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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 meters. 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

It has some of the most beautiful, scenic and challenging trekking routes in the northern half of India, giving it a wide range of  attractive tour packages of Manali. 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 kilometers 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 like the rafting in the white water of Manali are some of the best things to do here.

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Attractions

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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Zingzing Bar

A quintessential location and a high altitude roadside bar is Zingzing situated on the road from Manali to Leh. Travelers come here to refresh with a sip of coffee or to have food to energize the body and soul to resume their journey to Leh. The multi-purpose shacks can be availed to stay overnight as well.

A space where you will love to roll a joint and smoke it up to escape from the extreme cold. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters above the sea level, the place is recognized to be the most suitable one to take rest. Peaceful ambience and the silence prevailing would leave everyone addicted to it.

The fame of ZIngzing Bar was enhanced because of Baralacha La pass also; the starting point of Baralacha La, one of the most loved passes in Ladakh is Zingzing Bar. Thus it cannot be missed during one’s journey to Leh. The temperature level at the bar will be crazily as low as -2* Celsius and as you ascend from a different temperature from the base, chances to feel altitude sickness and fluctuations in the body are quite higher.

Height:
 The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.

Location:
 From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.

Best time to visit:
 Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.

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Baralacha La

A story says like this; there were two lovers in mythology, Chandra and Bhaga, one is the daughter of the Moon and the other one is the son of Sun God, respectively. To do their marriage, both of them climbed to the Baralacha La and from there, they started running in opposite directions.

Both of them found Tandi as their meeting point and thus their marriage became eternal. The factor made their love shine is Baralacha La pass, a high mountain pass in Zanskar Range that connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

In ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be the main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like the lake, the Suraj Tal which is the source of Bhaga River. The pass is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet and on this plateau, the famous mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas come together to meet.

One who wishes to go to Leh through Leh-Manali highway has to cross this pass which hides plenty of adventure and thrill in it.

Height:
 Baralacha La is the most important pass as Khardung La and it is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet above the sea level.

Location:
 Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.

Best time to visit:
 The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road

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Jispa

As a part of the adventure itineraries travelers follow on their tour of Ladakh, they will choose to halt in Jispa, a mesmerizing village 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha along the most explored Leh-Manali Highway and on the banks of Bhaga River. At a height of 3200 meters, Jipsa is located and it is the major village in Lahaul district.

In the backdrop, the lofty Himalayan Mountains create alluring images. There are 78 households in the village and the population is calculated as 332 including 235 males and 97 females. Travelers take a stopover here to stay one night during their travel to Leh. There are camping grounds and many other stay options. The village is occupied with a helipad, post office and a monastery.

The small houses shimmering in the multiple colours of nature would leave everyone stunned. Jispa is simply adorned by the rugged mountain terrains in the background and the village seems so small when you see it from a distance as the towering Himalayas play the dominant role.

Height:
 Jispa is located at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.

Location: 
Jispa Village is a main stop for Leh travelers and it is located 120 kms away from Manali. Keylong is in the north of Jispa about 20 km away and Darch is in the south about 7 km away. You can come to Jispa if you take the Manali-Leh Highway. The nearest airport to Jispa is Kullu that is situated at a distance of 180 kms.

Best time to visit:
 The peak tourist season is starting in May and continues till October. After that, the roads will be covered by heavy snowflakes.

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Kuthar Fort

Kuthar Fort is placed in the undying serenity of the Himalayas. The fort spans over an area of about 52.8 square kilometers and is located in the middle of the exotic background, pools as well as the beautiful gardens.

Location: Kuthar Fort is located at a small distance from both Arki and Subathu that are both an hour away from the Shimla airport, Jubbarhatti. Situated in Solan, the fort is one of the key attractions here.

Highlights: Some sectors of the forth are as old as 800 years however there are some new sectors that have been built and are a mere 8 decades old. Stretched in the large area of the region, there are a number of fresh-water springs flowing through here. It is surrounded by different picturesque locations such as the Gurkha Fort from Subathu, Kunihar, and Kasauli hill station.

Best Time: Open all year round.
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Darcha

Darcha is a recurring name when you pack your bags for Padum trek as it is the base camp for the moderate yet adventurous trek in the Lahaul region. Darcha is a small village on the bank of Bhaga River in Lahaul in Spiti Lahaul District in Himachal Pradesh situated at an elevation of 3360 meters. In the northernmost part of Himachal Pradesh along the Leh-Manali Highway is Darcha, a secluded permanent settlement.

Many have described the village as a “lonely cluster of dry stone huts and dingy tent camps”. The total population of the village is 298 among which 152 are men and 146 are women. Travelers going to Leh from Manali take an overnight stay at Darchu. The river nearby causes nature to be soft and calm especially at night so that the travelers would find better sleep during their tiresome journey.

The popular Padum trek ends at Darcha and there are many stalls and shops on the street to just relax and have food. The village is surrounded by Naggar Tehsil, Spiti Tehsil, Bharmour Teshil. The nearby cities to the village are Keylong, Dharamshala, Mandi, and Chamba. There is a check-point set up by the police to check the passport of all passing people and vehicles.

Height:
 Sarchu is located at an elevation of 3360 meters above sea level.

Location:
 Darch is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The nearest railway station is Shimla Railway station only that is 174 km away. Buses and jeeps would be available in plenty to reach Darcha.

Best time to go:
 Anytime is suitable to visit Darcha but during winter the cold climatic conditions may pose difficulty to stay there.

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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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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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Traveller Tales From Manali

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Reuben Misquitta

19 February 2019

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Bharat Kumar

20 March 2019

"We loved each and every moment of the stay inside the camp. Raj Bhai the trekking guide is so friendly and warm person. the adventures and activities are all hastle free and memorable. anything and ev...

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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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ravi shekhar

22 April 2019

"Awesome experience. Absolutely adorable guide. very patient with the complete family and kept encouraging till we made to the Meadows. more than 1000ft climb and we took our time to stay there and the...

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Addala shiva

01 August 2018

First of all, the rooms agency has allocated us are super, except that camp in sarchu accommodation was awesome, I would suggest you not to choose tempo package in this trip as it is not at all worth i...

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Kanav Manhas

15 July 2019

"heck of a package .... absolutely amazing under such price point....the camping ...trekking...jogni fall...river crossing....rafting...the meals... everything was top notch and the hospitality was the...

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Akshay Vinayaka

12 April 2019

Camp host, Raju and Pavan are both very good people. Camp was peaceful with simple yet delicious food and good activities as planned.

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PRASENJIT HOJAI

04 July 2019

"The trek was an amazing journey crossing over tree lines, meadows, snow covered mountain. Also the guide & food given on journey was healthy. I would recommend Him trek for any other trekking in Himac...

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Manali

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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