6 Best Places to visit in and around Manali!
Manali, a charming place snuggled in the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains, is one of India’s most-loved tourist destinations. Popular among backpackers and honeymooners, this high-altitude resort town in Himachal Pradesh is packed with so many interesting places to allure every kind of tourist – nature lovers, adventure seekers, wildlife enthusiasts, and religious travelers as well. While tourist spots such as Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass enthrall adventure lovers with a wide range of adventure activities, places like Old Manali are all about peace and amazing views of nature. Wish to escape the summer heat and chill out in a pleasant place like Manali? Book your flight tickets with Indian Eagle now! Here is a quick rundown of six of the best places to visit in Manali. You shouldn’t give them a miss, especially if you are a first-time traveler to this Himalayan hill station.
Separated from the main town by a bridge over the Manaslu River, Old Manali is a beautiful settlement surrounded by verdant forests and apple orchards. It is a haven for peace seekers. Homes in Old Manali are simple and traditionally styled, winding roads are lined with beautiful little cafes, guesthouses, and an array of shops, the pathways are shaded by swaying Eucalyptus trees, and the infinite silence is interrupted only by soothing sounds made by the birds and the waters of the Kullu River. This is where you will find Manu Temple, the only temple in India dedicated to sage Manu.
Gushing down from the height of 160 feet amidst lush environs, Jogini falls is one of the top places to visit in Manali. The splendid waterfalls can be reached by taking a short, picturesque trek from Vashisht village. You will pass through orchards and pine forests, cross small rushing streams, and catch sights of the beautiful Beas River as well as the snow-covered Rohtang peaks during your trek. And then there is the cherry on the cake - the sparkling waters and sweet murmurs of Jogini waterfalls! Take a relaxing dip in the cool waters of the pool formed below and visit the old temples around the pool. There are also several small restaurants and guesthouses near the falls, should you feel hungry or need some rest.
Located at a staggering height of 13,000 feet above sea level, Rohtang Pass is a breathtakingly beautiful high mountain pass on the Pir Panjal Range. It is a gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh and is situated at a distance of 50 kilometers from Manali. Although a treacherous path, its incredible beauty nonetheless attracts nearly 25 lakh visitors every year. The dense snowfall that covers the Rohtang Pass welcomes adventure enthusiasts to indulge in the thrill of several exciting adventures, including skiing, sledding, and mountain biking. It is one of the most-visited tourist places near Manali.
Known for the wide variety of adventure sports it offers - from skiing and snowboarding in winter to paragliding, zorbing, and camping in the summer season - Solang Valley is among the most popular places to visit in Manali for adventure lovers. The cable car ride, which offers mesmerizing views of the snow-covered landscape, is another popular attraction of Solang Valley. It is situated at an altitude of 8400 feet above sea level and can be reached within 30-45 minutes from Manali. After all the fun and adventure, sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks!
Great Himalayan National Park:
Sprawled across 1171 sq. km, the Great Himalayan National Park is home to rare wildlife species, including snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan brown bear, and musk deer. This high-altitude national park (whose altitude ranges from a low of 1,800 m to a high of 6000 m) is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Featuring four scenic valleys, namely Parvati Valley, Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nal Valley, and Sainj Valley, the Great Himalayan National Park is surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains on three sides. Its terrain is laced with snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, glacial valleys, wildflowers, and other natural elements, and so, this park is a favorite among nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and photographers.
Vashisht Temple and Hot Water Springs:
One of the best places to visit in Manali for spiritually inclined people is the Vashisht temple, famous for its natural hot springs. Dedicated to the kulguru of Lord Ram, the Vashisht temple situated on the banks of the Beas River is a beautiful stone temple with a rich history of more than 4000 years. Vashisht Baths are natural sulphur springs said to have medicinal properties. A dip in these hot springs is believed to cleanse you of all sin and cure different ailments. A bath in these hot springs seems to work its magic on you as it relaxes your body, mind, and soul immediately.