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Places To Visit In Manali

Discussion in 'Himachal Pradesh' started by ameliebrown, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. ameliebrown

    ameliebrown New Member

    I am going Manali during mid april and the trip duration would be for a week. I need some recommendations for places to visit in and around Manali, not too far out though. I don't mind the kind of place but it should be different and obviously popular

  2. jnorth88

    jnorth88 Active Member

    Well, are you interested in outdoor activities, or cultural sightseeing? You could go visit Naggar Castle, which is a small castle of some architectural importance. Or you could go to Beas River, or Solang valley. Both are great for hiking, in my opinion. There can also be snow, depending on the time of year. I have heard there is good skiing, too, but cannot confirm that. The meltwaters can also raise the rivers, quite a bit, so some sites are not able to be visited all year round. Whatever you choose, make sure the time of year allows for it.

  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    Here's a list of the best attractions in Manali:

    • Hidimba Devi Temple. This has a four-tiered roof pagoda and the temple itself is dedicated to Hadimba Devi. It has some intricate wooden carvings depicting mythological characters.
    • Bijli Mahadev Temple. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, but as the name implies, this has a lightning rod that is hit by lightning every year.
    • Ma Sharvari Temple. Ma Sharvari is a manifestation of the Goddess Durga, to which this temple is dedicated to.
    • Basheshwar Mahadev Temple. Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with intricate stone carvings.
    • Solang Valley. This is also called "Snow Point" and major snow activities are done here.
    • Rohtang Pass. You can do snow activities here like: Snow Scooter Ride, Horse Ride, Skiing and many more.
    • Great Himalayan National Park. This is about 68 kms from Manali but very much worth it visiting. There's about 375 fauna species in here. The Snow Leopard and the Himalayan Black Bear are just some of the animals you might see.
    • Pin Valley National Park. This is about 70 kms from Manali and you can also see various endangered animals here.
    • Manali Sanctuary. The forest itself is a mixture of Deodar, Walnut, Kail and Maple trees. The Musk Deer is a common sighting in here.
    • Vashisht Hot Water Springs. Believed to have healing properties for various skin diseases and illnesses.
    • Beas River. A popular picnic spot for families.
    I hope this helps!
  4. Karan

    Karan Member

    Manali is a beautiful destination with many places to visit and explore. Here are some recommendations for places to visit in and around Manali during your week-long trip:

    **1. Solang Valley: It's a popular destination for adventure seekers. You can try activities like paragliding, zorbing, and skiing (if there's still snow). The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning.

    **2. Rohtang Pass: If the road to Rohtang is open, you must visit this high mountain pass. It's a paradise for nature lovers and offers opportunities for activities like snowmobiling and horse riding.

    **3. Old Manali: This part of Manali is known for its charm and vibrant atmosphere. You can explore the Manu Temple, shop for souvenirs, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the cozy cafes.

    **4. Hadimba Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, this wooden temple is an excellent example of Himachali architecture. It's surrounded by deodar trees and has a serene atmosphere.

    **5. Nehru Kund: This natural spring is a perfect place for a peaceful outing. The crystal-clear water and beautiful scenery make it a great spot for picnics.

    **6. Manu Temple: This temple is dedicated to Sage Manu, who is believed to be the creator of the world in Hindu mythology. It's a beautiful place for spiritual seekers.

    **7. Vashisht Temple and Hot Water Springs: You can relax in the hot water springs here, believed to have medicinal properties. The nearby Vashisht Temple is also worth a visit.

    **8. Jogini Falls: This is a picturesque waterfall that requires a short trek to reach. The trek itself is beautiful, and the view from the falls is rewarding.

    **9. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary: If you enjoy nature and wildlife, this sanctuary is a great place for birdwatching and to spot various species of animals.

    **10. Kullu: A short drive from Manali, Kullu offers the chance to explore its markets, temples, and the picturesque Kullu Valley.

    **11. Naggar: It's a lovely village with a historic castle that offers great views of the surrounding mountains. You can also visit the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery here.

    **12. Kasol and Tosh: If you're looking for a little adventure and a change of scenery, you can take a day trip to Kasol and Tosh, known for their scenic beauty and a more laid-back atmosphere.

    Remember to check the current status of places, any restrictions, or permits you might need, especially if you plan to visit Rohtang Pass. Enjoy your trip to Manali!