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Places to visit in Manali

Valley of Gods, the city of Manali is a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Manali offers a little something for everyone- Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass for the adventure-seekers, Hidimba temple, Manu temple, Vashishtha temple and Manikaran for the pilgrims, and Jogini and Jana waterfalls for the green panthers.



How to reach Manali

By air:

The nearest airport to Manali is Bhuntar which is 50 km away from Manali. You can rent a cab from the airport straight to Manali.

By train:

Jogindernagar Railway station is the nearest railway station to Manali which is about 160 km away from Manali. From there you can get buses or taxis to Manali at very reasonable prices.

By road:

You can easily get to Manali by road from Delhi by bus. Book a taxi or take your own bike/ car.



Best time to visit:

October to February is the best time to visit Manali as the weather is not too cold to travel and the hills are at their greenest. Furthermore, the passes are closed around and after October.



Places to visit

1. Solang Valley:


Entry fee: None (There are separate charges for adventure sports. You will come across a booth for the same near the entrance.)

Transport: There are no buses or autos to commute to this place. You can always rent a bike or car to roam around Himachal at cheap prices.

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

A must visit in Manali, the Solang Valley is a great place for the adventure seekers. The lush green valley offers a variety of adventure sports like Parachuting, Paragliding, Zorbing, and Skating. The most famous of these is Paragliding and the costs of the same vary from INR 600 to 1800. The costliest one is done from a slightly greater height than the cheaper one. If you don’t want to do an adventure sport like paragliding or parachuting, you also have an option of a cable car which will take you on top of the hills for a jaw-dropping view of the valley.

My experience in paragliding was not a very delightful one. I fell down during the takeoff and bruised my knees but the view and the feeling of flying were worth every second of pain.




2. Hidimba Temple and Van Vihar National Park:

Entry fee: None (for Hidimba Temple); INR 1o per person (for Van Vihar)

Transport: There are no buses or autos to commute to this place. You can always rent a bike or car to roam around Himachal at cheap prices.

Time: Hidimba Temple: 8 am to 6 pm,

Van Vihar: 8 am to 7 pm (summers) & 8 am to 5 pm (winters)



The Hidimba (or Hadimba) Devi Temple is another great place to visit in McLeod Ganj. The temple is nestled between a cedar forest and is situated inside a cave. It is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi- wife of Bhima. The temple has a wooden architecture with detailed carvings on the doors and towers. A huge rock inside the temple represents Hidimba Devi.

Right across the temple is a nature park which is an ideal place to just sit ideal, stroll around or do a photo walk. The park is full of conifers and is a must visit for the people who like the peace and quiet of the wild.




3. Manu Temple:

Entry fee: None

Transport: Taxi or cab

Time: 5 am to 9 pm


Credits: https://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/09/very-old-manu-temple-in-manali-town-of.html

The temple is situated near River Beas and is dedicated to the sage Manu who is said to be the creator of the world. This temple is the only one dedicated to Sage Manu and is thus a very popular one. The distinct history of the temple attracts many people here.

4. Jogini Falls

Entry fee: None

Transport: Taxi or bike

Time: Open 24 hours


Credits: http://www.traveldglobe.com/destination/manali/point-of-interest/jogini-falls


Situated near Vashisht Village, Jogini Falls is a great place to visit in Manali. The falls are formed from the streams that meet in the Beas River. The waterfall ends and makes a pond near the Jogini Mata Temple where you can take a dip. Taking a dip in the same is not advised as the flow is very heavy and even getting inside the pond may prove to be dangerous.

5. Jana Waterfalls

Entry fee: None

Transport: Car/ Taxi/ Bike

Time: Open 24 hours



Jana waterfalls are a hidden gem of Manali and the way to this place is an absolute stunner. There are many small falls around this waterfall and you can take a small trek around this place to explore the beautiful pine forest. Also, there is a small restaurant near the fall with very cheap and delicious food. The last time I visited this place, there was a ziplining sport available there. The view from the zip line is not to be missed and is a must activity to do here in Manali.



6. Vashishtha Temple

Entry fee: None

Transport: 3.5 km from Manali bus stand. Take a cab/ car/ bike.

Time: 7 am to 10 pm


Credits: http://www.go2india.in/himachal/manali-vashisht-temple.php


This temple is named so as it is dedicated to Rishi Vashishth. The temple is believed to be 4000 years old. The interiors of the temple have delicate and detailed wooden carvings. Behind the temple is also present hot water springs. Separate baths for men and women are present.

7. Arjun Gufa

Entry fee: None

Transport: 4 km from Manali (towards Naggar). Take a cab/ car/ bike

Time: Open 24 hours


Credits: https://www.tripadvisor.in/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g297618-d4152202-i124108850-Arjun_Gufa-Manali_Manali_Tehsil_Kullu_District_Himachal_Pradesh.html


The Arjun Gufa, situated near the Naggar Castle has a very fascinating history associated with it. It is said that Arjuna (from Mahabhartha) meditated here and impressed by his devotion, he was given the powerful weapon ‘Pashupat Asra’ by Lord Indra. A beautiful view of the hills and valleys can be seen from this cave which makes it a must place to visit in Manali.


8. Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa & Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa

Entry fee: None

Transport: Taxi/ Car/ Bike

Time: 6 am to 6 pm (Closed on Sunday)


 Credits: https://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-manali/


The serene ambiance and the architecture as old as 1969 coupled with a peaceful, welcoming vibe of these monasteries with mountains in the backdrop make them one of the most popular places to visit in Manali. These two monasteries are the most popular ones amongst all the other monasteries in Manali.

9. Manikaran

Entry fee: None

Transport: 85 km from Manali, you can visit here on your way to Manali

Time: Open 24 hours



Manikaran is well known for Manikaran Sahib, a gurudwara, and hot water springs. The Gurudwara is below the road level and once entered, you will be relieved from the cold weather of Manali. You can even take a dip in the natural hot water baths inside the Gurudwara. A small market surrounds the Gurudwara where you can window shop souvenirs or accessories.

10. Rohtang Pass

Entry fee: INR 550 for each vehicle

Transport: Take a taxi/ car/ bike

Time: The pass is only open from June to October


Credits: https://www.makemytrip.com/travel-guide/manali/rohtang-pass-snow-point-landmarks.html


Rohtang pass is present on the Manali- Leh highway at a height of 13000 ft. The views of glaciers and snow all around make this a very popular place to visit in Manali among the tourists. The commute to Rohtang pass has become particularly difficult because of the ongoing construction of a tunnel. This tunnel will make the commute to the pass super easy and quick. It has been planned to open in 2019.


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