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Manali

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.

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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

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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.


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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!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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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.

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Malana

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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Kasol

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Find out amazing tours and activities in Kasol

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

Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Experiences: 

1) Fishing In River Parvati
2) Camping In Kasol
3) Trek To Malana In Kasol
4) Camp And Trek To Kheer Ganga
5) Adventure Camp In Kasol

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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

Traveller Tales from Manali

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Kanaka Singh

18 September 2014

Morang La is an amazing point, which is also the highest peak almost 5300 ft, From there we trekked downwards and it was so exciting. We also encountered those nomadic groups there.A completely out of the box experience!!!

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Minakshi Devar

28 June 2015

Well trekking on the hilly terrain of himalayas has always been my favourite trekking expedition. Spiti valley trekking has moderate trails and green surroundings. Better To go in summers, during rest of the season this Pin Parvati Pass experiences heavy snow fall so the condition becomes unfavourable for trekking. The exciting trip takes about eleven days, a worth visiting place.

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Kashyapi Rana

21 April 2015

I strongly recommend you to take all neccessary measures and precautions befor starting out your adventure, because its a long trek that takes about 13 days and some pretty challenging trails. Our journey begans from Manali which itself is so beautiful place to discover.

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Dinesh Mukhopadhyay

24 March 2016

Chandratal to Baralacha La trek in Himachal Pradesh is the best thing to do in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is all about treks and mountains and adventure. With such beautiful climate, it is just spell binding to do a trek. This trek was definitely the best trek that I have taken in my life. It was just so brilliant and I had an awesome time with the trek. Also, the trek was just perfect with moderate to high level difficulty, thus it was challenging but not too painful or tough. I would definitely recommend this trek to everyone out here.

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Gotum Deshpande

19 October 2014

I was expecting a simple trek, but this seemed to be a dicey and challenging one. Most of my co-trekkers seemed to enjoy this and the overall service was good. We got enough time to explore Nagar town. Our base camp was very good and tents and sleeping bags were of very good quality. Amazing part of the trek was jeep ride as it give us opportunity to see beautiful mountains and landscapes.

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Deven Naik

18 October 2015

woooooI just fall in love with this place, it absolutely the paradise of trekkers. The trails are not so though so anyone with some guidance can reach up to the destination easily. Talking about Padum, its exceptionally beautiful place guys, you gonna love this!!

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What You Should Know More About Manali

  • Travel Advice

    • The foreigners or the locals here who may be seen in dirty outfits can be drug addicts or drug peddlers, stay away from them.

    • Do not eat anything from the hand of a stranger or a person you don’t know enough.

    • Don’t trust anyone with your cash here.

    • Keep your valuables in safe.

    • Never flash huge amount of cash or valuables in public.

    • The food in the Manali’s local or street stalls is good however a little check on the quality may seem helpful.

    • Since, the altitude is high, carry woolen clothing with you.

    • Always carry with you extra layer of clothing as you cannot trust the rains here.

    • If traveling during winter months, carry warm boots to be worn in snow.

    • Do not neglect your safety whenever you try some adventure sports or activities.

    • Do not get over friendly with any stranger or hotel staff.

    • Avoid lending money to people here. Sometimes, people may come up to you and share fake stories to exploit money from you. They make look from decent families and are usually asking for money to sponsor their drugs.

    • Always carry with you one ID proof.

    • Do not get in a verbal or physical fight with anyone.

    • Beware of fake liquor being sold here.

    • Always cross check the bills – hotel bills, restaurant bills, etc.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Manali is 18 years. For anyone aged below 18, alcohol consumption is prohibited. Do carry an ID proof whenever you buy alcohol in Manali.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    The Rohtang Pass
    Rohtang Pass is situated about 50 km from Manali. It offers one of the most astonishing mountain views in the world. Situated at the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, the area is usually covered in snow from the months to October to the onset of May. This is a prominent destination for all nature enthusiasts and thrill seekers who come here in large numbers. You can enjoy snow scooter riding or skiing here. Rohtang Pass is indeed one of the rarest places for a thrilling family adventure. 

    Naggar Castle
    Naggar castle is the very place where you see an amalgam of the Himalayan and the European culture. The two come together and produce an eccentric castle that was once the home of Raja Sidh Singh. Built in the year 1460, the castle is filled with staircases, fireplaces, woodwork and stonework that could give competition to any castle in Europe. For every art lover, there is so much more on offer accredited to the many art pieces on display. The castle is situated close to the banks of river Beas and this only accentuates the majesty of the place. No trip to Manali can be complete without a trip to this place.  

    Hidimba Devi Temple
    This is an ancient temple in Manali that was built in the year 1553 in reverence to Goddess Halima. Comprising of a three tiered square tower that is 24 meters high, the cedar forest lying at the foothills of the Himalayas encompasses the temple. It is indeed one important place that is full of ancient architecture and history. 

    Solang Valley
    Manali has always been praised for its pristine beauty. Solang Valley is one important places in Manali that well amplifies its beauty. It offers breathtaking views of the mountain tops and glaciers and is definitely one of the best best skiing slopes here. In winter the valley is the key attraction for skiers while in summers the activity is replaced by others like horse riding, paragliding, and parachuting. There is simply no wrong time to visit this place.  

    Manali Sanctuary
    A visit to Manali simply wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Manali Sanctuary. Expect an unforgettable experience here in the midst of the lush green pastures and the alluring glaciers. If you are lucky, you can spot monal, brown bears, musk deer and snow leopards. For the daring ones traveling up into the glacier zone, a herd of ibex too can be spotted. It is a nice place that well represents the experience you wouldn’t want to miss.    

  • What you will like there?

    Mountain Biking
    If you are searching for a place in the world, where you can enjoy mountain biking then Manali it is. Why do you want to be stuck in a bus when you can ride through the fresh mountains on a bike and gulp in you the majestic beauty of mountains of Manali? Amidst this, you can take a stoppage and plan a visit to the traditional villages of the Himalayas and the idiosyncratic carved wooden houses as well as the different temples that bring about the rich cultural history of the place.  

    Old Manali
    Old Manali is the place where the two worlds unite. On one hand is an exotic village that has a rare charm which is hard to find elsewhere while on the other end, it has all the conveniences needed in the modern times. Despite this unison, Old Manali manages to keep its old world charm intact. Shopping and cuisines here account for an unforgettable journey. 

    Rafting
    For people who are truly adventurous, rafting is an absolute delight in Manali. Sadly, this activity is not for the faint heart. The currents of the River Beas are the strongest here and the rapids created are something that thrill seekers enjoy the most. White water rafting in Manali is something that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives. 

    Hot Sulfur Baths
    Sounds luxurious? It absolutely is! In the Vashisht Village and Manikaran, you can find hot Sulphur springs to take a calming dip to relax and rejuvenate. It is a high altitude beauty that is worth all the effort.  

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)