 1,800
Manali Local sightseeing Rs.800
Rohtang – Solang – Naggar- Manali
Over two and half days
Rs. 4,500

Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union at Manali offers the lowest fare taxi service across Manali

Recommended Manali Tour Plan

For visiting Manali and around areas, you could follow the plan below.

Day One Check into hotel and post lunch, visitManali local attractions
Day Two Start early for an excursion toRohtang Pass / Snow Point; (Winters : Kothi, Rahala, Gulaba /Snow Point)
Day Three Go to Solang Valley for adventure sports. Keep evening free for shopping at Manali or to visit Old Manali hang-outs.
Day Four Visit Naggar and Manikaran. In the evening, proceed back to Delhi.

Him-Aanchal Taxi has an Aleo office  for those staying at Aleo region hotels

Local Manali tours suggested by Manali Taxi Union

Manali – Nehrukund- Kothi- Gulaba- Rahla Fall- Marhi 
– Raninalla- Rohtang Pass (Snow Point) – Manali
10 Hours (Around Rs.1,900)
Manali- Vaishno Devi Temple- Angora Rabbit Farm
– Kullu Shawl Industries- Kasol Valley- Manikaran hot springs- Manali
10 Hours (Around Rs.1,500)
Manali – Jagatsukh Temple- Kartikeya Temple- Lakshami Narayan Temple
– Naggar Castle- Roerich Art Gallery- Chamunda Temple – Manali
Hadimba Temple- Vashisht Hot Water Spring- Manu Temple
– Club House- Tibetan Monastery