Things to see in and near Manali
Manali is top tourist destination in North India. It might be a little over explored due to tourists visiting from all over the world, but still you will surely fall in love with this picturesque hill station. I have suggested some famous as well as some offbeat attractions. Hope you like them!
Manali Forest (Source: PabloEvans)
You have not seen Manali if you have not visited Rohtang Pass. It is one of the most popular attractions in Manali which is located on the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road that offers stunning panoramic views of the valley. From Rohtang Pass you can also visit Beas Kund, which is the origin of Beas River.
Rohtang pass - Manali (Source: Balaji.B)
51 KM from Manali, is a high mountain pass that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh , It has become a summer tourist spot, all thanks to the rising popularity of Manali, and excellent roads maintained by Border Road Organization . Almost every visitor to Manali yearns to visit Rohtang Pass as one can feel and touch snow even in the peak of summer on this pass.
The Rahala waterfalls in Manali is simply mesmerizing. About 16 km from Manali this magnificent waterfall is where you can witness a lovely amalgamation of snow and water both. Plummeting down from a staggering height of 2,501 meters, the falls is the culmination of melting glaciers.
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The Rahala Waterfalls in Manali is an integral part of the Himalayan ecstasy. Gushing down from an altitude of 2,501 meters, the Rahala Waterfalls is a product of melting glaciers. The scenic uniqueness of this natural waterfall has made it one of the primary tourist spots in the whole of Manali.
Rahala Waterfalls (Source: Rahala Waterfalls)
Located at Manikaran in the Kullu Valley, this Gurudwara has a lot of sights and activities in store. For example, the hot springs here are very famous among pilgrims.
Other attractions in Kullu include the Great Himalayan National Park, Raghunathji Temple and Bijli Mahadeo Temple. You can also take up adventure activities like fishing, trekking and white-water rafting, but do check the weather updates from here before you go for them.
gurudwara manikaran (Source: balu)
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The well known hot water springs of Manikaran are located at 45 Kms. from Kulu town of Himachal Pradesh,in the heart of the valley. It is said that these are the hottest Hot Water Springs in the World. Local people use this steaming hot spring water for cooking their food. It is a local believe that bathing in these springs is good for health. The springs flow out in close vicinity of the cool flowing main Parvati river stream
The old stone buildings in Old Manali are worth a visit.You can just enjoy the beautiful scenery. Visit he most amazing hot water springs in Vashist where you can wash away all your stress with some soothing and natural hydro therapy. Old Manali, known for its orchards and old guesthouses, is at a distance of some 3km from New Manali. There is ruined fort here called Manaligarh and a Manu Maharishi Temple dedicated to sage Manu - both are worth visiting.
Manu temple, Old Manali (Source: Gopal Venkatesan)
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The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage, as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi (seven sages). The ancient cave temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, is not far from town.
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How about some adventure in Manali. Solang Valley also known as Snow Point is definitely the place to be. It is one of the most popular places in Manali for indulging in paragliding. Solang Valley is known for its picturesque landscapes, glaciers, snow capped mountains, lush green forests etc.
Paragliding in Solang Valley, Manali (Source: Raman Virdi)
The paragliding activity is very fun filled and adventurous, and it costs not more than $28.00 per ride.
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Yesterday we couldnt do Paragliding due to rain so we decided to alter our program and go to Solang Valley again. We started bit early today from Manali and reached Solang Valley at around 10 am. It was a beautiful sunny morning and there were lots of people at Solang Valley today. It looked completely different with so many Paragliders flying in the air. We did Paragliding from the topmost point which was Rs.800 per head. The walk to the top was really tiring but once we took off it was awesome. The view of snow clad mountains and the valley below with lots of people looking up was really mind blowing.
Solang Valley, Manali (Source: Raman Virdi)
Address: Solang Valley, VPO Palchan, Manali
Tele: +91 (01902) 256132 / +91 (01902) 256134
Timings: 07:00 - 17:00
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Have a great time!
Manali (Source: Srini G)
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