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  • Top Places to Visit in Kullu Manali includes Rohtang Pass, Hampta Pass, Malana Village, Kasol, Parvathi Valley, Bhrigu Lake, Manikaran Gurudwara, Solang valley and many more. 

    Overflowing with nature, and an abundance of flora-fauna surviving in it, there are fantastic tourist places in Kullu Manali. The place invites every age group as it has something for everyone starting from unmatchable sites to ancient temples.

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    You can also visit various villages to escape the humdrum of the cities and some lakes to witness the beautiful contrast of blue against the green. Trips to the breathtaking places like Kasol and Rohtang Pass can also be planned while visiting these gems of the Himalayas.

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    Also, the river Beas edges the cliffs of these hill stations, making it even more attractive. With which, adventurous activities crawls in the list of things-to-do here. With all these distinct elements, the trip to Kullu Manali will prove to be the most memorable.

  • Must Visit Places in Kullu Manali

  • 01Rohtang Pass

    Located at a height of 3,978m above sea level, the Rohtang Pass is a high altitude mountain pass of the Pir Panjal Himalayan range which connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Apart from this, there are many other points of importance for the pass. 

    It is the place where you can find snow throughout the year and that attracts a number of tourists here every year, especially in the months of summer to get away from the scorching heat of the plains. Also, the pass is an important part of the Manali Leh Highway and is key to promoting tourism to the Kullu Valley, Lahaul Valley, Spiti Valley and Ladakh.

    Location- Manali-Leh Highway, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand- 92 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand- 51 km

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  • 02Manikaran Sahib

    Relating directly to the first Guru and founder of the belief of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is a place of pilgrimage. The reason that this place is extremely famous is because of the natural hot springs here, and the legend has it that when Guru Nanak and his disciple had all they needed for a ‘Langar’ but nowhere to cook, the Guru told the disciple to life a stone from where the hot springs came out and they could cook their food. 

    That is the reason that the Pilgrims now cook their offerings to the god in the many springs here, and also believe it to be auspicious to bathe in these holy waters. One of the best place for Kullu Sightseeing, Manikaran Sahib is a must visit.

    Location: Hari Har Ghat, Manikaran Road, Distt. Kullu, Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand: 19 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 24 km

    Timings: Open 24 hours

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  • 03Solang Valley

    Solang Valley

    Deriving its name from the nearby village, it is a side valley on the very highs of Kullu Valley and falls one the way of Rohtang pass. Solang Valley is extremely famous for the adventure sports and activities that take place here and vary from season to season. For example, the summer seasons sees the Solang Valley taking on activities like Parachuting, Paragliding, and Zorbing, whereas the winters see this place turn into an amazing skiing resort with the facilities and coachings all available during the appropriate season. 

    Apart from these, Solang is also famous for activities like ATV rides, ropeways, and trekking. For a memorable time when in the valley, Solang is a must of all the places to visit in Kullu Manali

    Location: Manali, India

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand: 54 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 14kms

    Price: Entry fees Rs. 500.0 per person for zorbing, 1200.0 per person for paragliding, and 500.0 per person for the ropeway

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  • 04Hampta Pass

    Hampta Pass

    Hampta Pass or Hamta Pass is a high altitude mountain pass at an elevation of 4,270m above sea level and is a smaller corridor that leads from Kullu Valley to Lahaul Valley. Named after the village of the same name, the pass is like a gateway for the sheep and cattle herders of the Lahaul valley to search for pasture lands close by the high altitude cold desert of Lahaul, especially during the summer months.

    The pass is famous for the colorful wildflowers growing between altitudes 3000m and 3800m, mesmerizing waterfalls, glaciers clinging to cliff sides, high altitude lakes and several peaks above the height of 6000m, all of which are packed together to create this beautiful paradise. One of the best adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh the trek to Hamta Pass, which can be further extended to see the gem of Spiti valley, the Chandratal Lake.

    Location: Between Kullu and Lahaul Valleys, Himachal Pradesh

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  • 05Parvati Valley

    Parvati Valley

    One of the most scenic parts of the country, the Parvati Valley of the river Parvati is easily the most heart winning a destination in the entire Himachal Pradesh. The slopes of the valley are covered with dense and beautiful vegetation, with a number of waterfalls finding their way through the crevices of the region and adding to the beauty. No matter what the season, you will always find the place to be utterly beautiful. 

    With a number of things that you can do here, the best and most favorite things to do in Parvati Valley are trekking and camping. With the famous tourist destination of Kasol at its heart, Parvati Valley is emerging to be one of the most favorite holiday destinations of the area.

    Location: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 60 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 100 km

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  • 06Bhrigu Lake

    Bhrigu Lake

    Located at an elevation of about 4,300m above sea level. Located to the east of Rohtang Pass and near the Gulaba Village, in the Pir Panjal Mountain range. Named after the famous sage, Maharishi Bhrigu, the legend has it that he used to meditate by the side of this lake. Because of this, the place became holy and is one of the reasons why the lake never freezes even at such an altitude. 

    Apart from the lake itself and the temple on its banks, the meadows that one encounters on the way to the lake are what most of the people make a reason to take the trek that leads to Bhrigu Lake. The mesmerizing views from such height of the valleys nearby is another reason why people love to visit this place

    Location: Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand: 53 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 18 km

    Price: The trek starts from INR 6250/-

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  • 07Malana Village

    Popularly described as an ancient village, Malana is an isolated heaven in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The stand-alone village in the Malana Valley of the Malana River is cut off from the rest of the world because of the daunting presence of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba mountains. With a strict following of their rules and customs, Malana is considered to be amongst the oldest democracies of the world, where the people consider themselves to be Aryans and direct descendants of Alexander, the Great. 

    The best way to reach Malana is to take a trek from the famous tourist spot of Kasol. Surrounded by some of the greatest sceneries that you can find in the country, Malana is a must visit for everyone at least once.

    Location: Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 45 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 86 km

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  • 08Kasol

    A small village located in the embrace of the serene and beautiful Parvati valley, and on the banks of the river Parvati, Kasol is a name that needs no introduction. A favorite destination for the backpackers that arrive not just from every corner of the country, but also from various places around the world. Easily one of the most scenic and adventurous destinations of the state of Himachal Pradesh, it is the starting point of some of the most exciting treks of the area, including the names of Kheerganga, Chalal, Tosh Valley, Malana, Magic Valley and Grahan Village.

    You can also take a bike on rent in Manali and go on a scenic ride to Kasol.

    Famous for the pleasant weather throughout the year with mild snowing in the winter months, Kasol is also a perfect destination for camping in the various amazing destinations of the region. It is the budget hotspot destination for every backpacker and a must visit for the trekking trails of Kasol.

    Location: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 37 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 78 km

  • 09Old Manali

    Some 3 km away and slightly uphill from Manali is the quiet and quaint little town that is popularly known as the Old Manali. A favorite of many backpackers and admirers of the Hippie lifestyle in the country, Old Manali is an altogether different world from New Manali. The less crowded, offbeat location consists of many tourists and nomadic souls, especially non-Indians, who stay here for pretty long durations. 

    The place is lined with many quaint cafes and restaurants that serve some of the most lip-smacking cuisines. Home to the famous Hadimba temple, the place is especially famous to buy some of the funkiest stuff, especially clothes and cherries. Old Manali is the real spirit of Manali and is a definite visit when in Kullu Manali.

    Location: Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 44 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 2 km

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  • 10Jogni Waterfalls

    Jogni Waterfalls

    At just a small distance from the Vashisth hot water springs in Manali are the beautiful Jogini falls. The main way to reach these is by trekking from the Vashisth temple. One of the most famous Kullu Manali Sightseeing spots, the stream that these falls plunge into eventually flow downstream into the Beas River. Falling from multiple levels, the water plunges from a height of almost 150 feet and forms a pool at the bottom which many visitors love to soak in and enjoy. 

    At the base of the falls is the Jogini Mata Temple and is considered to be a sacred spot for many villages nearby. Marking the northern boundary of the Vashisth Village, these waterfalls can be reached by a short 3-hour trek through one of the most scenic routes in the region.

    Location: Vashist, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 46 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 4 km

    Timings: Open 24 hours

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  • 11Beas River

    Beas River

    A north Indian river, the Beas originates from the famous Beas Kund and flows for almost 500 km before its confluence with the River Sutlej in the state of Punjab. The river acts as a source of water for the population of Kullu, Manali and even the Kangra region. 

    Related to many traditions and legends of Hindu Mythology including the Sage Vyas, after whom this river is named. Passing through many steep valleys and green clad hill slopes, the river is still considered holy in many cultures and experiences a lot of pilgrims visiting it all the year round. 

    Beas is also the home to a rare population of Indus Dolphins, the ones that are not in Pakistan. Another fact is that after meeting with Sutlej in Punjab, the river then flows into Pakistan.

    Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand: 40 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 3 km

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  • 12Hidimba Temple

    With its importance and relevance dating back to the Mahabharata age, the Hidimba Devi Temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima of the epic. Situated in a cave, the temple complex is surrounded by cedar trees and is built on a rock protruding out from the middle of the forest. The place is sacred as it is believed that Hidimba used to meditate here with her brother before he was defeated by Bhima and she married him. 

    The best time to see this temple and to seek blessings is during the Navratri as the local people consider her as their deity. The temple was built in the year 1553 and still stands tall to this date, with the wooden carvings inside still intact.

    Location: Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand: 44 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 2 km

    Timings: Everyday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

  • 13Vashisht Hot Water Spring & Temple

    Not so far away from the city of Manali and located above the river Beas are the natural hot water springs of the village of Vashisht. These springs have resulted in the fame of this small town shooting to the very top amongst the international crowd. The temperature of the water is naturally maintained between the 43-degree Celsius and 56-degree Celsius, with a separate pool designated to only female visitors. 

    The village experiences a large footfall every day of tourists coming here to take a dip in the waters which are not just warm but are also considered to contain medicinal and many other health benefits.

    Location: Hot Water Spring, Bashisht, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 44 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 2.4 km

    Timings: Daily from 7 AM to 10 PM

  • 14Great Himalayan National Park

    Established in the year 1984, this National Park of India covers an area of 1,171 sq km and ranges between altitudes 1500m to 6000 m above sea level. It is home to over 375 species of wildlife, all of which fall under the species of protected, prohibiting any hunting activities in the area.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is a famous hotspot for Ecotourism in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is a heaven for trekkers and backpackers with immense love for nature. Lined with trees after trees of Deodar and Pine, the place is one of the best destinations to spot some of the most exquisite wildlife, like the snow leopards from up close.

    Location: Kullu District, Shamshi, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 57 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 98 km

    Timings: Open 24 hours

    Price/entry fee: INR 50/- for Indians

  • 15Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art

    Established in 1998, the museum is the heritage of the ancient times of Himachal Pradesh. It houses a collection of articles which depicts the ancient culture, values, tradition and art of the state. You can witness all the essential pieces of history which are rare and on the verge of extinction. You can expect traditional dresses, utensils, musical instruments, woodcrafts and more, which displays the forgotten lives of the people from Himachal Pradesh.

    These articles tell a lot about their living styles in olden times. It also has displays of models of various monuments. This is one of the most visited tourist places in Kullu Manali which can teach you a lot about Himachal Pradesh.

    Location: Utopia Complex, Near Hadimba Temple, Hadimba Temple Rd, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131

    Timing: 8 am to 8 pm
  • 16Gulaba

    A beautiful and scenic village falling on the route to Rohtang pass and is famous for being certified and maintained as per the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal Act. Well equipped with all the necessary systems and computerized response structures, the village even has a highly effective waste disposal system, so as to maintain the pristine beauty of the village. 

    The scenic village is situated at a height of 4300 m above sea level in the Pir Panjal Mountain range and acts as an important link in the regulations for Rohtang Pass. The barricades are set up in Gulaba to stop vehicles going into Rohtang Pass during the winter months of November to March. Gulaba is also the starting point of the famous Bhrigu Lake Trek.

    Location: Leh-Manali Highway, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 55 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 14 km

    Timings: All days of the week 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • 17Arjun Gufa

    Associated with the legend of Mahabharata, it is named after one of the Pandavas- Arjun. It is among the places to visit in Kullu Manali which are situated on the bank of river Beas. People come here to witness the splendid views of the hills and valleys from the cave.

    The cave is a narrow passage going into the mountain where the light doesn’t enter after one point. The thrilling part comes when you have to figure out the bumpy journey into the cave using just a torch or a flashlight. You can explore the insides of the cave and then figure the way out.

    Location: Near Prini Village, Manali, Manali Tehsil, India

    Timing: Not Applicable
  • 18Rahala Waterfalls

    Melting ice makes its way through the haphazardly placed rocks and give birth to Rahala Waterfall. The water of the fall is very chilled as it is a liquifying glacier. The fall looks really amazing situated at an elevation of 8,500 feet from sea level. The forest around it consists of deodar and silver birch trees loaded with chirping birds.

    The scene looks majestic enough to force tourist travelling to Rohtang pass make a halt. You can click pictures of various tourist places in Kullu Manali and spend some time gazing at the waterfall and the valleys surrounding it.

    Location: Leh Manali Highway, Himachal Pradesh 175103

    Timing: Not Applicable
  • 19Chandrakhani Pass

    Located at an elevation of 3,600 m in the valley of Kullu, this pass is one of the suitable tourist places in Kullu Manali for trekking. You trail through the woods of deodar to reach the summit. You can enjoy a variety of flora and fauna on the way. Hearing the chirping of the birds and witnessing distinct, colourful flowers dotting the track will be one hell of an experience.

    You can gaze at the splendid views of Deo Tibba Peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains once you reach the highest point. It is a marvellous blend of adventure and nature.

    Location: Kullu District at a height of 3,660 metres.

    Timing: Not Applicable
  • 20Bhuntar

    Primarily Bhuntar is the pathway to all the places to visit in Kullu Manali. However, it is no less than a popular tourist spot but very less crowded, unlike them. It has an abundance of lush green vegetation and distinct flora and fauna. You can also visit several temples to witness their magnificent architecture.

    A national park in the town also attracts people. You should even know that river Beas flows through the city making way for white river rafting. A campsite is also established in the town where you can spend some leisure time with yourself and rejuvenate.

    Location: Bhuntar, Kullu

    Timing: Not Applicable
  • Other Places to Visit in Kullu Manali

  • 21Kothi Village

    A scenic village falling on the way to Rohtang Pass, the Kothi Village is an amazing viewpoint to see some of the highest snow-capped peaks of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges. Apart from that, Kothi Village is also famous for offering views of glaciers nearby and the River Beas as it passes a deep and narrow canyon nearby. Located at an elevation of 2500m above sea level in the foothills of the famous Rohtang Pass. 

    As you set foot in the village, you will understand why this place is called any artist’s inspiration. The scenic beauty of this place will definitely remind you of a lot of stills from many movies that have been shot here, on the slopes of the brilliant valley.

    Location: Kothi, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 55 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 13 km

  • 22Tibetan Monastery

    Located right next to the Manali’s bus stand and the very well known ‘The Mall’, the Tibetan monastery is one of the oldest and most famous of places to visit in Kullu Manali. With a high number of Tibetan people settling in the region, the monastery was set up. The monastery’s work and operation is handled by the local people who collect all the funds via donations. 

    Apart from being a religious destination and a spiritual outreach, the place is equally famous for the markets inside that sell authentic Tibetan handicrafts and handmade artifacts. Based on the older architectural style of Buddhists, the monastery is the home to a statue of Lord Buddha.

    Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 39 km

    Distance from Manali Bus Stand: 0.25 km

    Timings: Everyday 6 AM to 6 PM

  • 23Van Vihar National Park

    Located on the Mall Road, the park is a green-clad and shaded region, thanks to a large number of Deodar trees that have made the area their home. It is one of the most favorite picnic spots for both the locals and the many tourists pouring in every week. For the convenience of the visitors of the park, there are many benches provided on the trails. 

    A place for everyone, the park is a great place to spend some time with your family, friends or loved ones while strolling in the tunnels made by the tall trees, or just simply sitting and lying down on the grassy areas of the park. For even more entertainment, the park even has a small pond for the visitors to enjoy boating in.

    Location: NH 21, Dhungri Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 44 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 2.2 km

    Timings: 08:00 am – 07:00 pm (Summer) & 08:00 am – 05:00 pm (Winter)

    Price/entry fee: INR 30 for boating

  • 24Jana Falls

    Close to the Naggar region of Manali is the small village called Jana, which is home to the offbeat yet famous Jana Falls. Surrounded by forests of Deodar and Pine and orchards of Apples, and in clear view of many snow-covered peaks, this place has become a famous picnic spot because of the simple yet alluring charm it commands. 

    The wooden bridge near the falls makes for amazing photo ops, making the place even more worthy of visiting shall you wish to go a little offbeat for finding amazing Kullu Manali sightseeing spots. You can bath and swim in the little pond formed at the base of the falls or can climb to the top via an easy trail to get a better view of the surrounding areas.

    Location: Jana, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 34 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 33 km

    Timings: Everyday 6 AM to 6 PM

  • 25Ragunath Temple

    Dedicated to Lord Rama of the Hindu Mythology, the Raghunath temple at a height of 2,056 meters above sea level is one of the best places to visit in Kullu Manali. The valley of Kullu is considered to be the Kullu Valley of Gods, because of the number of temples in the region. This one, in particular, has a history attached to the royalty of Kullu. 

    It is believed that the King Raja Jagat Singh erected this temple back in the year 1660 as an atonement of his sins. He even brought back an idol of Lord Ram from Ayodhya, which is also believed to be the birthplace of the god. Located in a beautiful place, the scenery around gives one the feeling of serenity with the temple providing one with the feeling of spirituality, making the entire experience an amazing one.

    Location: Post office, Sultanpur, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 0.55 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand- 43 km

    Timings- Sunrise to Sunset

  • 26Pandoh Dam

    An embankment dam in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the main dams created on the Beas River for the purpose of generating Hydro Electricity. The dam’s other purpose is to divert a certain amount of water from the river to transfer it through channels and tunnels over to the Dehar Power House before sending it off into the Sutlej River. 

    However, the lake created behind the dam is the main reason of its popularity. The scenic lake, as well as the location and backdrop of the lake, draws a large number of people to this dam to click some of the most amazing pictures here and take them back as memories.

    Location: Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 50 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 90 km

  • 27Basheshwar Mahadev Temple

    Built on the banks of the river Beas in the Kullu Valley, this pyramid style temple carved out of stone stands in one of the most beautiful settings ever. Located in a small village called the Bajura, the temple has idols dedicated to many other gods like Lords Vishnu and Ganesh and Goddesses Durga and Laxmi. Another shrine of Lord Ganesh outside the temple is built in a 3 sided temple style. 

    Dating back to the 9th century, the temples intricate carvings and artworks are still preserved inside the complex and attracts a good number of pilgrims from around the country, every year.

    Location: Bishweshwar Temple Rd, Bajaura, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 16 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 56.5 km

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  • 28Sultanpur Palace

    The royal residence of the former ruling family of the Kullu region, this palace is now house to some of the most brilliant exhibits belonging to the royals and history of Kullu. It is home to some beautiful paintings created in a mixture of the local Pahari and Colonial style adorned all over the palace. 

    These paintings showcase the local culture and people adorning various styles of their traditional attires. The palace is famous for having been destroyed in an earthquake and was reconstructed by the locals in the image of the previous one. 

    Also known as Rupi Palace, the original palace dates back to 1600, but the most ultimate part of the entire thing is the beautiful location and setting of the palace amidst towering mountains and snow-capped peaks.

    Location: Sultanpur, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 1.2 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 43 km

    Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Daily)

    Price/entry fee: INR 30

  • 29Nehru Kund

    Deriving its name from the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, this place not far out from the city and lying on the Manali Rohtang Highway. The Nehru Kund was named so because the Prime Minister used to drink the clear water from the natural spring here whenever he was in town. 

    It is believed that the source of the water in the springs is at the Bhrigu Lake, resulting in the crystal clear water, with the sound of the water bubbling out in the serene calm of this place is one of the best experiences that one can have here. The river Beas flows through the Kund or Pond, making the experience even more amazing.

    Its popularity has only risen through the years and it sees a large number of tourists fancying to hang out here.

    Location: Bashisht, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 47 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 5 km

  • 30Manali Sanctuary

    Located in the catchment area of the famous Manalsu Khad, this Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Himachal Pradesh starts at just a distance from 2 km from Manali. The Sanctuary spread in an area of 32 sq km and is covered by trees of Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut, and Maple.

    As far as the fauna here is concerned, you can spot the most amazing scenes of Brown Bears, Leopards, Musk deer, and most importantly, Snow Leopards roaming in the wild. You can even spot a lot of Mountain Goats roaming in wild herds in the Glacier areas of the park in the summer season. This is one place in Manali that your camera would love more than you would.

    Location: Circuit House Marg, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

    Distance from Kullu bus stand: 45 km

    Distance from Manali bus stand: 3 km

    Timings: 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM

    Price/entry fee: INR 10/-

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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.

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

 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.


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.

 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.

 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.


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.

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

 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



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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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

 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.


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.


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


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.


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!


08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes


Rahalla Falls

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


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.

Summer Hill

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.

Manali Winter Carnival

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           


-Folk Dances




Manu Temple

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.


Chadwick Waterfall

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.

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  • Q. Which are the top activities to do in Manali with best offers?

    Manali is a true paradise for those who wish to get close to the magical snowy hills, With a vast bucket of things to do in Manali, a trip to this alluring hillock will definitely be a memorable one.

    Skiing In Manali Solang Nallah Flat 23% Off
    2. Bhrigu Lake Trek at Flat 18% Off
    3. Paragliding In Kullu Manali, Flat 13% Off
    4. Adventure Camp In Manali With Rafting, Flat 17% Off
    5. Downhill Cycling In Manali Flat 23% Off

  • Q. What are the best short treks in Manali with best offers?

    Looking for a break from your dreary lifestyle with a short outing in the Himalayas. Check out the list of best short treks in Manali  starting from Rs 1000/-, for a thrilling trekking experience.

    Trek to Lamadugh with Camp Stay starting from Rs 1,790
    2. Trek to Bijli Mahadev starting from Rs 1000|
    3. Bhrigu Lake Trek starting from Rs 5,299
    4. Chanderkhani Pass Trek starting from Rs 9,900

  • Q. Which are the best places to visit in Manali with family?

    Tourist places in Manali never cease to amaze with their picturesque serenity and the wonderful charm typical of mountain regions. Click here to check out the places to visit in Manali.

    Hidimba Devi Temple  (This ancient 15th-century temple, is dedicated to Goddess Hidimba who was the wife of Bheem, one of the Pandavas)
    2. Solang Valley (The elevation of Solang Valley is such that it offers a perfect place to play in the snow and go skiing on the slopes)
    3. Rohtang Pass (You will see panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and flower-covered patches all around)
    4. Manu Temple ( the views of tall hills blanketed with lush green forests this temple offers make spectators gasp for breath)
    5. Old Manali (The idyllic village setting will make you feel like you have walked into the happy and hippie 1960s)
    6. Manali Sanctuary (See dense thickets of trees like poplar, willows, horse chestnut, deodars, and thickets of blazing red rhododendrons)

  • Q. Is Kullu and Manali same?

    No, Kullu and Manali are two different places, nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayan range. Kullu is a valley with many scenic sights and apple orchards while Manali is a hill top destination which is surrounded by splashing rivers and wide mountain ranges that sprawl across the entire scenery around Manali.

  • Q. Is Manali worth visiting?

    Yes, Manali is one of the top travel destinations for adventure enthusiasts and honeymoon couples. Every year, during the summer and winter seasons, Manali trends as one of the hottest places to visit on a hill station. The adventure activities and sports which take place in this land of mystic charm, attract thousands of tourists each year.

  • Q. Is Kullu better than Manali?

    No, as a valley, Kullu does not have much to offer to tourists, who will not require more than a few hours to traverse the beauty of the landscape, shop for woollen shawls and caps and observe the beautiful greenery around the valley. On the other hand, Manali offers greater thrill to visitors.

  • Q. Why Kullu Manali is famous?

    Kullu Manali is a picturesque valley and hill station, which is unique in the landscape and tourist spots that they offer. One can find ample places and temples to visit in Kullu Manali, which are not to be spotted elsewhere, making the place popular among travellers and vacationers.

  • Q. Is Kullu Manali safe?

    The recent natural devastation of Kedarnath and incidents of landslides and thunderstorms in Uttarakhand might have left people in doubt about the safety of visiting the hill station. However, early warning systems can alert tourists of any incoming calamity so there is nothing to be afraid of, when you visit the hill station.

  • Q. Which is the best time to visit Kullu Manali?

    The winter season between the months of October to February and the summer season between the months of March until June are considered to be the best time to visit Kullu Manali.

  • Q. Which is better place to stay Kullu or Manali?

    Kullu is generally warmer than Manali and falls short of options for accommodation and sightseeing. Tourists who wish to experience the true delight of the weather at the hill station should stay at Manali where they will also find a variety of budget and opulent hotels to stay at.

  • Q. How many days need in Manali?

    Manali can be covered in around 3 to 4 days including all the major tourist attractions and places of visit. You can pick a tour to benefit from an itinerary for your trip.