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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.
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
Type of destination: Trekking and religious
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.
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
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
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
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
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What You Should Know More About Stays in Manali
If you are planning a visit to magical Manali, then you are probably on the lookout for the best places to rest your tired bodies after long days of adventure in the mountains of Manali. Finding a great hotel or resort is crucial to having a perfect vacation, so check out some of these luxurious accommodations to get an idea of the best Manali has to offer:
Hotel Manali Inn
Solang Valley Resort
Hotel River Crescent
Span Resort and Spa
White Meadows Manali
Quality Inn River Country Resort
Manali is a beautiful hill station which will soon be destroyed by the combined forces of construction projects, irresponsible waste management, and careless attitudes. If you are craving to enjoy some beautiful days in Manali but do not wish to contribute to the ecological destruction of the hill station, you can check into some of these eco-conscious resorts. These resorts are doing their bit towards environment protection by taking small but sure steps towards responsible conservation, and you can do yours by staying here. Some good eco-friendly options for a stay in Manali include:
Himalayan Eco Resort
The Himalayan Resort and Spa
Camping in the misty mountains of Manali is a wonderful way to experience all the adventure and magic that lies in wait for travellers in the hill station. These camp stays not only provide you with the authentic camping experience but lao offer small luxuries that makes the camp stay even better. Additionally, many of the camp stays in Manali also have adventure activities included in their packages, so you can get the best of both worlds by staying there. Some great camp stays in Manali include:
If you wish to combine the comforts of home with the luxuries of a hotel, then homestays are the perfect option for you. Homestays generally include private cottages but they can also be rooms that are attached to the main property of the owner. Homestays are a good way to experience the local culture and mingle with the people of the hill station. Some good homestays you can check out include:
· Manali Homestay
· Nagma Home Stay
· Sylvan Woods Cottage & Homestay
· Kailash Rath Rumsu Homestay
· Manali Meadows Home Stay
There is a good reason why Manali is a favourite honeymoon destination with couples. The serene snow-capped mountains, the gurgling Beas river, Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass have their own brand of romance and adventure, and this makes it very attractive for couples looking to build beautiful memories together. You can make your romantic visit perfect by staying at the most romantic resorts in Manali, which include:
Manali is a hill station which has something for everyone. It is the perfect destination for a family outing too. Parents and children can make great memories together in this adventure and peace -rich place. Staying in a good accommodation is also necessary during your family vacation, so you can look into these resorts to get the best value for your money during your stay in Manali:
· Manali - White Mist, A Sterling Holidays Resort
There are accommodations for every budget in Manali, so you can think about enjoying a peaceful and enjoyable stay there without worrying about the strain on your wallet. Some of the best budget stays in Manali, which rank high on comfort and cleanliness, include:
Staying in a cottage in Manali is a fun-filled way to spend the vacation. A cottage-living experience in the mountains is unlike any other accommodation experience. Not only does it give you your share of privacy, it also lets you enjoy the hill station as your own. Some great cottages, where you can stay during your Manali trip, are:
Traveller Tales From Manali
04 October 2017
"love this place"
18 April 2016
Had an awesome trip in Manali. The best part in the trip was the giant rabbits and yaks present in the location.
07 January 2017
i love that place...may be in my feature i will spend more time and explore that destination
18 April 2016
Thank you Thrillophilia for offering a wonderful trip to us.
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