A picturesque hill station nestled in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India, Manali is breathtaking in terms of natural beauty, serene landscapes, and adventure sports. Whether you’re a nature lover, adventure enthusiast, or simply looking for a quiet getaway, Manali has something to offer everyone.
So, explore snow-capped peaks, serene valleys, and gushing waterfalls, and indulge in trekking, skiing, rafting, and paragliding. Experience the local culture, shop for souvenirs, and taste delicious Himachali cuisine, all with the help of customised Himachal tour.
1. Rohtang Pass for snow, bike rides, and adventure sports
Rohtang Pass is referred to as the ‘snow point’ of Manali because of its elevation at 3,978 meters above sea level, offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and the surrounding valleys.
It is also a popular spot for adventure sports like skiing, bike or ATV rides, and snowboarding during winter. However, the pass remains closed from November to April due to heavy snowfall. So, make sure to book Manali tour packages before November.
2. Solang Valley for skiing, ropeway rides, zorbing, paragliding, etc
Located 13 km from the main town, Solang Valley is a visual retreat during summer and transforms into a skiing paradise in winter.
Solang is the best destination in Manali for thrilling activities like paragliding, zorbing, ropeway, and horse riding. So, make sure to make the best out of visiting this mesmerising valley.
3. Hidimba Devi Temple for natural and architectural beauty
Hidimba Devi Temple is a 16th-century wooden temple located in the middle of a forest in Manali. Dedicated to the goddess Hidimba, the temple is surrounded by cedar trees and offers a peaceful and serene environment.
The temple’s unique architecture and historical significance pull a good number of crowds throughout the seasons but it is also perfect for those seeking peace, away from bustling city life.
4. Trekking to Beas Kund, Hampta Pass, Jogini Falls, and more places
It is no secret that Manali is surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains which makes it an ideal trekking destination. So, make sure to explore several routes, including the Beas Kund Trek, the Hampta Pass Trek, Jogini Falls, Bhrigu Lake, Chandrakhani Pass Trek, and more.
5. Old Manali for colorful cafes, restaurants, shops, etc
It is a charming little town snuggled near the main town and is known for its colorful cafes, souvenir shops, and restaurants. To say that Old Manali has an uber-cool vibe would be an understatement, so make sure to include it in your Manali tour packages.
6. Vashisht Temple for spiritual experience and hot springs
It is a beautiful temple situated amidst the snowy mountain ranges of Himachal. It is named after sage Vashishtha but many trekkers come here to take a dip in the hot springs located close to this temple.
7. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary for Yak rides
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, make sure to book a guided tour of the sanctuary to spot snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and more endangered species. If you have time, make sure to ride a Yak, because it is one experience you may not find anywhere in the North!
8. Camping and River rafting on Beas River
Imagine spending the night near the meandering Beas River and under the moonlit sky. If you liked the idea, then it can become your reality as Manali is the perfect place to offer you camping, along with rafting on the river’s roaring waters.
You can easily include river rafting and camping in your customized Manali tour packages, and make the most of your trip.
9. Naggar Castle for the art lovers
A heritage hotel and architectural masterpiece, Naggar Castle is home to a variety of artworks and paintings. So, if you have a brewing love for art, make sure to stop by the iconic Naggar Castle in its namesake town.
10. Relax because it’s your vacation!
There are so many things to do in Manali that you may not get time to relax and rejuvenate before getting back to regular life. So, make sure to go to a spa, get a massage, practice yoga and meditation, or simply relax on a hammock while soaking in the beautiful vibe of Manali.
So, these are some of the top things to do in Manali but that’s just half of what you can do in this vintage hill station. However, it may be difficult to get it all done without the help of professionals. So, make sure to book customised Manali Tour Packages curated by Thomas Cook experts, and make unforgettable memories!