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    Kayaking In Himachal Pradesh

    Today we are going to tell you more about it, so please read on and be well informed for the same.

    There is a name attached to kayaking in Himachal Pradesh, a name that attracts tourists from all over the globe to come and experience the thrill and fun in the waters of the river Beas. 

    The river is known to make its ways through Himachal Pradesh and if you are an experienced kayaker, Manali is where you need to be. And if you arent an experienced kayaker, do not lose hope for you still have the lower parts of the river Beas to experience your thrills and chills, follow it all on the jeep safari if you please.

    However, kayaking and trekking in the Himachal Pradesh doesnt start and end at the river Beas, other options available in Himachal Pradesh would be;

    1. Bhaga
    2. Chenab
    3. Zanskari
    4. Parvati
    5. Sutlej
    6. Spiti
    7. Chandra and finally,
    8. Lahaul.

    What Thrillophilia opines on kayaking in Himachal Pradesh

    The best spot without a doubt to kayak in Himachal Pradesh would be the famous Manali. If you are at Manali it would remind you of the Swiss Alps, hot air ballooning trips show you how majestically beautiful the place is. When you are at Manali everything would be easily available for you to arrange an adventure session towards kayaking in other rivers, such as the Bhaga, Zanskari and the Chenab and trekking to Chanderkhani Pass would be the best option for you to go on trekking.

    Your truce with the Beas

    They say kayaking in the Beas is the best, because the river gives you the utmost chills and thrills when treading its icy waters. You can paddle well and be warm at the same time while working your way upwards. As you descend the difficulty levels come down and make it easier for you to enjoy kayaking. And if that doesnt fancy you, one could try rock climbing!!

    The experiences with Sutlej

    It comes from a very high descend and is flat all the way through the well known Lahaul. But once the Sutlej enters Himachal Pradesh forcing its way through the Himalayan rocky beds, the whitewater volume would be high and waiting for your arrival. Rafting thus becomes much more packed with excitement and thrills, but only the experienced can tread these violent waters.

    The Bhaga- Darcha route

    Kayaking and rappelling on this route requires nerves of steel, fit and clam bodies and minds as well. Only those with tremendous experience should hitch a ride on these waters. The river looks very inviting when you see it from a distance, but the challenges beneath its rapids can take you by the horns. Once again it would all depend on the water level and your level of experience, when treading this route.

    The challenging Chenab

    Starting all the way from Keylong, it is only the experienced at kayaking who should tread these waters. Since it flows all the way to Kashmir, you may want to have instructors with you for guidance or else you could be in unknown waters and trouble as well. But the view on this kayaking in Himachal trip is breathtaking and spectacular to say the least.

    Challenge the Zanskari if you please

    Right above the point of Darcha is the Zanskari, which would take you in its mighty rapids, which could be violent and treacherous as well. Once again, this is one river which would look inviting but is only for the experienced to tread.

    For those of you who like kayaking in still waters of Himachal Pradesh

    You have options to play around and kayak in still waters around Himachal Pradesh as well. For example;

    1. The Maharana Pratap Sagar also known as the Pong Dam reservoir. The total length for kayaking allowance is forty kilometers and is looked after as an inland sea. Apart from kayaking at this location, one can even indulge in other adventure sports, such as rowing, water skiing, sailing, swimming, canoeing etc.
    2. You also have the famous Gobind Sagar near Bilaspur, in all its breathtaking captivating beauty for kayaking needs in Himachal Pradesh.
    3. One can even go to the famous Chamera Lake near Dalhousie to swim canoe and kayak in still waters.
    4. Lets not forget that still water kayaking in Himachal Pradesh can also be enjoyed at the famous Pandoh Lake which is located at the Mandi-Manali highway in Himachal Pradesh.

    With so many options to choose from in Himachal Pradesh, there isnt an excuse for you not to go kayaking or trekking in Himalaya!!


Kayaking in Himachal Pradesh

Attractions

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Bijli Mahadev Temple

Kullu has a huge history in its sack. It also homes one of the most beautiful temples in India. Bijli Mahadev Temple stands out from all the other temples due to its serenity and scenic beauty.  It is located at a height of 2460 m above the sea level. This temple is a “Kash” style temple in which Lord Shiva is in the form of Shiva Lingam. The temple can be reached easily after crossing the Beas River. It is located 22 km away from Kullu. The higher ground surrounding the temple offers a panoramic view of the Paravati and Kullu valley. 

The glistening 60 feet staff of Bijli Mahadev is visible from a very long distance. Legend says that this temple gets struck by lightning every year. This is why the temple is named after lightning.  The lightning distorts the position of the Shiva Linga. The priest of the temple attaches it again using sattoo and butter as an adhesive. To reach this temple, you will have to perform a 3 km moderately difficult trek uphill. It is an easy trek for the younger persons. 

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple is 5.6 km.

Location: Kashawri, Himachal Pradesh, 175138.

Opening Timings: The temple follows the opening and closing timings of other temples usually.

Click here to check out a variety of things to do in Kullu! It has a plethora of options to satiate the adventure rush of tourists.

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Bhrigu Lake

A blasting blue Brighu Lake sits cozily between two high-elevation edges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous cold lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for an immaculate weekend trek and is appropriate for families. 

The noteworthy thing about this trek is that one can achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the outdoors grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like perspectives to wake up to. 

Bhrigu Lake is only 14 km far from the street head of Gulaba. On a splendid sunny day, the lake is a soaked shade of overlook me-not blue. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. Amid winter, the lake, secured in the snow, will leave exceptional pictures in your psyche. 

Trekking to the lake is as pacifying as being at the lake itself. On Day 1, backwoods trails from Gulaba to Rola Kholi outdoors grounds take you through valuable old towns, welcoming apple plantations, clear rivulets, and greenfield lands. The trail ensures stunning perspectives of Kullu Valley, which gets to be prettier and prettier as you rise.

Sea Preferred Season son: May-Sep

Maximum Elevation: 14000

Duration: 4 day

Difficulty Level: High

Find best places to visit in Manali, it is visited by tourists during all the seasons.

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Chanderkhani Pass

Chandarkhani Pass is located at a height of 3,660 meters above the sea level. This pass is known for its scenic beauty and excellent trekking trails in the Himalayan range. It is treated as one of the best tourist places in Kullu because of the marvelous views, breathtaking landscapes and exclusive trails to follow and make your trip memorable. You can get the fabulous views of Pir Panjal ranges, Deo Tibba Peak, Parbati mountain range from this pass.

The pass takes you to the famous village of Malana through a way between Pulag and Rumsa. The trekkers are introduced to hilly and remote cultures of Himachal Pradesh in this trek. The horizon in this place is a treat for the nature lovers. The region is also named as the “Valley of Gods”. A legend says that the deity named Jamlu had a basket full of gods. Once he opened his basket in the area. A sudden gust of wind dropped all the gods from the basket. Each fell to the ground and became peaks named after them as Indrasan, Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba, and Parbati.

The top of Chanderkhani pass is a 360-degree meadow from where you will get the panoramic view of these mountain tops.

Location: East of Katrain, Kullu, 175101.

Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chanderkhani Pass: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chandarkhani Pass is 49 km and it takes 57 minutes to commute. There are interstate buses which will help you with the travel so there is no need to worry about it.


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Chandratal Lake

Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world. 

Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

Sea Preferred Season son: June - mid-Oct

Maximum Elevation: 4250 mts/14000 ft

Duration: 10 day

Difficulty Level: High

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Beas Kund

It is one of the best manali treks known for enterprise and energy. Beas Kund is a standout amongst the most mainstream trek that one can do in a more drawn out weekend in Manali. The trek removes you from the buzzing about of Manali.

Taking after the banks of Beas River expect extraordinary perspectives of Pir Pinjal ranges. The glades of Dhundi and Bakarthach are tremendous in its magnificence. As you move higher you achieve the starting point of River Beas. A little cold lake is fed by the softening snow of the higher tops of the district. This trek is appropriate for all age bunches and no trekking experience is required to do it.

Some individuals incline toward mountains and some sea. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. And after that, there are some who have a weakness in their heart for streams, glades, vegetation or fauna, and would head out unlimited hours just to witness such disconnected wonders of nature once in a while saw in the nearness of any human settlements.

Sea Preferred Season's on: June - Sep

Maximum Elevation: 3620

Duration: 6 day

Difficulty Level: Average

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Manali

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

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

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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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Prashar Lake

Sage Prashar is the reason Prashar Lake got its name ages ago. One visits this quintessential lake will be unknowingly directed to oblivion and for sure the serenity will let every visitor linger for more. Located in Mandi village, Himachal Pradesh, the iconic attraction apart from the lake is the three stories pagoda like temple structure near the lake. 2730 meters above the lake seats amidst the rejuvenating sets of nature’s miracles including the snow-clad peaks in the backdrop and River Beas flowing so fast through the valley down. One can get access to the lake through Drang. The age of temple lengthens back to 13th century and the lake has one more surprise within it that is a floating island. Though visitors are seen in plenty over here, no one could accurately fathom the depth the lake goes into, till date.
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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Gyuto Monastery

Gyuto Monastery is one of the most famous and popular monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is well known for its tantric meditation and people there study a lot about this subject. It is also known for its various tantric ritual arts and Buddhist philosophy. Gyuto monastery was founded in the year 1474 by the prime disciple of the 1st Dalai Lama.

Location: It is situated in the town of Dharamshala which is easy to reach through road, rail as well as airways. Transportation is not a major issue while visiting the place.

Highlights: You can find majestic statues of Buddha with a backdrop of snow clad mountains covering it. If you want to have a nice afternoon, it is the most peaceful and serene place to be at.



Best time to visit: Since this is a monastery, there is no particular season that makes any difference. However, if you are planning a full trip of the place, April-May has to be the best months.
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Kangra Fort

It is a famous fort located in the outskirts of the famous place Kangra near Dharamshala. This fort was built by the Royal Rajput family of the state of Kangra in the 15th Century. However, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the year 1905. Still, it has a good structure which attracts a lot of tourists.

Location: The distance of the fort from Dharamshala is around 20 km but it has proper connectivity to roadways which makes it easier to get there.

Highlights: The beautiful entrance is something what people love. The way the whole fort is built is completely marvelous. Inside the fort, you will find defaced statues of many lords that these people worship. This fort is considered as one of the most beautiful forts in India and people love it for the built structure.



Best time to visit: You can plan a visit anytime of the year.
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Sunset Point

We all know the beauty of sunset points, there are various such points throughout our country and the world. The sunset point in Kasauli attracts a lot of visitors because of the stunning view of the valleys. Apart from tourists, even the residents sometime come here to savour the beautiful scene of the sunset.

Location: It is located at the end of the upper mall road. Busses and cabs are available at the place so transportation is very easy.

Highlights: The major highlight is the view of the sunset point. People come here to enjoy, relax and click a lot of beautiful pictures of the setting sun. It is one of the best places to enjoy the evening.

Best time to visit: For seeing the sunset, you need to visit the place at dusk around 6 in the evening. It is a natural event and thus you need to time yourself well to see it.
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Bakrota Hills

Take a walk amidst the snow capped mountains at the Bakrota Hills. Breathe in the pure air and feel all refreshed and rejuvenated. The Hills are covered with dense Deodar forests, making it look like a lovely green rug, pulled over by the mountains. 

The mesmerising landscape here will leave you spellbound. Every year Dalhousie is blessed with heavy snow fall. During this season the magnificent Bakrota hills glistens like diamonds. Spend some time here with your dear ones and be in awe of Mother Nature’s miraculous creations.   

Activities and attractions:- Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing

 

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St. Patrick's Church

Wondering what places to visit in Dalhousie? Just add St. Patrick's Church to your list. Dalhousie is said to be a melange of nature’s beauty and a glimpse of the Victorian era. Approximately at a distance of 2KM from Dalhousie, lies the St. Patrick’s Church. It is a 104 years old church, situated on Mother Nature’s lap. 

This route showcases the beguiling exquisiteness of Himachal Pradesh. Several devotees, tourists and travellers visit the church every year and our awe struck by its splendour. This is a very apt place for photography. One can visit the church any day between 9 AM to 5 PM.

TIMINGS:- Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Activities and attractions:- Sightseeing, Place of worship

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