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  • Amongst the list of amazing hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Manali definitely takes the cake with its stunning meadows, snow clad peaks and deep and verdant valleys. This charming hill station sits merrily on the banks of the Beas River and has always been a favorite amongst backpackers and tourists alike who continually search for options for camping in Manali. While it calls out to the adventure enthusiasts with tall and towering mountains that beckon trekking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and skiing; it entices the hippie travellers with its calm, laidback and happy vibe. Being situated between Spiti and Ladakh, it is a common stopover for travellers seeking to go further north.

    However, like every popular hill station, Manali has also seen a more than healthy influx of tourists and is thus littered with resorts, hotels and guesthouses. The best way to seek respite is this seeking out options for camping in Manali. With these exciting escapades you can feel up, close and personal with nature and be in the company of green meadows, snowy peaks and vast open lands.

    How to reach Manali:

    One of the most popular hill stations in India, manali is easily reached by air, road, rail as well as bus services.

    Following are the ways in which you can reach this little hillside heaven:

    By Air:

    The closest airport to Manali is located at Bhuntar, which is located in the Kullu district; almost 50km away. However, weather conditions and erratic nature of flights makes this a less than reliable option to reach. It is better advised to take a flight down to Chandigarh and then drive down to Manali via the NH 21. If you do not have your own car, you can also take a prepaid taxi to reach here.

    By Bus:

    Manali is adequately connected to all the important stations such as Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala as well as New Delhi by state run as well as private buses. The distance between Delhi to Manali is around 550km and is easily achieved with an overnight journey. Both A/C and Non A/C coaches are available but it is advisable to book an Ac coach as it offers more comfort in the winding mountain roads.

    By Road:

    The road that takes you up to this charming hill station is truly charming. The road passes through snaking mountain passes and the NH 21 and the ghats thereafter are also well maintained. The Beas River keeps you constant company and the mountains of snow loom merrily in the distance. You can either take a driver or take the journey yourself, both equally satisfying and fulfilling.

    Here are some of the best camps of Manali:

  • 01Happy Camping, Solang Valley

    One of the most well-known places for camping in Manali, Solang valley camp retreat is also one of its most popular and recommended accommodation. Cossetted on the banks of River Beas, this camping retreat takes you away from the trappings of the modern city life and deep in the heart of the mountains of Manali. 

    A year-round operation the camping not only has the luxury and deluxe accommodations but also a number of adventure activities such as skiing, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, paragliding, ATV Ride, Zorbing, Snow Tube Ride, Snow scooter, Bonfire, indoor and outdoor games and much more.

    Well connected to Manali, Solang Valley can be easily reached by road from Chandigarh as well as Delhi via the NH 21. Apart from its comfortable accommodation, this campsite also prides itself on being an ecologically aware and conscious organization, employing practices such as recycling and protection of the natural flora and fauna.

  • 02Camping at Bhuntar near Manali

    If campsites in Manali are too crowded for you to visit then head out to Bhuntar near Manali and enjoy an adventure camping experience unlike any other. While the campsite is pretty basic with essentials stocked up in abundance.

    It is here that you can enjoy a number of activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing as well as leisurely pursuits like kayaking and swimming.

    The campsite is located right next to the river and is a refreshing departure from the regular and routine! The night dawns with the enjoyable promise of a cheerful campfire in the woods with friends and loved ones.

    You can also go through this wonderful guide of river rafting in Manali to awaken the thrill inside you.

  • 03Tirthan Jibhi Camp

    If you are looking for a true experience of camping in Manali along with an escape to an adventurous destination, then guide your feet to the Tirthan Jibhi camp, which offers a beautiful ambience in the escapes of nature. The campsite is located well within the Great Himalayan National Park as well as another one at the shores of River Jibhi. 

    The snow-fed river gushes merrily right outside the campsite. The accommodation quarters consist of Deluxe Cottage Tents which have a sufficiently large carpeted area, slightly smaller but comfortable hill safari tents and mess tents.

    Activities: Tracking, River Crossing, River Rafting, Rock Climbing, Jeep Safari.

    Check some more fun and adventurous activities to do near Manali.

  • 04Tentsville Camping

    Located in the Bhanupul district of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Tentsville Camping is one of the most comfortable and enjoyable places for camping in Manali. An adventure campsite that takes you right in the midst of the beautiful mountains of Manali, it integrates the comfortable and luxurious tents with adrenaline pumping and striking adventure sports. 

    You can expect to be shadowed by tall pine forests, wildlife, waterfalls and stunning valleys. As the night descends, the experience becomes even more lively with twinkling stars and crackling campfires to warm yourself.

    The accommodations are a combination of private and community tents that each have a unique comfort and adventure offerings. For those who want their holiday to be far from the ordinary, Tentsville camping also gives you the option of choosing well-guided tour packages around the stunning landscapes of the surroundings, embark on a motorcycle expedition or even enjoy adventure activities in the river.

  • 05Into wild Himalayas Camps, Manali

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    A Camping in Manali experience unlike any other awaits you at the Into Wild Himalayas campsite in Manali, located near the village Kalath.  The campsite caters to adventurers and holiday seekers with adequate comfort and a host of amenities that promise to make your stay memorable and comfortable. 

    Adorned with Swiss tents, it is situated at a quiet village close to the main city of Manali but far enough to not attract unnecessary crowds. The accommodations are peaceful and well-endowed with all the necessary amenities. The Swiss tents are decorated with traditional Indian motifs and are luxuriously furnished. You can also check some of the resorts of Manali if you wanna make your stay more luxurious.

    They have all the essentials such as private attached bathroom, in room services as well as LCD colour television. Each need of yours is being taken care of to make sure that your stay is momentous and lively!

  • 06Summer Camps in Manali

    Located along the Manali highway just 10km before Manali off the Kullu- Manali National Highway. Situated right in the river bed within the confines of beautiful nature and peaks of Rohtang Pass. The campsite can accommodate around 150 to 200 people at a time and is replete with cute, cosy and comfortable tents that are a true measure of one’s expectations. 

    There are also a number of adventure activities like kayaking, river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, the crossing of Burma Bridge and many more such activities that are conducted by professionals with adequate safety precautions.  You can also enjoy many activities such as music in the night, a charming bonfire, volleyball and many more. The campsite has an onsite kitchen and there are various Manali tour packages available for tented and group stay.

    A combination of stunning hills and verdant valleys, Manali is truly a place of stunning natural beauty and serenity and it offers several things that can be done during the trip. Manali has always attracted tourists from all walks of life, be it domestic or international. With its old world charm and distinct heritage, it is a great place to visit for all age groups young and old alike. 

    While backpackers love the hippie charm of old Manali, family and group tours love to visit its old structures like Hadimba Temple, Vasisht Kund and Tibetan Monastery. Manali also has a number of options for adventure travel apart from camping in Manali, like trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning, river crossing, rappelling, rock climbing, flying fox and many more! Playing in the snow on the Rohtang Pass is one of the most enjoyable activities.

    Camping in Manali is a truly adventurous and exciting experience and you can either choose from a number of pre-installed campsites listed here or kip your own tent and enjoy in the company of nature with a truly rustic and natural environment that will truly rejuvenate and refresh you to have fun in the company of nature. 

    However, do make sure that the site you choose has appropriate clearance and approval from the government and the authorities. Manali is truly a place that has the answer to all your worries and stress!

  • 07Camp Heaven

    In the hillsides of Manali lie some campsites that offer the most amazing abodes where you can experience the magical mountains in the most serene and natural environment. Take a break from the regular and enjoy the same comfort of a hotel room at a campsite in Manali.

    Located at a distance of 3km from the main city of Manali, the campsites are located next to the River Beas and are surrounded by lush green forests of pine. Not only this, you can also avail a number of adventure treks and activities while you are here.

  • 08Nature’s Outpost Camps

    Located on a slight detour on the Kullu to Manali road, Nature’s outpost camps are truly a heaven of comfort in the region. Situated in the village of Laran Kelo, they stand for true and archaic luxury. The campsite is located amongst tall and proud trees of Deodar and has been built keeping in mind the conservation and protection of nature. 

    The campsite is a true playground of nature and is definitely a top draw amongst recommended places for camping in Manali. The accommodations are of a pucca structure but definitely provide for the best of the rustic experiences. The abode prides itself on combining wilderness with comforts of modern, plush lifestyle.

    Arm yourself with this list of the best campsites in Manali and make plans to visit this heaven of a destination. However, also keep in mind that camping is essentially a wild pursuit and thus, it does not do well to dwell on luxuries and plush accommodations. Instead, it is better advised that you let yourself close to nature and let it take care of the rest. 

    Know more here: About the different places that you can visit in Manali.

  • 09Tall Tress Camps

    Tall Tress Camps
  • 10Camp Deodar

    Camp Deodar
  • 11Retro Valley Camps

    Retro Valley Camps
  • 12Camp Exotica

    Camp Exotica

    Situated on the Kullu- Manali Bypass, Camp Exotica and is a true home away from that is tucked away in the lap of stunning natural beauties. This venue for camping in Manali is decked up with the comforting escapade of luxury tents and lies in the lap of verdant and silvery mountains.

    These stunning accommodations are furnished with every kind of luxury and creature comfort that you can possibly think of. The campsite is resplendent with 18 luxury Swiss tents, each of which features king size beds that are four posters and each tent comes with the luxury of an attached bathroom along with hot and cold water. Just walking into one will make you feel like you have taken an escape into royalty.

    Activities: Trekking, heli-skiing, river rafting and fishing.

    You must check out the detailed guide to trekking in Manali so that you should not miss any fun of that.

  • 13Mulkila Adventure Camps

    Mulkila Adventure Camps in Manali offers a comfortable and memorable escapade into the arms of nature and is one of the premier places for camping in Manali. The camps can be organized at various locations throughout Manali and are known for their irresistible combination of easy mobility, comfort and adventure sports. You can also go for a jeep safari as an adventurous activity.

    The camps are cottages as well as three man tents that can easily accommodate medium to large groups. The activities at the campsites include rock climbing, river crossing, trekking, hiking, rappelling and team building activities. 

  • 14Baba Camps

    If you are looking to combine fun, magic and serenity on your next excursion to campsites in Manali, then you can halt your search at Baba Camps in Kullu valley near Manali. The Himalayan retreats have always attracted pleasure seekers, adventurers as well as those looking for some peace away from the maddening city life.  

    Also known as ‘Valley of the Gods’ Kullu is definitely the best place to pitch a tent and Baba Camps does just that! On the banks of the River Beas, it gives a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and jungles. The campsite is the endeavour of the hotel by the same name and thus, you can very well expect top-notch services and professional approach. 

    The campsite also has a number of options for adventure activities such as trekking, rock climbing, river crossing, rafting and paragliding. You can expect a strictly professional and qualified approach as all these activities are run by professionals in the field who are trained at the national level. 

    The camps rest on the approach of providing the best of comfort, adventure and enjoyment that will in turn result into being an amazing experience for the participants.

  • 15Manali Igloo Stay

    Manali Igloo Stay

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From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.


Bhrigu Lake

Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places. 

Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali. 

 The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade.  Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque. 

The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.  Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times of harsh winters.

Distance from Manali: 18 Kms

How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba

Best time to Visit: May to June 

Attractions/Activities: Trekking

Type of destination:  Trekking and religious


The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!


08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes


Solang Valley

Located atop the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is ideal for adventure sports such as parachuting, skating, zorbing and paragliding. The slopes of this valley also provide ski lovers an ideal destination to enjoy this activity on a trip to Manali. During the summer months, the snow on these slopes evaporates, resulting in ideal ground for zorbing, where a person hurls down a slope in an indestructible bouncy ball.

Solang Valley is definitely a playground for people looking to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities. Be it a honeymoon vacation or a family outing, a thrilling and engaging experience is guaranteed.



The lands that hold the strongest relics of adventure are often not spoken about, and that is why you need to head to the mysterious hills of Malana for an adventure you can never forget! Malana is an ancient village that lies to the north – east of the Kullu Valley and this solitary village is located at an altitiude of 9,938ft above sea level. The village of Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes. Many trekkers have traversed these mountains in search of adventure and discovered wonders that they have brought back home with them.  So grab your gear and head to this oldest democracy in the world and trek up the famous and intimidating Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol Pass.

Distance from Delhi: 543km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Chandrakhani Pass, Kais wildlife sanctuary, Parvati Valley, Shiv Mandir, Hot Springs

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing and Hiking 



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Located in the Parvati valley between the hill stations of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol is a idyllic valley rich with stunning views of the Himalayan peaks Kasol is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, located at a distance of about 528km from the capital. 

The untouched beauty, quiet surroundings, low population and a relatively moderate climate throughout the year, attracts backpackers to Kasol year after year. It is also the start point of various treks such as Sarpass, Pin Parvati and Khirganga. The Youth Hostels of India have a very strong presence here and are usually the ones organizing the treks in and around Kasol.

Distance from Delhi: 528km

Best time to visit: October to June

Attractions: Quiet and serene Valleys

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Culture

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Rahalla Falls

Cascading from a height of 8,500ft, the Rahalla or Rehala Falls as they are called as one of the most stunning natural places to visit in Manali. They are located at a distance of 16km from the town on the way to the Rohtang Pass and are must stop over on your way to visit this haven of snow. The falls are formed by glaciers as they melt on their way down from the mountains. It is one of the best places to enjoy photography or just sit peacefully by and admire the natural beauty. 

The more adventurous can go trekking up the mountains behind the waterfall cascades. The waterfalls are set amidst dense thickets of Deodar, birch and pine trees, making it one of the stunning places for photography. The sight of the place and the gentle rhythm of the falls gives instant peace and harmony to anybody who chooses to visit it.

Timing: The waterfalls are best visited in the months of March and November

Entry Fee: None

Photography Allowed: Yes


Krishna Bhavan Mandir

The Krishna Bhavan Mandir was built in the year 1926 and is beautifully made even though it is so old. Tourists love the place not only for the religious sentiments attached to it but also for the marvelous architecture of the place.

Location: It is located in the town of Kasauli and is one of the major religious destinations of the place.

Highlights: If you know a little about architecture you would easily recognize the mix of European and Indian style of architecture. But the temple is very famous for its church like shape and for the same reason is one of the most visited places by tourists. It is also known for the fairs held in the temple every year.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is during summers as the atmosphere is quite pleasant and Kasauli is best visited during the months of March to May.

Garden of Char Minar

The Garden of Char Minar is among one of the Mughal gardens in Kasauli. It was built by the famous emperor Jahangir in the 17th century for his wife Nur Jehan. The garden is also called as Shalimar gardens by many.

Location: The garden is located quite close to the famous Dal Lake.

Highlights: The garden of Char Minar is spread over 12.5 hectares of land and built in a Persian style. There are various fountains in the palace and one can gaze over the beauty of the minar for hours. You will also find a lot of colorful and fragrant flowers in the lush lawn of the garden.

Best time to visit: Spring season is the best time to visit the place as the flowers bloom during this time. Many tourists also prefer to visit here in the winter season to see the frozen Dal lake and the snowy Pir Panjal ranges.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

Location: Located on the way of Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all round the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.

Pandoh Dam

Are you in Kullu for your honeymoon? Then the Pandoh dam is a must-visit place. Located on the River Beas in the Mandi district, the Pandoh dam is an appealing destination to all. This place holds a prominent position, being easily accessible from both Kullu and Manali.  One can enjoy camping in its immaculate panorama. This quaint spot also proffers boating facilities. 

Imagine, sailing in the midst of the Mother Nature with your better half. This place has the power to enhance the romance in your life in every way. Escape from your hectic schedule and be in awe off God’s stunning creations.


Monkey Point

Monkey point or also commonly known as Manki is the highest point in Kasauli. It is a major tourist attraction point in Kasauli. This place is managed and handled by the Indian Air Force, and they make sure that it is well maintained. If you have a tour planned for Kasauli, don’t forget to include it in your travelling itinerary.

Location: It is located in Kasauli.

Highlights: According to ancient myths, Lord Hanuman placed his foot in this place while searching for medicinal herbs for Lakshmana in the Ramayana. From this place, you can have a landscape panoramic view of the whole valley. You can also view the snow capped Himalayas and the Sutlej river from this place.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is at early morning or during evening. You will love the sunrise and sunset from this Monkey point in Kasauli.

Manali Winter Carnival

Each time around the dawn of New Year, Himachal Pradesh gets ready to welcome the oncoming year with aplomb and festivities and makes up for one of the most exciting Manali tourist places.  The festival is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is surely one of the most unique and exciting cultural experiences. 

The tradition of celebrating the festival goes way back to 1977, and over the passing years the festival has assumed a bigger and more glorious role and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once promoted the culture of the hills with folk dances and music; has now become varied as other activities like Bazaar, Street plays, band competitions and food festivals have been added. 

Usually celebrated on the mall road, which is one of the busiest areas of Manali, it is surely a festival that cannot be missed. You will get to see colourful dancers, upbeat music of the hills, yummy food and most of all get to know what the pulse of the people of Manali really is!

Ideal dates to travel: Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2016            

Attractions: Cultural extravaganza           


-Folk Dances




Manu Temple

Located in the Old Manali region, you can reach this temple through the road that passes through the Manali Community Center. Dedicated to the Indian sage Manu, this temple is the only temple on this planet that is dedicated to this sage. Thus it makes to be one of the most sacred pilgrimages for the devotees of this saint.

Built with wood and stone, the temple offers exotic views of the Beas River and magnificent hills. In front of the temple, a huge cascade enhances the aesthetics of this resplendent temple. A visit to this sacred temple in an important part of the Manali tour packages.


Chadwick Waterfall

The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill.

Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.

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