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  • Manali is one of the most popular hill stations of Northern India and there are many Things to do in Manali that excite tourists of all age groups. Manali has enough natural sights and at the same time the tourist places offer enough adventure sports activities. 

    Rohtang Pass is one of the most popular places in Manali which is popular place for paragliding and skiing lovers. The Manali wildlife sanctuary also gathers tourists from all places around the globe as it a home for many of the rare species. Manali is also known for being a popular honeymoon destination in Northern India offering exquisite features at affordable rates.

    Here are some of the best things to do on a Manali trip:

  • 01Zorbing

    Zorbing
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    Zorbing is one of the most interesting adventure sports that people enjoy doing in Manali. Due to the hilly region, it makes the experience of zorbing even better.

    Location: There are great zorbing options available in Manali and the Solang valley offers the best experience. The place is also favourable for other adventure sports like paragliding and skiing.

    Highlights: In this adventure sport, a person is inside an orb and they leave it down the hill. It is great fun and for people who enjoy it, nothing could be better. You can enjoy the beautiful view when you go zorbing in the Solang valley.

    Price: The price is around Rs. 500 per person but it depends on the season and the people offering it.

    Best time to visit: Usually, the best months for doing zorbing are from January to May and October to December as the rainy season is unfavourable for the activity.
  • 02Take a Sulphur Water Bath at Manikaran

    Take a Sulphur Water Bath at Manikaran
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    This should be one of must do things while you visit Manali. Manikaran is a place in Himachal Pradesh which is said to be one of the major religious centers in the town.

    Location: The place is just 45 KM away from the city of Kullu and you can take a bus or a taxi to reach the place. Most of the tourists find it convenient to visit the place after touring around Manali for some time.

    Highlight: The sulphur water bath is quite popularly known in the place. There are various religious beliefs associated which tell different stories about how this hot springs first emerged.

    Price: There are no prices that you have to pay to get a bath at the place, it is free of cost.

    Best time to visit: Usually, the best time to visit the place is during winters since the water is naturally hot and provides a comfortable soothing bath.
  • 03Trekking

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    Many people love trekking because it makes them feel more adventurous and close to nature. One of the best places to trek is in Manali, where there are mountains so beautiful you will love to climb them. There are various organisers of trekking in Manali and you can get in touch if you want to participate in one of them.

    Location: There are various locations of trekking in Manali but the most famous is the Himalayan trekking which attracts a lot of people every year.

    Highlights: Trekking as an adventure sport is practiced by many. Manali is the best place if you are trekking for the first time. The vast landscapes and mountains make the whole experience worthwhile.

    Price: The price differs according to the agency you choose. There are various options in Manali as it is a place where trekking is quite famous. You should be able to get a good deal for yourself at around Rs. 2000.
  • 04Visit Tibetan Monastery

    Visit Tibetan Monastery
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    The Tibetan Monastery in Manali is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. Many residents in the place make amazingly beautiful handicrafts by which they try and lure more customers with. People love buying this at attractive prices and take it as a memory from this place.

    Location: There are two local Tibetan Monasteries in Manali. One is located near the mall in the city and the other one is at Pangran, which is around 8 KM from Patlikuhl.

    Highlight: This monastery is quite famous for weaving unique and colorful carpets. Most of the local people contribute to the handmade art and craft that is sold through the monasteries. You will surely love to buy them after seeing how beautiful they are.

    Best time to visit: As such there is no specific best time to visit the monastery. But if you are planning a trip to Manali, it would be best to avoid the rainy season as you wouldn't be able to enjoy everything here.
  • 05Visit Solang Valley

    Visit Solang Valley
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    Solang Valley in Manali is one of the most visited places by tourists who love adventure sports. For all the adrenaline junkies, it is the best place you can head to in Manali.

    Location: It is located in the Burwa region of Himachal Pradesh and is a side valley on top of the Kullu Valley. It is just 14 KM away from the town of Manali. Reaching there is not a hassle and you can easily travel there with the available means of transportation.

    Highlights: The valley is quite famous for adventurous activities like zorbing, paragliding, skiing and much more. Moreover, the view from the valley is just breathtaking.

    Best time to visit: You can visit the place anytime except for the rainy season from the months of June to September. The adventure activities cannot be conducted during the season and thus there is no point in visiting the place.
  • 06Visit Vashist Temple & Water Springs

    Visit Vashist Temple & Water Springs
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    The Vashist temple in Manali is dedicated to the sage Vashist who was the Kula guru of Lord Rama across the river Beas. This temple is said to be at least 4000 years old which is the reason it attracts so many visitors to the place.

    Location: It is located in the Vashist village in Manali. The place is at 3.5 km from the Manali bus station through where you will find busses for all around Manali.

    Highlights: The hot water springs in the region is one of the major tourist attractions of the place. Many people also believe that this hot water springs have a medicinal value which can provide as an ailment to many diseases.

    Best time to visit: Although the temple is open on all the days, you can visit the temple from 7 am in to morning to 9 pm in the night. For taking a bath, the place is open for 7 am to 1 pm and then from 2 pm to 9 pm.
  • 07Rafting

    Rafting
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    There are various private operators and adventure sports companies which offer river rafting packages. Manali is a great place for all the enthusiasts who love rafting.

    Location: Usually, water rafting is done in the river Beas for around 14 KM right down to Jhiri. It is a great adventure and ride that will get the best of those who want to experience it.

    Highlights: For those who love water sports, river rafting has some great fun for them and doing it in Manali just makes it even better.

    Price: There are group packages that you can choose. As we all know, rafting is not an individual sport and the fun just amplifies if you have your friends with you. So, you can book a river rafting package at around Rs. 1000 per person.

    Best time to visit: All the river rafting activities are conducted in the months of April to June because these are the most favourable months.
  • 08Visit Beas Kund

    Visit Beas Kund
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    For people who love to trek, Beas Kund is one of the most amazing places for it. If you are planning for trekking in Manali, add this place to your list, it will surely bring you close to nature. If you always wanted to enjoy the Himalayan trek, this is the shortest and ideal trek.

    Location: It is quite close to some of the most popular locales of Manali. Solang Valley is at a distance of 14 km from the place which will take you around 8-9 hours to reach there.

    Highlights: Beas Kund is located at a spectacular place and it gives a great view of the Pir Panjal ranges. After a while of climbing on to the place, you reach to the origin of Beas lake which truly feels magical because it is a glacial lake with melting snow.

    Best time to visit: Avoiding the rainy season, you can visit the place anytime of the year you desire.
  • 09Visit Arjun Gufa

    Although this place is meant for all those who hold deep religious beliefs, most of the people visit the place just because they admire beautiful architecture.

    Location: The cave is located at approximately 5 km from the town of Manali. The place it is situated is Naggar and has most of the tourist attractions in close proximity. You will also find the Kunt Bhaya lake and the temple at just 2 km from here.

    Highlights: You will love to see the beautiful sight of the snow capped mountains from the place. This site was built during the famous era of Mahabharata. The natural beauty of the cave is very exhilarating and the ambience makes you feel really good.

    Best time to visit: It is best to visit the place early in the morning as it gets dark quite soon. You might also consider wearing woolen clothes to the place because it can sometimes get too cold.
  • 10Visit Bhrigu Lake

    Visit Bhrigu Lake
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    This beautiful lake is surrounded by the majestic Himalayas on all the sides. A lot of people also come here for trekking in the region in midst of the Himalayas. At such a scintillating height, it makes the perfect place for trekking.

    Location: It is located in Manali and is quite close to some of the other tourist spots in the place. However, the high altitude is something which takes a lot of time to cover.

    Highlights: Most people visit the place due to the history it has. It is believed that Rishi Bhrigu wrote the famous Bhrigu Samhita on this site. It was also said that he used to meditate on this same site. There is a Nehru kund nearby through which a spring originates from the lake which tourists love.

    Best time to visit: You must only visit the place during day time which will take you around 1-2 hours.
  • 11Visit Jana Falls

    Visit Jana Falls
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    It is one of the most beautiful spots in the Naggar region of Manali. Most people hadn't discovered the spot until recently but it truly is a hidden gem of the place. There is an old wooden bridge that overlooks the beautiful falls.

    Location: It is located in the Naggar area. Travelling to the place is quite easy and any public transport can quickly get you there.

    Highlights: The falls are beautifully surrounded by deodar and pine trees. You will also find a lot of apple orchards in the nearby region and the most stunning view is of the snow capped Himalayan peaks. It is a great picnic spot for people who are on a visit to Manali.

    Best time to visit: The place is open from 6am to 6pm and is open on all the days. So if you are planning a trip to the place, make sure you go within the given timings.
  • 12Visit Gauri Shankar Temple

    Visit Gauri Shankar Temple
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    It is an 800 year old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva of the Hindu religion. The Gauri Shankar temple is built in a Shikhara style architecture which makes it quite popular among the various tourists that visit the place.

    Location: The temple is located in the Naggar Castle road where you will also find other major attractions of the city. It can be easily reached through a small trek through the famous Naggar Castle.

    Highlights: It is quite popular for all those who have religious beliefs and are Nirvana seekers. The architecture is something many people love about the temple.

    Best time to visit: The temple is open from 5 in the morning to 12 in the noon and then it opens again at 4 in the evening till 9 in the night. So you can visit the temple on the given timings.

    Price: There is no entry fee for getting into the temple.
  • 13Nagger Castle

    Nagger Castle
    If you love to see different kinds of art pieces and paintings, Naggar Castle is the place you would want to visit. It is one of the finest destinations in Manali where you can spot beautiful paintings, coasters and artifacts.

    Location: The Castle is located at the Naggar town in Manali which is quite famous for the various tourist attractions in and around the place.

    Highlight: It is an art lover's delight. Anyone who loves to visit art galleries and painting exhibitions will find Naggar Castle to be a really interesting place. The place is also built into a heritage hotel which is maintained by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. One of the famous songs from the movie Jab we met was shot here.

    Best time to visit: The Castle stays open on all days from 7am to 10om which is almost the whole day so you can visit it at your own convenience.
  • 14Hidimba Devi Temple

    Hidimba Devi Temple
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    If you are in or around Manali, you must definitely add it to your schedule to visit the Hidimba Devi Temple. Although it is only for religious people but if you love to see a nicely built temple, you will not be disappointed.

    Location: It is located in the circuit house road in Manali and there are transportation facilities available which can take you there easily.

    Highlight: The temple is an ode to goddess Hidimba Devi which the people of Manali worship. She was the wife of Bheem, from Mahabharata. It has a pagoda style roof which many people appreciate. Also, it is highly revered for the historical and archaeological importance that the temple has.

    Best time to visit: The temple is open on all days but the timings of the temple are from 8 am to 6 pm. So make sure to visit it at the time when it is open and plan your trip accordingly.

Attractions

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Manali

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.

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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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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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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.  One can enjoy camping in its immaculate panorama. 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 off God’s stunning creations.

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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.