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Some Marvellous Things to do in Manali

Manali is an extremely popular tourist destination in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is not only known for immense natural beauty and splendour but also has many fun and adventurous activities worth experiencing like trekking, skiing, and mountain biking. It is surrounded by beautiful valleys, thick forests, and snow-capped mountains. Here are a few things to do in Manali.

A visit to Manali is often planned as a package tour of Kullu, Manikaran, and Kasol apart from Manali. Kullu is one of the most famous tourist spots in India located at a height of 1200 meters above sea level in the middle of Beas and Sarvari river. You will get to see a lot of greenery in and around this place. You can also go for rafting while in Kullu. Manikaran is located in Parvati valley that is often covered with snow and is famous among the Sikhs for the Manikaran Gurudwara here. The hot springs of Manikaran are very popular. Kasol is a small village in Himachal Pradesh that offers several opportunities for adventurous trekking. It is also popular for white sand on the banks of the Parvati river.

One of the most thrilling activities to do in Manali is going for Tandem paragliding at the Solang Valley. It will be a brief paragliding session that will last for 12 to 15 minutes. It is the best place in India to enjoy this experience. You will feel the adrenaline pumping once you take off. You will be spellbound to see the breathtaking slopes of the Himalayas and the beautiful Beas river from a height of more than 50 feet above the ground. Make sure to take all the safety measures before you go for paragliding and listen to the instructors carefully.

If you are in Manali, then you must visit the Hidimba Devi Temple who is a popular local goddess here. It is a beautiful temple that is visited by tourists in large numbers. You will get to enjoy some breathtaking views of the mountains and the forests from here.

Overnight camping is one of the best things to do in Manali. It is famous among the youngsters who come here in groups to enjoy the camping experience. Spend a lovely time with your family or friends in overnight camping in Manali. Watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset from the camps. Some of the popular places for camping in or near Manali are Sethan, Solang valley, Bhuntar, Tirthan Jibhi and Tentsville.

One of the most adventurous activities to do in Manali is the white-water river rafting on the Beas River. Rafting is highly popular among the tourists visiting Manali in April and June. Be careful of the rapids and follow the directions of the instructor carefully. You can opt for ‘Short Rafting in Manali’, where you have to cover a short distance of 7 kilometres.

Sightseeing is one of the attractive things to do in Manali. Set out for a fantastic tour of Manali with your family or friends, and visit the most popular tourist attractions. Some of the top-rated tourist attractions in Manali are Solang valley, Hidimba Devi temple, Monasteries, Jogini waterfall, Gulaba, Hampta Pass, Bhrigu Lake Vashisht Baths and others.

Another must-do activity in Manali is visiting the Rohtang Pass. Rohtang provides tourists with several recreational activities like paragliding, skiing, Gondola, Quad, etc. You can also go camping in this place. Snow scooter is another source of entertainment for the tourists in Rohtang Pass. It remains open from May to November. You need to beware of the blizzards and snowstorm that occur frequently in Rohtang. It remains closed on Tuesdays.

Some more things to do in Manali  

One of the most exciting activities to do in Manali is Mountain Biking. It is a fun-filled activity that is quite popular here. If you are in Manali, you must not miss this activity. You don’t need to pay much for it either. The route for mountain biking starts from the Solang ski pass and finishes in Old Manali. Youngsters love this experience.

Trekking in the Beas Kund is an activity worth undertaking for people visiting Manali. It is the shortest Himalayan trekking and is situated near the Solang valley, which is 14 kilometres far from the place. The speciality of Beas Kund is that it offfers a wonderful view of the Pir Panjal ranges.

You should also make it a point to visit the Tibetan monastery in Manali. You can buy attractive handicrafts from this place which are made by the local people. You will get to visit two Tibetan monasteries in Manali. Beautiful carpets are weaved in these monasteries.

Don’t miss the famous Vashisht temple in Manali too. It is named after the sage Vashist who is known to be the Kulguru of Lord Rama. The temple is almost 4000 years old. The location of the temple is in Vashisht village. You will get buses from Manali to visit this place. There are many hot water springs around the place. People believe that hot water springs can heal different kinds of diseases. Another adventurous activity you would love to indulge in is rock climbing at the Vashisht Village.

Tirthan Valley is located in a dense forest of Himalayan National Park. It provides a great opportunity to catch some fishes using angling method. It’s a great way to spend some fishing time with family and kids.

Another trekking option in Manali is the Hampta Pass. It is famous for scenic beauty. You can go for a trekking expedition of 4-5 days in this Pass. You will get to see brown bears in the place too. It is the perfect place to relax with your family or friends in the lap of nature.

For the shopping enthusiasts, Manu Market is the best place to shop in Manali. It is on the Mall Road Manali itself. There are narrow lanes with shops on both sides of it. You will get to shop for crockery, books, electrical appliances, footwear and handloom products. It is also a nice place for photography.

Other adventure activities you must try in Manali include ziplining, valley crossing, rappelling and others.

You may take a day jeep safari to Jungle & Jana Waterfalls, in which you will be taken to the Naggar Jungle, Naggar Castle, Nicholai Roerich Art Gallery complex and Jana Waterfalls.

Since you have so many things to do and places to see in Manali, your visit to the place will be packed with activities. Don’t forget to try most of them as per your personal interest, of course.