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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 the 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 more, the journey much more than the destination? The destination reminds me to come back at the end. The journey is always memorable because I travel with excitement to reach the destination, see something new, explore something unexplored and cherish the voyage. That’s the reason I took the road trip to 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 a wide range of woods and meadows of the Beas Valley carpeted by wild flowers, tell me why not to mesmerize by 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 amid wonderful and verdant environs, the recreation centre 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 centre 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 the van vihar, so either a long walk or just gallop in the fresh air, the 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 become to square for 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 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 Mahabharata.

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



The wood and stonework are 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 meter 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 meters away from the temple, another monument is there, which is built in tribute to the child of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkacha.


Fall in love with Solang


Give yourself at least a 3 to 4 hours break from green and enjoy a milky white snow-captured valley tour 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 the 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.​


Relax with a 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 that gush high temp water throughout the entire year and are an amazing way to feel relaxed and enchanting the view of the surrounding. You require not be concerned about 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 the 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 into the stunning Himalayas on the scenery is unquestionably a remarkable ordeal.


Make sure shot visit to Club House

A beautiful place to hop 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 marvellously to your holiday. Treat your taste buds to some exotic local cuisine to savour 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 (chutney).


(Siddoo the food)

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


Shop till drop to the doorstep

The Manali market is a nice place for shopping. I spent a lot of time at Mall Road shopping 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 souvenirs 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 its own romantic mood, but winter will reveal another snow-white cosy side of Manali you would love to witness. It really depends on how well you can handle the beauty of the natural climate.


Commute to Manali

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


Escape wild city life and give yourself a mountain retreat break, enjoy a beer at a Riverside café and admire the view….You feel for yourself.


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42 thoughts on “Incredible Manali – A Short Guide Of Top Things To Do In Manali

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  6. 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 !

    1. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Nice Info. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Keep sharing more like this. I also want to share some information about an amazing tourist destination “Manali” in Himachal Pradesh which has various spectacular adventurous places and activities to enjoy and make your trip more pleasant and extraordinary. If you are looking for the best Manali Tour Package then visit: https://www.ecohimalayanresorts.com/landing.aspx

  10. I have been to Manali a lot many times, just some amazing memories got recalled going through this elaborated blog of yours. I remember all that serenity but the temples.

  11. Your pictures look amazing. Manali trip was scheduled this month however it has got cancelled hopefully whenever is the correct time I will love to see these places.

  12. Manali sounds incredible. I would love to spend some down time in the forest and hike to the waterfall. Relaxing in the hot water spring at Vashisht Temple and visiting a Tibetan Monastery would be amazing memories

  13. I’m all for finding those places off the beaten path, and so I’m drawn to do the trek and try and find Jana Waterfalls as you’ve described it as the most remote and untouched spots to visit in Manali.

  14. Your post brings back the fond memories of Manali. I was in Manali during Mid 2021. I stayed in Vashisht near the temple and loved the village. I used to go to hot springs every night.

  15. Nothing beats spending time outdoors in the fresh air and Manali seems to be a great spot. I love that the natural beauty of this place is clouded with mythology and spirituality. It makes it charming and mysterious!

  16. Manali looks so pretty with greeneries, waterfall, and snow surrounded the city. Seems like the air is clean and fresh, it makes me want to take a deep breath. Such a beautiful place for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city live.

  17. Didn’t realize there is so much to see and do in Manali. Love the idea of soaking and relaxing with a hot water spring. We’d be happy to do a food walk too in the old Manali.

  18. I did not know there was a monument dedicated to Ghatokach. I would definitely like to go and see these places. And that is interesting lore about sinners being hung and swung around. Yiikes. Manali through your eyes is just amazing

  19. This was a trip down memory lane visiting one of my favorite destination. More so because it was our honeymoon trip when we visited the last time. I guess a lot has changed in these 25 years. Love your detailed coverage and it was like being there again.

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