Things to Do in Manali

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Manali is always full of activities for Adventurous as well as relaxing folks, who just want to chill out. We are Listing below Major Activities, which you can carry out while Holidaying in Manali.

Fishing for fun in Manali

The rivers of the Kullu and Parvati Valleys are rich in trout and mahseer. The season runs from March to June and October to November, and rods and tackle can be hired. daily fishing licences from HPTDC cost Rs100. Top fishing spots include the upper tributaries of the Beas and Parvati Rivers at Kasol.

Jeep Safaris in Manali

Jeep safaris in Manali can be arranged for Excursion to Leh Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti, On jeef safari you can be visiting monasteries, mountain passes and glacial lakes, with accommodation in tents or village guesthouses.

Mountain Biking for fun in manali

Though you may think that the steep slopes around Manali would have some prime mountain biking, you’ll probably have to take a car to most tracks that are worth riding. Agencies offer bike hire for 450 to 850 per day (and can give current info on routes) or you can organise tours to Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul.

One audacious day trip is the descent from the Rohtang La – buses and taxis can transport you and your bike to the pass, then you can freewheel down. On all high-altitude routes, take time to acclimatise.

Rafting for fun in manali

White-water rafting trips on the Beas River can be arranged in Manali, start for Rafting is from Pirdi,3km downriver from Kullu. There is 14km of Grade II and III white water between Pirdi and the take-out point at Jhiri; trips cost around rs 600 per person. Book through holiday Travel or directly at Pirdi.

Rock Climbing for fun in Manali

The cliffs at Solang, Aleo and Vashisht have a good range of bolted and traditional routes ranging from French 6a to 6c (British 5a to 6a).

Himalayan Extreme Center  in Vashisht offers day trips for 1500/900 per full-/half-day, including all equipment. Independent climbers should bring a selection of slings, nuts and cams (particularly in the smaller sizes) and a 30m or 60m rope.

Skiing & Snowboarding in Manali

From January to March, the village of Solang Nullah transforms into Himachal’s main ski and snowboarding resort. Skiing and showboarding equipment can be hired through tour operators in Manali or accommodation places in Solang Nullah for Rs 1000/- per day. Year round high-altitude skiing expeditions can be arranged on virgin powder (experienced skiers only) through Himalayan Extreme Center for around 2500 per day (trips last three to five days).

Walking & Trekking in Manali

Manali is a popular starting point for organised mountain treks. Most  Popular Trek options include Beas Kund (three days), the Pin-Parvati Trek from the Parvati Valley to Spiti (eight days) and the Hamta Pass (4270m) to Lahaul (five days).

Walks around Manali

Plenty of shorter walks are possible from Manali, though the usual rules on safe trekking apply – tell someone where you are going and never walk alone. The 13km hike up the western side of the Beas River to Solang Nullah is a pleasing alternative to the bus, or you can trek 6km to the snowline above Lama Dugh meadow along the Manalsu Nala stream.

Zorbing for fun  in Manali

During summer, the ski slope at Solang Nullah is a popular place for zorbing – basically, rolling downhill inside a giant inflatable ball. You can make arrangements in Manali or in Solang Nullah – expect to pay Rs 500 for a roll down the hill.

Other Fun and Adventure Activities in manali ( Quad Biking, Hot Air Balloon)

Other activities available in the area include horse riding (900 per day) and cannoning (2400 per day). Quad bike rides around Solang Nullah cost Rs rs500 for a quick 4km round or 1500 per hour. Short hot-air balloon rides are sometimes organised from Solang Nullah during summer.

Paragliding in Manali

It is quite popular in Manali, especially in the peak season. The scene is located at Solang Valley. There are multiple levels, starting from the basic 1 minute flying for Rs. 450 (the most common), progressing to a more fun 5 minute flight for Rs. 1500. But the ultimate is the half an hour flight for Rs. 2500, for which they take you up almost halfway to rohtang, and bring you back to solang all the way by paragliding.

In such a long flight, wind plays a big role, and sometimes it is not possible to fly all the way to solang, something to keep in mind while going for it. Generally, later in the day you go for it, better are the chances you will do the whole flight.

Books Buying in Manali

If interested in books, there is a bookshop in the main town near the Post Office called Bookworm. It has a decent selection of books.

Famous Treks for Fun and Adventure Around Manali

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek: This trek is a technical trekking trail in Manali. This trek is a famous trek among the experience climbers. This trek gives a magnificent view of Deo peak.

Friendship peak Trekking: This is one of the majestic mountains in the beautiful valley of Kullu. This mountain is situated at around 5289 meters above the sea level. Best way to go for this trek is from Beas Kund and Dhundi.

Hampta Pass Trek: This trek is one of the most famous trekking trails in the Manali region. This trek is suitable for those who have some prior trekking experience and are reasonably fit. This trek is passes through forests.

Visit Rohtang Pass - ( Highest Motorable pass in World)

One of the prime activity and attraction for tourists in Rohtang la ( pass). Rohtang Pass is the highest motor able pass in the world and is situated at an altitude of 3979 m (13,050 ft) above sea level,

Rohtang is an adventure tourist site where it can be cold even on a summer day. It is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road and provides a wide panoramic view of mountains rising far above clouds, which is truly breath taking. Close by is a small lake called Dassaur Lake. Beas Kund, the source of river Beas, is also nearby.

In winter, the road to Rothang Pass is closed.

 If you are driving up, be prepared for the rough broken roads at many places, sheer blind turns and tight hairpin bends, which can be exhilarating depending on the state of your nerves. If you are hiring a vehicle then better rent a four wheel drive vehicle from Manali.

Manali Rohtang keylong Road has featured in the History Channel’s “Most Dangerous Roads” Program where ice road truckers navigated and were surprised to see the toughest roads on earth.

Visit Beas Kund ( Rohtang Pass)

it is an igloo shaped temple near rohtang pass, on top has a spring which is the origin of River Beas.

Visit Hidimba Temple Manali

It is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.

Visit Maa Sharvari Temple

This temple is represented as KULDEVI of the kings of Kullu in early times and is worshipped as a manifestation of Durga, and image of the goddess is also enshrined here. The divinity is popularly worshipped throughout the region during the festivals and the Goddess is transported to Kullu to visit the Lord Raghunathji during Dussehra festival. This temple is on the top of above the Shaminallah village, which is around 5 Kms from Manali, accross the Beas river on the left bank on the way to Naggar Casttle

Visit Vashist Hot Water Springs ( Sulphur Springs) and Temple

Around 3 km from Manali, across the Beas river is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur springs. Modern bathhouses, with Turkish-style showers, have the hot water piped into them for the convenience of the visitors who come here to benefit from the medicinal properties.

Vaishisht, also boasts a pair of old stone temples, opposite each other above the main square. Dedicated to the local patron saint Vashista, the smaller of the two opens on to a partially covered courtyard, and is adorned with elaborate woodcarvings. Those lining the interior of the shrine, blackened by years of oil-lamp and incense smoke, are particularly fine.

Cautions for Vashista temple Visitors

Be wary of hanging up your trousers or bags on the hooks provided, pickpocketing is a daily occurrence. Hand over your wallet to a trusted person for safekeeping before you enter the springs for a bath.

Visit Solang Valley

Solang Valley popularly known as Snow Point, is 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift.

The Ski Lift ticket is Rs. 400 per head. It is a picturesque spot and offers splendid views of glaciers and the snow-capped mountains. 

 Visit Rahala waterfalls ( Before the Rohtang pass Climb)

About 16 km from Manali at the start of the climb to the Rohtang Pass, are the beautiful Rahalla Falls at an altitude of 2,501 m.

Rozy Falls ( Enroute to  Rohtang pass)

On the way to Rohtang amazing water fall worth seeing. this water fall looks amazing between the high hills.

Visit the Peaceful & Blessed Buddhist Monasteries in Manali

Manali is known for its shiny gompas or Buddhist monasteries. It is maintained by donations from the local community and by sale of hand-woven carpets in the temple workshop.

  • Himalayan Nyinmapa Buddhist Temple:- Contains a two-storey statue of Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

Gelukpa Cultural Society Gompa:-  This Gompa has a  prayer room crammed with statues of bodhisattvas, revered lamas and Buddhist deities. There’s also a small workshop producing Tibetan carpets.

Experience Nostalgia at Old Manali

At a distance of 3 km northwest of Manali is Old Manali, famous for its orchards and old guesthouses. There is ruined fort here by the name of Manaligarh. There is also the Manu Maharishi Temple, dedicated to sage Manu.

Seek Blessing at Gauri Shankar Temple

At DASHAL village(700 mtrs. from Sarsai )on the main left bank Kullu Manali Highway.It is a 12th century protected monument.Also see lush green apple orchards,play with water stream out there

Vist Naggar ( A Must Activity while your visit to Manali)

Naggar is also an important Destination  near manali, Naggar is famous for The Castle, Roerich House and Art gallery are places to see.

Moonlight dinner on the balcony of Hotel Castle restaurant is worth experiencing, with the lovely sight of twinkling lights below in the Beas valley. Bijli Mahadev temple, about 20 kms from Naggar, is also worth visiting.

Vist Zana Falls while your visit to Manali

15 Kms from Naggar and 35 Kms from Manali, at Zana Village, Zana beautiful Water Fall is worth visiting. The valley provides amazing views. There is one water fall on the road side and two other water falls which are not much explored by tourists and are amazing. Moreover Traditional Himachali food is available here at small hut like shops.

Visit The Manali Gompa

Manali Gompa was built in 1960. It is one of the most important places for Buddhists. Buddhists come to this place from Ladakh, Tibet, Spiti, Lahul and Kinnaur. Manali Gompa is world famous for a large statue of Buddha and for its wall paintings.

Visit the Kothi in Manali

Kothi is located at the bottom of Rohatang Pass. It is a beautiful and photographic village where tourists can capture different thrilling views of the deep gorge through which the Beas swiftly runs. This is an amazing place to experience the natural beauty of high altitude mountain.

Visit the Nehru Kund in Manali

Nehru Kund is located at the distance of around 6 km from Manali. It is one of the natural springs of natural water in India. Nehru Kund is named after the late Prime Minister Jawar Lal Nehru. Nehru used to drink water from this Kund, while his journey to Manali.

Nehru Kund is on the Manali-Keylong road, about 6 kms from Manali. It is understood that a landslide has wiped out this spring.