Manali is one of the main tourist destinations in India in Himachal Pradesh. It is perfect for outdoor activities and many of these places to visit in Manali represent the many activities in the city.
Numerous attractions and adventures in Manali however, can be very dangerous — particularly if the area is hit by extreme weather conditions, such as floods, or natural catastrophes such as landslides. Before starting your journey, you can check the weather and road conditions to better prepare for anywhere in the country.
1. Solang Valley
Solang Valley is approximately 30 minutes away from Manali and draws tourists both to the snow and to adventure in the summer.
There are skiing and snowboarding from January to March. A gondola brings visitors 1,3 kilometers up the runs. Paragliding is common after the snow gets clear. Bear in mind, however, that it is not well governed and safety issues exist (people have died in the past).
In addition, those who visit the Solang Valley opt for an adventure by visiting the Shiva Temple, overlooking the village. It’s possible to ride a cheek there if you don’t want to walk to it.
2. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is a popular day trip from Manali but heavy transport can be a challenge. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and the Himachal Pradesh Valleys and is situated two to three hours by train from Manali town.
It is also prone to bad weather due to the high altitude of about 4,000 meters. Snow is the main attraction of Rohtang Pass, particularly when it is cleared from other locations. Sadly, the management of waste is low and tourists lack facilities. There are also small vehicles in the number and a permit must be obtained at least one day ahead of time.
3. Beas River
The strong Beas river runs fast through Manali and offers plenty of opportunities in its waters and its banks for outdoor recreation. But because of the river’s rapid flow, even for the most experienced rafter, it can be very dangerous, especially when the snow melts in the spring and the water levels increase. It is recommended that tourists avoid the river from March until April.
4. Old Manali
Upstairs you will find the rather quiet Old Manali village which is surrounded by simple traditional homes, above the busy and chaos of Manali. You will find
Old Manali is a laid-back travel center and the road here is full of guest houses, cafes, and small shops – the perfect place to relax and look at the world. Right on top is the temple Manu, dedicated to the sage Manu who according to Hindu mythology was the first man created by God. The views are worthwhile to stroll but panoramic.
5. Hadimba Temple
Stop through the forest of Dungri on the way to the ancient temple of Hadimba (also known as Dhungri temple). Founded in 1553 with a wooden façade, the temple is a four-step pagoda. The wife of Bhima from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, is devoted to goddess Hadimb.
There are additional attractions to yak rides and large fluffy angora rabbits that are happy for pics. In addition, every year in the middle of May there is a fascinating three-day temple festival, attended by people from all over the country.
6. Manali Nature Park
Do not miss the opportunity to walk through Manali Nature Park, the thick cedar trees that border the Beas River between Manali town and Old Manali if you enjoy immersing yourself in nature.
Manali Nature Park’s towering trees provide a thick outside shield, giving the park a mysterious, mystical look. There is a similar park, Van Vihar Park, adjacent to the town of Manali. When you finish walking through Manali Nature Park, you want to take a look at the natural beauty of the area.
On the opposite side of the Beas River, 10 minutes uphill from Manali town is another tourist resort with low-cost guest houses.
There is an excellent Reiki Center if you are interested in holistic treatments such as Reiki, massages, past retreats, and tarot. It is open from April to October, and spiritual retreats frequently take place during the usual season. Similarly, temples and hot springs are the main attractions.
8. Jogini Waterfall
You will be guided up to Jogini waterfall by a picturesque and fun short walk along the hills behind Vashist. The waterfall itself is not spectacular but a dive into its cold water invigorates and is truly enchanting in its surroundings. There are a variety of small restaurants and guesthouses on the way, so you can be in the soothing waters of the Jogini Waterfall before or after a meal.
9. Buddhist Temples
There is a small Tibetan colony south of the town of Manali, worth visiting because of its serene and calming Buddhist temples and tents. A gigantic gold statue from Lord Buddha is located in one of the Temples, the Himalayan Nyinmapa Gompa. In the night, the temple is beautifully lit.
The cultural society Gelukpa has a prayer room full of small statues, further on the same path. Gelukpa Cultural Society Gompa. Founded by the Tibetan refugee in 1960, Gadhan Thekchokling Gompa is covered with beautifully colored frescos. Within is the statue of the Buddha of medium scale. In the Tibetan unrest, the temple also has a list of Tibetans who died between 1987 and 1989.
10. The Mountains
Many people use Manali as a base to walk around the nearby mountains.
Himalayan Trails provides a wide variety of outdoor activities, including guided walks and day hikes in Old Manali, if you do not want to go alone. Caravan adventure in Himalaya is also recommended for outdoor activities such as day hiking, climbing, and rafting.
You can also take the Himalayas by motorcycle for extra adrenaline! The Hampta Pass is a famous five-day Manali trek that needs good fitness.