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  • If there is a guaranteed adventure expedition in India, then trekking in Manali will obviously become a choice, for it is the marvellous beauty located in Himachal Pradesh with vibrant greenery and quaint villages. Offering view of the beckoning distant city lights or the soulful places, treks in Manali invites people from all over the world to rush to this place.

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    Whether you are an adventure lover or a nature lover, Manali will never let you down. One will come across wonderful combinations of nature mixed with rough territories, thick backwoods and high meadows offering joyful perspectives of the Kullu Valley and the Himalayan foothills. This makes Manali the ideal platform for treks and draws in trekking fans from everywhere throughout the world.

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    The most sought after trekking expedition in Manali is the Hampta Pass trekking that is possibly be done in any season but the best time is June to September. The rock countenances, gorgeous valleys, pine forests, daring intersection zones and the narrow gorges are part of the trails to Hampta. After Hampta, fame covered Malana Village trekking which showcases the amazing culture and density of the traditional values in the small village.

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    Temples, houses, thick woods, hanging bridges and gurgling rivers are the rewards a Malana Village trekker will receive. The Deo Tibba and Beas Kund treks have achieved an impressive number of trekkers in recent years. When the former takes the trekker through the magnificent foothills of the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range, the latter displays the glades of Dhundi and Bakar Thach to reach a cold lake encircled by the softening snow.

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    Chandra Tal trek being the trump card of Manali trekking, people rediscover themselves en route to the cold lake. At a great height with so much pride within, the lake is an epitome of the Himalayan beauty and 
    recommended place to visit in Kullu Manali. Bir Bhangal and Bhrigu Lake trek are the additional charms of the region that could be opted to have a wonderful trek along the glacial valleys of Spiti and Lahaul.

    Here are some of the best treks in Manali:

  • 01Hampta Pass Trek

    Hampta Pass Trek

    On the off chance that you are a first-time trekker and pondering for a trek then Hampta Pass is the best perfect picked place. The exceptional high direct Himalayan experience Hampta Pass Trek is situated in the district of wonderful Manali (Himachal) at a height of 14100 ft. high. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali.

    Manali trekking gives an astonishing background of investigating your existence with exceptional shades of nature. One gets a mind-blowing perspective of rock countenances, chilly valleys, thick pine woods, open knolls, adrenaline pumping conduit and lovely and also daring intersection zones. 

    While travelling to Hampta pass it interfaces two wonderful valleys named; Kullu and Lahaul where one get different Landscapes. The beautiful scenery as often as a possible change in climate and environment charms the trekkers and gives a decent choice of clicking pictures.

    Duration: 5 days

    Maximum Elevation: 14100 ft

    Best Season: Mid June to September

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

    Also, check out this list of places which you should not miss in Manali.

    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2019

    Hampta Pass Trek, Manali 2019

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    d5 Daysn4 NightslManali

    O9,800

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    O8,500

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  • 03Bhrigu Lake Trek

    Bhrigu Lake Trek

    A blasting blue Brighu Lake sits cosily between two high-elevation edges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous cold lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for an immaculate weekend trek and is appropriate for families. 

    The noteworthy thing about this trek is that one can achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet and experience snow on the second day of trekking! To add to that, the outdoors grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like perspectives to wake up to. 

    Bhrigu Lake is only 14 km far from the street head of Gulaba. On a splendid sunny day, the lake is a soaked shade of overlook me-not blue. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. Amid winter, the lake, secured in the snow, will leave exceptional pictures in your psyche. 

    Trekking to the Bhrigu lake is as pacifying as being at the lake itself. On Day 1, backwoods trails from Gulaba to Rola Kholi outdoors grounds take you through valuable old towns, welcoming apple plantations, clear rivulets, and greenfield lands. The trail ensures stunning perspectives of Kullu Valley, which gets to be prettier and prettier as you rise.

    Best Season: May-Sep

    Maximum Elevation: 14000 ft

    Duration: 4 day

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

    Also, Check out this guide to know about the most thrilling things to do in Manali

    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2019, Manali

    Bhrigu Lake Trek 2019, Manali

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    d4 Daysn3 NightslManali

    O7,000

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    O5,800

  • 04Manali Snow Trek

    Manali Snow Trek
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    One of the best thing about the Himalayas is the sheets of snow that it dawns on in the winters. And Manali in Himachal Pradesh is the best way to experience this. This tour takes you to the main attractions of the city covered in snow. You will be experiencing walking and trekking in the snow in some of the most coveted tourist spots of the city, including the honorable mentions of Lamadugh, Vashisth, and many others. 
    About the Activity:
    • Start by arriving in Manali and get oriented about the place and the trip
    • Stay in a homestay here and start a trek to Lamadugh the next day
    • The next day will be dedicated to a visit to the famous Jogini waterfalls and a dip in the hot water springs of Vashisth
    • You will be ending you trip in Old Manali as you check out of the homestay arranged for you
    Group size: Min 1 Max 10
  • 05Chandrakhani Pass Trek

    Chandrakhani Pass Trek

    Chandrakhani Pass is a standout amongst the most lovely and tranquil go, at an elevation of 3660 m situated in the Kullu valley. Chandrakhani Pass offers awesome perspectives of the Deo Tibba crest, Pir Panjal and Parbati scope of mountains. 

    Trekking in Manali is a standout amongst the most delightful treks that acquaints the voyager with the remote, bumpy societies of Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful magnificence of the Kullu valley and the mountain tops that spot that skyline is a treat for nature significant other all through the excursion. 

    The area is otherwise called the Valley of Gods. Legend has that Jamlu (the managing god at Malana), opened a wicker container containing the lords of Kullu at the Chandrakhani Pass and the solid winds blew the divine beings to their present dwelling places.

    Best Season: June-August

    Maximum Elevation: 11,970ft

    Duration: 3 day

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

    Manali have a lot of adventure things to do besides trekking, click here to know more.

    Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

    Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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    O4,800

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    O4,500

  • 06Chandratal Lake Trek

    Chandratal Lake Trek
    Image Credit : alan jones-Flickr

    Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River.  It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world. 

    Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

    You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

    Best Season: June to mid-Oct

    Maximum Elevation: 14000 ft

    Duration: 5 days

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

    Click here to see the list of resorts in Manali with stunning views.

    Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass 2019

    Chandratal Lake Trek with Hampta Pass 2019

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    d5 Daysn4 NightslManali

    O9,500

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    O8,800

  • 07Bijli Mahadev Trek with Rafting Camping in Kullu Manali

    Bijli Mahadev Trek with Rafting Camping in Kullu Manali
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    Himachal Pradesh is a favorite destination for many in the Himalayas. Be it for the love of hills, or the scenic beauty of the valleys with clear blue water of the rivers flowing in them, Himachal Pradesh has an old world and rustic charm with all the modern elements everywhere, hiding in plain sights. A gem of this state is the region of the Kullu Manali, curating some of the best experiences of the region, including some of the most beautiful temples, enthralling rapids of the river Beas, and the best spots for camping in the region. This tour takes you through all three at once, that is a trek to the Bijli Mahadev temple, rafting in the Beas and camping by the riverside. 
    About the Activity
    • The adventure begins with your arrival at the rafting spot
    • Enjoy white water rafting in the river Beas and pass by some of the most beautiful sights on this adventurous ride
    • Camp by the riverside and indulge in activites like bonfire
    • Take to the famous Bijli Mahadev temple the next day and enjoy the views of the Kullu and Parvati Valleys, and the confluence of Beas and Parvati
  • 08Bara Banghal and Bir Trek

    Bara Banghal and Bir Trek

    Manali and Dharamshala must rank as two of the best-known slope stations in India which are one of the best destinations for trekking, however, few realize that between them lies a fabulous breadth of mountains rich in magnificence and legend. Taking in two passes — Kalihani and Thamsar — the 11-day trek goes through timberlands of pine-oak and deodhar and valleys overwhelming with wildflowers. 

    The genuine highlight of the trek, be that as it may, is the Gaddis, semi-migrant pastoralists, who bungle the high valleys with their sheep. The breathtaking Bara Bhangal trek permits trekkers a look into their minimal known lives and gives them the uncommon benefit of going to their most established settlement, Bara Bangal, a town that time appears to have overlooked.

    Best Season: May - June

    Maximum Elevation: 16,070 ft

    Duration: 11 day

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Get more info about rafting in Manali here: A Guide to River Rafting in Manali

    Bara Bhangal Trek 2019, Manali

    Bara Bhangal Trek 2019, Manali

    NNNNM661 Ratings

    d11 Daysn10 NightslManali

    O30,299

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    O25,999

  • 09Malana Village Trek

    Malana Village Trek

    If you are trekking lover then you must go for trekking in Manali. Enjoy this energizing 6 days 5 nights trekking campaign in Malana town and get a chance to investigate the astonishing magnificence of this district.

    Begin your visit in the wake of getting grabbed in an aerated and cooled transport from New Delhi to Manali and drive for around 12 hours. Get down at Patlikuhal and afterwards take a jeep ride to Rumsu base camp (10 km) walk around the ways of Naggar while seeing the endless magnificence of the area.

    Visit the most acclaimed Gowrishankar temple, Tripura Sundari sanctuary with its Pahadi style Naggar mansion and the Roerich craftsmanship display. Begin trekking in the wake of getting advised by your visit guide and trek to the Ghankulhadi campground and go through the timberland of pine, fir. This trek will take around 4-5 hours. Begin at around 6.00 AM and trek to the highest point of the Chandrakhani Pass (3,660 meters) for 3 hours. Trek to the Negroni campground for the night.

    Duration: 6 days

    Maximum Elevation: 11023 ft

    Best Season:  May to August

    Difficulty Level: Moderate-high

    Manali has a lot of beautiful camps with world class amenities. Click here to know more.

    Trek to Malana Village in Himachal Pradesh

    Trek to Malana Village in Himachal Pradesh

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    O11,200

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    O10,000

  • 10Beas Kund Trek

    Beas Kund Trek

    It is one of the best Manali treks known for enterprise and energy. Beas Kund trek is a standout amongst the most mainstream trek that one can do in a more drawn out weekend in Manali. The trek removes you from the buzzing about of Manali.

    Taking after the banks of Beas River expect extraordinary perspectives of Pir Pinjal ranges. The glades of Dhundi and Bakarthach are tremendous in its magnificence. As you move higher you achieve the starting point of River Beas. A little cold lake is fed by the softening snow of the higher tops of the district. This Manali trekking is appropriate for all age bunches and no trekking experience is required to do it.

    Some individuals incline toward mountains and some sea. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. And after that, there are some who have a weakness in their heart for streams, glades, vegetation or fauna, and would head out unlimited hours just to witness such disconnected wonders of nature once in a while saw in the nearness of any human settlements.

    Best Season: June - Sep

    Maximum Elevation: 14000 ft

    Duration: 6 days

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

    Also check out best Kullu Manali tour packages for your trip.

    Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

    Bhrigu Lake and Beas Kund Trek, Himachal Pradesh

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    d6 Daysn5 NightslManali

    O9,500

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    O9,200

  • 11Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

    Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek
    Image Credit : apla kai omorfa-Flickr

    Deo Tibba Base camp trek is very much famous for trekking in Manali. Hampta Pass is a standout amongst the most delightful treks in the Manali area. Deo Tibba at 4267m is a prominent crest in the eastern Pir Panjal Range and Hampta Pass used to be the customary course amongst Kullu and Lahaul valleys. 

    This trek takes us over the glorious foothills of the Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range, crossing at Hampta Pass (4267m) to achieve remote Lahaul - a separated area of Himachal Pradesh. 

    The desolate scene in the upper areas and the green valleys beneath make the trail striking. Hampta pass offers picturesque perspectives of lavish green valleys, towering snow-clad mountains, and slopes. 

    You can also go through some of the tips for trekking.

    Duration: 6 days

    Maximum Elevation: 14000 ft

    Best Season:  May to July

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

    Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek 2019 with Hampta Pass, Manali

    Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek 2019 with Hampta Pass, Manali

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Sightseeing in Manali

Adventure in Manali

Attractions in Manali

Trekking in Manali

Day outs in Manali

Nature and wildlife 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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Solang Valley

Located atop the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is ideal for adventure sports such as parachuting, skating, zorbing and paragliding. The slopes of this valley also provide ski lovers an ideal destination to enjoy this activity on a trip to Manali. During the summer months, the snow on these slopes evaporates, resulting in ideal ground for zorbing, where a person hurls down a slope in an indestructible bouncy ball.

Solang Valley is definitely a playground for people looking to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities. Be it a honeymoon vacation or a family outing, a thrilling and engaging experience is guaranteed.

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Bhrigu Lake

Also known as the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a majestic an picturesque water body that is located at a distance of about 43km from the town of Manali. Each year, the lake attracts thousands of trekkers and visitors who come here to appreciate the serene, crystal clear blue pools of the lake as a part of their itinerary to visit Manali tourist places. 

Rising to a height of about 14,100ft it is located on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the many glacial lakes of the Kullu Valley, it makes up for being a perfect weekend outing on your next trip to Manali. 

 The lake is bordered by snowy peaks of the Himalayas on all sides and is a moderate to difficult trekking escapade.  Also nearby is the Nehru Kund, which is a natural water spring that is fed by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is truly picturesque. 

The trekking route to Bhrigu Lake starts either at the village of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it perches you up at a height of almost 14000ft right on the second day, making it one of the most captivating treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges.  Locals of the village believe that this lake has been blessed by the sages and Gods which is why, it never freezes over completely even in the times of harsh winters.

Distance from Manali: 18 Kms

How to get there: Follow the Kullu-Naggar-Manali Road through the village of Gulaba

Best time to Visit: May to June 

Attractions/Activities: Trekking

Type of destination:  Trekking and religious

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The Castle Manali

Built in 1460 AD, the Naggar Castle has a unique architecture that comprises of stones and wood. About a century ago, this castle of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu was converted into a rest house, and presently it is being taken care by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

In its rechristened avatar, the castle is now The Castle Heritage Hotel. Naggar Castle came into the limelight after a bollywood movie was shot here. A grand Tibetan carnival dance was shot here and hence this castle grew in touristic prominence.


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Van Vihar National Park

One of the most frequent places to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park attracts visitors mainly because of its ideal location, which is bang on the Mall road in Manali. The park is a welcome respite from the crowds and the pollution with its tall and shady groves of Deodar, birch and pine. There are a number of wooden and concrete benches within the park, which provide rest, relaxation and recreation to its visitors.

Take off your shoes and take a leisurely walk across the garden paths of this wonderful haven of nature. You could also have fun cruising around in a boat that sails in the small pond within the vicinity of this park. Set amidst beautiful and verdant environs, the park is a perfect respite for anyone who chooses to visit it and makes up for a great place for a spontaneous picnic or simply a long walk!

Timing:

08:00 am – 07:00 pm (summer)

08:00 am – 05:00 pm (winter)

Entry Fee: 10 INR per Person

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Rahalla Falls

Cascading from a height of 8,500ft, the Rahalla or Rehala Falls as they are called as one of the most stunning natural places to visit in Manali. They are located at a distance of 16km from the town on the way to the Rohtang Pass and are must stop over on your way to visit this haven of snow. The falls are formed by glaciers as they melt on their way down from the mountains. It is one of the best places to enjoy photography or just sit peacefully by and admire the natural beauty. 

The more adventurous can go trekking up the mountains behind the waterfall cascades. The waterfalls are set amidst dense thickets of Deodar, birch and pine trees, making it one of the stunning places for photography. The sight of the place and the gentle rhythm of the falls gives instant peace and harmony to anybody who chooses to visit it.

Timing: The waterfalls are best visited in the months of March and November

Entry Fee: None

Photography Allowed: Yes

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Krishna Bhavan Mandir

The Krishna Bhavan Mandir was built in the year 1926 and is beautifully made even though it is so old. Tourists love the place not only for the religious sentiments attached to it but also for the marvelous architecture of the place.

Location: It is located in the town of Kasauli and is one of the major religious destinations of the place.

Highlights: If you know a little about architecture you would easily recognize the mix of European and Indian style of architecture. But the temple is very famous for its church like shape and for the same reason is one of the most visited places by tourists. It is also known for the fairs held in the temple every year.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is during summers as the atmosphere is quite pleasant and Kasauli is best visited during the months of March to May.
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Garden of Char Minar

The Garden of Char Minar is among one of the Mughal gardens in Kasauli. It was built by the famous emperor Jahangir in the 17th century for his wife Nur Jehan. The garden is also called as Shalimar gardens by many.

Location: The garden is located quite close to the famous Dal Lake.

Highlights: The garden of Char Minar is spread over 12.5 hectares of land and built in a Persian style. There are various fountains in the palace and one can gaze over the beauty of the minar for hours. You will also find a lot of colorful and fragrant flowers in the lush lawn of the garden.

Best time to visit: Spring season is the best time to visit the place as the flowers bloom during this time. Many tourists also prefer to visit here in the winter season to see the frozen Dal lake and the snowy Pir Panjal ranges.
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Summer Hill

Summer Hill is an exceptionally beautiful tourist spot in Shimla. It is situated at an altitude of 1283 meters. The area is beautified by the serene beauty of quiet hills that give it a nice and breathtaking aura.

Location: Located on the way of Shimla to Kalka, Summer Hills is just about 5 km from the Ridge Road of Shimla. The place is surrounded by serene beauty of quiet hills, which give it a breathtaking aura.

Highlights: This is an ideal place for those who wish to take a leisurely walk amidst the tranquillity of Mother Nature. The hilly trees of pine and deodar add to the beauty of the place. Snow clad mountains make it an ideal romantic gateway.

Best Time to visit: Summer Hill is open all round the year courtesy its pleasant climate. However, the best time to visit the place is during winters when the weather is cool and humid.
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Monkey Point

Monkey point or also commonly known as Manki is the highest point in Kasauli. It is a major tourist attraction point in Kasauli. This place is managed and handled by the Indian Air Force, and they make sure that it is well maintained. If you have a tour planned for Kasauli, don’t forget to include it in your travelling itinerary.

Location: It is located in Kasauli.

Highlights: According to ancient myths, Lord Hanuman placed his foot in this place while searching for medicinal herbs for Lakshmana in the Ramayana. From this place, you can have a landscape panoramic view of the whole valley. You can also view the snow capped Himalayas and the Sutlej river from this place.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the place is at early morning or during evening. You will love the sunrise and sunset from this Monkey point in Kasauli.
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Manali Winter Carnival

Each time around the dawn of New Year, Himachal Pradesh gets ready to welcome the oncoming year with aplomb and festivities and makes up for one of the most exciting Manali tourist places.  The festival is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is surely one of the most unique and exciting cultural experiences.

The tradition of celebrating the festival goes way back to 1977, and over the passing years the festival has assumed a bigger and more glorious role and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once promoted the culture of the hills with folk dances and music; has now become varied as other activities like Bazaar, Street plays, band competitions and food festivals have been added. 

Usually celebrated on the mall road, which is one of the busiest areas of Manali, it is surely a festival that cannot be missed. You will get to see colourful dancers, upbeat music of the hills, yummy food and most of all get to know what the pulse of the people of Manali really is!

Ideal dates to travel: Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2016            

Attractions: Cultural extravaganza           

Activities:

-Folk Dances

-Music

-Bazaars

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