It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling solo to find inner peace, backpacking with your besties on an adventure trip, or honeymooning with your beloved, Manali and its mountains will never cease to fascinate you. Many cultural gems in this hill town are unique to this part of the world, which has become a paradise for wanderers.
Several affordable hotels in Manali will accommodate your stay while providing you with the warm hospitality the region is known for.
(Places to visit in Manali)
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Manali is one of the most famous hill stations in India in today’s time. Manali is Situated in the upper hills of the Himalayas at 6700 ft altitude. Manali is famous for its Devdar, Pind forest, snowfall, and adventure activities.
First of all, we will talk about how you can reach Manali.
There is no personal airport or railway station in Manali, so the best option is by road. From Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla & Dharamshala you can take a Volvo bus or state Government bus to reach Manali. Whose rent is only around INR 800 to 1200 rupees. It takes around 12 hours from Delhi to Manali and 8 hours from Chandigarh to Manali.
Or you can also book a flight to Bhuntar Airport if you are coming from outside the Northern Territory. After this, you can hire a cab for Manali which takes just 1 to 2 hours.
After you reach Manali first of all take some rest. In Manali, you can easily find hotels, resorts, and homestays. I personally recommend you to stay in Old Manali. Manali is divided into two parts old Manali and new Manali.
Old Mall Road, shopping centers, and crowds of tourists are seen in New Manali. On the other hand, in Old Manali, you can find natural beauty, peaceful vibes, and less crowded areas. Hence Old Manali is the best option to stay in Manali.
You can rent a bike or car from here to explore Manali better. The bike rental would be around 600 to 1500 per day. And the car rental would be about 1500 to 2500 per day.
Here is the list of top Attractions places to visit in Manali.
1. Solang Valley
2. Jogini Waterfalls
3. Hadimba Temple
4. Rohtang Pass
5 Manali Sanctuary
6. The Manali Gompa
7. Bhrigu Lake
8. Hampta Pass
9. Van Vihar
10. Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple
12. Great Himalayan National Park
13. Old Manali
Now the time has come for us to know about the places to visit in Manali.
1. Solang valley (Manali)
Solang valley is also known as the ‘snow point’ which is just 14 kilometers far away from Manali. During the winter season, the lush green nature of Solang Valley transforms into huge snow and ski slobbers. In Solang Valley, you can easily find paragliding, zorbing, skiing, horse riding, ATV bike riding, and many other adventure sports.
5. Manali Sanctuary(Manali)
Manali wildlife sanctuary is located just 2 km far away from Manali town. Manali Sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1954. In the catchment of Manalsu Khad, the sanctuary begins just behind Manali town and extends into the mountains behind it. Its path leads to the sanctuary through dense Deodar, Kail, Horse chestnut, Walnut, and Maple forests from the log huts and Dhungri temple in Manali.
Here are some of the best attractions animals are Musk deer, Monal and Brown bear, Leopard and Snow leopards are some of the common animals seen here. Herds of ibex are generally seen migrating in the summer season. This sanctuary cover an area is just around 31.8 square kilometers.
7. Bhrigu Lake(Manali)
Bhrigu lake trek is a 4-day trek and it’s located near Manali. And the height of this trek is just around 14000 feet. To visit this trek there is a certain time period. You can only visit in the months of Mid June, July, August, September, and Ist first week of October.
Now when you want to time this trek depends upon what want you to see, Is it snow, or Is it greenery?
So if it is snow then you must visit in June, at this time you can easily find snow. Or the hand if you want to see greenery which is miles and miles long then you must have to visit in August or September months.
8. Hampta Pass(Manali)
Hampta pass trek is one of the most popular and moderate treks in present-time Manali. The Hampta is situated at a height of 14000 feet. This trek start from the Kullu region with lush green nature and ends in the desert of Spiti.
During this trek, you can see a lot of flowers, lots of snow, and a lot of greenery. It’s all about depending on you what you want to see. If you want to enjoy snow then June and July months is a good options. But if you want to see greenery then you should have to visit in the months of August and September. when you visit this trek you can also make a plan for Chandra Tal lake.
Location: Hampta Pass Trek Himalayan Mountain Sojourns, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
Timing: You can visit this trek between June to September Months
Highlight: Trek start from the Kullu region with lush green nature and ends in the dry desert of Spiti.
This van-vihar is situated in front of the Tibetan market on mall road in Manali. The distance between this park and to Manali bus stand is just 750 meters.
If you’re looking for peace, then you need to visit this park. This park has so many deodar trees that touch the sky and the light cuts through them like a magic object. The Beas river flows along the bank of this park, which is home to several species of birds in the morning. There is also a man-made lake located here, where boating is the park’s main attraction, so you can visit it if you like.
Location: Located near Tibetan market on Mall Road, Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
Timing: You can visit this park between 8.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Highlight: In this park, you can find some peace and a fresh breeze.
10. Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple(Manali)
Vashisht temple is situated 3.5 kilometers far away from the Manali bus stand. This temple is dedicated to lord Rishi Vashisht. This temple is among the most famous places to visit for Manali tourists. It is believed that the Vashisht temple is more than 4000 years old.
In this temple, there is a black stone picture of Rishi Vashisht wearing a dhoti. The temple is decorated with crafts of wood. Which gives the temple an attractive view.
There is also another attraction point known as the Vashisht hot water spring. This hot water spring has its own unique medicinal value. It is believed that this spring has cured many skin diseases. Many people go to Vashisht baths and take a dip and get rid of some skin diseases and infections.
Location: Hot Water Spring, Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh, 175103
Timing: There is no accurate time, anytime is a good time to visit.
Highlight: The scenic view of this temple, spring has its own unique Medicinal value.
Kothi village is situated at a distance of 14 kilometers from the Manali Bus Stand, and just 7.5 kilometers from the Gulaba Valley. You can visit this village along with the route of Rohtang pass. Kothi village is one of the main attractions of the point by Tourister when they are going to climb Rohtang pass by foot. At that time they used Kothi as a camping sight.
The view of this beautiful valley is just worth watching. There are a number of songs, series, and movies that have been shot at this place. when you visit this village you are standing at a height of 2500 meters altitude. And the view of the ranges with snow is just worth less. So the best time to visit this village is mentioned below.
Location: Towards Gulaba, Manali, On Leh – Manali Highway.
Timing: Best time to visit this place is between May to October months.
Highlight: This village is to believed be the ideal site for writers, Painters, and many more.
12. Great Himalayan National Park
The great Himalayan national park is located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. This park is established in 1984. At that time this park covered an area of 1171 km2. This park is a habitat for a lot of numbers of flora and fauna.
More than 375 + species of fauna are found in the area, including 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks, and 127 insects. Under the guidelines of the 1972 wildlife protection act, all of them are protected.
The great Himalayan National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2014.
Location: Forest Office Rd, Shamshi, Himachal Pradesh 175126, The Great Himalayan National Park(office).
Timing: You can visit every day between 10.00 am to 5.30 pm.
Highlight: Here you can see different species which is more than 375+.
13. Old Manali(Manali)
There is a belief that Old Manali is the oldest part of the town. In spite of the fact that Old Manali is only 3 kilometers away from the Manali bus stand, it took us more than 30 minutes to cover this distance. This is due to the congested area.
It is easier to find less traffic and less crowded areas in Old Manali, and it is also cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than New Manali. Old Manali has a beautiful view of the mountains. You can also venture for some old-fashioned coffee crawls at some of the most popular cafes in Manali and go for some affordable shopping there.
Location: Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131, India
|Travel Seasons||Min/Max Temperature||Season|
|March to June||10-25°C||Summer – Comfortably warm|
|July to September||10-16 °C||Monsoon – Heavy and torrential rainfall|
|October to February||-1°C||Winter – Chilly|
Highlight: In Old, Manali is famous for its hand-crafted clothes which include woolen shawls, and sweaters.
Jagatsukh village is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manali. The village is located 7 kilometers from the main town and has a hot water spring that attracts many tourists. It’s the most convenient place to enjoy a day with friends or take a picnic.
Deo Tibba Mountain trekkers can base themselves in Jagatsukh when trekking in these mountains. Manali region is home to the Devi Sharbali temple, which is one of the main attractions for tourists.
Location: Jagatsukh, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India, Pin Code:- 175143
Timing: Best time to visit during March to June.
Highlight: In Jagatsukh you can see the lush green nature, with scenic views.
It is our goal in this blog to provide you with information about the most popular places to visit in Manali. Manali is an outstanding place to enjoy your trip with friends and family. You can also go here for your honeymoon; you can see picturesque mountains with waterfalls that create a spectacular view. In case you are interested in spending more time in the mountains, you can also visit Shimla, where you will find information about such Places to explore in Shimla.
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