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  • Short Treks in Manali encompass Lamadugh Trek, Bijli Mahadev Trek, Bhrigu Trek, Beas Kund Trek, Chanderkhani Trek, Jogini Waterfall Trek and many more.

    Daunting trails and panoramic landscapes dominate the Short Treks around Manali, regardless of when you visit the beautiful hill station. As an adventurer, you must have the
    tingling sensation somewhere deep inside your heart, even if you accidentally pick up the word ‘trek’. Here, we will help you get acquainted with the best short treks near Manali.

    Steal Deal: Trek To Lamadugh With Camp Stay Flat 15% Off

    You may be looking for a break from your dreary lifestyle with a short outing in the Himalayas. In Manali, you can even conquer some of the short treks in a span of seven hours. Regardless of whether you are a trekking pro or an amateur, you will love the adventure that awaits you on the short treks in Manali.

    Best Deal: Bhrigu Lake And Beas Kund Trek at flat 40% Off

    Dotted with alpine vegetation, stunning lakes, and high mountains, these treks can give you precious memories to treasure.

    Here is the list of best short treks in Manali:

  • 01Lamadugh Trek

    Lamadugh Trek

    An explorer’s vision, the Lamadugh Trek is known for its breath-taking beauty. It is a two-day trek, and you will love absorbing the charm of nature here. Vast valleys with green vegetation feature the intrinsic charm of nature here. The trail takes the travellers through deodar and pine forests. As you ascend, the captivating beauty of the Upper Kullu Valley will rejuvenate your senses

    Famous peaks like Deo Tibba and Indrasan add to the trekkers’ delight on the way to the top. You will also experience the mesmerizing beauty of the Bara Shigri glacier.he last part of the trek involves a horizontal movement in the ridge while entering Lamadugh.

    Location: The trek starts from Old Manali, from Manu Temple and moves towards Lamadugh. Important places that lie in this trek include Manikaran, Hadimba Temple and Manu Temple.

    Altitude: 9900 feet

    Duration: 2 Days

    Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
    Trek to Lamadugh with Camp Stay - Flat 15% off

    Trek to Lamadugh with Camp Stay - Flat 15% off

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    O1,790

  • 02Bijli Mahadev Trek

    Bijli Mahadev Trek

    This trek is known for the electrifying experience that the trekkers enjoy at the Bijli Mahadev Temple, located in the Kullu Valley, on the top of the Mathan Hills. Besides, the travellers will get a first-hand experience of the enriched legacy and culture of the region. You will come across a typical specimen of hill architecture in the temple.

    Trekkers love to enjoy the tranquillity of the area. Look out for the colourful painting on the door of the temple and the finer details. Bijli Mahadev trek covers a varied landscape, including apple orchards, paddy fields, verdant forests and much more. The alluring visuals have been captivating travellers over the years.

    Location: Located to the East of the Kullu valley, the trek commences from the Jana village, which passes through Naggar, and then the ascent begins.

    Altitude: 8000 feet

    Duration: 1 day

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

    Trek to Bijli Mahadev

    Trek to Bijli Mahadev

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  • 03Bhrigu Trek

    Bhrigu Trek

    The Bhrigu Lake Trek takes the travellers through trails, where the pristine beauty of the lake, nested at an altitude of 14,000 ft allures their senses. The lake is situated close to the eastern part of the Rohtang Pass. You will come across some of the most attractive campsites in the Himalayas when you follow this trail. 

    This is among the best Short Treks in Manali, which you can complete within 4 days and amazingly experience snow on just the second day of the trek. Besides, the enchanting beauty of Pandu Ropa and Rola Kholi meadows make this trek a paradise for photographers. The lake remains covered in snow in winter, so it is advisable to take on this trail between May to September to witness the purity of nature.

    Location: Bhrigu lake is located in the Kullu District, to the east of the Rohtang Pass.

    Altitude: 14,000 feet

    Duration: 4 days

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2019, Manali

    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2019, Manali

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    O6,499

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    O5,299

  • 04Beas Trek

    Beas Trek

    The Beas Kund Trek takes you to the origin of the River Beas, where you can pitch the camp among meadows and forests. This trail delivers an easy to moderate trekking experience to the travellers. Besides, you would love to witness the panoramic views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. 

    The best time to go for this trek is from June to September. The alpine vegetation, birch trees and the picturesque Solang Valley will give you a divine sensation, and the mesmerizing glades, flora and fauna of the trail will surely quench your appetite for beauty.

    Location: The Beas Kund Trek is located in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. This trek starts from Manali and moves through the slopes of the Solang Valley. It moves on through Bhoj Patra to the Beas river.

    Altitude: 14,000 feet

    Duration: 6 days

    Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

    Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

    Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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    O9,200

  • 05Chanderkhani Trek

    Chanderkhani Trek

    If you are willing to take on one of the relatively easy Short Treks in Manali, try out the Chanderkhani Pass Trek. The trail passes through moderate slopes, following the path through the charming forests of deodar, chestnut, and alpine meadows. 

    Nature lovers would dearly love this visual treat once they get going with their journey. Chanderkhani Pass trek enables the visitors to cherish the spectacular view of mountain ranges, including the Parvati and Pir Panjal. Go for this trek between June and August for the best experience.

    Location: The Chanderkhani Trek is located in the Kullu district, between the villages of Pulag and Rumsu.

    Altitude: 11,970 feet

    Duration: 5 days

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

    Chanderkhani Pass Trek 2019, Himachal Pradesh

    Chanderkhani Pass Trek 2019, Himachal Pradesh

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    O12,000

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    O9,900

  • 06Jogini Waterfall Trek

    Jogini Waterfall Trek

    The Jogini Waterfall trek is noted for beautiful gorges and greenery of the vegetation around it, and you can watch the waterfall dropping from a height of 160 feet. It is among the easiest Short Treks in Manali. This trail has gained extensive popularity, as one can complete the trek in around 4 hours. The trekkers march through the trail, along with the apple plantations and pine trees. 

    Cross your paths with a number of small rivulets that come crawling along the way. The path is dotted with a few guest houses and places to eat. Within an hour, you will be at the base of the fall, however, it will take a little more time to reach the top of the waterfall and three more hours to get across to the Vashisth Temple.

    Location: The Jogini Waterfall Trek lies 7.5 Kms. from the Manali bus stand in Himachal Pradesh, close to the Vashisht Village.

    Altitude: 6,700 feet

    Duration: 1 Day

    Difficulty Level: Easy
    Trek to Jogini Waterfalls, Manali

    Trek to Jogini Waterfalls, Manali

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    O1,250

  • 07Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2019

    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2019
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    Departure Dates:

    August: 24,25,31
    September: 1,7,8,14,15,21,22,28,29
    October: 5,6,12,13
     

    About the Hampta Pass Trek:

    The Hampta Pass trekking package for five days has the starting point as Manali, the famous hub for all types of travel. From Manali, you will be taken to Jobra and then to Chika located at a height of about 10,100 feet. All these routes will have plenty of greenery, River Rani and the mountainous stretches on one side. Dhauladhar Ranges can be seen from Chika as you climb up to reach Balu ka Ghera and the impressive journey to catch the first glimpses of some of the best peaks in the Himalayas will be tremendous. Commonly referred to as the White Range, you’ll notice the mighty towers in Dhauladhar Ranges occupy the entire frame with meadows and flower-filled valleys dotted for the company.

    What awaits you next are the gradual slopes until you reach the mighty Hampta Pass and on the way, Hampta Village will be your host for some time. Discover the serene calmness that surrounds the valley, you might meet shepherds at this high altitude pass who visit the valley to nourish their sheep with the special grass that grows around the area.

    Your trek to the massive Pir Panjal Ranges and the ultimate destination of the trek is the beautiful Chandra Tal located amidst the pristine surroundings dominated by the white peaks and clouds above. A confluence of three paths – Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass and the green paradise will accompany you to achieve the height of about 14,100ft.

    On the fifth day of Hampta Pass Trek, you will travel from the lake directly to Manali after crossing Rohtang Pass and the humid Kullu Valley and the arid Lahaul and Spiti Valley and conclude the trip with multiple memories created in the midst of such a splendid serenity.


    About the Destination:

    Hampta Pass trek is giving each adventure lover an option to discover the unique landscape on the Manali side in Himachal Pradesh. It is a dream like an experience through the unusual and special one climbing out across the lush green valleys of Kullu to reach the overhanging mountains. From the top, you will witness the magnificent view of a different world below, the beautiful yet deserted Lahaul. The panoramic sweep of the valley from the summit will be a sight that will not leave you forever.

    An integral part of Manali’s topography, which is India’s favourite adventure zone, this trek is voted amongst the easiest of trails and most attractive to beginners. An exciting activity, being around Hampta Pass opens a whole new beautiful world. Coupled with a stopover at the eerie and placid Chandra Tal, this journey is replete with adventure and scenic moments.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature:  Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to -7°C

    Trekking Distance:  35km

    Maximum Altitude: 14,100ft

    Difficulty Level: Moderate 

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Manali

    Airport: Bhuntar airport which is 52 km away from Manali

    Base Camp: Manali

    ATM: You will find ATMs in Manali.

  • 08Patalsu Peak Trek, 2019 Flat 15% off

    Patalsu Peak Trek, 2019 Flat 15% off
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    About the Patalsu Peak Trek:

    An astounding peak that reaches up to 4,220m (13,845ft), the Patalsu Peak boasts of its scenic beauty and enchanting appeal. Located within the close proximity of the picturesque Kullu Valley, this soaring peak makes for an ideal trekking destination and is also one of the most sought after trekking destinations in the region.

    With moderate to challenging gradients, it entices a large number of trekkers from across the country. Though considered as a difficult one, the trekkers get rewarded with promising views and an amazing experience on completing this trek.


    About the destination:

    Nestled at the head of the beautiful Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh, Patalsu Peak climbs up to staggering heights of 4,220 meters to offer unmatched views of the surrounding Himalayan canvas. It is one of the most widely sought after treks in Himachal Pradesh. Though moderately challenging, the Patalsu Peak trek is ideal for very fit beginners. The trek pushes you through some steep inclines, narrow ridges and moraines, sure, but the backdrop of the engulfing snowy peaks make every minute of exertion worth it!

    Its moderate level gradients lure herds of trekkers into its snowy folds, with promises of 360-degree views of nature at its best. It also gives you the rush of a summit climb!

    The trek starts from the very famous Solang valley, and the trails coil through quaint little hamlets, alpine meadows and beautiful dense forests of oak and pine. It is also not uncommon to spot avian species like Khaleej and morals during the trek. The route to Patalsu Peak is lined with evergreen forests and eventually morphs into a rugged, uneven terrain. Though slightly taxing, the summit is a window to the expansive Himalayan grandeur, with giants like Friendship peak, Manali peaks, and Shitidhar looming up right before you!

    The magnificence of the mighty Himalayas lay bare, unveiled for you. Let your senses get lulled into a magical trance, and your soul feel right at peace amidst the wonderland of the Patalsu Peak trek.


    Quick Facts: 

    Altitude: 13,451 feet

    Difficulty Level: Moderate.

    Assembling point will be communicated once the package is booked.

  • 09Prashar Lake Trek from Delhi with Camping, Himachal | Book @ ₹2449 Only!

    Prashar Lake Trek from Delhi with Camping, Himachal | Book @ ₹2449 Only!
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    Availability: Every Weekends

    Available Group Departure: 
    Can be arranged on any date if you are more than 2 people.

    About the Prashar Lake Trek:

    The Prashar Lake trekking is fit for individuals of all interest- and expertise levels. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?! With views fit for a king, the trail, leading to the lake region i.e. from the city of Mandi to the little village of Baggi, become private and exclusive to every group that visits. It is of prime importance to remain hydrated and careful during every part of the journey owing to unpredictable, slippery paths and the formation of ice on the surfaces. The setting of the campsite in Prashar Lake location is yet another pleasant surprise because of its closeness to the water and its harmony with nature.

    About Prashar Lake:

    Prashar Lake trek (2,730m), which happily takes people to the lake which is completely frozen in the winter and a dazzling beauty otherwise, is considered to be an important trek in Himachal Pradesh. The picture-perfect blue water lake is surrounded by the majestic Dhauladhar Ranges in Kullu Valley and it is always kept as a secret in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. If you set out for a trek to Prashar Lake, you will be going through the charming trails crossing the forests and several small streams. 

    As you climb the trails up, you will come to meet the local people and it is the best chance to know the indigenous culture closely. Also, once you finish the trek to Prashar Lake, you will have a satisfied heart filled with plenty of beautiful views of Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal, and Kinnaur mountain ranges.

    Alongside, there is a surprisingly beautiful attraction near the lake that is the local temple of Prashar Rishi which has a lot of significant architectural brilliance carved on the walls. The style perfectly matches with the landscape around the lake and thus it is a favorite tourist attraction in the region. If you're in the mood for some outdoor adventure and want these memories to be etched forever, then make Prashar Lake trekking the trek of your choice!

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature:
      Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to 7°C

    Maximum Altitude: 
    8,956ft

    Difficulty Level: 
    Easy

    Nearest Airport: 
    Bhuntar Airport, Kullu

    Nearest ATM:
     Mandi has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

    Starting & Ending Point: Panarsa

  • 10Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek 2019 with Hampta Pass, Manali

    Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek 2019 with Hampta Pass, Manali
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    About the Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek with Hampta Pass:

    For the ones who are planning how to make your vacation special, this DeoTibba trek is the perfect option for you. This six day trek starts from Manali and takes you through several moraines, wild forests and steep climbs. Deo Tibba Base Camp trek is one of the most picturesque treks in the Himachal region which offers landscapes ranging from alpine forests, meadows (locally known as thatch), waterfalls, moraines and a high altitude lake with blue water known as mini-Chandratal (4480m). 

    The trek offers great view of snow clad peaks of Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6220m) along with the glaciers of Jagatsukh and Deo Tibba. If the idea of trekking to Deo Tibba brings out the vision of scenic mountains and lush meadows and beautiful peaks, then you have indeed landed up at the right place. Chikka, Seri, Tainta and mini Chandra Tal are the scenic destinations of your trek which give you ample time to observe the purest form of nature abundant with alpine flowers, the glimpses of the famous peaks, the rivulets and the popular Ravi River. Camping amidst the landscapes will be an entertaining option as well to sleep under the sky looking at the twinkling stars.

    About the Destination:

    A treat to the eyes, the trek to Deotibba Base Camp trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the country. Taking the trekkers through beautiful meadows, attractive rhododendrons, silver birch and scented junipers, it is a treasure trove for everyone. In addition to all the offerings, camping around the towering peaks, lush valleys and gurgling water bodies make this trek an amazing experience. Also, since it is a moderate grade one, it is ideal for both the amateur and the expert trekkers. 

    Get ready to explore some of the unseen parts of the region while you head out for this trek. As you slowly continue your trek you will come across the stunning landscape of the region with the alpine forests, meadows, high altitude lakes, waterfalls and moraines. Not just this you can also catch the glimpse of the famous snow-clad peaks of Deo Tibba  & Indrasan and also the glaciers of Jagatsukh & Deo Tibba. This amazing trek will be one of the most memorable treks for you. 

    Also, for the shutterbugs and the nature lovers, this trek is just another heaven. The sterile scenery in the upper regions and the green valley’s below make the trail awe-inspiring. Spend some time staring at the distant peaks or just admire the stunning waterfall you will definitely fall in love with this Deo Tibba trek.

    Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek with Hampta Pass Highlights:

    - Get a chance to witness the many small hamlets and stream through the trek.  Feast your eyes as you witness the beauty of the whole region from the top

    - Enjoy camping at a high summit and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

    - Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.

    - Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

    - Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the magnificent snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range of Himalayan Mountains.

    - And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

    - Also, taste the local cuisine of this region while you head out for this trek.


    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and -2 to 5 degrees at night

    Trekking Distance:  75km

    Maximum Altitude: 14,000ft

    Difficulty Level: Moderate 

    Base Camp: Khanol

    Railway Station: Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railway station from to Manali.

    Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu

Trekking in Manali

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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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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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Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Located only two kilometres from Manali, this wildlife sanctuary is a naturalistic paradise that spreads over 3,000 hectares. The terrain here is characterized by lush green forests and snow capped mountains. On a trip to this sanctuary, you are always inundated with the sights and sounds of colourful birds and exotic flora and fauna.

While deodar, fir, chestnut, walnut and robinia are the most commonly found vegetation in this sanctuary, you can also easily spot snow leopards, brown bears, musk deer and ibex herds in the picturesque vicinity of the sanctuary.

Addition to this, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for the birdwatchers and the shutterbugs. Amongst the many rare and exotic species, a plenitude of tree creepers, kokla and kingfisher are the most commonly found species.

Also check: Must to do things in Manali

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Old Manali

If you want to see the other side of Manali and the touristy town, just take a walk across the Manalsu River bridge and cross over into the part of Manali that is also known as ‘Old Manali’. The exotic charm of the village will make you feel like you have walked into a whole other world. The town has somehow carved out a niche of its own and managed to retain the old world charm, where you have the characteristic world traveller, hippie vibe in its midst, it also has the traditions of the relics of the older civilizations. 

The idyllic village setting will make you feel like you have walked into the happy and hippie 1960s! The pathways are lined with swaying Eucalyptus trees and the small roads pas through valleys that are abundant with greenery. The calmness of the surroundings is broken only by the twittering of birds and the gush of the River Kullu.

Attractions: Apart from the sheer mountain beauty, there are a number of places to visit in Manali old town. The most peculiar and must visit amongst them being the quaint eateries like Lazy Dog, Red House Café, Bob Dylan’s Café, Café m 1947 and Pizza Olive. All of these serve awesome world cuisines like Pasta, Burgers and mouthwatering Pizzas

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Hidimba Devi Temple

Nestled amidst the snow-laden hillocks of Manali, the Hidimba Devi Temple, also known as the Dhungri temple, is an ancient place of worship revered by the Hindus. The cave temple is dedicated to the Hindu demon-goddess Hidimbi. Hidimbi was the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers who are at the forefront of the epic Mahabharata.  Conceived in 1553 CE by Maharaja Bahadur Singh, the Temple is built around an ancient cave inside which Hidimbi Devi is believed to have meditated. 

Surrounded by Dhungri Van Vihar, a lush cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas, the structure is built on a massive rock piece jutting out of the ground. This protrusion was initially worshipped as the deity before the Temple was built. 
Reflecting the distinct temperament of its patron goddess, the design of the Hidimba Temple is different than any other temples in its vicinity. With its wooden doorways, ceramic-like walls and three conical roofs covered in timber, the architecture of the Temple tells unique stories about the origins of the place in the folklore. 

Hidimba Devi Temple holds very high religious and cultural significance in the Hindu community. This can be seen on special occasions like the days of Navratri when people form long queues outside the Temple for just one glance at the Goddess. 
Along with having great religious value, the Temple gives its visitors an entrance into the wondrous world of nature. Nestled among branching trees and fallen leaves, the Temple is surrounded by rabbits and yaks who find a natural home in the forest surrounding the Temple.

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Gulaba Manali

A small village located a few kilometres from Manali, Gulaba is situated on the way to Rohtang Pass, on the Leh-Manali Highway. Named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir, the village is tucked in amidst picturesque snow-capped mountains and verdant green meadows, with the Beas River adding opulence and serenity to its beauty.

Known as a great snowy region, Gulaba is also famous amongst sports and adventure enthusiasts, who drive in large numbers to the village to partake in adventure activities. Some of the major activities one can enjoy here include skiing, trekking and hiking, as well as paragliding and snow-scooter riding.

The natural landscape of the village of Gulaba attracts a large number of tourists every year, who come here to soak in the beauty of the place. Furthermore, the views from here are nothing less than enchanting, guaranteed to make you feel peaceful here. A lot of the tourists who visit the Bhrigu Lake tend to stop by at Gulaba. It is here in the meadows of Gulaba, where you can even set up camps and enjoy the stunning sunset while stargazing at the glittery night sky.

Additionally, it is here at Gulaba where some scenes of the famous Bollywood movie, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, were shot. Subsequently, the village has become a top spot for all types of travellers, from picnickers and naturalists, to those who love adventure. Yet, Gulaba remains one of the few places in Himachal Pradesh where you can simply escape from your busy and hectic lifestyle and experience the serenity and tranquillity.

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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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Solang Valley

Located 13 kilometers from Manali, Solang Valley is nestled away between the Beas Kund and Solang Village. The valley is famous among tourists for its stunning views of snow-capped mountains and magnificent glaciers that attract ski fanatics from all over the world.

The beauty of Solang Valley is unparalleled and many people visit the valley every year just to enjoy its pristine, snow-white magnificence. Especially in winter, when the entire place is covered by fluffy, milky white snow, the whole place appears as if it is straight out of a movie. groves of emerald green trees dotting the pure white landscape, clear blue skies, and magnificent mountains as far as the eye can see – Solang is truly at its most splendorous in winters.

Besides admiring its unmissable picturesque landscapes, people also visit Solang Valley to enjoy various winter sports. Adventure enthusiasts love skiing in the pure, driven snow here, and when the winters ease off a little, you can also try zorbing and paragliding.

The views of the place from the open sky as you paraglide through the valley are truly indescribable and need to be witnessed to be believed. If you really want to get a full dose of the pristine beauty of this valley, try camping here amidst its lush green meadows.

You can also try other adventure sports like quad biking and snowmobiling in Solang Valley. For the true thrill chasers, there is Solang Ropeway – a state of the art cabin to enjoy the sweeping views of the valley. However, if you are traveling with family, there are several places you can check out too.

The Great Himalayan National Park, Kothi, and Rohtang Pass make for very interesting sightseeing places. Whether you go to Solang Valley with friends or family, there is a lot to explore and enjoy here.

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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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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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  • Q. How to book Hampta Pass Trek in Manali?

    Hampta Pass trek is a 5 Nights 4 Days starting from Manali. The trekking distance is 35 Km with a moderate difficulty level. The highest altitude will be achieved at Hampta Pass is 14, 100 ft. Experience Hampta Pass trek with Thrillophilia starting from Rs 8500 Per Person at a discount of Flat 30%.

  • Q. Where can I get best offers on trekking in Manali?

    Manali is probably the first city that comes into the minds of amateurs and pros alike when it comes to trekking. Click here to see the list of best treks in Manali with upto 30% Off.

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    Chanderkhani Pass Trek at Flat 17% Off
    2. Bhrigu Lake Trek at Flat 18% Off
    3. Beas Kund Trek at Flat 15% Off
    4. Kheerganga Trek With Camping at Flat 13% Off

  • Q. How can one book Birgu Lake trek in Manali?

    Located at a distance of 24 km, this trek takes about 6 hours to reach the enrapturing Bhrigu Lake from Gulaba Village. Click here to book Thrillophilia's Bhrigu Lake trek which is of 4 days/3 Nights.

  • Q. How difficult is Hampta pass Trek?

    The Hampta Pass trek difficulty is thought to be not much, hovering between easy and moderate. But in reality, the difficulty level of the trek is subjective and completely reliant on the weather conditions. In the winter season, the trek gets difficult because of heavy snow sheets. In summer when the snow melts the trek becomes easier.

  • Q. How do I get to Bhrigu lake from Manali?

    Manali is about 19 km away from Bhrigu Lake. You can reach the lake by bus which you can get from the Main Government bus stand. From the bus stand, you can either catch a bus or take a taxi and drive. It takes close to 1 hour to reach Bhrigu Lake which is a preferred trekking spot in Manali.

  • Q. How difficult is Bhrigu Lake Trek?

    The Bhrigu Lake trek is considered to have a moderate level of difficulty. There are two main reasons for the moderate level difficulty. The first reason is that the maximum reachable height is 4300 meters above sea level and secondly the ascent and descent is steep which can make it slightly tough.

  • Q. What is special about Manali?

    Manali is special for its weather, its charm, woody forests and hilly beauties. In winters people come from all over to visit the Rohtang pass to envision the snow-clad peaks. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India and also one of the most visited places in the country.

  • Q. How do I get to Jogini Falls?

    Located at a distance of 16 minutes from Manali, the Jogini falls can be covered on the road by the Leh Manali Highway. The distance of 5 km is full of smooth roads and beautiful sights.

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Manali?

    The winter season ranging from October to February is considered the best season to visit Manali.