Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Manali
Situated at a height of 6260 feet above sea level, Manali is one of the most popular, beautiful and awe-inspiring hill stations in this country.
Surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests, the quaint charm of Manali has captured the world's attention and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. The pristine River Beas flows right through the town, creating a mesmerizing and spellbinding landscape. Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Rohtang Pass is covered with snow throughout the year and is a good experience in itself. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali.
This town also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting etc. Besides adventurous activities, Manali also has a lot of temples which all tourists and devotees love to visit including the Raghunath temple and Jagannathi Devi Temple being one of the important ones. Hadimba Temple, a 14th-century temple is famous for its wooden architecture and for its religious values. Manali is also used as the base town for the Manali-Leh highway and Leh is around 479 km from here. Lahaul and Spiti district can also be accessed from here during the summers using the same highway.
Place of visit
When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang. 14 kilometers on the north-west of the main town of Manali, Solang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini-open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.
During winters, as the valley is covered with snow, skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers, it is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this valley, while here.
3 - 4 hours
There is no entry fees to enter the valley, but every activity/ adventure sport is charged differently. There are multiple organizers roaming around providing similar sports, it is hence suggested that you make it a point to first ask around a couple of them for the purpose of comparing prices before fixing the deal with anyone.
All days of the week: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Located at a height of 3979 meters and at a distance of 51 km from Manali, Rohtang Pass is on the highway to Keylong/Leh. In winters, the pass remains closed but is open from June to October for motor vehicles. This pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley. The best time to visit the pass is from May/June to October/November. In the month of May, Rohtang becomes a hotspot for adventure enthusiasts. Tourists can go for various thrilling activities like snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking. Nature lovers can enjoy beautiful views of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river that flows down in the Lahaul valley.
There is a waterfall named as Rahala, which is located at a distance of 16 km from Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass. This waterfall flows down from an altitude of 2,500 meters and looks amazingly wonderful. Photography buffs must visit this pass as they get to click one of the most beautiful pictures of nature. It is recommended to hire a local cab or take a bus, as the drive to Rohtang Pass becomes quite tough with slippery road and narrow curves.
When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometers from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck.
To just curl up on your seat in the car as it begins to chill with every increasing meter on the altitude scale and gaze outside at the mesmerizing beauty of nature is absolute bliss. The pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views.
Located amidst the snow-covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hadimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of the goddess herself. The construction style of the temple is entirely different from that of any of the other temples, with its wooden doorways, walls, and cone-shaped roof. This temple is a fitting dedication to its presiding deity Hadimba.
The wooden doors of this quaint shrine show images of Goddess Durga, while the temple base is made out white washed shed stonework. The roof of the temple stands tall at the height of 24 meters and unfolds itself in three layers with a brass cone at the top. A rock protruding from the earth's surface finds shelter in the temple premises, with a 7.5-centimeter brass image representing Goddess Hadimba. A temple dedicated to Hidimba's son Ghatothkach also finds place close by.
Manali is the hub of adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. From white river rafting to trekking opportunities to zorbing to horse-riding to skiing to paragliding, Manali has everything to offer.
While most temples will leave you spiritually rejuvenated, there are a few where you can take a dip into hot water springs and baths, which leave you refreshed and maybe even healthier.
Situated 6 kms away from Manali, these are natural springs accompanied by beautiful sandstone temples. The government has made arrangements for separate bathing areas for men and women. The water in these natural springs contains medicinal properties that are believe to cure skin diseases. This area is surrounded by hundreds of small shops from where you can buy souvenirs and religious merchandise.
Away from the hustle and bustle that the town of Manali holds, Old Manali is a backpacker's paradise. Lying at a distance of 3 kilometers uphill from the central city, Old Manali is often frequented by tourists from all across the world. Here you can sit back and relax in the lap of nature, away from the hullabaloo of city life.
The serenity of Old Manali is perhaps unique. The swaying eucalyptus, gently winding roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river and beautiful hills of this destination make it the perfect natural retreat. Indulge in some delicious continental food at low prices here, and shop for knick-knacks from the local markets here.
The sunrise and sunsets here are intoxicating, and you will surely love the energy of this place. Old Manali is most famous for its Hidimba temple. Tucked away in the lap of quiet nature, this destination is the per
Chandrakhani Pass and the Parvati Valley
This modest bit of paradise, with its share of snow and clouds is an ideal stretch for trekking and views to lose oneself in. At a flattering height of 3600 meters, nestled in the Parvati Valley, the Chandrakhani pass is a favorite for those who seek natural beauty as well as those in search of adventure with mountains and valleys in the backdrop.
The Parvati valley, with all its beauty, makes for an amazing trek. The Chandrakhani Pass in the area is a popular base for trekking. The valley is narrow with steep mountains rising on both sides. The region is under police surveillance due to high prevalence of drugs and tourists wandering in search of drugs.
This sister town to Manali too, is a hill station of dreamy landscapes and sceneries, a hub of adventure activities as well as home to a number of sacred temples and shrines.
A trip to Kullu is almost synonymous to a visit to Manali, and both are almost always covered by tourists in a single trip.
From some of the most festive temples such as the Raghunath temple to ancient temples with legends around them, such as the Bijli Mahadev Temple, the temples in Kullu are both significant centers of religion and spirituality as well as are located amongst some of the best sceneries and hills of the town.
Another popular attraction here is the Pandoh Dam which offers quite a spectacular view to it visitors. Other than this, just like Manali, one can enjoy a number of activities in Kullu. These include trekking, river rafting, mountaineering,. river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and even trout fishing. Kullu is also used as the base town to reach Manikaran, Malana, Bhunter and Rohtang Pass.
The Great Himalayan National Park
The newest addition to the list of National parks in India, The Great Himalayan National Park is quickly becoming what the wildlife scene in the region is being identified with and defined by.
Yet, it manages to be a quiet and good break from the crowded places in the town. It is home to around 400 species of fauna, and the paths here are ideal for a quiet and peaceful trek. Camping inside the park is also equally enjoyable.
Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and it is frequented by Sikhs from all over the country.
There are many small temples in the town as well making it a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus too.
This village in Kullu, is a bit of shift in the world as we know it. There are around 200-300 stone roof houses sheltering 1500 people in this settlement which is one of its kind.
The place is famous as a 'junkie's haven'. The inhabitants of Malana claim Greek ancestry and speak a language, Kanashi, spoken nowhere else in the world.
The people of Malana are friendly but at the same time, very protective of their heritage. There is long list of do's and dont's for tourists visiting the area including not touching anything in the village. The village follows its own democratic setup with a village council and the head of this council is supposed to be possessed by the spirit of Jamlu Devta - the god they worship.
Van Vihar is a simple favorite of both tourists as well as locals. This is a municipal garden located on the Mall Road and has a pond for boating surrounded by tall deodar trees watching over.
Visit for some relaxed and enjoyable time amongst awe-inspiring Deodar trees and boating around the simple pond.