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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

    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

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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.