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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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    Photography Hike and Snow Camping in Manali
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    d3 Days n2 Nights

    About the Activity:Indulge in photography hike and snow camping in Manali during winter season from October to April for the maximum thrill, but the tour is open on all days.This private tour has night camping at different spots near frozen streams but with bonfire and delicious BBQ.You will start your trek from Kakhnal village to Banad, you ascend the glacial valleys and reach the campsite at Banad.Kakhnal Theli excursion will be happening on the second day which shows endless spots that are posing for photography and you will never get bored though.The night camp is at Banad for relaxing after a tiresome but thrilling expedition.Walk back to Kakhnal village on the last day, get driven back to Haripur with a bag full of charming moments created during the trek. 

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    Riverside Adventure Camp in Manali
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    Manali
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity: Have a one of a kind experience while you camp riverside in Manali.Find adventure nestled secretly away where you can have fun with your family and friends.Embark on this getaway and enjoy the peace and tranquility as river roars by.Take part in some sightseeing and marvel at the beauty of the destination. NOTE: Extra activities like Paragliding, Zorbing, snow point, horse riding etc are available at an extra cost.

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    Manali to Leh Jeep Safari
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    d11 Days n10 Nights

    Fixed departure dates: Multiple dates open to Join a Group departure in June, July, August and September and can be customized on request for the separate group also.About the Destination: Alluring the visitors with its enticing charm and appeal, Manali proves to be an all-time favourite destination in India. Located on the pictorial Beas River Valley in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, this stunning hill station once served as the origin of the 'Ancient Trade Route'. With the bygone time, the natural marvels of Manali can be explored with the Manali to Leh jeep safari; its enthralling mountains peaks, dense and lush thickets, pleasant climate and other aspects have made it one of the most sought-after destinations in the country. On the other hand, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir is known to be a paradise for the adventure junkies. Cossetted by the mighty Himalayas and embraced by the magical beauty of its towering peaks, this quaint destination has a lot more to offer its visitors. On the Manali to Leh jeep safaris, you will start from enthralling trekking routes, jeep safari trails, biking destinations, options for paragliding, river rafting and a lot more, Leh just makes it for a quintessential destination. About the Departure with Details: Starting from Delhi or Chandigarh by a bus and then the jeep safari will start from the commendable beauty escapes of Manali. It will take you to the magical lands of Leh-Ladakh. Over the 11 days of the tour, you will mostly be traversing on jeeps that offer the best and ideal experience of the towering peaks and the pictorial valleys. One day, you get to ride a bike as well as a part of the sightseeing tour of Nubra Valley, covering Khardung La pass mainly and other major attractions en route. Adding more to the fun and excitement of this tour, there are monastery visits, village tours, adventure options and lot more. Join this tour, and get yourselves the reason to fall in love with the enchanting beauty of Manali and Leh!

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    Basic and Advanced Snowboarding Camp in Manali
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    Manali
    d9 Days n8 Nights

    About the Activity:Fixed departure dates: 09-01-2017, 13-01-2017, 20-01-2017, 26-01-2017, 03-02-2017, 10-02-2017, 17-02-2017, 24-02-2017, 03-03-2017, 10-03-2017Here is an opportunity for all those who love snowboarding or those who would like to know the activity in detail. Pack your bags and arrive in Manali to become a perfect snowboarder.There are two different packages available; one is basic snowboarding camp and the other one is advanced snowboarding camp.If you are a beginner and would love to understand the first steps required in the activity, you can select the basic snowboarding camp which is for 5 days. You will be introduced to all the equipment and the less challenging paths.If you would like to experiment the more trickier sessions of snow boarding, then there is the advanced snowboarding camp for 9 days which will take you to the much higher altitudes and multiple challenges.The package will provide you with food, accommodation and transportation.

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    Bhrigu Lake Circle Trekking and Camping
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    d4 Days n3 Nights

    About the Activity:Let this trip be the one sans glitches. We are taking you away from the fake promises of a ‘hotel with a view’ and placing you right in the middle of a forest, by the river Beas.  There you will camp for a day and soak the beautiful Manali with the eyes of an explorer.Unknown to the frenzies of the real world, this camping site is a real treasure for enthusiasts and appreciators of beauty.Then the trek starts and for the next 4 days you will experience the miracles of nature; from lushy green alpine jungles to snow clad mountains, it will comprise of migrating birds crew, ever-changing mountain terrain, the valley of Solang, the Gulaba Gorge, the pious Bhrigu Lake and much more. When you shall be home we promise to give you a jar of stories for folks to lure with.

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    Manali

    About the Activity:Get picked up from the hotel for one of the most beautiful and adventurous flight of your life.Go paragliding and see the world from above. Swoop and soar like Icarus, without fear. All precautions are taken to ensure that your paragliding experience is comfortable and fun for you.Indulge in a 20 to 30 min flight above the Beas river over looking Kullu Valley, its mountainside, forests and the surrounding paddy fields.Head back home with some adventurous memories of your flight.

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    Manali
    h7 Hours

    About the Activity: Experience the thrill of trekking and cycling downhill from the lovely village of Naggar which is set on a hill near Kullu.The tour starts from Manali in the morning. Get a chance to see The Naggar castle, a stone and wood structure built by Raja Sidh Singh over 500 years ago, has been converted into a heritage hotel. While cycling here, you can see the beds, library, settees, writing tables, toiletries and samovars of the famous museums in the area. During this trek, you can follow the road from Manali on the right side of the River Beas and will cross plenty of tiny villages, rice fields and apple orchards. While going to Naggar is nearly downhill, the 22 kms ride back in the afternoon can be a little challenging. So in case you are too tired there is also the possibility of taking a jeep for going back. In both cases you can enjoy the beautiful completely mountain scenery.

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    About the Activity: Experience the beauty of Manali and embark on a lovely drive through this hilltop on your next holiday! With the cab rental, a driver will pick you up from your hotel, post which would take you on a nice day trip of your choice.Visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Temple, Club House, Local Market & Mall Road - Local SightseeingSpend a great sightseeing day at Manali as you book the cab and enjoy your route your way, your stops and the lovely landscape of the place. You can also tour the Great Himalaya National Park/Rohtang Pass if time permits to observe the Himalayan ecosystem (Additional cost applies)

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    About the Activity: Enthrall in an amazing adrenaline pumping sport activities at Solang Valley in ManaliExperience an adventure filled day out by engaging yourself in river Crossing, rock climbing and, rappelling under professional guidance with inspected equipment’s.Rivet in this amazing day out that satiates your thirst for adventure and provides you with a thrilling experience.This is a 4 hour activity. 

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    Vashisht
    h4 Hours

    About the Activity:Experience canyoning, an exciting new sport, a cross between absailing or rappelling & caving into waterfalls.Get in touch with a special natural world and see beauty such as you’ve only dreamed ofFrom the raw power of strong waterfalls to the tranquillity of deep, pools, from sculptural rockscapes to glowing green moss droplets, you will be immersed in a world you never knew existed.

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    d1 Day n2 Nights

    About the Activity: Enjoy an exciting camping experience at Solang valley near Shimla, a beautiful gorge in Himachal Pradesh.You can enjoy sleeping under the stars at this stunning location and also embark on a number of exciting adventure activities.Enjoy the adrenaline rush of rock climbing, river crossing and rappelling with friends and family and retreat into the tents for the night.The next morning you can bid goodbye to the tents and enjoy sightseeing around Manali, marking the end of this experience.

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    Manali
    h8 Hours

    About the Activity: This is one of the most demanding day treks in Manali and it takes a full day of hard work if you are into hard core trekking. You will love to be on the top of Patalsu Peak as the view from the top is wonderful and is definitely the ultimate reward for all the hard work iyou will be doing in terms of trekking and adventure! The day hike to Patalsu Peak starts from Solang village, which is 15 kms further up the valley from main Manali. It is a small village in a beautiful valley named after its name. The day trek is mainly going up a steep windy trail, up through the dense forest till the meadows of Patalsu. Once at the top you can descend back the same route.

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    Vashisht
    h5 Hours

    About the Activity:Manali's new attraction that pulls more number of tourists is canyoning and it is one of the adventure activities you should not miss.Get picked up from the Mall road in Manali and reach Vashisht where your activity for the day happens.The location for canyoning comprises of four different waterfalls and each of them has different height levels.Indulge in abseiling, sliding and jumping from waterfalls that evoke an adrenaline rush in you.Feel free and safe to involve in the activity though you are a beginner since the place is quite friendly to those without prior experience in canyoning.Get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and be caressed by the harmonious nature and sink in the luxury.The activity extends from three to five hours and it will start at anytime between 9 and 10 in the morning. 

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    Manali
    h6 Hours

    About the Activity: Experience a fun and exciting fishing trip to Manalsu Nala in Old Manali and get to know the fun and exciting ways of fishing in the north. The tour providers pride themselves on the diversity of fishing options that they offer, so whichever form of blue water fishing you are interested in, this is an adventure that is sure to impress you. Pick-up & drop facility from your hotel is also available. An angler’s paradise, Himachal has several spots for both trout and Mahaseer as well as other fish. Acclaimed as the best sport fish in the world, both Brown and Rainbow Trout can be found in Himachal's streams.Fish also abounds in Beas River near Manali. Good spots on this beat are –Manualsu nalla, Beas river, Haripur nalla, Fozal nalla and Baragrain nalla that you can explore. 

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    Manali
    h5 Hours

    About the Activity: The Himalayan terrain, particularly around Manali, offers great scope for practicing this sport. The environment is breath taking. Ancient temples & monasteries brush shoulders with 6000m mountain peaks, as at home in this timeless scenery as the traditional wooden houses & the step agricultural cultivation.You can be a part of the climbing routes in the Kullu Valley. When you are not climbing onto the rock, the spectacular views offered from here will empty your mind in peace!You can experience some of the rare climbing sites in India, which luckily, are situated in the Kullu Valley. HYTA organizes courses for all levels of climbing, from novice to expert & for all ages from children to adults.Participate in the 7 routes from 25m to 50m (6A, 6B, 6C, 7A french grading) all bolted for a mixture of sport & traditional climbing. 

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Attractions

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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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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.

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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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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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Sushant Kumar

04 October 2017

"love this place"

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Dhana Verma

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.

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Balachandra Kocchar

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.

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Mangala Mishra

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.

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Chakor Sharma

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.

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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 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.

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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 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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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 ways than one. We got to see Thanpri Tibba and the amazing Manali hills as well.

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