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From Manali, breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal
ranges are a perennial specialty. This is the place where mountain
adventures takes on a new dimension. A haven for tourists, Manali is
replete with scenic quotients offering trekking enthusiasts an
experience of its own kind.
Attracting visitors from all over the world all year round, this is a
place for backpackers to explore the serene settings of the Himalayas.
It is also the place where adventure tourists can enjoy exhilarating
activities such as paragliding, rafting and skiing while on Manali to Leh Road trip.
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
Type of destination: Trekking and religious
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.
One of the most
frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts
visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road
in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with
its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of
wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and
recreation to its visitors.
Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!
08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)
08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)
Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person
Photography Allowed: Yes
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What You Should Know More About Stays in Himachal Pradesh
Home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie, Shimla, Kasauli and other spellbinding places, Himachal is one f the most visited hill station in Northern India. Very accessible and affordable, Himachal Pradesh is also host to the Dalai Lama and invariably has a strong Tibetan presence. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas. Visiting Himachal makes you wander within, as you are in the lap of nature with so much to inspire you. And as mentioned above, there are numerous towns to visit in Himachal and to choose from. If you’re planning a trip soon, here are some of the best resorts that offer the best services which can help you shortlist your town as well:
The best thing about Himachal Pradesh is the variety of activities it offers the tourists. The mountains here are equipped to give you an experience of a lifetime—this includes trekking, camping, paragliding, beautiful temples and ancient temples to visit. But the most adventurous of all is living in the middle of the jungle, closest to all the flaura and fauna mother earth has gifted us. So many towns in Himachal offer much more than your typical wildlife experience: enjoy adventure sports and camping in the heart of the forest. Replenish your energies at the various resorts, cottages and jungle camps. These parks mean exhilaration galore, whether a night under the stars or a mesmerizing boat safari. Here goes:
When it is the time for finding an escape from the city life, go camping in Himachal Pradesh and feel fresh and new again. There are many admired hill stations in the state, where numerous travel and hospitality companies have established their campsites. Be sure to breathe in clean and purest air as many of these are away from usual suspects in Himachal. And to add to the list, there are some more things you can expect when camping—such as amazingly clear skies with uncountable stars, glowing after dark, except for cloudy nights. At many places, a section of the Milky Way Galaxy called the Orion Arm is clearly visible. Check out some options:
Most of us living in an urban setup look to travel for a brief escape from the deadlines, traffic jams and monotonous daily routines. Mountains are perfect for those kinds of holidays. Far from the loud noise and pollution, you can relax with a nice book and a hot cuppa. Resort living compared to home living has always been a constant debate among tourists. One that give you all the services possible while the other let’s you explore yourself—tucked away in nature. So why not go for a homestay instead of a resort? A homestay that helps you understand its little nuances and amaze you with the varied quirks. Here are some of the famous homestays in Himachal Pradesh to consider while planning a trip:
When escaping the city life for a break, all you want is a hot cuppa breezy air with your partner by your side. There is nothing more one could ask for. Therefore, choosing the perfect stay becomes very important. For it makes all the difference—the setting, the mood, all of it makes all the difference. Here are some options for resorts that’ll help pump up the romance:
From luxurious resorts, to nature homestays, Himachal Pradesh has something to offer for everyone—ancient history, temples, and perfect hills offer numerous activities for all the tourists coming in. So many places to explore, parks for children, relax and unwind here even when on a budget. Here are some option for budget stays in Himachal Pradesh:
We all have to agree, how some luxury services just pump us up and escalate our moods. And after all, that is what a resort is known for—the services and the food. The land of lofty mountains and ferocious rivers promises a rejuvenating time as you enjoy a stay at one of best resorts in Himachal. You should choose one that keeps you close to nature, yet, doesn’t compromise on facilities and services. With surreal bedrooms, jacuzzis in the bathtubs and breathtaking views from the windows, the best resorts in Himachal promises a truly spoiling holiday:
There is nothing that makes one feel cozier than cottage living. With your family under one roof, cottages make for the best stay options when going for a family holiday. And again, Himachal offers some of the best cottages laced with the best of facilities and amenities. Check out some options below:
Is there anything better than the calming sound of water? It soothes the soul in more ways than one. Himachal Pradesh provides water to both the Indus and Ganges basins. Several make ways through it; namely Chenab, the Ravi, the Beas, the Sutlej and the Yamuna. These rivers are perennial and are fed by snow and rainfall. Picking on this idea, there are numerous riverside resorts that were setup for the tourists traveling to Himachal. Find below some options:
Traveller Tales From Himachal Pradesh
04 October 2017
"love this place"
28 December 2017
Nice Camp. Started just few months ago. People at camp are really helpful and polite. Karam, you are a rockstar. Keep the same pace buddy. This is really required in making this new camp as extraordina...
11 January 2018
"Had a wonderful time at Shivirama Camp. Maintenance and food at the camp was great. But disappointed by Thrillophilia agent as they did not properly pass on the info to the tour operator at Bir. Still...
21 October 2015
Very beautiful place with a breathtaking view. The cottages are very warm and cozy. The resort has some of the best facilities like gym, spa and the wonderful hot water swimming pool which is exactly w...
27 December 2017
"\nEverything from location to activities was fantastic.\nA little improvement in management is required. But overall it was an amazing experience & had a lot of fun. A must visit place. \n"
18 April 2016
Had an awesome trip in Manali. The best part in the trip was the giant rabbits and yaks present in the location.
07 January 2017
i love that place...may be in my feature i will spend more time and explore that destination
18 April 2016
Thank you Thrillophilia for offering a wonderful trip to us.
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