A haven to backpackers and trekkers, Manali is one of the popular resort towns in Himachal Pradesh, perched on a high altitude, along Beas river. It also serves as a starting point for those interested in exploring the Solang Valley, which is home to various exciting winter and summer activities. The town has everything a traveller might desire, whether looking for a spiritual experience, an exciting adventure, or a close encounter with the local flora and fauna. Your vacation in Manali will be unforgettable if you book a room at one of the city’s top luxury homestays, such as SaffronStays Amlyn, Manali, SaffronStays Kesar Villa, Manali and SaffronStays Monarch Manor, Manali, amongst many others. The following are the top 10 places to visit in Manali, all of which belong on the bucket list of any visitor planning a trip to this beautiful city.
- Solang Valley
Attracting visitors in the winter for its snow and in the summer for its adventure activities, you can find Solang Valley just 30 minutes from Manali. Skiing and snowboarding are offered there from January to March, and a gondola transports guests to the slopes. Soon after the snow melts, paragliding becomes a common sport.
In addition, many tourists to Solang Valley skip the thrills in favour of learning about the local culture at the Shiva temple perched above the settlement. Riding a pony up to it is feasible if you do not wish to walk. Accommodations like SaffronStays Kesar Villa, Manali will help you experience this beauty of Manali.
- Rohtang Pass
The tourist attraction links the Kullu Valley to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys in Himachal Pradesh and is located around two to three hours’ drive from Manali town. The snow is the primary draw in Rohtang Pass, especially when it has already melted away in other locations. As you reach Rohtang Pass, there are a plethora of snowsports to partake in. Beas Kund, a temple in the shape of an igloo at the peak of Rohtang Pass, is located next to the spring from which the Beas River flows.
- Jogini Falls
One of the most recognisable features of Manali is this waterfall, which drops from a height of 160 feet. The tranquilly and verdant foliage of the area around the falls only serves to enhance their natural beauty.
Visitors like sitting here, surrounded by water, sipping tea and snacking on Maggi from one of the many surrounding eateries. The hike itself is almost as popular as seeing the waterfall. It passes stunning Rohtang landscapes, including mountain peaks, meadows and streams. SaffronStays Amlyn, Manali gives you easy access to Jogini Falls and Anumaya.
- Old Manali
Old Manali, a quiet area perched high above the turmoil of Manali town, is known for its quaint wooden houses and friendly locals. The road in Old Manali is lined with guesthouses, cafés and small stores, making it a great place to kick back, relax and observe nature. In the centre is the Manu temple, devoted to the Hindu philosopher Manu, the first man God created. The panoramas make the difficult but beautiful climb up to the lookout point more worthwhile.
- Hadimba Temple
This historic temple dates back to the 15th century and is the main draw for visitors visiting Manali. Hadimba, the Goddess, was Bheem’s wife. Hence the temple is named after her. Locals visit and pay their respects at this amazing pagoda-style temple on a rock, which features a cone-shaped roof and intricately carved walls and doors.
It’s a haven of peace amidst stunning natural scenery, protected by a thicket of cedar trees and views of towering snow-capped mountains in the distance. In addition, a spectacular three-day temple festival is held here annually in the middle of May, drawing visitors from around the region.
- Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
When in Manali, you must visit this sanctuary to witness the local mountain and its surrounding flora and fauna.
Some of the animals and birds you could see are the Himalayan black bear, Chakor, snow pigeons, treecreepers and barking deer, all of which make their home in this protected section of the northwest Himalayan biogeographic zone. Forests of poplar, deodar, willow, horse chestnut and flaming crimson rhododendron add to the charm of this haven. The sanctuary is located on the picturesque Manalsu Nullah bank, with towering peaks in the distance, making it one of Manali’s must-see attractions.
The hot springs are a popular tourist attraction in Manali because they are housed on the grounds of the 4000-year-old shrine of Vashisht, the Kulguru of Lord Ram. Both residents and visitors revere the springs for their purported medical capabilities. These properties are attributed to the presence of compounds such as lithium, calcium, etc., which are supposed to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
An extended swim in the spring’s soothing waters has a calming effect. The springs are accessible by men and women, although they must use different entrances.
- Mall Road
Most tourists in Manali can be counted on to make a stop at this beautiful market on their itinerary. A visit to this area, lined with hundreds of stores, is essential for sampling regional specialities and taking in the region’s sights and sounds. Tourists may find various lodging options, including excellent cafés and German bakeries, gift shops, bookstores, local restaurants and shops offering Tibetan handicrafts.
After a long shopping day, relax on one of the many available benches and take in the surrounding environment. If you’re looking for funky clothes and jewellery, you shouldn’t miss the Snow Lion Underground Market, Hong Kong Market and Dragon Shopping Complex. SaffronStays Monarch Manor, Manali is one of the best homes that you can easily find near the Manali Market.
- Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art
To preserve and display Himachal Pradesh’s rich cultural heritage, this museum first opened its doors in 1998. Just a short walk away is Manali’s revered Hadimba Devi Temple. The museum is home to an astounding array of artefacts that showcase Himachal Pradesh’s rich cultural history. You can find everything from traditional Himachali clothing and housewares to traditional jewellery.
This museum is a must-see in Manali and a great place to begin learning about Himachali culture.
- River Beas
Adding to Manali’s already breathtaking scenery is the sacred Himalayan River Beas. The scenery is stunning, with crystal clear streams, snow-capped mountains and dense pine forests.
It is breathtaking to witness the enormous stone boulders placed dangerously amid the swiftly flowing river’s raging waves. Rafting in the Pirdi stretch is a favourite activity for thrill seekers. Instead, you may spend the night at one of the many picturesque campsites dotted along the riverbank. One of Manali’s most scenic spots, you may stroll for miles along the riverbanks.
If you’re looking for a picturesque hill station, go no further than Manali. You should also take advantage of the area’s many adventure activities, scheduling in advance to ensure you don’t miss out during busy times. Book the finest homestays like SaffronStays Mont Arcadia, Manali, SaffronStays Persimmon, Raison and SaffronStays Snowdrop, Raison in and around Manali to enhance your vacation experience.