Incredible Manali – A short guide of top things to do in Manali

“I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”- R. L. Stevenson. From temples to monastery; picturesque small villages to romantic walking alleys; trekking trails to river rafting, Manali has so much to do all year round.

Do you know when I travel, I enjoy the road much, the journey much than the destination. The destination reminds me to come back at end. The journey always memorable because I travel with excitement to reach the destination, to see something new, to explore something un-explored and to cherish the voyage. That’s the reason I took the road trip of Manali to cherish the view

The dreamy path with fairy clouds, pinch of fog and the view of nature, can you tell me something better to explore??

Nestled between the snow-capped Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, with wide range woods and meadows of the Beas Valley carpeted by wild floral, tell me why not to mesmerize about breathtaking Manali which is blessed with a surreal beauty.

 

Make some Travel tales to cherish forever

 

A walk to remember at Van Vihar

Remove your shoes and take a lackadaisical stroll over the garden ways of this magnificent heaven of nature. You could likewise have some good times cruising around in a watercraft that sails in the little lake inside the region of this stop. Set in the midst of wonderful and verdant environs, the recreation center is an ideal reprieve for any individual who visits it and compensates for an awesome place for an unconstrained cookout or just a long romantic walk!

The recreation center is an appreciated break from the group and the contamination with its tall and shady forests of Deodar, birch and pine. There are various wooden and cement benches inside van vihar, so either a long walk or just gallop the fresh airs, choice is yours ..

 

Go for a hike to Jana Waterfalls

On the off chance that you are hoping to set out on a trek to a standout among the most remote and untouched spots to visit in Manali, at that point Jana Waterfalls is the best place to be. Situated at a simple separation from Manali, it can be come to straightforwardly by a vehicle. When you stop at the base of the falls, you will see the excellent regular view that encompasses the whole falls zone.

Encompassed by deodar trees, pine trees, apple plantations and terrific snow-shrouded mountain crests, this fall is a beguiling excursion spot. The best perspectives of waters spewing from a transcending tallness and striking a bunch of rocks beneath can be seen from an old wooden extension that ignores this fall. For a quiet ordeal, far from the city commotion, a visit to this really dreamlike place is a flat out must.

 

Recollect the mythological story of Mahabharatha.

Lets talk about Indian Mythology and History to know India better and to be gathered some knowledge before travel the place :). Hadimba Temple, which was developed in the sixteenth century, is a standout amongst other spots to visit in Manali and is situated in the midst of a delightful deodar woods over a slope in Manali. The sanctuary holds incredible essentialness for local people and furthermore the vacationers who often visit the pioneer spot to look for endowments from Goddess Hadimba. The sanctuary is committed to the Goddess Hadimba who was likewise the spouse of the most grounded of the Pandava siblings, Bhima.
(Source of Information: Google and Wikipedia)

Lets talk about Indian Mythology and History to know India better and to be gathered some knowledge before travel the place :). Hadimba Temple, which was developed in the sixteenth century, is a standout amongst other spots to visit in Manali and is situated in the midst of a delightful deodar woods over a slope in Manali. The sanctuary holds incredible essentialness for local people and furthermore the vacationers who often visit the pioneer spot to look for endowments from Goddess Hadimba. The sanctuary is committed to the Goddess Hadimba who was likewise the spouse of the most grounded of the Pandava siblings, Bhima. The Goddess Hadimba used to think inside the repressions of the sanctuary, where a stone icon of the god that ascents to a tallness of 60 centimetres are put. This sanctuary was developed by Raja Bahadur Singh in a particular design style. The sanctuary premises has a sanctuary of Ghatotkacha, the child of Bhima and Hadimba and a saint of the Mahabharata war, whose icon is made essentially of wood and falsehoods 70 meters from the Hadimba sanctuary. (Source of Information: Google and Wikipedia) Manali is the place of surreal beauty, where you can visit so many natural spots as well mythological places…..and my visit of Hadimba temple one if these 🙂 #everycornerofworld #hadimbatemple

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The wood and stone work is redolent of the Japanese pagodas as well as the Indian style of temple architecture. The most striking facet of this temple is that it is covered by Cedar forests at its foothills and is built on a large rock top that juts out through the ground.

The temple has stunningly carved wooden doors and 24 metres tall shikhar at its height. The temple also has a menacing past though, as it is believed that in the past, religious practitioners would tie the hands of sinners by the rope and swing them against the rock. About seventy metres away from the temple another monument is there, which is built in tribute of the child of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkacha.

 

Fall in love with Solang

Let us liberate our self from any form of control. Let us focus at the inner drum, where the rhythm aligns with that of our heart. The measure of responsibility, equals to the need of evaluation. Just listen, the inner child, let it whisper in your ear.-Grigoris Deoudis. Took this picture while roaming in the beauty of Snow everywhere, was lost with the sheer beauty of Himalaya, was dancing and playing like a child… let make the world as beautiful as our dream fairy land , lets celebrate the Children's day to alive our inner child again. #childrens #children #happychildrensday #manali #solang #solangvalley #snow #white #dslr #dslrphotography #canonphotomarathon2017 #canon #himachal #himalayangeographic #himalayan #everycornerofworld #soloteaveller #happiness #happyme #childrensday #instapic #picoftheday #photogram

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Give yourself at least 3 to 4 hours break from green and enjoy milky white snow captured valley tour at Solang valley derives its name from two separate words namely, Solang (the village nearby) and Nullah (Water Stream). Lying between Solang Village and Beas Kund, this is a stunning valley situated at a distance of about 13km from Manali, it is best known for its awe inspiring views and lots of games and adventurous activities like trekking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and skiing.

From Solang Nullah, one can get a magnificent view of the glaciers, the snowcapped peaks near the Rohtang Pass and vast plains of snow and ice. The altitude of Solang valley  is such that it offers a perfect place to engage in recreation in the snow and go skiing on the slope.

 

Find peace in any Tibetan Monasteries

Worked by the Tibetans and different adherents of Buddhism, the cloisters are an incredible place to witness the Buddhist culture and a place of immense exquisiteness and magnificent serenity. Prominent religious communities incorporate the Manali Gompa, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa.​

 

Feel relax with hot water spring at Vashisht Temple

Around 3 km from Manali is an excellent regular ponder called Vashisht hot water springs, these are sulfur springs which gush high temp water throughout the entire year and an amazing way to feel relax and enchanting the view of surrounding. You require not be concerned for security as there are separate showers for the men and ladies. All around beautified, they are fitted with Turkish style showers so you can manage the stream of hot and frosty water and recharge yourself from all tiredness.

There are additionally various antiquated temples with spectacular wooden architectural effects in the region which make it one of the must visit in Manali. Enjoying a plunge with the stunning Himalayas on the scenery is unquestionably a remarkable ordeal.

 

Make a sure shot visit to Club House

A beautiful place to hopp around, look after the history and museum, catch some eye striking handy craft shops and stroll around the place to know more about Manali. Price ranges are reasonable and you could easily make a cultural connection with locals.

 

Relish the Taste of Local Delicacies

Lip smacking local food with heart touchy hospitality can add marvelously to your holiday. Treat your taste buds with some exotic local cuisine to savor upon or take a twig of Chang and Lugdi, two of the most popular local drinks in Manali, which is geared up by fermenting rice and barley.  Try “Siddo” a local delicious mouth watering dish prepared with rice grains and stuffed dry fruits and you can get that with garlic pickle (chutni).

(Siddoo the food)

Try a food walk in old Manali and I am sure no one can’t get enough to explore of café 1947, Lazy Dog, Red House Café, Bob Dylan’s Café and many more…..

 

Shop till drop to doorstep

The Manali market is a nice place for shopping. I spent a lot of time at Mall Road to shop around the street. Be a bargain master and you can get sweaters, himachali kurtis, shawls, stoles, Kesar (saffron) and yeah dry fruits . Beautiful place to buy some souvenir such as key rings or Buddhist items.

Shopping in the Old Manali Market is a distinctive experience. Junk beads, silver , and a wide range of old antiques  are sold in the shops of this market. Take a lovely stroll around the narrow, meandering lanes of this market to explore the hidden quaint shops.

When to Go Manali

Manali is an evergreen destination. Summer has it’s own romantic mood, but winter will reveal another snow-white cozy side of Manali you would love to witness. It really depends on how well you can handle the beauty of natural climate.

 

Commute to Manali

Manali is well connected via road from Bhuntar (nearest Airport and railway connections are available) and Bus or self driving mode is the great option to cherish the beauty of unplugged mountain range.

 

Escape from crazy city life and give yourself a mountain retreat break, enjoy a beer at riverside café and admire the view….You feel yourself.

Comments

  1. Yogesh Mankani

    This is brilliant post for those too who have been to Manali for couple of times. Luckily, we haven’t missed anything that you have mentioned in the post. But, there are so many things to do in Manali that various visits are necessary.

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      Pamela

      Yes, I second you on this. Even there are so many eateries and unknown places I did not visit because of short span of times. Need some more visit.

  2. Mohit Agarwal

    Lovely post and revealed some new spots in Manali that were so far unknown to me…Seeing Manali covered under a white sheet is definitely I would want to and especially gliding over Solang valley

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  3. Anjali Chawla

    This one’s a great post coupled with some awesome photographs! Especially loved your pic of Solang Valley. Nice work, Pam 🙂 After reading your post I realized that I missed out on many of the awesome places in and around Manali. I need to visit again pretty soon.

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  4. Stuti Shrimali

    Loved the pictures. The 4th one from top is my favorite.
    I have been to Manali twice, once in 2006 when I covered most of the places you have mentioned and then recently in 2017 when it was an overnight pitstop during my Ladakh trip.
    Nonetheless, visit to solang valley in 2006 was my first stint with snow, a beautiful love affair.

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      Pamela

      Yes, could not agree more about the beauty and snow of solang, though I have visited only once and in that time Rohtang route had closed but still the memories are still very fresh and I am planning to visit again.. 🙂

  5. Amrita Sen

    Your post reminded me of my visit to Manali. I was so excited at that time! Yes, it is the journey that is important and not the destination – this is what makes travelling so beautiful.
    Loved the post and the pictures and it made me realise that I want to visit Manali again!

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      Pamela

      I am really glad that you liked my post and recollect your visit of Manali. 🙂 Indeed, Manali is a place of many visits.. Go and make some more 🙂

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  6. Debjani lahiri

    Manali love !

    A bit touristy a bit of travelers delight !! This place holds a lot of nostalgia .. it’s been long that I have not been to this place .. and I see that I have missed out on couple of places u mentioned .. infact while reading your post ..I actually felt myself strolling along with u by the banks of river beas , holding a cup of coffee and walking through our travel memories and dreams ..

    Great write up !

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      Pamela

      Lets fulfil the dreams.. lets go together and explored the place again, walk the riverside, relish with beers and have some mouth watering foods from famous cafes… lets make a plan to visit.

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  7. Shakshi Ahuja

    Lovely post and beautiful photography. I have been Manali thrice and your post is so vibrant that I wish to visit again. This time for sure I will try to visit few cafes you mentioned above and enjoy my time there. Looking forward to read many more jorneys from you.

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  8. Ketki

    I nodded with a smile throughout your article. I love how Manali offers so many array of things to do in all seasons. Lovely documentation.

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