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Things To Do In 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.
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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Traveller Tales From Manali
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.
04 October 2017
"love this place"
14 August 2017
What I liked about this whole trek is the challenging routes and the jeep drive through some routes. It was not hard to climb the hills up yet demanding high energy. Every day we trekked around 5 hours average. Every place was showing us different images. I did not find any single place that was behind the expected level of beauty. Like the photographs of the Himalayas, Bhrigu Lake and the villages around it are well maintained and properly arranged. There were many groups who were camping when we reached the base points. I think all of them were coming through other agents and tour organizers. With our group, there was a tour guide and a cook and also one team manager. All of them were behaving so nicely with us. Unlike other Himalayan regions, Bhrigu Lake had something special I felt. May be the natural trails that led to the top. I don’t know exactly. It is a large lake with beautiful surroundings. It is located in a secluded region and heard that during winter, it will be covered by snow and that sight is the most interesting one too. But we went during June and there was rain also sometimes. But the trek was really exciting. We found a lot of cattle also grazing on the sideways of the lake. One shepherd was with those flocks. The green meadows and the large pine forests were adding so much charm to the whole region. The villages are small and the houses are also small. But all were beautifully constructed. The locals seemed to be very familiar with the tourists. They were involved in their daily activities. But near the lake only tourists were found. One or two shepherds too. Other than that local people were not there. I think, this is a beautiful trek that can be done with family and friends. I have gone with my family. Some portions might be difficult for kids and old people. Yet it is one of the must visit places in the Himalayas.
12 August 2017
It was my wife’s wish to visit some place in the Himalayas. Many places came to our mind. One day I found this tour on Thrillophilia and I contacted them. I called them during December or January this year and they said that it was not season and wait for two three months and book later. Thus I waited and booked the tour in July. We went to join a small group from Manali. As people say, Manali itself is so beautiful. Then I was thinking about Hampta Pass and other places. How beautiful would they be? My wife was also so happy to see the places. We trekked through the beautiful regions, visited some landmarks and buildings and also a local house. The tea from the house was awesome. I have never tasted such a tea from anywhere. Eventually, we reach the Hampta Pass and Shea Goru. Both were so beautiful and from the high altitude, it is a different feeling to see the nearby places and the Himalayas were standing tall with their heads high. Snow fall was not there hence that sight we just imagined in our mind. The locals were friendly and offered us some local dishes and snacks. The guides were from Kashmir and north regions and they were helping us throughout. The only problem I felt was about food. Roti, vegetable curry, Maggi, bread etc were the items and they were not providing enough energy to us to climb the steep trails. Other than that, there was not much difficulties we found during the tour. I think, everyone can try this trekking if you are an adventure lover.
12 August 2017
Hampta Pass trek in 2016 was the second time adventure for me. Before, in 2014 I went there with my colleagues. But this time I and my husband went together and it was the first trek after our wedding. We enjoyed it. My husband’s friend suggested a tour provider and we got the package for an offer. Thus it was a budgeted trip for us. We packed everything they asked us to pack and extra blankets and bed sheets were also taken. There was another family of five with us during this trip. Hence we travelled in a tempo traveler from Delhi to Manali and from there to the starting point of the trek. We were well prepared to climb the steep and curves till Hampta Pass since we have waited for the trek for many months. When it happened, we did not want to lose the pleasure of trekking by being unfit. To be frank, we had the best time at Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal Lake. Firstly we did not have the plan to go to Chandra Tal since the guide told the permission to the lake is very difficult to be arranged. But since there were a lot of tourists waiting to go there, we also got permission. We camped near the lake in tents. That was the only camping location during the trip. At all the other places, we took homestay or lodges at cheaper rates. The driver and the guide came with us were good people and really helping. Usually, the entrance tickets and all should be done by us but here, they only booked everything and we did not feel any difficulty during the whole trip.
12 August 2017
I was thinking a lot before writing something about my trip to Hampta Pass this November. It was really good but some routes were almost closed due to heavy snowfall. Then we understood we could have gone for the trip sometime before November. But still we reached Hampta Pass after trekking through the difficult roads. May be because it was almost winter, the number of tourists were less. Hence there were a lot of homestays and guest houses were vacant. The tour providers arranged better accommodation throughout the route. Since the climate was not perfect for us, the trip was reduced to three days. Hence we could not go for Chandra Tal trek and camping. But the tour providers refunded the amount. Though I have seen photographs of Hampta Pass, the original one was different. Snow has started to spread the blanket over the place and the region was fully cold. Two jackets and one blanket were not enough to prevent the cold. The forests, meadows, the streams, everything was becoming very cold. But it was unexpected. We though the snow will be coming only in the starting of December and the tour providers also did not have an idea about it. I hope next time at least we can go during the season.
12 August 2017
Plenty of sightseeing options are there during the trip to Hampta Pass. Bike ride and trekking are the most suitable ways to enjoy the beauty of Hampta. We chose to trek. We means a group of ten friends who studied together during B.Tech. From the college days, we were planning a trekking trip to North India and this year only it happened and we were eagerly waiting to climb the challenging roads to Hampta Pass. A very tricky pass with steeps and uneven roads is this pass. But adventure is in our blood and we found the trek beautiful. We went ourselves since finding a tour operator and going with their guides did not sound cool for us. We only planned and we only executed it. But everything went on well except some of us fell ill in between. The climatic conditions were rough during two days. Apart from that nothing was a problem for us. Rohtang Pass and Chandra Tal were the best experiences anyone can ask for. Camping, campfire, a dip in the streams and walking along the meadows with your gang are something you can enjoy very rarely. So friends, please try something like this and I suggest Hampta Pass with all my heart.
14 April 2015
The fourth, fifth and sixth day were the most amazing threes of this trek! On these days, I and other members of the trek got to enjoy the blissful views of the Kull Valley, Beas Valley, the Pir Panjal Range, whispering meadows, Indrasan Glacier and the Alain river. Finally, on the ninth day, we made it to the Hampta Pass. Anyways, it a fascinating expereince for all of us from the beginning to the end.
11 February 2015
More than the trekking part, I liked camping amidst the lofty and sno-capped peaks. For someone seeking total soliditude and peace of mind, this is a must. Starting from Lama Dugh to Bara Bhangal, I and the other group members were very excited. The routes were pretty challenging. But the time spent in the Bara Bhangal made us forget all the pains to reach there.
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