Nestled in the lap of snow clad Himalayan mountains and home to picturesque river valleys, charming
cafes and animated street markets, Manali is a perfect getaway for all kinds of travellers. So whether
you are a backpacker, an adrenaline addict or a newly married couple, Manali has something or the
other for everyone. Here we help you prepare your itinerary so that you don’t miss the ten best places
to visit in Manali.
Gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley, Rohtang pass is an ideal spot for both nature lovers and
adventure enthusiasts. Located at a height of 3979 mts and at a distance of 51 kms from Manali, Rohtang
offers scenic views of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river that flows down in the Lahaul valley. In the
month of May, Rohtang is flooded by adventure seekers, giving tourists a chance to enjoy activities like
snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking. It can rightly be called as one of the most famous places in
Opening Months: Open only from June to October, throughout the day
Located at a distance of 14 kms from Manali, Solang Valley is a well renowned destination for adventure
activities in Himachal Pradesh. People who are bored of their life monotony and want to try some off
beat things in Manali can indulge adrenaline pumping adventure activities like paragliding, parachuting
and skiing. Solang is not just about adventure, it also offers a beautiful view of snow capped peaks, lush
green mountains, apple orchards and lakes which makes it a hotspot for the people visiting in Manali.
Opening hours: Unlike the Rohtang Valley, Solang is open throughout the year. However, you can try the
adventure sports only between 9 A.M and 5 P.M. For skiing, the ideal time is between 10 A.M and 2
A quiet settlement 3 kms away from the hustle and bustle of the new town, famous among backpackers
and hippies is the village called Old Manali. Separated from New Manali by a bridge on the river
Manalsu, Old Manali has an exotic charm of its own. Old Manali is popular for its quaint café’s and lively
street markets, some of the popular cafes are Riverside café, Sunshine café, German Bakery, Dylan
toasted and roasted and many more, which serve delicious food. Head to Old Manali if you want to
experience a place with a very different vibe and chilled out atmosphere and also if you are looking for a
really cheap guest house.
Built in 1553 A.D by Raja Bahdur Singh, Hidimba Devi Temple also known as Dhoongri Temple is
dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five pandavas from the Indian mythology
Mahabharata. The temple is surrounded by towering deodar trees and is away from the noise of city life.
Best time to visit Hidimba Temple is in the month of May, when a three day festival featuring colourful
folk dances is held.
Opening Hours: 8 A.M – 6 P.M; throughout the year
Vashist Temple and Hot Water Springs
Named after Rishi Vashist (one of the seven sages of Hindus) this temple is believed to be around 4000
years old. The Vashist temple is embellished with wood carvings and the interior is adorned by
traditional figures and antique paintings. One of the major attractions of this region is the Hot water
Spring, believed to have medicinal properties that help cure skin infections and diseases. There are
separate bath for both men and women.
Opening hours (Hot water springs): 7 A.M– 1 P.M and 2 P.M – 10 P.M; throughout the year
Located in Naggar town (former capital of Kullu) and built in 1460 AD by Raja Sidh Singh, this historic
structure is surrounded by astounding forest hills. The Naggar castle is a splendid fusion of European
and Himalayan architecture. Impressive wood and stone work, fireplaces and an astonishing view add to
the immense beauty of this historic structure. This palace is now a heritage hotel run by Himachal
Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC). Naggar castle has sublime art pieces like Nicholas
Roerich’s (famous Russian painter) paintings on display for the art lovers.
Opening Hours: 7 A.M – 10 P.M; throughout the year
Manali is home to many Tibetans and so also has many beautiful Tibetan Monasteries representing the
rich culture and history of the people. There are two main monasteries in Manali that attract large
number of tourists, the Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa. These
monasteries are a must visit for their impressive architecture and the handmade handicrafts produced
by Tibetans who sell them outside these monasteries.
Opening hours: Like any other monastery, the Tibetan Monastery in Manali welcomes the guests at any
hour of the day and on any day of the year. The main entry to the shrine, however, is open only from 7
A.M - 7 P.M.
Located at a distance of 2 kms from Manali, this British styled structure called The Club House is an
amusement zone and is also an attraction for tourists visiting Manali. Maintained by Himachal Pradesh
Tourism Development Corporation, the Club House offers facilities like, Roller Skating Rink, an
auditorium, a library, bar and restaurant and a variety of indoor games.
Opening Hours: 10 A.M – 8 P.M; throughout the year
For the nature lovers who are looking to spend a few hours in the midst of nature in search for peace
and tranquility, Jogini falls is a must visit. Few kilometers ahead of Vashisht Hot Springs lie these
breathtakingly beautiful falls which can be reached on foot through a moderate trek. Visit this place to
enjoy the serenity and the astonishing beauty of the falls and to treat yourself to some delicious local
cuisine sold here by the locals.
Dedicated to sage Manu, who is considered to be the creator of human race according to the Hindu
Mythology, Manu temple is situated approximately 3kms from the Mall Road and is surrounded by lush
green forests. The temple ranks high in terms of historical and religious importance, and its walls and
pillars are full of intricate scriptures. Apart from the spiritual satisfaction, Manu temple also provides
gorgeous views of the valley.
Opening Hours: 5 A.M – 9 P.M; throughout the year
Himachal indeed is the land of Gods.