Manali abounds in natural and religious attractions that draw a lot of tourists to it every year. The quaint town is famous for its Hadimba Temple whose ancient architecture attracts a many. There are a lot of things to do around Manali. You can visit the heights of Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Jogini waterfalls and others. Adventure enthusiasts find Manali to be a trekker’s paradise as it is a gateway to many peaks and mountains that are infused with sublime allure. You can also try river rafting at Beas river. While going up or coming down from Rohtang Paas, you can also try paragliding for a thrilling experience.
Then, there is a Vashist temple which is known to the world for its hot springs and spirituality. Also considered to be a bohemian centre in India, Manali’s streets bustle with hippies who come here in search of finding a sojourn in the lap of nature.
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What to Do in and around Manali
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Hadimba devi temple, circuit house road, manali- 175131, himachal pradesh, India
05:00 am - 08:00 pm
Manali is a treat for the religious soul. The Hadimba Devi Temple or Hidibi Temple is one of the major religious sites in Manali. Another name for it is Dhungri temple. This very simply built temple is well known due to a strange geographical characteristic that the surrounding area has. A bird’s eye view of the temple will reveal that the area surrounding it is in the shape of the impression of a giant foot. The temple of her son Ghatotkach is also nearby.
This phenomenon is what increases the religious importance of the place. But the temple is not just for the religious. It may be simply built but it has beautifully carved wooden doors which enhance its simplicity. It is built almost like a pagoda with three roofs on top of each other. The temple is a religious site nestled in the midst of a beautiful green forest. It is a peaceful haven for the religious mind, the traveler as well as the nature lover.
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Solang Valley road, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh 175131
There was a time when Solang valley was known to only the adventure enthusiasts who carried out camping here. However, today this valley attracts a lot of tourists who come here to get enamoured of its beauty as well. Summer might seem like the better time to visit this cold region. But the winters are action packed with skiing and other winter sports taking hold of the tourism scene. There is also a ropeway now if you want to have a bird’s eye view of the Solang Valley.
The Solang Valley is a gorgeous valley in the mountainous region. The picturesque spot has a lot to offer in terms of views along with a range of activities for which adventure seekers come here. So do try out as many as possible. The place is perfect for the adventure tourist and the nature lover.
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Leh- Manali Highway, Himalayas
12:01 am - 12:00 am
From May to November, you can access one of the most precarious places on the earth; The Rohtang Pass. This beautiful and yet dangerous place is named so (the literal meaning in Bhoti is “piles of corpses) due to its reputation of being an extremely unpredictable place. Nevertheless, tourists love it. The beauty of the Rohtang Pass is extraordinary. It is the highest point in the whole of Manali making it a truly mesmerizing experience. The mist that floats though the valley, the wild animals, the greenery and everything in between makes this place truly magical.
The Rohtang Pass is also famous for its snow-sports that include a huge variety. There is a Himachal Pradesh tourism signboard that tells you of all the standard prices for the equipment so you need not be worried of being taken for a ride. The place is a wonderful spot for people who love trekking too. In a way, a trip to Manali would remain incomplete without the surreal Rohtang Pass experience.
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Pandoh Dam, Himachal Pradesh
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Pandoh Dam is situated on the mighty Beas river which runs through Himachal Pradesh. A serene spot, you won’t miss it if you are travelling from Shimla to Manali. Under the Beas Project, the dam was completed in the year 1977 and it was built with the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation. Head over to the dam to marvel at its architecture, its vastness and to get inspired by the gushing sounds of the Beas.
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Manali, Himachal Pradesh
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Located two kilometres from Manali, the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise spread across 3,180 hectares. The sanctuary forms the catchment of Manalsu Khad. Dense forests made up of Deodar, Chestnut, Poplar, Maple, Willow and Fir trees, pristine glaciers, colourful birds like Kingfisher, Chakor, Monal and Snow Pigeons and animals like Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, all these leave visitors mesmerized. Many trekking routes, from easy climbs to difficult ones, pass through the sanctuary and camping is allowed during summers.
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Shamshi, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh 175123
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A must visit for nature lovers, the Great Himalayan National Park is situated around 110 kilometres from Manali, in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. A paradise for trekkers, the Park was constituted in the year 1984 and was formally declared a National Park in 1999. It covers an area of 754.4 sq. km. (square kilometres) and is host to around 2,300 households spanning over 160 villages.
This park offers a number of trekking trails that introduce you to various species of birds along with flora and fauna. Covered with alpine meadows and high altitude glaciers, this national park does catch the fancy of anyone who loves nature.
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Vashisht Spring, Manali (H.P.) 175131
07:00 am - 09:00 pm
Located about 3 kilometers away from Manali, the Vashisth Spring is a definite must visit. The River Beas can be seen in all its glory at this site. It is a well known attraction that is pretty popular among the tourists. The hot springs are completely natural and are a great place to see.
The verdant village of Vashisht is a must visit due to these beautiful natural wonders. You can definitely take a dip in or soak your feet into the hot water and enjoy the weather if you wish. If you don’t want to do that it is still worth visiting this tiny village. The Vashisht Temple is also another tourist attraction. The village also has many shops selling woolen clothes trinkets and souvenirs. If you like trekking there are also many paths that start at the foot of the mountain. The village itself is worth exploring and will never cease to amaze you.
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Vashisht Temple, Vashisht Village, Manali
07:00 am - 09:00 pm
The Vashisht Temple is a tiny but beautiful temple in Himachal Pradesh. A 30 minute walk or 15 minutes rickshaw ride away from Manali, this temple is a great addition to any Manali itinerary.
This ancient temple is named after great sage Vashisht, one of the seven saptarishis in Hindu Mythology. The old construction which is mostly made of wood and brick is very picturesque. The veranda on the outside along with the intricately carved wooden doors gives the temple a rather multi-ethnic feel. This ancient temple is also home to the hot springs, taking a bath in which is considered to be spiritually and physically rejuvenating. Outside, there are a few shops selling trinkets as well as cheap local restaurants that serve delectable food.
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Chandrataal, Lahaul and Spiti Himachal Pradesh
The Chandrataal is a beautiful lake in Himachal Pradesh. Its name literally stands for Moon Lake. Standing behind it is an imposing mountain range.
The source of this lake is the groundwater underneath as you cannot see any source of water over the ground. This unique feature does set the lake apart but its height at more than 4000 feet makes this quite surprising. The water reserves are so vast that the lake also has an outlet and can provide crystal clear water to the areas nearby through the Chandra River.
The most striking feature is the color of the lake that changes often due to the reflection of the mountains surrounding it on it. This makes the sight of the lake a truly remarkable experience that is certainly not worth missing.
While it used to be a wonderful haunt for traders passing through the mountainous region, today it is a haven for campers and adventurers.
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Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131
05:00 am - 09:00 pm
The Manu Temple, named so after the famous sage Manu is one of the many religious spots in and around Manali. It is said that sage Manu found Manali and decided to meditate there due to its serene nature and pristine surroundings. Manu is said to be an ancient rishi often described as “the law giver”.
The temple located within three kilometers of Manali making it very easily accessible to the tourists. It is an old temple and the architecture is simple and elegant quite like most places in the northern mountainous region of India.
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Bashisht, Himachal Pradesh, 175104
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The surrounding mountains and trails of Manali make up for excellent trekking and camping opportunities. Located at a distance of just 1 hour from Manali, the Bhrigu lake is visited for its quiet beauty and exciting trails. This lake is surrounded with lush forests of fir, spruce, moru and the higher altitude Kharsu oak trees around Gulaba, from where trek starts. Spiritually also the lake is quite significant as the legend holds that Bhrighu Rishi had once meditated here. Today, famous as "Pool of Gods", this lake is visited for its penultimate beauty and spiritual aura that attracts a lot of tourists as well as sadhus alike.
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Kashawri, Himachal Pradesh 175138
04:00 am - 08:00 pm
The serenity of Manali and its surrounding areas attracts a lot of pilgrim and spiritual believers. For them, there are a lot of temples that adorn this heavenly location. One such temple is Bijli-Mahadev temple that is renowned for its ‘Kash’ style architecture that houses a “Shiva-Lingam”. There is an oral legend associated with this place. The ‘Shiva-Lingam' is believed to have been struck by lightning which led to its eventual dismemberment. Then the priest of the temple collected all the pieces and joined them together with butter acting as an adhesive. The best time to visit this temple is during the days of Shivaratri when the temple gets decorated with flowers. From the vicinity of the temple, you can also enjoy great views of Kullu and Paravati valleys as well.
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Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh 172117
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
Stretched over an area of 1150 sq km, the Pin Valley National Park is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area. This national Park acts a haven for the lovers of birds, animals and flora and fauna. Established in 1987, this national park is known throughout India for the conserving the endangered species of Snow-Leopard. Other rare animal and bird species that you can see here are: Red Fox, Marten, Weasel, Pika, Himalayan Snow Cock, Chukor, Golden Eagle, Griffon, Chough and Raven. This valley is also popular for its medicinal purposes as it is home to certain medicinal herbs and spices that are useful for pharmaceutical companies. A visit to this national park will definitely add a beautiful nature’s experience during your tour to Manali.
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Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Running through the terrain of Manali and Kullu, the Beas River is a legendary river whose mention is found in Hindu myths as well as historical records. Flowing on India's eastern-most border that was invaded by Alexander the Great's in 326 BC, it is this river which proved to be a hurdle in the way of Alexander's expansive project. Originating from the Vyasa Kund from where it gets its name, this river is today an important tourist destination for the number of water activities that it offers. While you are on your way to Kullu from Manali, you will see this river flowing alongside your path. The best way to enjoy this river would be to go for river rafting here. For those who just wish to enjoy it from a distance can sit on its banks and witness its gushing milky while waters.
Kothi used to be a very popular place for camping while trekking towards the Rohtang Pass. It is still famous as a camping spot but now it has become very easily accessible by car. As a result Kothi is now a popular tourist destination.
This village is a real treat in summer. The months between March and June as well as September and October are the best time to visit Kothi. You can embark upon small nature trails or even hardcore treks from this village. Be sure to pack a good pair of walking shoes as well as your best winter gear even in summer. There is a beautiful gorge called the Kothi Gorge. If you want to see the River Beas at its ferocious and powerful best, this is the place to see it. The best way to experience its beauty is to trek to it.