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15 Places To Visit In Manali

  

Located on the banks of river Beas, Manali is an epitome of beauty, adventure and culture. It has now become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country for the places that one can adore in town and around it. There is a perfect blend of art, culture, adventure, modernity and nature which is what makes these places in Manali an enticing tourist spot. And here are few places to visit in Manali that you shouldn’t miss to make the best out of it.

1. Hadimba Temple

15 Places To Visit In Manali-1 With the breathtaking beauty of snow-draped in the background, Hidimba temple is located 2 km away from the famous Mall road of Manali. The temple is dedicated to the Bhima’s wife Hidimba from the epic of Mahabharat. It is surrounded by the forests of pine and deodar and the architecture belongs to the ancient era of Mahabharat with the pagoda on top. You can take an auto/cab from mall road to reach the temple as you can choose to trek for 2 km as well.

Timings: 8 AM- 6 PM

2. Solang Valley

15 Places To Visit In Manali-2 If you want to ski down the snow-covered slopes or want to glide high above the mountain ranges of Pir Panjal, or you want to get inside the zorbing ball, Solang Valley has the perfect concoction of adventure activities for you. Known for its beauty and a number of adventures that you can choose from, Solang Valley is the win-win place for everyone. It is located 14 km away from Manali, you can take a cab or local bus to reach the heavenly destination.

3. Rohtang Pass

15 Places To Visit In Manali-3 You will get the golden chance of visiting this place only if you visit Manali during the summer time. It is loaded with snow all throughout the year and offers a number of adventure sports and majestic views. It connects Manali to Keylong and the road is a complete delight to drive on. It is located 51 km away from Manali and at an elevation of 3978 meters. To get here you need to take a cab, better if you can get a bike and take a drive to this snow loaded paradise. Rohtang pass opens by the end of May till October depending on the weather conditions.

4. Hampta Pass trek

15 Places To Visit In Manali-4 The trail that begins from the Rambagh circle in Manali will fill you up with the sceneries of lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains in the backdrop and the variety of flora and fauna throughout its journey. The carpet of snow covering the majestic beauty of the Himalayan ranges makes the scenery even more pleasing to the eyes. The trek of 26 km that can be easily covered in 6 days. The endpoint of Hampta pass trek is Chhatru, which offers the spectacular confluence of Hampta pass, Spiti valley, and Rohtang pass. Best time to visit- May- June and August- September.

5. Jogini waterfalls

15 Places To Visit In Manali-5 Jogini waterfalls is a literal paradise located amidst the tranquility of mountains and the grandeur. The rushing sound of water making its way to the down to the Beas river flowing in the Manali city is an utter peace to the mind and soul. You can also enjoy the thrill of river rafting in the Beas river. Jogini falls is a trek of approximately 4 km from the Vashishth temple and 7.5 km from the Manali bus stop. The trek is easy and scenic and will take you to a speechless view of apple orchards, pine trees and the little hamlets around.

6. Vashisth temple

15 Places To Visit In Manali-6 The temple is located in a small hamlet known as Vashistha famous for its beauty of lush green hills and hot water springs. The temple holds a sacred importance for the local people. It is accompanied by the hot water sulphur springs where you can take a dip to rejuvenature and energize your body.

Timings: 7 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 10 pm

7. Arjun Gufa

15 Places To Visit In Manali-7 Taking you back in mythological stories of Mahabharat, Arjun Gufa is the same place where, according to the epic, he attained the Pashupati Astra (powerful weapon) from the God Indra that gave him the immense power. The Arjun Gufa is located in Prini village which is 20 km away from Manali. You can take a cab or bus to reach the historical destination located in the dense forests of Pir Panjal mountains.

8. Beas Kund trek

15 Places To Visit In Manali-8 The trek that stretches from the famous Solang valley near Manali will enchant you with the beautiful water bodies of Himachal Pradesh. This traipse is suitable for all those who have just begun their adventure journey and do not wish to challenge their bodies. A short trek of 16 km can be covered in 2 days. The end point of the trek is the Beas Kund and the glacier that feeds the fierce water of River Beas. With the beauty of Kullu valley and Manali valley, cascading waterfalls and the grandeur of Pir Panjal ranges in the backdrop, this trek will keep you connected to nature throughout. Best time to for this trek is May to October

9. Tibetan monasteries

15 Places To Visit In Manali-9 Manali is a blend of Hindu and Tibetan culture. If you fancy for the Tibetan culture and their handicrafts, the monasteries will satiate you best. Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa are the two most famous Buddhist monasteries in Manali where you can witness the beautiful architecture of the ancient Tibet and the peaceful hymns of the monks. They are famous for their Tibetan handicrafts such a woolen apparels, carpets and artifacts The Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is located in old Manali amidst the awe-gaping beauty of hills and valleys around.

10. Gulaba

15 Places To Visit In Manali-10 If you visit Manali when the Rohtang Pass can’t be approached due to the heavy snow, this will be a perfect replacement for it. Gulaba is a small village you will encounter on your way to Rohtang Pass. It has Beas river on its banks and the snow-covered mountains in the backdrop. You can also enjoy a number of adventure sports here, such as skiing and paragliding. The best part remains the fact that it receives a less crowd than Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass and lets you enjoy the beauty of nature with tranquility and peace. It is located 20 km away from Manali.

11. Nehru Kund

15 Places To Visit In Manali-11 Located on the Manali – Rohtang Pass Highway and at a distance of 5Km from Manali bus stand lies this spring which is named after late prime minister of India Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Nehru Kund. The source of the spring is famous Bhrigu lake. The sound of bubbling water amidst the peaceful silence of the place makes it a popular tourist destination. It is said that the prime minister used to come here and drink the crystal clear water of this spring during his visits to Manali. You can visit this picturesque place to get your mind and body soothe with the serenity and calmness. This is one of the most sought after places for the tourists visiting Manali and there are many other interesting places around this pristine spring where you can make a visit. The best time to visit Nehru Kund from May to October.

12. Van Vihar National Park

15 Places To Visit In Manali-12 Van Vihar National Park is located on the National Highway No. 21 and is settled amidst the lush green surroundings. It is fringed with deodar forests and is definitely a relief for the visitors who are bored from their monotonous life. You can take a walk among the trees, listen to the melodious chirping of birds and can take a boat ride in the man-made lake within this park premises. You can sit here under the patting shades of the trees and enjoy the solitude. The park opens from 8 A.M-5 P.M and the best time to visit Van Vihar is from November to June.

13. Manikaran

15 Places To Visit In Manali-13 Divine peace, holiness, one can find here. Perched on the right bank of the roaring Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib is located at a mere distance of 6 km from Kasol. The high point of the gurudwara is a hot water spring which is believed to consist the magical properties to cure your illness if you take a dip.

14. Parvati Valley

15 Places To Visit In Manali-14 Parvati valley is the perfect place for those who want to cut off from the dull city life. Sitting in picturesque surroundings and feeling the crisp mountain air caressing your skin is an entirely different experience. Drink from the untouched freshwater streams and exchange words on life with the people from some distant village. The air in the Parvati valley seems to carry peace and tranquillity in it, so it is the best place for those who want to enjoy solitude amidst the azure skies, gurgling waters of river and greenery all around.

15. Manali Sanctuary

15 Places To Visit In Manali-15 Manali Sanctuary is the ideal spot for those who want to explore the rich flora and fauna of this place and is one of the top most tourist attractions. This place offers sightings of variety of reptiles, birds, animals and mammals. The Manali Wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 31.80 Km and is a heaven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. It was officially declared a sanctuary in the year 1954, under the Punjab Birds and Animals Protection Act. It is home to rare and endangered animals and bird species like Himalayan Black Bear, Kashmir Flying Squirrel, Himalayan Yellow throated Marten, Barking Deer, Flying Fox etc. On your visit to the sanctuary you’ll get to explore alpine trees, snowcapped mountains and picturesque beauty of the surroundings.

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