25 Top Things To Do In Manali

Manali is a land of advanture, beautiful places, and waterfalls. Some of the top things to do in Manali are Trekking, Paragliding, River Rafting, Cable Car, Adventure Sports, and Skiing. The best places to visit in Manali are Rohtang Pass, Solang valley, Monasteries, Club House, Beas River, Manikaran, Jogini Waterfalls, Hidimba Devi Temple, Gulaba, Bhrigu lake, Vashist bath, Jana Waterfall, Beas Kund, Manu Temple, Old Manali, Tibetan Market, Mall Road, and Traditional Dress for Photo.

25 Best Places To Visit In Manali

Manali is located in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains in Himachal Pradesh of India. Tourist from India as well as from the world visits Manali for its beauty, pleasant atmosphere, adventure, and sports. It is the best place for families, solo travelers, and honeymooners. Here is the list of 25 top things to do and beautiful places to visit.

1. Treks

Trekking in Manali is best in Himalayan Mountain. Manali is famous for adventure sports activities not only for the king but other sports like paragliding and Skiing. There are many travel agencies in Manali that organize trekking. Travelers from India, as well as other countries, come to Manali for trekking.

The most popular treks in and around Manali are Hamta Pass Trek, Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Lama Dugh Trek, Patalsu Peak Trek, Chandrakhani Pass Trek, Jogini Waterfall Trek, Deo Tibba Trek, Lamadugh Trek, and Sar Pass Trek

2. Rohtang Pass

Rohtang pass is a high mountain pass at the end of the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas in India. It is located at a distance of 51 km from Manali. It is on the road connecting Kullu to Leh at an elevation of 3980 meters. Rohtang Pass is famous for its beautiful glacier, peaks, Chandra river, and Spiti valley. To visit the Rohtang Pass vehicle permit is required. Rohtang Pass is open during the summer season from the month of May. That is the best time to visit Rohtang Pass. Before going to Rohtang pass check the date of opening. The Pass is closed in the month of December due to the heavy snow.

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3. Solang Valley

Solang valley is a beautiful place located near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for adventure sports activities like horse riding, ice skating, snow point, snowfall, and scenic beauty. Tourists can enjoy sitting on the green lush ground of the Solang Valley. It is must visit place. There are hotels and resorts to stay in. The best time to visit Solang valley to enjoy the snow is from December to march. During this season the entire valley is covered by snow. The month of December is the snowfall time in Solang valley. At the top of the Solang valley, the back side is a high mountain, and the front side deep valley.

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4. Cable Car

The Height of the Solang Valley is 32 meters. To reach the top of Solang valley cable car is arranged. The Deo Bhumi Ropeway is a famous cable car ride in Solang valley. It will feel like you reach heaven when at the top of the hill. It provides a breathtaking Ariel view of the Manali. Its length is 1.8 km and takes 10 min to reach. The booking for ropeway is available on the spot. No need for advance booking. A trip to the top of the hill on the cable car is a great experience. Tourists enjoy sitting on the green lawn at the plateau.

5. Adventure Sport In Manali

There are a lot of adventure activities for the tourist visiting Manali. The famous activities are snow sports, skiing, paragliding, horse riding, camping, trekking, river crossing, downhill cycling, and bungee jumping. The Solang valley and Bahang tourist places are hubs of adventure sports.

6. Paragliding In Manali

The best place for paragliding is Solang valley. It is located 15 km from Manali. The Solang valley is famous for adventure sports activities. The paragliding point is situated at a height of approximately 2050 meters. Paragliding is only for adults. It is not allowed for old age people. One session of paragliding requires 45 to 50 min.  Some people make a video of paragliding while flying in the air by paying some amount. Paragliding is available in the winter season if the weather is sunny.

7. River Rafting

River rafting in Manali is famous activity. The river rafting in Manali is done in the Beas River. River rafting in Manali is open throughout the year but is advisable for the tourist not to do it during the monsoon season. The best time for river rafting in Manali is between June and July. The adventure sports centers in Manali organize river rafting. Some centers offer up to 50% off on river rafting.  The price of river rafting starts from INR 500 to INR 1000. 

8. Skiing In Manali

Solang valley has a lot of snow in the winter season and is the best place for skiing. Solang valley is high altitude valley located in the Kullu district near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. It is a hot spot for skiing. Some of the famous ski organizing centers in Manali are   Solang Ski resort, Solang Ropeway and Ski Center, and Sky One Sky Resort. Solang valley is also called Solang Nala.

9. Camping In Manali

Manali has different types of camping for accommodation. Some of the most popular camping places in Manali are Solang Valley, Bhunter, Tirthan valley, and Bijili Mahadeo. The famous camping in Manali is TBT camping, Tentsville, Tushita Camping, Camp Sight Prini, Nature’s Outpost Camps, and Camp Exotica. There are different types of camping like luxury camping, riverside camping, and Self camping.

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10. Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Gadhan Thekchoking and Himalayan Nyingampa Gompa are the two famous monasteries in Manali. These monasteries are tourist attractions. A large number of tourists visit these monasteries. The   Gadhan Thekchoking monastery is back side of Mall Road in Manali. A monastery is a  Buddhist temple.

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11. Club House In Manali

Club House is located 2 km from Mall road of Manali. The architecture of the club clubhouse is beautiful. To reach the clubhouse cross the bridge on the Beas river near mall Road and take a right turn along the riverside. It is a popular attraction in Manali. No need for a higher taxi or car. It has indoor game facilities which is an attraction to the kids and adults also. The entry fee is required for the clubhouse.

12. Beas River

The Beas river flows in the state of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The Manali is located on the bank of the Beas river and main attraction for tourists. The Beas river is beautiful and enhances the nature of  Kullu and Manali with its clean water, and cold water flowing through the Manali.  The sound of water and chirping birds is the perfect blend. The length of the Beas river is 470 km. It starts from the Himalayas and meets at the Sutlej river. Beas river originates from Beas Kund. River rafting is famous on the Beas river.

13. Manikaran

Manikaran is a town in India close to Manali. It is a pilgrimage place for both Sikhs and Hindus. Manikaran is famous for hot spring water and Manikaran Sahib.  The Manikaran receives snowfall in the winter season from December to February. The distance between Manali to Manikaran is 82 km. The time required to reach Manikaran from Manali is 2 hours 30 min. Tourists from all over the world come to Manikaran to take a deep in spring water.

Jogini Waterfalls

The Jogini waterfalls are the most beautiful place. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Vashisht temple and 4.5 km from the  Manali bus stand. The trek to the Jogini waterfalls is one of the best half-day treks in Manali. The trek distance of Jogini waterfall is 6 km and ascends to the height of 7850 feet. The temperature at Jogini waterfalls drops very low in the winter seasons in the months of October, November, and December. The atmosphere is pleasant during the summer seasons in the months of April, May, and June. Both seasons are best for the trek to Jogini waterfalls. 

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15. Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba was a Hindu deity and was one of the characters of Mahabharata. She married the Bhim, one of the sons of Kunti. Hidimba Devi Temple is also known as Dhungari Temple. The Hidimba Devi temple is located in the forest of old Manali. It is one of the attractions for tourists. It was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553 EC. The Hidimba Devi temple is made up of wooden 24 meters with all three square roofs in timber tiles.

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16. Gulaba In Manali

Gulaba is a most beautiful village near Manali in Himachal Pradesh. It is 27 km from Manali and 25 km from Rohtang Pass. It is located at an altitude of 8000 ft. Gulaba snow point is on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali. The best time to visit Gulaba is summer as well as winter season.  

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17. Bhrigu Lake, Manali

Bhrigu lake trek is the first preference of the trekker. Bhrigu lake is located at an elevation of 4300 meters the in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Bhrigu lake is at a distance of 22 km from Manali. It requires 4 days to complete the trek. The trek starts from Gulaba on Manali Rohtang Pass, past Kolan, Palchan, and Kothi via taxi or car. The entire Bhrigu lake trek in December is covered by a thick layer of snow and the temperature fall to 0 to minus 10 Degree Celsius. The winter trekking is overwhelming for trekkers.  

18. Vashist Bath

Vashist is a village in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The temple in Vashist village is dedicated to the most respected Guru Vashist. The Vashist village is famous for its Ashram and hot spring water Vashist bath. The hot spring water is believed to possess medical properties which cure skin diseases, infections, and pains. The distance between Manali to Vashist is 1 km. The time requires to cover this distance is 55 min.

19. Jana Waterfall

Jana waterfall is beautiful inside a small village Jana. Jana waterfall is located at a distance of 32 km from Manali. It is on the Bijli Mahadeo road. The height of the waterfall is 30 feet high. 

20. Beas Kund, Manali

Beas Kund is a high alpine lake surrounded by towering mountains. It is located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3700 meters. It is the top attraction for trekkers. It is considered the holy lake in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and is the original source of the Beas river. The Beas rives stars from the glacier and flows through the meadows surrounded by high mountains. The Beas Kund trek distance is 47 km and it will take 3 – 4 days to reach. There will be no electricity at the campsite during the trek.

21. Manu Temple

Manu temple is an old temple located in old Manali and 3 km from Mall Road. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu lawgiver Manu. It is believed by the people that this is the only temple in India and the name of Manali is kept after him.

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22. Old Manali

Old Manali is 3 km away from New Manali. The old and new Manali are separated by the Beas river. The old Manali has houses made up of wooden structures and a roof of tiles. The popular places to visit in old Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, and Market. The old Manali is the best place to stay as there are many hotels, resorts, and homestays. You can reach old Manali by walking or by car or taxi.

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23. Tibetan Market

Manali has rich Tibetan culture and tradition. The Tibetan market is located near Mall road of Manali. The Tibetan market is famous for handicrafts, woolen clothes, shawls, shoes, prayer wheels, and Kesar. Other than that there are many things related to games, lighting, and fun items. These items are rare in other places. It is the best place for shopping. It is a cheap shopping market in Manali.                                    

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24. Mall Road

Mall Road in Manali is the main street and is the most attractive destination for tourists. The Mall Road in Manali is famous for hotels, eateries, shopping, cafes, jewelry, shawls, and clothes. In addition to that, there are Tibetan markets, Thai markets, Hong Kong markets, and the Dragon shopping complex.  It is always a crowded place in Manali. The advance booking of the taxis for Rohtang pass and Solang valley is available on The Mall road.

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25. Himachal Traditional Dress Photo

The Himachal Pradesh traditional dress is Pashmina Shawls, Himalayan caps, and ornaments. The tourist likes to take photos after wearing Himachal traditional dress. These dresses are available for rent for photographs. To take a photo with this dress is great enjoyment and memories forever. The dresses are available for rent at Rohtang pass, Solang valley, and Hidimba temple. 

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I hope this article will be useful for planning your next trip to Manali.

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