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Best Things To Do in Manali

Manali is a valley located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. It is located at the northern end of the Kullu Valley which is in the Beas River Valley, at an altitude of 2050 metres. The town of Manali is part of an ancient trade route to the Leh and Ladakh. The best things to do in Manali like any other hill station in Himachal include trekking. One of the best treks of Manali is Bara Bhangal trek

 Manali has some of the most beautiful, scenic and challenging trekking routes in the northern half of India.Rohtang Pass, Chandratal Baralacha, Hampta Pass, Chandrakhani Pass and many other such locations make up for excellent trekking tours and pose a challenge to the adventurous mind. Kullu, Manali’s sister city, is also a very popular tourist destination. The Bhrigu lake is also a scenic trekking route in Manali.

The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar Airport, at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21, which is 50 kilometres south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and Air India has regular flights to it from New Delhi. Manali is also accessible by road from Delhi passing through Ambala, Chandigarh and Kullu while changing two national highways. Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs luxury and non-luxury buses daily on the Delhi-Manali route and there are many private operators which run daily buses on this route or from Chandigarh or Ambala as well.

Manali is located in the Kullu Valley, which is also known as the Valley of the Gods The British introduced apple farming here, and to this day apple farming remain the major source of income for the locals and the apples from here have made a name around the country.

 The rise of disturbances in Kashmir meant almost all of the snow seeking tourists traffic got diverted to Manali and Kullu. The trekking and the visits to several temples and wildlife sanctuaries along with adventure sports experiences are the best things to do in Manali.

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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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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

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Manali

  • What are the best things to do in Manali?

    Manali is a godsend to tourists from all over the world as they flock to this popular hill station almost the entire year round. Manali, located in the Kullu Valley is a place filled with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, a place scattered with locations that provide stunning views that remain etched in your mind for a lifetime. Manali is heavenly and very rightfully located in the Valley of the Gods. Manali is perfect for any type of tourists as it has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, adventure sports, shelter, spiritual pilgrimage along with many other things. Some of the best things to do in Manali are –

     

    1. Trekking to the Beas Kund or Chanderkhani Pass
    2. Visit Solang Valley and engage in adventure sports like Paragliding, Zorbing or ride a cable car
    3. Visit Rohtang Pass for the view and skiing
    4. Take a sulphur hot spring bath at Vasisht temples
    5. Visit the Great Himalayan National Park
    6. Visit the different temples like the Manu temple and Hidimba Temple
    7. Visit the nearby villages and towns like Malana, Naggar, and Kullu
    8. Visit the Manali Sanctuary
    9. Boating in relaxation at Van Vihar

  • What are the adventure activities to do in Manali?

    Manali provides an array of options for the adventure lovers. From paragliding to white water rafting, Manali has a diverse option of adventure activities to satisfy the quench for the adventure of an adrenaline junkie. Manali’s location in the valley gives it a perfect opportunity to facilitate all sorts of adventure sports activities and the local government and private organizations capitalize on that by setting up such facilities. The adventure activities one can do in Manali include-

    • Trekking
    • Camping
    • Rappelling
    • Canyoning
    • Rock Climbing
    • Paragliding
    • Zorbing
    • Skiing
    • Snowboarding
    • White Water Rafting
    • Kayaking

  • Which are the most adventurous treks to do in Manali?

    Manali has some of the most scenic trekking routes in the entire country. The amazing view of the mountains and the valley makes the trek completely worthwhile. The challenges of the rocky terrains are very exciting and inviting for professional trekkers and mountaineers, who flock to Manali for trekking every year. There are easy trekking routes for amateur trekkers as well as challenging and difficult routes for the professionals. Some of the most adventurous treks in Manali are-

    • The Bara Bhangal Kalihani trek from Kullu Valley to Bara Bhangal range
    • Chandratal Baralacha Trek
    • Beas Kund Trek

  • Which are the best campsites in Manali?

    Manali is very popular with tourists for its scenic trekking routes. So naturally, camping is a very popular activity here. One can camp beside the Beas river or in the hills for a scenic and unique view of Manali and its surroundings. Camping in Manali lets one enjoy a stunning view of the mountains and the lush, green valleys around here. The best time to go camping in Manali is from mid-July to the first week of October before the winter sets in. Some of the popular camping sites are-

    • Beas River
    • Solang Valley
    • Kothi

  • Where can I enjoy snowboarding in Manali? How much are the charges?

    Other than skiing, snowboarding is also a popular thing to do in the snowy mountains of Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. Rohtang Pass is the only region in India where one can snowboard all year round as it remains snowy the entire year. There are week-long snowboarding camps that cost INR 12000. The different areas providing snowboarding facilities are-

     

    • Solang Valley
    • Golaba at the Rohtang Pass
    • Patalsu
    • Kothi
    • Marhi

  • Where can I do boating in Manali? How much will it cost?

    A good way to spend some quality family time is to go for a leisurely boating ride while enjoying the pleasant view of the surroundings. Van Vihar in Manali is a municipal garden that has a large pond which has boating facilities. It is popular with the tourists as well as the locals. People come here to spend some relax time by boating amongst awe-inspiring Deodar trees. The cost of entry in Van Vihar is INR 5 per person and boating costs an additional INR 30 per person for a 15-minute ride.

  • Which is the best destination for a jeep safari in Manali?

    Jeep Safaris in Manali takes you to some of the most thrilling experiences by going through several mountains. The jeep safaris are generally multi-day long and the popular routes are Manali to Leh and Manali to Ladakh. Mountains are a unique ecosystem. Mountains are majestic and have their own charm and captivating grandeur. The Jeep safaris provide the right way to be able to explore the beautiful mountains and terrains around Manali.

  • Which are the spiritual places for a must visit in Manali?

    Manali is a paradise for those looking for a spiritual retreat. The peace and quiet of this place help one delve deep into their chi and explore their spirituality, their body and mind, and their religion. It provides a perfect environment for some self-exploration. Being a place where Tibetan refugees took shelter, Manali has become an important place for Buddhists to gather and worship which is signified by the presence of gompas around here. There are also many temples like the Hidimba Devi Temple or the Manu Temple which the Hindus consider very holy and important and flock from different parts of the country to visit.

  • Where can I enjoy canyoning in Manali? Is it safe?

    Canyoning is a relatively new sport that is a cross between rappelling and caving into waterfalls. Canyoning is basically exploring a canyon using various techniques like walking, rappelling, swimming and climbing. The rocky terrains of the Himalayas mean Manali has the perfect locations for canyoning. Canyoning lets you explore areas that were otherwise inaccessible. One can follow the natural routes taken by the pure, crystalline water and explore the spectacular and beautiful waterfalls in the Kullu Valley.
    Manali valley has a lot of rivers and waterfalls. The canyon is situated in Vashist on the Caroni river. Canyoning is safe is done with proper gear and protection with professional guidance.

  • Where can I do zorbing in Manali? How much will it cost me?

    Zorbing is a recreational sport where someone is put inside a transparent plastic ball or orb and they roll down a hill or a gentle slope, but it can also be done on a level surface. Zorbing began in New Zealand but has become popular all over the world. Solang Valley in Manali offers zorbing activities. The cost of zorbing here is around INR 350 per person.

  • Which are the best sites for river rafting in Manali?

    River rafting is the most popular water sport in Manali. The challenging water of the Beas provides a challenge to the experienced rafters from all around the world, while the lower rapids of Beas are safe for amateur rafters to try this amazing water sport. Rafting is done nearly throughout the year in Manali by the tourists who seek some cheap thrill and adventure. Rafting is organized by private operators mostly, who provide safety equipment and a professional trainer to help out. The best sites for rafting are-

     

    • Beas River
    • Tattapani
    • Kullu
    • Pirdi

  • Where can I experience paragliding in Manali? What are its charges?

    Paragliding is one of the most popular adventures sports around the world, and Manal is no exception to that. The adventure sports hub of Solang Valley offers an array of adventure sports facilities, out of which paragliding is one as well. Paragliding in Manali offers a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque terrains and the valley, the beauty of which leave the tourists awestruck. It offers a memorable experience and a terrific adrenaline rush for the adventure lovers. Paragliding can cost you anywhere from INR 1500 to INR 4000 depending on the duration of the flight and offers.
    The places to experience paragliding are-

    • Solang valley
    • Fatru Mountain
    • Gulaba
    • Naggar Road

  • Which are the best places for skiing in Manali?

    Skiing is quite a popular activity in Manali with skiing enthusiasts visiting it from all over the country. The slopes of Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley offer perfect skiing conditions for amateurs to learn and professionals to test their skills. With the help of a professional trainer, an adventure lover will have the time of their life here. There are some safety precautions to check like one must get themselves medically checked to test if they are fit for skiing or get themselves checked for altitude sickness. Good footwear is a must for skiing to avoid frostbite. The best places for skiing in Manali is the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley, which costs INR 300 per hour per person.

  • Where can I try angling in Manali? Is it one of the things to do?

    Fishing is a popular activity in England, the British, seeing the perfect conditions for fishing in Manali, introduced brown and rainbow trout to the streams here. The trout population grew massively in number due to the perfect ecological conditions and rich oxygenated water. Soon, angling became a popular activity with the Indians as well. It is now a very popular tourist activity in Manali. The streams around Manali are a haven for anglers, containing brown and rainbow trout, considered to be the best sports fish in the world.
    One can try Angling in Beas River, Manalsu Nala in Old Manali, Haripur Nali, and the BaragrainNala.

  • Where can I try river crossing activity in Manali?

    The river crossing is an adventure sport where one tries to cross a river suspended from a rope stretching from one side of the river to the other. This sport requires utmost safety precautions, safety gears and professional trainer other than which it must not be attempted at all. The river crossing is a great source of thrill for the tourists and it is practiced in Bhang and Aleo.

  • Which are the best destinations for rock climbing in Manali?

    Rock climbing is very popular with the tourists in Manali who want an adrenaline rush and to keep themselves fit and healthy. The Himalayan terrain is present here in Manali which offers great opportunities for rock climbing activities. The scenery around these areas is beautiful and magnificent offering a view of the six thousand metre long mountain peaks and monasteries. The best time for rock climbing is when the snow melts and it not practised after December when the winter sets in. Some of the best destinations for rock climbing in Manali are-

    • Aleo
    • Aleo-Gompaspot
    • Vashisht
    • Solang

  • Which are some locations to go for rappelling in Manali?

    Rappelling is a rock climbing sport that is safe for anyone and fit for anyone with a usual body strength. Manali offers excellent terrain for the rappelling which includes Aleo, Shuru, Nehru Kund and Kothi. There are many locations in the places mentioned where rappelling is organized around Manali in the months of March to December with proper safety equipment and a qualified instructor.

  • Where can I enjoy cable car rides in Manali?

    Solang Valley is the most popular destination in Manali for all sorts of adventure sports. It is where you can enjoy a magnificent cable car ride of 1.5 kilometres with a vertical elevation of 500 metres. The ride gives a stunning view of the hills and the Solang Valley. The stopping point of the ride is a snow-covered stunning hilltop which gives a scenic view of the entire valley. The cost for a ride is INR 500.

  • Where can I enjoy kayaking in Manali? What are its charges?

    The Beas River is the most popular kayaking location in Manali. Other than the Beas, the Sutlej, Chenab, Zanskari are other rivers where kayaking is possible. Manali waters of the Beas is best suited for experienced kayakers while a trip to the lower streams of the Beas would be suitable for rookies to kayak. The Beas river gives one the most chills and a thrilling kayaking experience making it a must visit for professional kayakers from all over the globe.
    Kayaking arrangements including boat and safety gears are arranged by local operators from INR 2000 to 4000 depending on the duration and length of the kayaking tour.

  • Which is the best time to take a hot sulphur water bath in Manali?

    The Vashisht Village, 6 kilometres from Manali, is a spiritual retreat that makes you spiritually rejuvenated, not only because of its temples but also because of its hot sulphur baths. There are separate bathing areas for men and women and the water is known for its medicinal properties, often healing skin problems. It is open all days of the week from 8 AM to 9 PM.

  • When is the best time to visit Rohtang Pass? What are the precautions I must take?

    A visit to the Rohtang Pass is a must in the itinerary of any visitor to Manali. It is located at a distance of just 51 km from Manali and can only be reached by road. The beauty of the hills and landscape as the vehicle climbs to the Pass will leave one spellbound. Rohtang Pass remains closed from November to May due to heavy snowfall. It is filled with tourists once it opens in June again. Make sure you have the special permit required to go to Rohtang from before, either booked online or offline. Carry woollens as temperature there is below 0 degrees.

  • Which are the best places for shopping in Manali?

    There are many places in Manali where one can shop locally produced things for personal use and souvenirs. Some of them are -

    Mall Road – The Mall Road is considered the heart of the town, and it functions as the focal point of Manali. Mall Road is close to all places of interest and is buzzing with activity throughout the day, making it a perfect place for street shopping. From shawls, rugs, gloves, woollen garments to Tibetan handicrafts, books, Mall Road has something for everyone.

     

    Tibetan Market – Perfect place to pick up some Tibetan handicrafts and souvenirs

    Old Manali Market – A small shopping area in the village of Old Manali, lined with a cobblestoned pathway

  • Where can I go for pilgrimage visits in Manali?

    Manali is popular with the spiritual tourists who come here, searching for a spiritual retreat, to spend some time exploring their spirituality and religion, and the peace and quiet here is just the environment for that. The presence of several temples and monasteries mean Manali is like a holy pilgrimage to many tourists.

    Manali was a place where many refugees from Tibet came for shelter after fleeing their country. They settled down here and made several beautiful gompas or Buddhist monasteries all around Manali. Some of the Gompas are –

     

    • Manali Gompa – It was built in the 1960s and is an important gathering place for Buddhists from Nepal and Tibet. This Gompa is known for its wall paintings and a large statue of Lord Buddha
    • Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa– This lively monastery is known for its unique pagoda style-yellow roof and beautiful wall paintings illustrating the ideology of Buddhism. The gompa has small shops for the sale of authentic Tibetan handicrafts and goods.
    • Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa – Located near the Manali Bazaar amidst a beautiful garden of sunflowers, this gompa has a huge gold faced the statue of Lord Buddha.

     

    Manali is also known for several of its popular temples, some of them which are-

     

    • Hadimba Devi Temple – Built in honour of Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, the mighty Pandava, it is believed that this temple enshrines the footprints of Hadimba. This magnificent pagoda-styled four-tiered temple with an exquisitely carved door is a feat of the local craftsmanship. The Hadimba Devi Temple is probably the most popular shrine in Manali
    • Manu Temple – Located only 3km from the bazaar, this temple is believed to be only one in India in honour of Manu, who is believed to the creator of the human race.
    • Shiva Gayatri Temples of Jagat Sukh
    • Vashishth Village

Traveller Tales From Manali

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Parth Shah

28 May 2017

"The best view comes after the hardest climb." - This cannot be more true. Few months ago, two of my friends and I were just looking for a small vacation break and wanted to visit the North region of ...

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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....

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Sushant Kumar

04 October 2017

"love this place"

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Anil Rana

16 June 2015

This was my first experience of trekking in. The Himalayas and let me tell you really awesome .the great Himalayas has always fascinated me... We were group of twenty young chaps, started from gu...

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Sourav jain

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...

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Pankaj Agarwal

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 an...

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Rajdeep dev

14 April 2015

Like I heard from others, the Chanderkhani Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best ways to stay cut-off from the rest of the world and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer us. Yes, every ...

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Deeksha Gill

15 February 2015

There are many different aspects to the amazing trek that we went on for and the nature strewn all around us was just one of them. The place is simply breathtaking and so calm and wonderful in so many ...

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Ayush Dwivedi

07 May 2015

Awesome place, and what a weather, you will fall in love with everything there. The beauty of the Himalayas, the camping, the trekking and obviously the weather conditions. It’s the best escape you cou...