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Where in the world: Asia  /  India  /  Himachal Pradesh  /  Kullu District  /  Manali

Top 15 things to do in Manali

1. Rohtang Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Prepare yourself for a heart-pounding adventure at Rohtang Pass, which holds a reputation for claiming many lives. With an elevation of 3,978 m (13,050 ft), the pass experiences unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, which can be extremely dangerous. Rent a snow scooter, skis, or a mountain bike to cover more ground during your explorations.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $122 › Learn more about Rohtang Pass

2. Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

Hindus and Sikhs visit Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib to perform sacred rituals and give offerings to their gods. Located at an altitude of 1,760 m (5,774 ft), the site contains hot springs, which enabled the construction of a geothermal energy plant. Bathe in the water of the springs, which possess sufficient heat to boil rice and, according to the locals, contain curative powers. Discover how the devotees turned an earthquake incident in 1905 that tilted the entire structure into a divine event.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $74 › Learn more about Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

3. Beas River

Go white water rafting on the rapids of Beas River in Manali. Enjoy the scenic views of forests and mountain peaks as you brave the rushing, clear waters on a rafting or canoeing ride. Boating is prohibited during monsoon season or if the weather is bad, but the river banks provide a picturesque place for hiking, taking a relaxing stroll, or having a picnic.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $77 › Learn more about Beas River

4. Manali Tour Package

FROM $92
It’s the time to rejuvenate your exploring experience with the best and affordable range of Kullu Manali Package from Delhi consisting of 5 days and 4 nights. Every person in a lifetime desires to live in the blooming beauty of the Kullu Manali hill station. The place is fully enclosed with beautiful and mesmerizing snow-clad mountains with a perfect blend of amazing destinations. Also, the other best thing about the package is its cheap Manali tour packages that provide everything right from food, accommodation and transportation and therefore, makes sure that your traveling package gives you the perfect facilities with customized services. In other words, there is no such amazing Manali travel package anywhere brings best to you on a go.
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5. Hidimba Devi Temple

Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of Hidimba Devi Temple, a sanctuary in the Himalayan foothills dedicated to a deity from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. Dating back to the 16th century, the temple was built over a massive, jutting rock, a manifestation of the earth goddess. Interestingly, devotees here pay their respects to the lark rock, instead of an image of the deity. Admire the tall wooden tower and the sacred stone inside, or enjoy the atmosphere of the exterior, surrounded by a tranquil cedar forest.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $49 › Learn more about Hidimba Devi Temple

6. Solang Valley

Adrenaline junkies should not miss a trip to Solang Valley, an adventure sports hub both in summer and winter. Go skiing on the valley’s vast, sprawling slopes, or “zorb” downhill in a plastic sphere when the snow melts. Enjoy the picturesque scenery, filled with verdant valleys and snowcapped peaks, as you take the cable car up to the summit. You can try your hand at paragliding and horseback riding, or just explore the area by foot and get in touch with nature.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $47 › Learn more about Solang Valley

7. Vashisht Baths

Set in a village beside River Ravi, Vashisht Baths offers natural hot springs believed to hold medicinal, healing properties. Maladies ranging from skin ailments to joint problems reportedly heal in these waters. You may choose to take a dip in the hot bath complex, or instead find the two natural springs flowing from below the village's temple. Keep in mind the water may be dirtier with the latter option. If you choose to use the baths at the temple, be prepared to walk up a steep hill to reach the destination.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $77 › Learn more about Vashisht Baths

8. Friendship Peak Trek

FROM $927
Best of learning experience in the outdoors. Personalized attention owing to small batch size & Guide to Participant ratio of 1:4 Best of expedition leaders certified in mountaineering, rescue course & emergency wilderness program Safety norms with proper evacuation plan & exhaustive first aid kit includes oxygen cylinder. UIAA certified safety equipment for climbing.
Suggested duration: 192h
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9. Naggar Castle, Naggar

Take a trip up to Naggar Castle to admire the view from the grounds of this historical building. Built as a state headquarters in 1460 CE, the stone and wood structure maintains a charming rusticity, blending in well with the surrounding landscape. Now operating as a heritage hotel, the castle benefits from an onsite art gallery, rooms with extensive views of the surrounding landscape, and a fine dining restaurant, offering similarly notable panoramas of the mountainous environs.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $92 › Learn more about Naggar Castle

10. Jogini Waterfall

If you're looking for a manageable hike in a peaceful natural environment, make the trek to Jogini Waterfall. You'll be walking for about an hour each way, traversing streams and woods, until you reach the picturesque waterfall tumbling down the cliff face. Look out for the shrine near the falls, dedicated to the village's protective goddess--said to reside in its white waters. Consider bringing a picnic along with you to enjoy at your destination, but be sure to carry all your trash away with you.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $57 › Learn more about Jogini Waterfall

11. Gulaba

Play in the snow and observe picturesque mountain scenery at Gulaba, a village some 6 km (3.6 mi) from Rohtang Pass, located at some 4,000 m (13,123 ft) above the sea. When Rohtang Pass is closed in winter season, people use Gulaba for alternative skiing and winter sports, as the area offers a snow cover almost year round. Watch icicled cascades looking like frozen waterfalls, wild plants, and crystal-clear Beas River, or hike in pristine nature just 20 km (12.5 mi) from Manali main station. A narrow road and huge boulders above it provide for a breathtaking journey from Manali.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $112 › Learn more about Gulaba

12. 10-Day Spiti Valley Bike Tour

FROM $396
Bike trip to the Spiti valley from Himachal allows you to have an unforgettable experience. Standing tall at an elevation of 12,500 ft Spiti valley provides you with an extremely cold yet mesmerizing experience of the Himalayas. Throughout the journey, you will get to pass through roads that are dreamt by many and only tenacious people dare to ride here. Also, the trip remains incomplete without mixing with the locals and exploring the culture. Additionally, being away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, the air of Spiti Valley lets us breathe. Trips take place from May to October as it is the best time to visit the Spiti Valley on Bike and the weather in Spiti Valley remains pleasant during these months. But, one can say that June and July are the best months to visit the Spiti valley if we narrow down even further. The reason being the temperature of Spiti Valley which ranges between 15-20 degrees Celsius.
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13. Climbing Tours, Leh

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $100 › Learn more about Climbing Tours

14. Manu Temple

Enjoy a moment of peaceful reflection at Manu Temple, in a rural town set in the gateway to the towering Himalayas. The only temple dedicated to Manu, creator of the world, it marks the spot where the deity reputedly meditated after first stepping on earth. To make the most of the history here, do a little background reading before your visit. Make sure your clothing covers your knees and shoulders.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $13 › Learn more about Manu Temple

15. Himachal Tour Package

FROM $475
Get ready to experience some moments of joy and fun with our Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala as well as Dalhousie trip package. The package includes 9 days and 8 nights with all the necessary accommodation and facilities you need to make the trip ore memorable and fun. The main advantage of Dharmshala Dalhousie tour package is that all the necessary things are included along with fun activities for you and your family to enjoy along with beautiful nature sightseeing are planned for you to visit and get in touch with calmness of the nature.
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