Places to Visit in Manali on Honeymoon
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.
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.
Entry Fee: None
One of the most
frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts
visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road
in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with
its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of
wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and
recreation to its visitors.
Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!
08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)
08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)
Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person
Photography Allowed: Yes
Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temple
Located in the premise of the 4000-year-old temple of Vashisht, the kulguru of Lord Ram, the hot springs are a major tourist attraction in Manali.
Revered by the locals and tourists alike, the springs are said to have medicinal properties due to the presence of chemicals like lithium, calcium, etc. that cure a host of diseases.
Taking a long dip in the relaxing waters of the spring magically calms one down. There are separate areas for men and women to access the springs.
Location: Near Manali bus stand
Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 3.5 Kms
Best time: After the monsoons (mid-September) or the pleasant summer months of March-June
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee for this tourist attraction in Manali
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.
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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 and it is one of the Kullu famous places.
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.
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.
Wednesday - 7 PM - 12 AM
Thursday - Tuesday 11 AM - 12 AM
-Burger of Bodom
-Dimebag (the burgers)
-Slayer (the pizzas)-Metallica (the pasta)
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
Often acknowledged as the heart of Manali, the Mall Road in Manali is the most attractive tourist destination for the Himachal travelers. Renowned for its street shopping adventure and bustled with heaps of activities, the Mall Road of Manali has got a lot of things to keep you busy for the day. Lined with multiple restaurants, cafes, and dhabas, this place is ideal for those who have got a flavor of bargaining skills deeply rooted in them.
Start your journey through the Mall Road by paying homage at the Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple. It has got the right blend of both architectural flavor and vibrant tones to capture with your DSLRs’. The Sakyamuni idol is the main shrine here.
Next, this famous commercial center has got a lot of emporiums and shops lined up for you to buy some exquisite souvenirs. The Tibetan Style Handicrafts found here are simply astounding.
You can even the sweet smelling Tibetan-styled incense sticks and intriguing singing bowls at some of the shops here. There are some shops at the Mall Road selling Kullu and Kinnauri shawls in a wide array of flamboyant patterns and colors.
Some other local souvenirs to dig at the Mall Road are prayer wheels, Kullu Caps, Thangkas, Dorjes, Bamboo souvenirs, Buddhist paintings, keychains, nameplates, and turquoise and silver jewelry, etc.
Shawls, Tibetan jewelry, tweed jackets, and handicrafts are somethings you should never miss on while strolling here. Apart from these, the Mall Road in Manali features Thai Market, Dragon Shopping Complex, Hong Kong Market, New NAC Market, Shangri La Shopping Complex, and Snow Lion Underground Market.
Things to Do in Manali on Honeymoon
Location: Solang Valley, Manali
Timings: You can avail the activity anytime between 10:00 AM to 04:00 PMExperience an amazing paragliding ride in the skies of Manali and Solang Valley on your next holiday with your family and friends. Experienced pilots will offer you both single and tandem rides for this experience and will take you on both short and long flights across the Kulu Valley.
After a quick briefing session by instructors about the activity a group of professionals help gliders get adjusted onto the paraglider. Once that's done, the fun begins! The experience of flying amidst Himalayan slopes, the picturesque view of the winding Beas River below and cool breeze brushing against gliders makes for a thrilling adventure.
The short fly will be for 5 to 6 minutes depending on weather conditions. You will get to enjoy a birds-eye view of the beautiful hills and valleys of Kulu and Manali. The take-off site is at Dhobi, which is a new age, offbeat paragliding site and is now gaining popularity. The equipment you will need is imported from France and are tested for safety. If you wish you can avail video recording option to save your memories for a lifetime as it is going to be captured by a Go PRO action camera.
This activity is suitable for age group of 16 years to 45 years.
How to reach: It is located at about 20 km from Kullu and you can reach here by either taking public transport or by hiring a private cab. Dhobi is the take off point and it is at a height , so cabs and all are going there without any hassle
While here, you can also go for treks, Burma bridge, zip line, etc.
Camping Location: Bhanu Bridge, ManaliCheck-In on Day 1: 10:00 AM
Check-Out on Day 2: 11:00 AM
The tour takes you on a journey to the rivers in Manali for rafting and camping by the riverside. This campsite is situated at a scenic valley filled with remnants of nature and gashing sound of the river. The site is equipped with all the basic amenities like an in house cafe, power backup, indoor and outdoor games.
All the camps in this property has a Flat screen TV, Private Bathroom, desk and a patio with a children's playground as well. This property also offers some indoor, outdoor games and evening entertainment.
How to reach?
The campsite is located around 5 Km from the Mall Road of Manali. You can board a private cab to reach the village.
Go for Trekking at Bhrigu Lake
Location: It is located in Manali and is quite close to some of the other tourist spots in the place. However, the high altitude is something which takes a lot of time to cover.
Highlights: Most people visit the place due to the history it has. It is believed that Rishi Bhrigu wrote the famous Bhrigu Samhita on this site. It was also said that he used to meditate on this same site. There is a Nehru kund nearby through which a spring originates from the lake which tourists love.
Best time to visit: You must only visit the place during daytime which will take you around 1-2 hours.
About the Activity:
- Experience skiing in Solang Valley for over 2 hours with your friends and family this holiday season and enjoy the different adventures in store for you.
- Solang Valley is a known ski resort in the Western Himalayas and lies just 13 kms from Manali.
- There are comfortable lodges here that take care of all staying and eating arrangements for you and your friends for those post skiing cravings.
- Participate in skiing with expert skiers; some of them who have trained in Japan and Austria.
- A splendid environment with virgin snow draped mountains has made skiing in Himachal Pradesh a memorable experience for anyone who loves the snow and some adventure.
About the Experience:
The campsite is settled at an off-beat location of an altitude around 10,000 feet mean sea level. This whole zone is marked by white sheets and views of mountains all around. One will be staying inside the snow-made homes, also called Igloo, and feel the warmth of snow, not ironically but in real. Accommodation in Igloo will be on double sharing basis and for your utter comfort, warm feather sleeping bags with extra fleece will be provided with thick foam mattress and hot water bottles.
About the Activities:
The experience includes trekking, skiing, snowboarding, tube slide, Igloo Making, slide ride along with a complimentary snow dress. If you need a guide for the snowboarding & skiing session, just ask us at a little more cost. Moreover, you will get evening bonfire and music for the best time of your life.
Check-In: 1:00 PM on Day 01
Check Out: 12:00 PM on Day 02
How to reach?
From Mall Road, Manali, a 45 minutes drive to the mountain top by shared 4 wheel drive cab will land you at the campsite base.