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Best Places to Visit in Manali of 2017

  • The highest point in the Kullu-Manali Valley, this is one of the most favoured hill stations near Delhi. Located on the Beas River Valley, it rises up to a height of 6,260ft above the sea level. Capped by a uniform layer of snow, it is amongst the best skiing destinations in India.

    Attractions: Rohtang Pass, Tibetan Monasteries, Solang Valley, Temples and Beas Kund

    Activities: Paragliding, Zorbing, Mountaineering, Trekking, Monastery Visits and Temple Tours

    Distance from Delhi: 550km

    Best time to visit: September to June

  • 01 Zingzing Bar

    Zingzing Bar
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    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.



  • 02 Baralacha La

    Baralacha La
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    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 the ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be a main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like 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



  • 03 Jispa

    Jispa
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    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 stop over 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 the 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.



  • 04 Darcha

    Darcha
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    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 northern most 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 the 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 the sea level.

    Location: Darch is on the border of Himchal 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.



  • 05 Chadwick Waterfall

    Chadwick Waterfall
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    The clear waters of the Chadwick Waterfall cascade deep down a gorge at a height of approximately 86 m. What amplifies the beauty of the place is the surrounding hills as well as the thick green trees of Pine and Deodar. After you have had a hectic travel schedule exploring the entire Shimla, you can come back here and unwind. This place will give you ample ‘me’ time.
      
    Location: Chadwick Waterfall is situated within the dense and the very beautiful Glen Forest. This waterfall lies at a distance of about 7 km from Shimla and about 4 km from Summer Hill.

    Highlights: The place was originally famous as the ‘Chidku Jhaar’ where Jhaar stands for waterfall and in the local dialet ‘Chidku’ means the bird. It is so called because the waterfall is at such a height that only a bird can reach to the top. Britishers gave it the name ‘Chadwick Falls’.

    Best Time: Can be visited anytime of the year but it is advised to go there in a group.


  • 06 Cafe 1947

    Cafe 1947
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    One of the oldest and best known cafes in Old Manali, Café 1947 was its first music café. Resting easily on the banks of the gushing waters of Manalsu River, it is a quaint albeit a highly recommended and a beautiful place to satisfy your taste buds. 

    On any given day, it is not uncommon to see a live music jam happening at one of the booths at the same time as the patrons enjoy the delicious servings of world, Indian and European cuisine. Get your favorite book and relish the stories with some ginger or lemon tea in your hands. The café also hosts quite a few live gigs at regular intervals.

    Timing:

     Wednesday - 7 PM - 12 AM

    Thursday - Tuesday 11 AM - 12 AM

    Speciality:

    -Burger of Bodom

    -Vegeta

    -Dimebag (the burgers)

    -UFO

    -Slayer (the pizzas)

    -Metallica (the pasta)

    -Rambo


  • 07 Kiala Forest

    Kiala Forest
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    Kiala Forest is located in the valley of Kotkhai in Shimla. Definitely an interesting place to visit, the forest is beautified with the lush green vegetation as well as many indigenous animals. The forest is said to be an ideal destination for all the wildlife enthusiasts as well as nature lovers. A number of visitors from different place both far and near come to this to bask in the natural beauty.

    Highlights: Kiala Forest boasts of rich foliage and wildlife. Photographers as well as visitors can click incredible pictures of the beautiful landscapes as well as the animals in their wilderness. Bathroom facilities are available here. Those who wish to store their luggage and baggage can make use of the lockers as well as the storage facilities available here.

    Best Time: Open all round the year. Ideal to visit during the day time one can plan a visit to the Forest during months of March to October.


  • 08 Tibetan Monasteries

    Tibetan Monasteries
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    The region of Kullu Manali has a large Tibetan population and their monasteries are the testimony to their spiritual beliefs and traditions. These monasteries also houses ancient artefacts, scriptures and murals related to the history and development of Tibetan people in Manali.

    Some of the well-known monasteries in this picturesque hill station includes Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, and a visit to them is amongst the best things to do in Manali. The former is run by the locals based on donations and it also has a Tibetan handicraft centre, from where the visitors can get souvenirs and other traditional gifts. The latter has a modern architecture and is situated amongst a sprawling sunflower garden.



  • 09 Rahala Waterfalls

    Located at about 17km from Manali, the beautiful Rahala Falls is also amongst the famous tourist spots in Manali. Situated in a region that leads to the Rohtang Pass, the surroundings to this cascade serves as a perfect habitat for picnic lovers.

    Trekking routes in this region are a pure delight to the trekkers and also takes them through lush and forests, scenic landscapes and many more. These trails are also popular amongst the nature photographers. Be it the aromatic air or dense silver birch trees, a visit to this waterfall offers you with pristine views and keeps you immersed in the lap of the nature.



  • 10 Hadimba Temple

    Hadimba Temple
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    This four storey wooden temple is located in the middle of the Van Vihar forest in Kulu Manali. Being one of the oldest temples in this region, it is a prime tourist attraction and an important part of the Manali tour packages. Built in 1553, it is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bheema, the Pandava brother.

    There is also a sacred rock in the temple premises that is believed to possess mystical powers of healing. The Hadimba Temple’s unique architectural style that combines elements of Buddhist temple architecture is palpable.



  • 11 Beas River

    Beas River
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    The Beas river which is also known as Vipasha in Sanskrit, is one of the most important and holy rivers that flows through the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Carrying with it years of history, legends and folklore, it is one of the longest rivers in the northern provinces of India flowing for a total of 470km in its entire course and length.  

    At Manali, the river passes through dense, evergreen forests of pine, deodar and birch as well snowy mountains of the lower Himalayas. It is a water body that flows all year round and provides drinking and usable water to residents of Kullu and Manali. It attracts tourists, adventurists and pilgrims from all over the world to its awe inspiring flows and provides a stunning backdrop for all your Himalayan adventures.

    Activities:

    -Rafting

    -Biking

    -Skiing at Rohtang Pass

    -Cycling

    -Trekking



  • 12 Vashist Hot Water Springs & Temple

    Vashist Hot Water Springs & Temple
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    Vashist is located near the Beas River and a short distance from the Rohtang Pass. Although a quaint village, this place is full of tourists. The highlight attractions here are the hot water springs and two temples. One temple is dedicated to Vashist Muni. There is also a Lord Ram temple here.

    Of things to do in Manali, you can have a dip in the hot water springs. Devotees believe that this water possesses healing powers. These natural hot sulphur springs are divided into two tanks. One tank is for men and the other for ladies. Interestingly, shower fitted baths have also been erected close by.



  • 13 Gilbert Trail

    Gilbert Trail
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    It is surely among the must visit places for all the nature enthusiasts. Gilbert trail is a beautiful lane of nature where you can have a long walk. The total length of the track is around 1.5 km and it will take you around 45 mins to complete the whole trail. Tourists really enjoy the activity involved in the trail.

    Location: It is located in the major region of the town Kasauli.

    Highlights: If you trek for around 300 meters more after the trail ends, you will reach the end of the mountain which has a stunning view to offer. If you are lucky, chances are that you can spot a wild animal while on the trail.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit is during the morning hours. The paths are slippery and you must take caution while you walk but it is not possible to go on a trail at night.


  • 14 Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

    Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Located only two kilometres from Manali, this wildlife sanctuary is a naturalistic paradise that spreads over 3,000 hectares. The terrain here is characterized by lush green forests and snow capped mountains. On a trip to this sanctuary, you are always inundated with the sights and sounds of colourful birds and exotic flora and fauna.

    While deodar, fir, chestnut, walnut and robinia are the most commonly found vegetation in this sanctuary, you can also easily spot snow leopards, brown bears, musk deer and ibex herds in the picturesque vicinity of the sanctuary.

    Addition to this, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for the birdwatchers and the shutterbugs. Amongst the many rare and exotic species, a plenitude of tree creepers, kokla and kingfisher are the most commonly found species.



  • 15 Shaily Peak

    Shaily Peak
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    Shaily Peak is formed by the lush green forests and the lofty Himalayas that makes it exceptionally magnificent.

    Location: Shaily Peak is located about 23 km from Naldehra. From the Khatnol, the base for the steep climb to the peak is about 8 kms. In case, you are not fit enough for trekking, you can also hire a pony to reach here.

    Highlights: The dense forests as well as the rocky trails adorn the Shaily Peak. Beauty of the Shaily Peak encourages everyone who comes to this place to take pictures and capture this beauty.

    Best Time: Shaily Peak is open all round the year. The ideal time to visit the Shaily Park is morning for anyone who enjoys trekking. The Peak looks exceptionally spectacular during the sunrise and the sunset. Do carry your lunch if you plan to venture out on the trek.


  • 16 Arjun Gufa (Arjun Cave)

    Located towards Naggar and 4km from Manali, this is a cave where once Arjun, the Pandava king meditated. Situated near the Prisni village, visiting the Arjun Gufa is a good excursion for about a day. Surrounding this cave, are resplendent natural settings including snow capped mountains and streams.

    More than the mythological aspect of this cave, it is the visual appeal of these rocky structures that endear you during your Manali trip. Take a stroll around this cave and embrace the richness of its green ambience; enjoy the exotic views from this region and put colours to your imaginations by festing your eyes on scenic views.



  • 17 The Mall

    The Mall
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    The Mall in Kasauli is the main shopping area which the people go to shop for things. The place is divided into upper and lower mall road. There are a lot of shops, bookstores, cafes and restaurants where people come and enjoy their time.

    Location: It is located in one of the most central parts of Kasauli and you can reach here easily through either public or private transport.

    Highlights: This place is one of the busiest areas of the Kasauli region because a lot of people gather here to buy things they want. It is a famous place for tourists too because they search for things to take from here as a memory. Even the local residents come here to shop, eat and enjoy.

    Best time to visit: Although the mall is open from 10 in the morning till around 11 in the night. It sees a lot of hustle and bustle around the evening time.


  • 18 Kuthar Fort

    Kuthar Fort
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    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.


  • 19 Tibetan Monastery

    Tibetan Monastery
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    The Tibetan Monastery in Manali is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. Many residents in the place make amazingly beautiful handicrafts by which they try and lure more customers with. People love buying this at attractive prices and take it as a memory from this place.

    Location: There are two local Tibetan Monasteries in Manali. One is located near the mall in the city and the other one is at Pangran, which is around 8 KM from Patlikuhl.

    Highlight: This monastery is quite famous for weaving unique and colorful carpets. Most of the local people contribute to the handmade art and craft that is sold through the monasteries. You will surely love to buy them after seeing how beautiful they are.

    Best time to visit: As such there is no specific best time to visit the monastery. But if you are planning a trip to Manali, it would be best to avoid the rainy season as you wouldn't be able to enjoy everything here.


  • 20 Manu Temple

    Manu Temple
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    Located in the Old Manali region, you can reach this temple through the road that passes through the Manali Community Center. Dedicated to the Indian sage Manu, this temple is the only temple on this planet that is dedicated to this sage. Thus it makes to be one of the most sacred pilgrimages for the devotees of this saint.

    Built with wood and stone, the temple offers exotic views of the Beas River and magnificent hills. In front of the temple, a huge cascade enhances the aesthetics of this resplendent temple. A visit to this sacred temple in an important part of the Manali tour packages.




  • 21 Manali Winter Carnival

    Manali Winter Carnival
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    Each time around the dawn of New Year, Himachal Pradesh gets ready to welcome the oncoming year with aplomb and festivities and makes up for one of the most exciting Manali tourist places.  The festival is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is surely one of the most unique and exciting cultural experiences. 

    The tradition of celebrating the festival goes way back to 1977, and over the passing years the festival has assumed a bigger and more glorious role and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once promoted the culture of the hills with folk dances and music; has now become varied as other activities like Bazaar, Street plays, band competitions and food festivals have been added. 

    Usually celebrated on the mall road, which is one of the busiest areas of Manali, it is surely a festival that cannot be missed. You will get to see colourful dancers, upbeat music of the hills, yummy food and most of all get to know what the pulse of the people of Manali really is!

    Ideal dates to travel: Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2016            

    Attractions: Cultural extravaganza           

    Activities:

    -Folk Dances

    -Music

    -Bazaars



  • 22 Monkey Point

    Monkey Point
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    Monkey point or also commonly known as Manki is the highest point in Kasauli. It is a major tourist attraction point in Kasauli. This place is managed and handled by the Indian Air Force, and they make sure that it is well maintained. If you have a tour planned for Kasauli, don’t forget to include it in your travelling itinerary.

    Location: It is located in Kasauli.

    Highlights: According to ancient myths, Lord Hanuman placed his foot in this place while searching for medicinal herbs for Lakshmana in the Ramayana. From this place, you can have a landscape panoramic view of the whole valley. You can also view the snow capped Himalayas and the Sutlej river from this place.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is at early morning or during evening. You will love the sunrise and sunset from this Monkey point in Kasauli.


  • 23 Pandoh Dam

    Pandoh Dam
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    Are you in Kullu for your honeymoon? Then the Pandoh dam is a must-visit place. Located on the River Beas in the Mandi district, the Pandoh dam is an appealing destination to all. This place holds a prominent position, being easily accessible from both Kullu and Manali.  One can enjoy camping in its immaculate panorama. This quaint spot also proffers boating facilities. 

    Imagine, sailing in the midst of the Mother Nature with your better half. This place has the power to enhance the romance in your life in every way. Escape from your hectic schedule and be in awe off God’s stunning creations.



  • 24 Summer Hill

    Summer Hill
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    Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

    Location: Located on the way of Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

    Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

    Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all round the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.


  • 25 Garden of Char Minar

    The Garden of Char Minar is among one of the Mughal gardens in Kasauli. It was built by the famous emperor Jahangir in the 17th century for his wife Nur Jehan. The garden is also called as Shalimar gardens by many.

    Location: The garden is located quite close to the famous Dal Lake.

    Highlights: The garden of Char Minar is spread over 12.5 hectares of land and built in a Persian style. There are various fountains in the palace and one can gaze over the beauty of the minar for hours. You will also find a lot of colorful and fragrant flowers in the lush lawn of the garden.

    Best time to visit: Spring season is the best time to visit the place as the flowers bloom during this time. Many tourists also prefer to visit here in the winter season to see the frozen Dal lake and the snowy Pir Panjal ranges.


  • 26 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.


  • 27 Rahalla Falls

    Rahalla Falls
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    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



  • 28 Kasol

    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



  • 29 Malana

    Malana
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    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 



  • 30 Solang Valley

    Solang Valley
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    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.



  • 31 Van Vihar National Park

    Van Vihar National Park
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    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



  • 32 The Castle Manali

    The Castle Manali
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    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.




  • 33 Bhrigu Lake

    Bhrigu Lake
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    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



  • 34 Manali

    Manali
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    From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an experience of its own kind.

    Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas. It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.



  • 35 The Manali Gompa

    The Manali Gompa
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    Built in 1960, this is amongst the important spiritual pilgrimage centers for Buddhists. People from all over the world come here to see the giant statue of Lord Buddha and embrace the sea of spirituality that pervades here as part of their Manali tour packages.

    Importantly, this place functions as a gathering place for Buddhists from neighbouring regions such as Lahaul, Spiti, Ladakh and Nepal. The monastery is renowned for its unique roof built in the Pagoda style. Inside the monastery, there are splendid paintings that portray the life and teachings of Lord Buddha.



    Top Things To Do in The Manali Gompa

  • 36 Old Manali

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    If you want to see the other side of Manali and the touristy town, just take a walk across the Manalsu River bridge and cross over into the part of Manali that is also known as ‘Old Manali’. The exotic charm of the village will make you feel like you have walked into a whole other world. The town has somehow carved out a niche of its own and managed to retain the old world charm, where you have the characteristic world traveller, hippie vibe in its midst, it also has the traditions of the relics of the older civilizations. 

    The idyllic village setting will make you feel like you have walked into the happy and hippie 1960s! The pathways are lined with swaying Eucalyptus trees and the small roads pas through valleys that are abundant with greenery. The calmness of the surroundings is broken only by the twittering of birds and the gush of the River Kullu.

    Attractions: Apart from the sheer mountain beauty, there are a number of places to visit in Manali old town. The most peculiar and must visit amongst them being the quaint eateries like Lazy Dog, Red House Café, Bob Dylan’s Café, Café m 1947 and Pizza Olive. All of these serve awesome world cuisines like Pasta, Burgers and mouthwatering Pizzas



    Top Things To Do in Old Manali

  • 37 Jogni Waterfalls

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    If you are looking to embark on a trek to one of the most remote and untouched places to visit in Manali, then Jogni also called as Jugni Waterfalls is the best place to be. Located at an easy distance of about 3km from the main market of Manali, it can be reached directly by a vehicle. As soon as you park at the base of the falls, you will see the beautiful natural scenery that encircles the entire falls area. 

    The trek route passes through narrow paths and is breathtakingly beautiful as it traverses orchards, pine forests and several small streams. Al through the way, you can see the peaks at Rohtang Pass and the gush of the Beas River flowing by. The trek to the top of the waterfall lasts for about 20 minutes and will expose you to some of the most serene beauties of nature. Try to make it in the afternoon when the sunlight catches droplets of the waterfall.

    Timing:  Always

    Entry Fee: None

    Photography Allowed:Yes



    Top Things To Do in Jogni Waterfalls

  • 38 Green Valley

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    Green Valley is truly one of the most famous tourist destinations and photography points in Shimla. Seen as the popular shooting spot in different Bollywood movies, the Green Valley brings forth endless beauty. Noted for its elite beauty, Green Valley has been mentioned in number of articles and travel books.

    Location: Located near near Kufri at Shimla, the Green Valley is surrounded with the verdant hills.

    Highlights: Here at the Green Valley you can spot some rare animals such as yaks that are seen grazing and wandering here. The visitors who come here can cherish the lush green environments that are exceptionally picturesque. It is today one of the most photographed sights of the Shimla.

    Best Time to Visit Green Valley: Open all year round, the best time to visit this place is post monsoon or during the summer time when the dense forest has lush green surroundings. Ideal months include July to October and from February to April.


  • Nearby Getaways from Manali
  • 01 Leh

  • 02 Ladakh

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    Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

    Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, safaris, etc. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.  

    Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

    Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

    Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.


  • 03 Kullu

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    Kullu is the bustling administrative capital of the Kullu Valley that offers a gritty change from the bohemian holiday resorts that can be found everywhere else in the valley. In the months of October, Kullu stages the most fascinating and the colorful festival – The Kullu Dussehra.

    In the eastern side of the Kullu runs down the majestic River Beas and its ancillary river, the Sarvari River passes across the northern and the southern halves of Kullu. On the southern half you can also find the tourist office, taxi stands, an array of hotels and restaurants as well as Dussehra grounds – there are two vast spread out lands adjoining each other). Towards the north lies the Raghunath Temple and the bus station. There is a footbridge in proximity to the bus station which lead you to the bazaar street and brings you out towards the Hotel Shobla International.

    Situated at altitude of 1230 meters above the sea level, this along with Manali is a beautiful nature lover’s paradise. Brimming with wonderful climate, lush green surroundings and pristine river streams, it is indeed one of the top spots of Himachal Pradesh. Anyone seeking respite from the warm climate of the planes can head to this tourist attraction.


  • 04 Haridwar

  • 05 Dehradun

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    When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

    Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

    Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

    Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


  • 06 Shimla

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    The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla was once the summer capital of the country. Located around 2,205m above the sea level, this hill station was one of the most celebrated summer escapades of the British officials. Its fascinating snow-clad peaks, picturesque valleys and phenomenal climate make it one of the most popular hill stations around Delhi.

    Attractions: Christ Church, Anand Vilas, Chali, Temples, Waterfalls, Scandal Point and Museum

    Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Skating, Toy Train Ride, Church Visit, Hiking and Local Shopping

    Distance from Delhi: 358km

    Best time to visit: October to June


  • 07 Rishikesh

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    Known as the "Yoga Capital of the World", Rishikesh is one of the most beautiful & most visited places of India. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is rich in scenic beauty. It is a pilgrimage town where sages visit to gather knowledge regarding Hinduism, meditation and yoga. Rishikesh is the starting point to travel to the most famous holy places of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Haridwar is its neighbour district. Rishikesh is a perfect escape from your super busy life.

    There are a number of places to visit in Rishikesh. The best ones among them are Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghats, Parmath Niketan Temple, The Beatles Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev, Neer Garh Waterfalls, Vashishta Gufa, and Patna Waterfalls.

    Apart from visiting these places one can do a lot of adventurous activities in Rishikesh such as jumping from heights (Bungee jumping), go river rafting, etc. Rishikesh is a must-visit for all. October to June, except January, is the best time to visit Rishikesh and go for river rafting. You can also experience camping and bonfire in Rishikesh. Camp Aqauaforest, Camp Rapidfire and Camp Gold Coast are the best camps. Rishikesh is no less than Paradise for trekkers. If you are looking for the best of adventure experiences, Rishikesh must be at the top of your priority list.


  • 08 Nainital

  • 09 Dharamshala

  • 10 Chandigarh

  • 11 Srinagar

  • 12 Mcleodganj

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    McLeodganj is a tranquil hill station in Himachal Pradesh that has a strong Buddhist influence. There are many places to see and outdoor activities to do in Mcleodganj and Dharamshala, which is the main city in which this suburb is situated. This is a seat of the Tibetan spiritual teacher, Dalai Lama. It has Tibetan and Buddhist culture and many monasteries and ancient monuments spread across this town. You can explore this nature’s paradise, shop for local artifacts and handicraft items, and go on trekking tours in this hill station. Also, known as Little Lhasa, the locals have a peaceful attitude towards tourists. There are tribes, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian settlements in this hill station. This suburb was named after the British lieutenant, David McLeod who founded this retreat in the 18th century.

    McLeodganj is now an important international tourist destination for its water sports, sightseeing, and other activities. It is the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile, it means that once, the Tibetan freedom is restored, the government will be resolved. You can get a complete view of the Tibetan culture, their religious rituals, their meditative music, cuisine, and more when you visit this hill station.


  • 13 Mussoorie

  • 14 Kasol

  • 15 Garhwal