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  • With so many great options on the list of tourist places, it can get a bit confusing to find best places to visit in Manali. Located at a distance of 540 km from the national capital, Delhi, and 250 km from the state capital, Shimla, Manali is a resort town in Himachal Pradesh. It is a high-altitude town and has an elevation of 6726 feet.

    Manali is quite popular in India and beyond for the wonders of nature, it is blessed with. Local and foreign tourists visit Manali all through the year to gaze at its beautiful landscapes and enjoy the fun of adventure activities at Manali tourist places.

    Manali is visited by tourists during all the seasons since it exhibits different charm during different seasons and there are many places to see in Manali for every season. During winters, it receives heavy snowfall, so it is mostly frequented by the lovers of adventure sports who have some great experiences to try here like skiing, paragliding, winter trekking among many others.

    But, most tourists prefer to visit Manali between April to June during summers because that is when the magical views of lush green alpine forests and green velvet-like meadows with snow-covered mountains in the backdrop can be witnessed.

    Manali has some popular trekking options like Hampta Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Deo Tibba Base Camp, etc., and other activities like camping, rafting can also be availed of here with great ease. It even has a number of ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries with great religious significances, which is why it is just not a place for thrill-seekers, mountain-lovers and honeymoon couples, but also for devotees who come and visit the famous religious places here. 

    When it comes to activities and experiences, the options in Manali are almost endless, and no matter which season you visit Manali in, disappointment is out of the question.

    Some of the best Manali Tourist Places:

    - Jogni Waterfall

    - Hadimba Temple

    - Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple

    - The Great Himalayan National Park

    - Cafe 1947

  • Best Places to Visit in Manali

  • 01Hadimba Temple

    Hadimba Temple
    Image Credit : wikipedia

    A temple dedicated to the mythical demon goddess Hidimba, the wife of Bhima from the Mahabharata, this temple is amongst the top draws for tourists in Manali. The temple was constructed in 1553 and is one of the most famous places to visit in Manali.

    The wood and stonework are reminiscent of the Japanese pagodas as well as the Indian style of temple architecture.The most beautiful facet of this temple is that it is covered by Cedar forests at its foothills and is built on a large rock top that juts out through the ground.

    The temple has stunningly carved wooden doors and 24 metres tall Shikhar at its height. The temple also has a sinister past though, as it is believed that in the past, religious practitioners would tie the hands of sinners by the rope and swing them against the rock. About seventy metres away from the temple lies another monument, which is built in honour of the child of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkacha.

    Timing: 08:00 Am to 07:00 PM.

    Entry Fee: None

    Photography Allowed or not: Yes

  • 02Solang Valley

    Solang Valley
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    If you are done with roaming around the common Manali tourist places, the head out to Solang Valley. Laying between Solang Village and Beas Kund, Solang Valley derives its name from to separate words namely, Solang (the village nearby) and Nullah (Water Stream). A beautiful valley situated at a distance of about 13km from Manali, it is best known for its awe-inspiring views and being a favourite destination for honeymooners in India.

     From Solang Nullah, one can get a majestic view of the glaciers, the snowcapped peaks near the Rohtang Pass and vast plains of snow and ice. The elevation of Solang Nullah is such that it offers a perfect place to play in the snow and go skiing on the slopes. The guest house of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is also situated here.

    The institute organized winter skiing festival each year and opens up classes and workshops for tourists and travellers as well. You can feel like a child once again as you slip, slide and play in the snow! As the summer sets in, the area becomes a hub for adventurists seeking various activities such as parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and horse riding. The area also has a number of trekking and camping packages making it a favourite amongst adventurers and thrill seekers.

    Distance from Manali: 13Km

    How to get there: By Road via the Leh- Manali highway on the route that passes through Vashisht.

    Best time to Visit: December to May

    Attractions/Activities: Skiing, Snow Play, Zorbing, Parachuting, Biking, Paragliding, Horse Riding

    Type of destination: Adventure

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  • 03Rohtang Pass

    The postern to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Rohtang Pass is one of the most exciting Manali tourist places. Located at a distance of 51km from the town of Manali, it falls on the Manali- Keylong Highway and is one of the highest and most spectacular passes in the region. 

    The pass acts as a natural divide between the valleys of Kullu and mountains of Lahaul and Spiti creating a beautiful amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The slope attracts people from all over the region to appreciate its beautiful views and fresh snow! However, be warned that to visit this pass one needs permission from the Indian Army that clears the snow in order for the vehicles to pass smoothly. 

    There are a number of adventure sports that can keep you interested such as skiing, skating, paragliding, snow scooter, and more. A little ahead of the Rohtang Pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin peaks of Gaypan, which are known for their sweeping views of the entire Kullu valley. The place is best visited during the months of summer as during the winter the entire area is covered under a thick blanket of snow and ice. 

    However, the pass does have a sinister history as the name itself translates to mean ‘The ground of Corpses’ referring to the number of people who have lost their lives making their way up this tricky but beautiful mountain range. So, be warned not to take risks and to listen to safety instruction or read up on them before you visit the pass.

    Distance from Manali: 51 Km

    How to get there: Follow the Manali to Keylong highway by bus or car

    Best time to Visit: April to May

    Attractions/Activities: Skiing, Ice-skating, Paragliding, Snow Biking

    Type of destination: Historic and adventure

  • 04Jogni Waterfalls

    Jogni Waterfalls

    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 Jogni waterfalls 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

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  • 05The Great Himalayan National Park

    The Great Himalayan National Park
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    This Park spread over 452 sq. mi is located at a distance of 70 km from Manali town and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The altitude in this park ranges from as low as 1,800 m to as high as 5,800 m. It is home to some of the threatened fauna species and claims some of the most scenic natural settings in the Himalayas. 

    However, popular among Indian and foreign tourists, this region has been resolved to be left “Roadless” to avoid undue human interference, which is the reason why you can find nature in the unadulterated form here.

    An ideal, quiet place for nature and adventure enthusiasts, this place laced with alpine meadows, riverine forests and snow-capped mountain peaks is definitely among the most beautiful places to see in Manali and this is also one of the best places to go camping in Manali.

    Distance from Manali: 70 km

    Best time to visit: March to June and then September to November

    Also Check out the amazing experience of Rafting in Manali !

  • 06Manu Temple

    Manu Temple
    Image Credit : Himalayan Institute

    This historical Hindu temple, dedicated to Sage Manu, is a place of great religious significance to Hindus. There are many interesting folktales associated with the establishment of this temple which you can learn about when you visit this place.

    All around the year, pilgrims and tourists in great numbers flock into this temple located in Old Manali. This is a must-visit place, not only because of its religious significance but also because of its ancient, beautiful architecture and wooden carving.

    Moreover, the views of tall hills blanketed with lush green forests this temple offers make spectators gasp for breath. The serene atmosphere of this place is soul-pleasing. Visit this place during your trip to Manali for an otherworldly experience.

    Best time to visit: May to June

    Distance from Manali: 2 km from Manali town

    You can also check out here some of the best resorts of Manali to make your stay easy and comfortable.

  • 07Cafe 1947

    Cafe 1947

    One of the oldest and best-known cafes in Old Manali and also the best Manali tourist places, 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 the world, Indian and European cuisine. 

    Get your favourite 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.

    Check our list for things to do on a Manali trip that will make your trip full of memories.

    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.

  • 08Old Manali

    Old Manali
    Image Credit : wikipedia

    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, the 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 pass 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.

  • 09Arjun Gufa (Arjun Cave)

    Arjun Gufa (Arjun Cave)

    About 5km from Manali, as you take the road that goes towards Naggar, you will arrive at this destination which is known as Arjun Gunfa. One of the offbeat places to visit in Manali, it is replete with thousands of years’ worth of legends, folklore and tales. 

    The caves are situated on the left banks of the Beas River in a village called Prini. Legend has it that Arjuna from the epic of Mahabharata actually performed his penance here in order to attain greater dexterity to handle a weapon called Pashupati Astra.

     Religious beliefs notwithstanding, people from all over the world visit this captivating site in order to see its natural rock formations and beauty. Close to the Arjun Gunfa, you can also take an excursion up to visit the Kunt Bhayo Lake and the Kunto Matha Temple, each of which is beautiful in its own right. 

    The caves offer uncharacteristic calmness, serenity and solitude away from the crowds at Manali. However, it is advised that you visit the caves under appropriate light conditions in the broad daylight.

    Timing: Open all day

    Entry Fee: None

    Photography Allowed: Yes

  • 10The Manali Gompa

    The Manali Gompa

    Also known as Gadhan Thekchholing Gompa, the Manali Gompa was built by Tibetan refugees way back in the 1960s. This is one of the most renowned places to visit in Manali and lends visitors with an incomparable feeling of peace and solitude. Although small in size, it is blessed with spiritual energy that exudes out of it and lends an unmistakable aura of godliness. No wonder then it is one of the tops draws for tourists all over the world to seek blessings at. 

    The architecture is in a distinctive pagoda style and the exteriors are decorated with paintings and murals that best describe the culture and philosophies of Buddhism. The main theme that shines forth amongst all of these is the Buddhist philosophy of non-violence. 

    The paintings inside the temple depict the ‘Kaal Chakra’ or the flow of events in the life of Buddha. Well inside the complex, you can also pick up a few Tibetan handicrafts and take them back home as memorable souvenirs to remember this wonderful place also near to this there are many things to do so that you can get a fun trip of Man, li not a boring one.

    Timing: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM

    Entry Fee: None

    Photography Allowed: Yes

  • 11Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple

    Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
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    This ancient Buddhist monastery with Pagoda-styled structure is among the major Manali tourist places. Its fascinating Tibetan style architecture is worth admiring. The elements that make this temple so popular are the massive, two-storey-tall statue of Lord Buddha and eye-catching wall paintings it houses. 

    Visit this temple for the serenity and positivity that fills this place. A visit to this place is incomplete without a few minutes of meditation to take a peek into the life of Buddhist monks. Located amidst the bustling mall road of Manali, the quietness of this Monastery is in sharp contrast with what lies outside its premises.

    Location: Mall Road, Manali

    Best Time to Visit: October to May

  • 12Pandoh Dam

    Pandoh Dam
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    About 6km from the town of Pandoh is the stunning sight of the Pandoh Dam which provides a sight for the sore eyes. This is one of the best places to visit in Manali if you are looking to spend time in a virgin, unexplored place.  The dam is built over the Beas River and lies in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a part of the hydroelectric energy generation project of India. 

    The dam is surrounded by tall pine trees and the verdant green hills of the Himalayas. Although swimming and water activities are banned in the catchment areas, you can still enjoy the greenery and scenic beauty around the dam. The dam can be easily reached by road as a rough road leads right up to the dam. However, prior permission from authorities is required to visit the dam.

     The place is ideal for weekend treks, picnics, and a day outing. There is also a small island in the middle of the lake which is perfect for just relaxing with the sight of cool water all around you! The dam is especially suited for the click-happy photo lovers out there who want to catch a sight of nature in all its glory. The sight of the blue and green water reservoir surely makes up for some great shots.

    Timing: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

    Entry Fee: None

    Photography Allowed: Yes

  • 13Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temple

    Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temple
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    About 3km from Manali is a beautiful natural wonder called Vashisht hot water springs, these are sulphur springs which spout hot water all year long and are said to have medicinal properties. It is believed that the water can cure a number of skin infection and diseases including eczema, psoriasis and others. Of course, you need not be worried about safety as there are separate baths for both men and women. Well decorated, they are fitted with Turkish style showers so that you can regulate the flow of hot and cold water.

     There are also a number of ancient temples in the vicinity which make it one of the must places to visit in Manali. Indulging in a dip with the gorgeous Himalayas on the backdrop is surely an unforgettable experience.

    Timing: 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:00PM to 10:00 PM

    Entry Fee: No   

    Photography allowed: Yes

  • 14The Castle Manali

    The Castle Manali
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    Situated in the Naggar town amidst stunning hills, the Naggar castle is one of its most enduring monuments. Constructed of stone and wood, it as a beautiful combination of Indian and western sensibilities of architecture.

    The palace that once served as a residence to Raja Sidh Singh Kullu, has since served the purposes of being a rest house and is now heritage hotel that is managed by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and is one of the prettiest places to see in Manali. Replete with cosy fireplaces, swirling staircases and captivating stone and woodwork that graces the outer façade.

    Inside, you can even appreciate the magnificent art of Roerich- the famous Russian painter who came to Manali. If you want to take back some souvenirs, you can fill up your bag with wall hangings, coasters, as well as the Roerich paintings. The castle provides awe-inspiring views of the Kullu Valley and rests in peaceful reverie as the holy river of Beas flows merrily by.

    Timing: 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days.

    Entry Fee: 15 INR Per Person

    Photography Allowed: Yes

    You can also book best of Himachal tour package to explore more in Himachal.

  • 15 Nehru Kund

     Nehru Kund
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    It is a natural spring located on Manali-Leh highway at a very short distance from Manali. The spring was named after India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who drank water from this spring and often visited it during his stay in Manali. 

    The spring is believed to originate from Bhrigu Lake and is considered auspicious by the local people of this region. Nehru Kund is a popular attraction for tourists and is among the places to see in Manali. 

    When in Manali, one must visit this place, drink crystal clear water from this spring and experience the serenity that envelopes this place. The landscape that can be witnessed from here owing to the location of this place is another reason why this is among the best places to visit in Manali.

    Distance from Manali: 5 km

    Best time to visit: May to October

  • 16Van Vihar National Park

    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 provides 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

  • 17Rahalla Falls

    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 stopover 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

  • 18Manali Winter Carnival

    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. Collect the knowledge about best things to do in Manali and the affordable Manali tour packages from here.

    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

  • 19Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

    Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
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    This museum was established in 1998 to exhibit the cultural and folk art and antiques of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at a short distance from the famous Hidimba Devi Temple of Manali. The museum houses a very interesting and impressive collection of antique articles and other items reflecting the culture and heritage of Himachal Pradesh. 

    From Himachali traditional dresses and Himachali kitchenware to traditional ornaments, there is so much to look at and absorb here. If Himachali culture interests you, start your research here because this museum will give you the overview of this culture and is among the best places to visit in Manali.

    Distance from Manali: 2 km from Manali main town

    Entry Ticket: Rs.10

  • Best Places to Visit near Manali

  • 20Kasol

    Image Credit : wikipedia

    Sitting quietly in the Parvati valley between the hill stations of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol is an ideal getaway that provides stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Easily reached by road from the town of Manali, it attracts visitors from the world over to appreciate its distinct, untouched beauty once they are done with the clamour of places to see in Manali. 

    The quiet surroundings, low population and a relatively moderate climate throughout the year, bring backpackers to Kasol year after year. The hippie vibe of the village is so strong that there are tiny settlements which welcome backpackers to set up camps here, any time of the year. It is also the start point of various treks such as Sarpass, Pin Parvati and Khirganga. The pretty coniferous forests, cheerful, happy streams and a happy cultural vibe, all of them contribute to making Kasol a top draw for tourists all over the world!

    Distance from Manali: 75km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Attractions: Quiet and serene Valleys

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Culture

    Check some of the guides of Kasol:

    Where to stay: Best resorts in Kasol

    18 Best Places to visit in Kasol that will be permanently captured on the films of your heart.


  • 21Hampta Pass

    Hampta Pass

    Hampta Pass is a small corridor connecting two beautiful valleys of Himachal –Lahaul & Kullu and is a popular name among trekkers since it is one of the best treks available in this region. It is a beginner’s delight due to what one gets to experience on this low-difficulty trek. 

    The best part about this trek is that you can witness varied landscapes on the way since it is the connecting point of two beautiful valleys. The spellbinding landscape of this place attracts travellers and photographers from all over the world. Lying to the south-east of Manali at an altitude of 4270 m, this place boasts of some of the most picturesque surroundings in the entire Himachal which makes it one of the best places to visit in Manali. 

    A trek to Hampta Pass offers almost everything one can expect on a Himalayan trek; from alpine forests, glacial valley too long stretches of meadows. Views of majestic Mt. Deotibba and Mt. Indraasan can be enjoyed during this trek.

    Distance from Manali: 15 km

    Best time to visit: Mid-June to Mid-October

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    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2018

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  • 22Malana

    Malana
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    An ancient village lying to the northeast of the Kullu valley, Malana has always intrigued visitors from all over the world to explore its unique culture and get to know more about its lifestyle and is a common destination on places to see in Malana and around. Isolated from the outside world in the truest sense of the word, it is a place that has retained ancient values and is one of the oldest democracies in the world.

     Unperturbed by the evils of the modern day, the people of Malana are the ones who guard their cultural with a ferocity that has earned them quite a reputation. The village has its own parliamentary system and has been following its own governance structures independent of the rest of the country. Laying in the shadow of Deotibba and Chanderkhani peaks, it is surely a place that is abundant with natural beauty. You must take a tour of Chanderkhani pass trek to view the natural beauty from the heights.

    The most interesting fact about the village is that it is an economy that rests almost exclusively on the production and selling of ‘Malana Cream’ a strain of cannabis that is unique and rumoured to be the purest ever! The gushes of the Malana River flow by the village, lending it an almost unearthly, ethereal beauty. 

    However, be warned that the villagers are known to be wary of outsiders and do not appreciate or approve of any physical contact or even a conversation in their local language, ‘Kinashi’. The residents are believed to be the direct lineage of Alexander the Great that lends them their unique features and an aura of touch me, not purity!

    Distance from Manali: 83Kms

    How to get there: Follow the NH21 till Naggar and then take the Manikaran Road from Bhuntar. Most state transport buses do ply on this route but one has to trek for a couple of hours to actually reach the Malana village.

    Best time to Visit: March to October

    Attractions/Activities: Trekking

    Type of destination: Trekking and Backpacking

  • 23Bhrigu 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

    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2018, Manali

    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2018, Manali

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  • 24Gulaba

    Gulaba

    This scenic village in Himachal Pradesh is named after Raja Gulab Singh who camped here when he was invading China. The major attraction of this place is snow that can be seen here all the year. However, parts of this village turn green during summers which add a different sort of charm. 

    Gulaba can easily be put on the list of the most picturesque places in Himachal Pradesh. Since this region receives heavy snowfall, it has developed as a popular hub for those who lust after snow adventure sports. 

    Located in Pir Panjal Range at a height of 4300 m, Gulaba is definitely a popular one among Manali tourist places, of course owing to its beautiful, dreamy landscape and the options available for adventure enthusiasts here like skiing and paragliding.

    Distance from Manali: 27 km

    Best Time to Visit: April-June & October-January

  • 25Beas River

    Beas River
    Image Credit : wikipedia

    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

  • 26Manikaran

    Manikaran
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    80 km from Manali, located in the Parvati valley, this place is popular for its hot water springs and is frequented by visitors due to the famous Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib that is located here. Besides, Manikaran also houses the famous temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Rama that attract pilgrims from different parts of the country. 

    This is a place of religious significance for Hindus and has a few tales associated with it. The serenity and the scenic beauty that Parvati River adds to this place makes this an important one among Manali tourist places. 

    There are also various beautiful places in the vicinity of Manikaran that are worth a visit. Moreover, easy trekking options available in this region make Manikaran a hotspot for adventure-lovers as well.

    Distance from Manali: 80 km

    Best time to visit: April to June

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    Naggar Village

    This is an ancient town situated on the left bank of Beas River at a height of 2047 m and is one of the best places to visit in Manali. This town has numerous interesting sites for tourists to explore. Naggar holds historical significance as it was the capital of Kullu for 1400 years. 

    The major tourist attractions in Naggar are Naggar Castle, Gowri Shankar temple, Nicholas Roerich art gallery & museum and Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery. This is an ideal place to explore the historical and cultural side of Manali. Naggar is also perfect for spending some time relaxing in the lap of nature.

    Distance from Manali: 20 km

    Best Time to Visit: October & November

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    Located at the foothills of Rohtang Pass, Kothi is a small village with extraordinarily beautiful scenery that makes it easily one of the best places in Manali. 

    The picturesqueness of this village is made up of elements like its green meadows, the blue water of the Beas River that flows across it, and the white, snow-covered mountains standing tall beside it. Due to the exceptional beauty of this village, it has been featured in many Bollywood movies. 

    This village has also hosted several great poets and painters and inspired them to enhance their artistry. Kothi is also popular for its geothermal springs. It is an ideal location to come and relax at while admiring the image of God that he turned into reality in the form of Kothi.

    Distance from Manali: 12 km

    Best Time to Visit: April to June

Adventure in Manali

Trekking in Manali

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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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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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Malana

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 

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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

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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pandoh Dam

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. 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 of God’s stunning creations.

Also check: Camping in the immaculate panorama of Manali

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Monkey Point

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.
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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           

Activities:

-Folk Dances

-Music

-Bazaars

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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.


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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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Kuthar Fort

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

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

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

Best Time: Open all year round.

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