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  • Places to visit near Manali are phenomenal and, will put you under a spell with its beguiling bounties. Here, you can delve in the serene environs of the Beas River or can feed your adrenaline rush with exciting adventures at Solang Valley. Marking their presence in amazing vacation destinations, these places are appropriate choice to spend quality time with your folks.

    With a myriad of places near Manali namely, Rohtang Pass, Parvati Valley, Mandi, Kasol, Kunzum Pass, and, several other Himalayan beauties, this hill station, is a frequented tourist spot all around the year. Be it a peaceful pilgrimage site or hot spring water, here you can have everything to fulfil the needs of craving soul.
     

    Are you a Trekker? Several places in the vicinity of Manali like Kheerganga, serve as the nerve center of the best trails, with smooth as well as strenuous terrains. The climate of the region is forever enticing and, can be toured anytime. So, leave back the can of worms and, surrender yourself to the beauty of this region.

    Here are some of the best places to visit near Manali:

  • 01Rohtang Pass

    The pride of “Pir Panjal Range” of Himalayas, Rohtang Pass is ancient trade route, connecting Kullu, Lahaul, and Spiti. Lying at an altitude of 3,978 ft, this alluring pass is one of the best places to visit near Manali.

    This scenic road displays the wonders of mountain terrains which are absolutely indescribable.

    Things to do:
    Here you can delve in various adventures like Heliskiing in which you will be skiing through the snow but instead of a ski-lift, there will be a helicopter,Snow scooter riding is another activity you can experience here.

    Distance from Manali:
    The pass is located at a distance of almost 51 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    Reaching out to Rohtang Pass is very easy, you can either hire a taxi or can take a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus which will take approximately 2 hrs.

  • 02Kasol

    Quiet and serene” valley seated beautifully between Manikaran and Bhuntar, Kasol is one of the best places to visit near Manali. Renowned for the trekking trails and splendid picturesque, it is the hidden gem of Himalayan peaks.

    The beauty of the place cannot be described in words and, one needs to witness this place to experience the serenity of the atmosphere.

    Things to do: 
    Trekking, Nature walk, and a lot more adventures.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at a distance of just 75 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    With great connectivity one can easily reach Kasol by taking a local bus or hiring a cab from Manali.

  • 03Solang Valley

    Seeking for adventure? This beautiful valley situated atop the Kullu Valley, is ideal for all sorts of adventure sports. Frequented by travelers all around the year, this is one of the most impressive places near Manali.

    In winters the valley glitters with sparkling snow and, in summers boasts with lush green environs.

    Things to do: 
    Here one can indulge in parachuting, zorbing, paragliding,horse riding etc. in the summers and, in winter can witness Skiing.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Solang Valley is at a distance of almost 13 km from Manali

    How to reach: 
    You either drive up to place or, can hire a bus or taxi which is available all through the year.

  • 04Kheerganga

    Kheerganga

    Experience the “Once in a lifetime experience” at the Kheerganga trek which is a blend of moderate and difficult terrains. It is undoubtedly a paradise for an adventure buff as this place is jam-packed with an abundance of surprises of nature.

    The tranquility is interwoven in the aura of the hillocks and is perfect for finding solace in the laps of nature.

    Things to do:
    Trekking, Sightseeing etc.

    Distance from Manali:
    Situated at a distance of 98 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    You can either hire a private taxi or drive up to Barshaini from where you can hike up to Kheerganga.

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  • 05Tosh Valley

    Located close to Kasol this “Land of wanderlust” is a small village at an elevation of 2,400 meters. This enchanting valley invites several tourists from all over the world.

    One of the must do things is to capture a glimpse at the 0 KM milestone which is a picture-perfect spot adorned with colorful Tibetan flags.

    Things to do: 
    Visit Tosh Mandir, Explore various waterfalls, Hiking etc.

    Distance from Manali: 
    It is situated at a distance of almost 96 km.

    How to reach: 
    You can either hire a private taxi or can take a local bus to Barsheni and from there take a mode of private transport to the destination.

  • 06Parvati Valley

    Parvati Valley

    Beautiful places often lie hidden in the corners and, Parvati Valley is one of such natural wonders. This alluring valley will spellbind you in its charm as it showcases mind-boggling slants.

    You can even stroll down to the Parvati river, arched by looming pine trees which contribute to the beauty of the place.

    Things to do: 
    There are numerous things do in Parvati Valley like walking by the Parvati river, try Israeli food, witness various treks and many more.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at a distance of almost 72 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    One can hire a taxi or bus to Parvati valley from Kasol.

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  • 07Bhrigu Lake

    Bhrigu Lake

    Famed as the “Pool of Gods”, Bhrigu Lake is a spectacular water body attracting tourists from all the verticals of the globe. This glacial lake is pole star of mesmerizing views, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Range and snow-covered pines.

    One touring this place will leave back his heart with it as here, every time you take a glance at the landscape, the moment will freeze due to its enchanting beauty.

    Things to do: 
    Trekking, Sightseeing and, exploring the corners of the Lake.

    Distance from Manali: 
    The distance of Bhrigu Lake is almost 18 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    One can reach out to Gulaba by a taxi or bus and then hike up the lake.

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  • 08Gulaba

    Also known as the snow line of Manali, Gulaba is an amazing alternative to reach Rohtang Pass. Here one can explore the beautiful hillocks covered by the fresh snow throughout the year.

    This quiet little town is one of the best places to visit near Manali. Here you can indulge in various activities like skiing, trekking, camping and several others.

    Things to do: 
    Here you can experience Trekking, Paragliding, Hiking, Camping etc.   

    Distance from Manali: 
    It is about a 2 to 2.5 hours drive from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    There is no local transport operating in this region, you need to hire a private taxi only.

  • 09Kunzum Pass

    Tucked on the route to Kaza, this high mountain pass connects three valleys namely, Spiti, Lahaul, and Kullu. From here, one can also trek to the Chandratal, which is a slice of Spiti and, magnetizes masses from every corner.

    This high elevation pass, lies in the eastern Kunzum Range and, has several hairpin turns which will definitely tingle your spine.

    Distance from Manali:
    Located at a distance of almost 555 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    Hiring a taxi or driving up to the Kunzum Pass is the easiest option by taking Leh-Manali highway running over 130 km.

  • 10Malana

    This appealing village holding traces of history, is known for its mysterious hills. If you are adventure buff then it's truly a paradise for you, with a plethora of enthralling adventures. Seated 9,938 ft above the sea level this is one of the most magnetizing places to visit near Manali.

    So get equipped to trek up to the Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol Pass, the beauties of the Malana village.

    Things to do: 
    Trekking, sightseeing, and hiking.

    Distance from Manali: 
    This distance is almost 83 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    You can either take a direct cab or can take a bus to Kasol and then reach Malana by taxi.

  • 11Beas River

    The pristine river flowing through Himachal and Punjab, bears a trail of history. One of the longest flowing rivers in the northern province Beas, passes through the dense pine forests of Manali.

    With striking backdrops and refreshing aura, this river attracts the adventurists from near and far.

    Things to do: 
    Here one can savor the thrill in various adventure sports like rafting, biking, cycling, and trekking.    

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at distance of approximately 265 km from Manali. 

    How to reach: 
    There is no direct connectivity to Beas river all you need to do its either drive up to the place or hire a taxi.

  • 12Rahala Waterfalls

    Submerge in the beauty of nature at this pristine waterfall surrounded by silver birch trees, dense forests and, scenic splendors. One of the best places near Manali, this fall lies at an altitude of 9,000 feet which displays overwhelming views of plunging water.

    Every explorer visiting this place will return back with a chest of beautiful discoveries.

    Things to do: 
    One can trace the trekking trails which lead to Rahala falls.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Situated at a distance of almost 17 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    One can hire a taxi or bus to Gulaba and then trek to the Rahala falls.

  • 13Mandi

    Often called as the “Varanasi of the Hills” dues to the relics from history, the place holds its place in the prominent sites. With 81 Shiva temples, Mandi is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites, by the devotees of Shiva.

    Here, you can easily spot elegant carving and sculptors of the old back days.

    Things to do: 
    Worship at various ancient temples, Prashar Lake trek, Sightseeing and, lot more.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at a distance of approx 122 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    One can opt for a state transport bus which operates from Manali to Mandi or can hire a private taxi which takes almost 2 hours

  • 14Great Himalayan National Park

    Sprawling over 754 square area this splendid National Park houses variant species of flora and fauna. Primarily featuring deodar, pine, chestnut, alpine herbs and a lot more, the Park boasts its 375 unique species of various kinds.

    Housing abundance of animals, mammals, birds, and reptiles this ecozone is well suited for sightseeing.

    Things to do:
    Sightseeing, Trekking

    Distance from Manali:
    The National Park is located at a distance of 49 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    There are no concrete rods to the place but one can take the gravel roads to reach the National Park.

  • 15 Arjun Gufa

    Holding the traces of history, Arjuna Gufa is one of the most visited places near Manali. These majestic caves are seated on the banks of the river, Beas, and displays jaw-dropping landscapes. With a great belief, that Arjun the eldest of the Pandava brothers meditated at these tranquil and quiet caves, which later came to be called on his name.

    If you are a solitude seeker, then the place should definitely be a part of your destinations list. 

    Distance from Manali: 
    It is located at a distance of almost 21 km.

    How to reach: 
    One can either hire a taxi or can take a local bus.

  • 16Jagatsukh

    Yet another unreal amaze lying close to Manali, houses a historically rich Jagatsukh temple. This beautiful small village offers striking views of hillocks covered by the snow, which will bind you in its charm.

    This segment of the Himalayas lying in the vicinity of Manali is one of the most spiritual places to visit near Manali, with your friends and family.

    Things to do: 
    Visit the Jagatsukh temple, Gaurishankar temple, and several others.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at a distance of almost 13 km from Manali

    How to reach: 
    There is no local transport available, one needs to hire a private taxi to reach the destination.

  • 17Tattapani

    The unexploited serene river famous for its hot spring water which flows on the beds of Tattapani. Here you can indulge in swimming across the river or, can just relax in a peaceful environment.

    The water is said to have exceptional healing powers, but the facts say it is due to the presence of Sulphur.

    Things to do: 
    Trekking, Camping, Mountain Biking, River Rafting etc.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at a distance of almost 262 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    With a little low road connectivity one can go via bus from Manali to Karnal and then hire a private taxi.

  • 18Pandoh Dam And Lake

    Indeed one of the best man-made marvels is, Pandoh Dam and Lake. Diverting the water to river Beas, this eye-opening beauty is a must-visit for an adventure enthusiast. Before the water of this Dam is merged with the Sutlej river, it is used as a major source of power generation for the region

    This secluded Dam, is a perfect place to dive into the fresh water and, rejuvenate each and every corner of the soul.

    Distance from Manali: 
    Located at distance of almost 88 km from Manali.

    How to reach: 
    One can reach out to the Dam either by a private taxi or by Local bus operating in the region.

  • 19Naggar

    Undeniably, a lovely segment of the Himalayan Range is Naggar. With several unexplored slices, this quaint town offers stunning natural beauty. This town is a perfect fusion of majestic snow-covered hills and, crystal clear pristine rivers extending beautiful plight.

    One visiting this place should not miss out on the famous folk art museum and various other spiritual sites.

    Things to do: 
    Trekking, Fishing, Visiting Art folk museum, and several other things.

    Distance from Manali: 
    It is located at a distance of approx 21 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    One can even travel from an HRTC bus or hire a cab.

  • 20Manikaran

    Yet another destination marking its place in one of the best places to visit near Manali is, Manikaran. Located in the Parvati Valley, at an altitude of 1760 m, this beautiful town draws tourists from all the segments.

    With several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs, this site has immense spiritual importance. Moreover the environs of this quaint town are pious and, perfect for peace dwellers.

    Things to do:
    Explore hot spring water, Kulant Pith, Harinder Mountain and, pay a visit at Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, Manikaran temple and several others.

    Distance from Manali:
    Located at a distance of almost 80 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    There are no connecting buses or trains, one needs to hire a taxi to reach the destination.

  • 21Jogini Falls

    Elegantly plummeting waterfall, proffering paradisaic views can be hiked up from the Vashisht temple. Tracing the bewildering trails with several highs and lows, you can witness the lovely fall in the end.

    You can delve in perfect leisure time in here and, explore all the unexplored quarters of the region.

    Things to do:
    Sightseeing, Relaxing in the water etc.

    Distance from Manali:
    Located at a distance of less than 5 km from Manali.

    How to reach:
    One can either hire a taxi or cab from Manali to Jogini Falls.

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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.

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

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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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.

Height:
 The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.

Location:
 From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.

Best time to visit:
 Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.

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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.

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

Location:
 Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.

Best time to visit:
 The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road

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Jispa

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.

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

Location: 
Jispa Village is a main stop for Leh travelers and it is located 120 kms away from Manali. Keylong is in the north of Jispa about 20 km away and Darch is in the south about 7 km away. You can come to Jispa if you take the Manali-Leh Highway. The nearest airport to Jispa is Kullu that is situated at a distance of 180 kms.

Best time to visit:
 The peak tourist season is starting in May and continues till October. After that, the roads will be covered by heavy snowflakes.

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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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Darcha

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.

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

Location:
 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.

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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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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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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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