Prominant Attractions of Manali to Make your trip Memorable

07 Aug 2021 by Sandhya Singh

Manali is like a gift from the Himalayas to the world and this beautiful town is located on the banks of the Beas river. This place is having a cool climate and magnificent snow-covered mountains which offers an alluring escape to its tourist. During the 20th century, the tourism industry of Manali started to boom due to its natural landscapes and pleasant climate.

Manali has become one of the most popular tourist destinations of India as well as are rich cultural heritage where old traditions are still experienced. This is also one of the perfect places for adventure enthusiasts as the glacier water of the river rushes down the slope of Rohtang Pass where the tourist can enjoy white water Beas river rafting and river crossing as well in between the way from Kullu to Manali.

This is one of the most explode tourism destinations especially during the summer season from the month of April to July month and again in the winter months where tourists flock to enjoy the snowfall of Manali from October month to December month.

1.  Hadimba Temple

Hadimba Devi Temple is one of the best attractions of Manali which was constructed during the 16th century and is located on the top of a hill which is surrounded by their forest. This Temple holds a strong spiritual belief for the pilgrims who visit this place to seek the blessing of goddess Hadimba and as well as for the local people for whom these temples hold great significance.

This temple is dedicated to goddess Hadimba who was the wife of Bheema, one of the strongest Pandava brothers. As per the mythology, it is believed that Galantis Hadimba meditated at this place to set herself free from her since. And after the meditation, she got the blessing to be called the Goddess by Goddess Durga.

Here you can also find a footprint of 10 cm of the Goddess that is preserved at the entrance of the temple. Within the temple and Idol of the goddess is placed at the height of 60 cm and that was the exact place where goddess Hadimba meditated. This temple is having a unique architectural style that was constructed by Raja Bahadur Singh.

There is a wooden idol of Ghatothkacha who was the son of goddess Hadimba and Bima and also the hero of the Epic Mahabharata war.

Location: Old Manali.

Things to Do: Seek blessing, Camping, and Hiking.

Timing: 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening.

How to Reach: it is located at a walkable distance of 2 km from the Manali bus stand.

2. Solang Valley

Solang Valley is located at the distance of 13 km in between the Solang village and Beas Kund. From this well, you can have the stunning view of magnificent Glacier snow-covered mountains that usually attract Sking lovers from all around the world.

This place is visited by a huge crowd of tourists just to enjoy the Pristine white snow. In recent years, it can be seen that this place is mostly visited by tourists during the winter months as during this time they can enjoy fluffy milky white snow, which appears to be just like a movie set.

Other than this the adventure lover can also enjoy some sports like paragliding and zorbing. While paragliding in the open Sky one can have an astonishing view of the Valley. Tourists can also enjoy camping for an overnight stay admit the lush green meadow.

Location: Solang Village

Things to Do: Paragliding, Snow Trek, Snowboarding, Camping, Horse Riding etc.

Best Time to visit: April to June and December to January.

How to Reach: The distance of 11 km can be covered through a private cab or shared taxi.

3. Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is considered the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most spectacular destinations of the Kullu Manali region which is located at a distance of 51 km from Manali. This pass is located at an altitude of 3980 on the Manali Keylong highway.

This is one of the best places for adventure lovers as they can enjoy several activities like skiing, paragliding, snow scooter, ice skating, etc at this place. Rohtang Pass is generally visited by tourists from the month of April till October month and special permission is required by the Indian Army to visit this place.

The Rohtang Pass connects Manali to Leh Ladakh and almost 25 lakh visitors explore this place every year. There is no proper accommodation provided at Rohtang Pass unless you are having your own camp. However, you can visit this place by taking and accommodation at Manali and then going for a days excursion to Rohtang Pass.

Location: Rohtang Pass

Things to Do: Skiing, paragliding, snow scooter, ice skating, etc

Best Time to Visit: April to October month.

How to Reach: It’s a 2 hours ride in a private cab or taxi.

Permits: Till Rohtang pass, no permit is required if you are going beyond that point then a permit is needed on a per-vehicle basis and not per person basis.

4. Jogini Waterfalls

Jogini waterfall is located at a distance of 7.5 km from the Manali bus stand. This is a beautiful waterfall which is located in proximity to the Vashisht village of Himachal Pradesh. It is formed by the confluence of a stream and the Beas river that Falls downward.

It is a perfect destination for trekking and one of the most popular attractions of Manali. This fall is located in the Northern part of Vashisht village and is also its boundary. The height of the waterfall is around 150 feet and waterfalls through multiple levels.

Also, there is a small pool located on the base of this waterfall where tourists can have a bath in the lap of nature and can soak test self with the beauty of surroundings. It is prohibited to visit this please during the monsoon month as the water level really Rises and it can be risky.

The track to Jogini falls is one of the shortest Trek near Manali. While trekking to this place you will pass through tall Pine trees water streams and Apple orchards. If you are trekking gently then it will take approximately one hour for you to reach this place.

Location: Near Vashist temple

Things to Do: Trekking, bathing under a waterfall.

Best Time to Visit: March to May month.

How to Reach: By trekking for 1 hour.

5. Manali Gompa

Manali Gompa was first constructed in 1960 by the Tibetan Refugee. This is also known as "Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa". It is one of the famous Buddhist monasteries and also the prominent attraction of Manali. This significant monastery is a bit small in size but its spiritual energy that is executed from this company is boundless and it invites countless Tourists and devotees to see the blessing of the divine from all the corners of India.

This monastery is having a Pagoda-style yellow roof and Majestic façade. The image of Buddha and different morals of Buddhist philosophy based on non-violence are displayed in this monastery. Tourist can also find small shops that sell unique Handicrafts of Tibet and carpets which is located within the temple complex.

Location: Gompa Road

Things to Do: Meditating and shopping.

Timing: 6 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.

How to Reach: It is located at a walking distance of 3 minutes from Manali.

6. Bhirgu Lake

Bhirgu lake of Manali is famous for its trekking train as it is a high-altitude alpine lake. You need a minimum of three days to enjoy the Hike from Manali to this lake. While trekking you need to climb the altitude of 14000 feet in the time span of 3 days that you generally achieve on the fifth or fourth day of tracking while doing the Himalayan Trek and that too after facing a very rough climbing path.

The trekking trail to this lake is very steep and goes through various forests, a lush green meadow, and a beautiful Campsite of Rola Khuli. On the way to this Lake, you will also be witnessing the seven sister peak and Hanuman Tibba. You will be witnessed in the oval-shaped lake which changes its color with the changing season on the second day of your trek.

The scenic environment near the lake is truly heavenly due to its soaring height you will feel like the clouds are floating around you. Here you can enjoy the traditional village life and Apple orchards.

Location: Kullu

Things to Do: Trekking and admiring nature

Best Time to Visit: August to June month.

How to Reach: It is a trekking trail of a total of 16 km.

7. Manu Temple

The Manu temple is located in the mesmerizing valley of Manali in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu sage Manu and is located on the bank of the Beas river valley in the Kullu district. It is located approximately at a distance of 275 km from the northern part of Shimla.

This is one of the prominent attractions of Manali from recent years and travelers who are seeking to get the blessings of the divine power of the Indian diety usually visit this spiritually and enlightened Temple. Each Traveller notices the completely calm and beautiful surroundings of this Temple and gets lost in the tranquility of this area and appreciates the greenery of surroundings.

This is the only temple which is dedicated to King Manu who later turned into a Sage. This temple is constructed in a Pagoda structure and reflects a glimpse of spirituality and history in the architecture of this Temple. The road going towards its Temple is a bit narrow so some of the tourists find it difficult to reach this Temple.

Location: Old Manali

Things to Do: Seeking blessing and meditation.

Timing: 5 A.M. to 9 P.M.

How to Reach: It is located at a walkable distance of 2 km from Manali.

8. Nehru Kund

Nehru Kund is located on the Manali-Rohtang Pass highway at a distance of 5 km from the Manali bus stand. This spring is one of the most prominent tourist spots of Manali. It is a natural spring that is named after the first prime minister of India who was the late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

It is said that the late Prime Minister loves to drink the Crystal Clear Water from the spring and loved to visit this place and also used to stay here for some time. It is said that the clean water of this spring is the source of Bhirgu lake.

The cladding sound of water in the peaceful environment surrounding the forest is like a treat to your ears. the river Beas flows through Nehru Kund and the serenity of this place is beyond words. There is a huge crowd of tourists attracted to this Crystal Clear Water spring, who generally visit this place from the month of May till October month.

Location: Bashisht.

Things to Do: Relaxation and Photography.

Timing: Open 24 hours.

How to Reach: You can take the local cab to cover the distance of 5 km to reach this place from the Manali bus stand.

9. Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple

Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist temple is a Buddhist monastery that is located in the Manali city of Himachal Pradesh. This place is having its religious significance and is highly important for the devotees. Even though you are not a spiritual person then also you will fell in love with the architectural beauty and tranquility of this place.

The most prominent highlight of this place is the idol of Sakya Muni sitting in a meditative posture. The tranquility of this place can be felt from the entrance itself. There are beautiful paintings on the walls of this monastery and it is highly advisable to meditate at this place just for few minutes to feel that peace.

Here you can also witness the Peaceful life of Buddhist monks. This temple is located in proximity to the mall road of Manali and is a perfect place to learn about the spiritual importance of Buddhism.

Location: Pangan

Things to Do: Meditation and Relaxation.

Timing: 6 A.M. to 7 P.M.

How to Reach: It is located at a walkable distance of 5 minutes from the Manali bus stand.

10. Van Vihar Manali

The Van Vihar national park of Manali is adorned with tall deodar trees which is located near Mall Road and easily accessible by tourists. The prominent attraction of this Park is its man-made Lake where the tourists can enjoy boating. This place is maintained by the municipal corporation of the city.

The most beautiful garden is frequently visited by adults and children as well. One can enjoy a picnic at this place with the Majestic view of Dev the trees. It is a perfect place for relaxation under the dense trees by sitting on the concrete benches that are installed All Around The Park.

Location: Mall Road

Things to Do: Picnic, Relaxation, and boating.

Timing: Summer 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.  / Winter 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per person, For boating: Rs. 30 for 15 minutes.

How to Reach: It is located at a walking distance of 2 km from the Manali Bus stand.

11. Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art

The museum of Himachal culture and folk art is located in proximity to Hadimba temple. This museum showcases a collection of traditions and the ancient heritage of the state. The Museum was established in the year 1998 which is also having the small-scale model of all the Forts and temples that are located around the Kullu Valley.

The traditional Textile, Garment, furniture, jewelry, architecture, dance mask, wooden carving, and masks of diabetes are also placed in this Temple you will also find some religious relics and Indigenous musical instruments under the roof of this museum.

The Museum helps in preserving the art and tradition of this place as well as creating awareness of its Heritage and costumes among the locals and tourists. Is one of the great places that can be explored by historians and Scholars along with tourists who are eager to know about the culture of Himachal Pradesh.

Location: Siyal

Things to Do: Learning about the history, tradition, and culture.

Timing: 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Entry Fee: The entry fee of Rs.10 is charged.

How to Reach: It is located at a walkable distance of 2km from the Manali bus stand.

12. Gulaba

Gulaba is located in the proximity of Manali on the way to Rohtang pass. It is named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir. The village is located at minutes the snow-covered mountains and the Green Meadows with the serenity of the Beas river flowing on the side.

Gulaba is also known as a great region for experiencing snowfalls and enjoying sports and adventure activities. Some of the famous adventure activities that can be enjoyed here are skiing, hiking, trekking, paragliding, and snow scooter riding. Gulab attracts various tourists each year to this place to admire the beauty of the landscapes.

This is the most beautiful and enchanting place that is visited by tourists moving towards the Bhirgu lake. One can also enjoy camping at this place by sleeping under a starry sky and enjoying stargazing. The Bollywood movie Jawani Hai Diwani was also shot at this place and since then it became a top tourist attraction for Traveller.

Location: Gulaba

Things to Do: Trekking, hiking, camping, paragliding, and even skiing and zorbing, Riding a yak and a horse, etc.

Best Time to Visit: November to February Months.

How to Reach: It is located at a distance of 4 km that can be covered by private cabs or shared vehicles.

13. Old Manali

Old Manali is located at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level and is a peaceful but mesmerizing city that is mostly visited by tourists especially solo tourists. This is a perfect place to relax and unwind yourself. The walk through the old Manali city is more delightful as you will be having a view of lush green landscapes.

There are huge options of restaurants and cafes in old Manali. You can also shop for various souvenirs from the local markets of old Manali such as traditional costumes, artifacts, ornaments, t-shirts, jewelry, music CDs, and many other things. This place also has the Ancient Temple which is dedicated to the goddess Hadimba.

Old Manali is a perfect place if you want to spend some time away from the hustle-bustle of city life. Even the adventure lovers can enjoy this place by doing activities like river rappelling and hiring a scooter to explore the and explode places of this city. You can also appreciate the mesmerizing sunset of this place.

Location: Old Manali

Things to Do: Street walks, chilling in cafes, shopping, nature walks, etc.

How to Reach: It is located at a distance of 2 km from Manali that can be covered by private or public transport or even by foot. 

14. Naggar Castle

Nagar Castle is located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and is a medieval castle. This castle was constructed in 1460 A.D. by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. Later this castle was taken over by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation HPTDC and now it is run as the Heritage Hotel since the year 1978. As per the Legend, it is said that Raja used stones from the palace of Rana Bhonsal to construct his Castle.

He ordered his laborers to form a human chain across the Beas river so as to transfer the stones manually from the Right Bank to the Left Bank of the river. While constructing this castle the earthquake-proof Technologies were also used and hence it survive the earthquake of 1905.

Location: Patlikuhal

Things to Do: Trekking, cultural learning, folk arts.

Timing: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Entry Fee: The fee of Rs. 30 is charged per person.

How to Reach: It is located at a distance of 21km from Manali that can be covered by government buses or private vehicles. 

15. Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran Sahib is known as a prominent pilgrimage site for Sikhs and Hindus which is located a distance of 4km from Kasol in the Parvati Valley along the banks of Parvati waterway in the Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. There are three regular hot water springs where one can tidy up, one natural aquifer is inside the Gurudwara itself and the other two being privatized by the guesthouses.

As per the mythology, it is said that the hot water spring was created by the Sheshnag when the lord Shiva was looking for The Lost jewelry of Goddess Parvati. As the Sheshnag wanted to avoid the anger of Lord Shiva so so it threw away the pieces of precious stones on earth that resulted in the outburst of this hot water spring. Manikaran Sahib is one of the top attractions of Manali as well as the most visited pilgrimage site.

Location:  Hari Har Ghat

Things to Do: Hot Spring Bath and Spiritual activities.


How to Reach: The distance from Manali is 80 km that can be covered by car in 2 to 3 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Manali Famous For?

Manali is having a natural charm and incomparable beautiful spots other than this Manali is also famous for offering various adventure opportunities to its tourists one can also do a spiritual pilgrimage tour in Manali by exploring the Hadimba temple and Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. You can also explore the scenic beauty of Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley E and enjoy its alluring landscape.

Why do Tourists Visit Manali?

Tourists generally visit Manali for having some relaxing time or to enjoy various adventure activities. There are various ancient temples and Forts which attracts the history lovers and devotees to this place Manali is having something for the tourist of all age groups.

What is the Best Time to visit Manali?

The best time to explore Manali is during the winter season from the month of October till the February month as during this time period this area experience snowfall which enables the adventure never to enjoy various snow activities.

Is Manali Wroth Visiting?

Manali is definitely a worth visiting place even if you are traveling solo or with your family as it is having something to offer to every tourist and lets you go with the great experiences that will be cherished for a lifetime.

How to Reach Manali?

By Road: Assuming one chooses to arrive at Manali by street, one can arrive at Manali from Delhi. One can likewise begin one's excursion from Chandigarh, Haridwar, Dehradun, and other major urban areas in and around Himachal Pradesh. HRTC, HPTDC, and so forth transports utilize to and from Manali for different urban communities.

By Air: One can choose to arrive at Manali via air then Bhuntar air terminal, additionally Kullu-Manali air terminal, is the closest air terminal arranged a ways off of around 50 km from Manali. On arriving at Bhuntar air terminal one can arrive at Manali by taxi or by transport, according to one's accommodation.

By Rail: Northern Railway works two narrow gauge trains one Kalka-Shimla train which is viewed as a designing accomplishment and another tight measure track from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. These trains are well known among travelers as 'Toy trains'.

What Activities can be performed in Manali?

In Manali, one can enjoy various adventure sports such as river rafting, paragliding, skiing, hiking, Mountain biking, Mountaineering, zorbing, Jeep Safari, snowboarding, river crossing, angling, snow scooter, Quad biking, camping, trekking, ziplining, Rock climbing, cable ropeway, rappelling, and bungee jumping.

When does Manali experience Snowfall?

Manali experiences snowfall in between the month of October till the February month and the highest snowfall is experienced during the January month when the area becomes really Chilli and the temperature goes below zero degrees celsius.

How much does Manali Trip Cost?

The average cost of a Manali trip for 3 night 4 days tour package is around 15000 to 17000 rupees.

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