Rohtang Pass ( 52 Kms from Manali )
Its one of the most exciting place during your manali trip and a real heaven on earth with snow n snow all around. To see the sun light falling on snow covered mountains from a distance i.e., from the city and while standing on the top of the same mountains is an altogether different experience. Both good in their own way!. At an altitude of 4,112 metres, the pass offers panoramic views of precipitous cliffs, huge glaciers, piled moraine and deep ravines.
The journey to Rohtang Pass also offers some scenic spots to enjoy such as Nehru Kund a clear water spring named after the Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Kothi village offering a thrilling view of the River Beas racing through a deep gorge. Rahalla Falls is another beautiful sight 16km on route.
Keep your camera battery fully charged as it is something worth capturing. The blue sky with distinctly visible cloud boundaries, resplendent white mountains, the warmth of sun on a snowy mountain will all make it a memorable trip.
Solang Valley(13kms from Manali )
Travel 13km from Manali to discover a lovely picnic place at Solang Valley with meadows surrounded by silver oaks, spurs and fabulous views of glaciers and mountains. The location offers adventure activities with a ski slope ( during winters ) , zorbing , paragliding , Mountain Biking and horse riding. There is a beautiful hike to Anjani Mahadev waterfall from Solang valley where it would be quieter and more scenic .You can Take a heavenly ride in the Gondola lift to Mt. Phatru at an elevation of 10,400 feet. and enchanting its breathtaking views is definitely a once in a life time experience. There is a Cafe at the top as well as the main meadow apart from multiple streetfood vendors.
Manikaran (85 km from Manali )
Its Famous for its Hot Springs which is believed to be good for rheumatism, gout, muscular pain etc. The water is so hot that the Dals, Rice etc. can be boiled in it. It is well known Pilgrimage place on account of Ancient Hindu Temple of Lord Ram and a Gurudwara. On the way to Manikaran is a small place called “ Kasol ” which is lush green valley providing excellent atmosphere for a picnic & photography.
NAGGAR Castle & Art Gallery ( 22 Kms from manali )
A unique medieval structure, Naggar Castle is a very popular tourist spot located close to Manali in Naggar. Built around 1460 AD, by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu, the castle has a unique architectural blend of western and Himalayan style. The castle is scenically located near the Beas River and offers panoramic views of the surroundings.
Nearby the castle is Reorich gallery that displays the paintings of the famous Russian painter, Nicholas Reorich. The museum displays a private collection of paintings of the Russian painter Nikolai Reorich, who lived here and died in the year 1947. The ground floor of the gallery is dedicated to the paintings of Kullu, Spiti and Lahaul by the painter. Please note that this gallery remains closed on Monday .
It is a natural waterfall that is close to the village of Jana. Its approx one hour drive from Naggar. So one can combine it with the sightseeing tour of Naggar. The road to falls is covered with patches of tall deodhar trees all over . The waterfall is small yet very beautiful. If you want to have a better view of the waterfall, you can trek for up the hill for ten minuts and get a much clear view of it At the base of waterfall there is a family which has a small dhaba like place which serves excellent authentic himachali food like Makki ki Roti, Lingri (Green Vegetable), Rajma, Kadhi, Red Rice, Chutni and a local dish called 'SIDDHU'. The normal tea they serve here also tasts very nice. You can sit in the water here and can enjoy the food . Overall its a very nice place, away from the hustle bustle. All you can hear in Jana Falls is the sound of flowing water and the birds chirping.
Manali has been a very popular place for adventure sports lovers from all over the Globe. There is never a dull day in Manali as the natural terrain and access to various remote locations from Manali makes it an ideal place to start off with various adventure activities.
Out of many such activities in Manali we have sorted out a few which are extremely successful and thousands of tourist visit Manali to enjoy them.
White water rafting
No experience is necessary but it helps to be reasonably fit to take part in an exciting white water rafting trip which travels down a 14km stretch of river between Pirdi and Jhidi. There is an unmatched thrill of shooting down the rapids.The full day activity costs just Rs 350 per person when booking through our hotel. One change, towel and bath slippers are required.
Its done in club house and on the way to Solang Valley . A fly over fitted over the river would help you to cross it, or you can cross it physically by entering into the water. This is done all round the year . Its cost is Rs 150/- only .
Descend from the heights of Solang Valley on a guided paraglide for an unforgettable ride of your life passing over magnificent mountains with a rush of cold air on your face. It costs Rs 350 to 500 per person for the five-minute flight.
There are walking trails for all levels in Manali Valley. There is a pleasant one day trek for beginners to Lamadugh. This 6km journey is easy going and offers photo opportunities so don’t forget your camera. The one day tour is Rs 500 per person including lunch and transport. More experienced walkers can join one of the many full day treks.
Skiing in Manali can be organised at Solang Valley from January to March & at, Gulaba, Marhi or Rohtang in other months depending upon snow condition . Skiing is one adventure sport that has gained immense popularity all over the world and in the past decade have become quiet attention grabbing sport because of the Himalayas..
Zorbing is one adventurous sport that can be enjoyed while visiting Solang Valley. Zorbs are made of transparent plastic and the adventure requires no skill . In this adventure, the person is slid inside the zorb and then it is then rolled down the slope. A maximum of two people (whose combined weight is not more than 120 kg) can zorb together. The zorbers are instructed to hold on to the harness places inside the zorb and after ensuring all the safety, these zorbs are made to roll down on 100 meters ride on a gradient.
- Remember to carry woolen clothes even in summer
- Don’t Forget a woollen Jacket and thermo coats of Rupa , Jockey , Montecarlo etc during November to March .
- Book your travel & accommodation in advance
- Do Bargain while purchasing gifts , clothes on rent etc
- Do not completely trust the driver/s. They have a nexus with every other places like Snow Gear Rental , Skiing, Rafting place etc. So check/compare the rates and be sure before paying.
- If travelling by Volvo one must book extra seats for children too, rather than trying to adjust them on one's lap, otherwise nobody will be able to sleep in the over night travel.