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Tourist Places near Manali

Solang Valley, Hampta Pass, Sethan, Bhrigu Lake, Deo Tibba, Gulaba, Naggar, Marhi, Patalsu Peak, Kullu, Great Himalayan National Park, Rohtang Pass, Parvati Valley, Kasol and many more.

The beauty of Manali is not merely restricted to it, but spills over to the neighboring tourist places near Manali. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Himalayan and Dhauladhar ranges, the picturesque towns of Kangra and Kothi are ideal holiday escapades for those looking for a natural retreat far removed from the bustle of the busy city life. With it's fantastic beauty and excellent adventure opportunities, these cities are a must visit for lone adventurers and repose-seekers alike.

From the natural resplendence of the scenic Solang and Parvati Valley to Dalhousie, the scenic “Little Switzerland” of India, a number of picture-perfect travel destinations surround Manali. For those looking for more urbane attractions, Ludhiana and Amritsar are some of the best options to visit near Manali. Full to bring with its vibrant tourist spots and resplendent monuments of historical significance, these cities boast of a fantastic rustic charm that is found nowhere else.

Boasting of the characteristic Himachal beauty, the adjoining villages of Mandi, Marhi or even Kullu adds to the aesthetic treat of a trip to Manali. While a short hike from the town leads to natural wonders such as the Jogini Waterfalls or the Arjun Gufa, the more adventurous destinations of Rohtang or Solang are also not too far from Manali.

These places are fantastic tourist spots for thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts. From parachuting to paragliding, these little destinations offer a perfect hub for a number of different adventure spots. Places that remain snow-clad for a major part of the year, such as Rohtang or Solang Pass, are especially popular for its snow sports, such as skiing. There is no shortage of absolutely enchanting detours around Manali.

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Must Visit Places near Manali


Solang Valley

Located on the top of the Kullu Valley, the Solang Valley is one of the most popular tourist places near Manali. A special favourite for adventure enthusiasts, the valley offers a number of adventure opportunities such as paragliding, parachuting or horse riding.

During the winter months, the valley remains snow covered, making it an ideal destination for skiing or zorbing. 

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Solang Valley is during the warmer months of spring and summer, between March to October. During this time, the pleasant weather allows one to enjoy most of the outdoor activities. However, the valley can also be visited during the winter season if one wants to enjoy the winter sport opportunities offered by it.

Distance from Manali: The Solang Valley is located around 14 kilometers away from Manali, it takes about half an hour to travel between the two places via the Leh-Manali Highway.

Highlights: Among its many sport attractions, paragliding is a special attraction in the Solang Valley.

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Rohtang Pass

Located at an elevation of 3978 meters above sea level, the Rohtang Pass or Rohtang La is a mountain pass on the eastern side of the Himalayan Pir Panjal range. Rohtang Pass is an ideal trekking destination, especially for experienced trekkers. The snow-capped routes here, boasting of a splendid white beauty, are marked by glaciers and waterfalls.

One can venture on a number of treks here, such as the 117-kilometer-long Manali-Lahaul pass, or the trek from Gulaba to Bhrigu Lake. One can also enjoy a number of other adventure activities here, such as sledding or mountain biking. The sporting opportunities at Rohtang makes it one of the most popular places to visit near Manali.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Rohtang Pass is during the warmer months between May to November, when the temperature remains high enough to enjoy the outdoors.

Distance from Manali: Rohtang Pass is located around 51 kilometers away from Manali. It takes about 2 hours to travel between the two places via the Leh-Manali Highway.
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Considered as the twin city of Manali, Kullu is one of the most-visited tourist places near Manali that is frequented by families, backpackers, mountaineers, and honeymooners. Lying amidst the majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges, The Kullu Valley looks extremely fascinating with verdant meadows, thick forests of pine and deodar trees, and a never-ending list of tourist spots.

Kullu is also a major hotspot for adrenaline rushing activities like river rafting on River Beas, paragliding, trek to Malana Village, Bhrigu Lake trek, trek to KheerGanga, and trek to Chandrakhani Pass.

Things to do: 
Sightseeing, River Rafting, Paragliding, Trekking, Cycling, Dip into Manikaran Hot Spring

Distance from Manali: 40 km

How to reach: Several buses and taxis ply between Kullu and Manali

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Shimla is the largest city of Himachal Pradesh. The capital city is a nature’s bounty with lush and thick coniferous trees, scenic views of the Himalayan ranges, and pristine lakes. Shimla was used as the summer capital of India during British rule and this rustic village still retains its colonial heritage.

The attractions of Shimla like Jakhoo Temple, Christ Church, Mall Road, and The Ridge make Shimla one of the most alluring places to visit near Manali. During the winter months, the city experiences snowfall and looks completely outlandish. The Mall Road and bazaars of Shimla are a shopaholic’s paradise with rows of shops selling woollen apparel and other souvenirs.

Things to do: 
Sightseeing, Shopping

Distance from Manali: Approximately 250 km

How to reach: A number of buses and taxis run between Shimla and Manali

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Hampta Pass

Hampta Pass is located in the Pir Panjal region of Himalayas at an altitude of 14000 feet. Apart from the shepherds grazing their cattle in the grasslands, Trekking is the prominent activity in this region.

The trail through the Pass from Manali until the Chandratal Lake in Spiti Valley takes one through the virgin beauty of Himachal and the scenery along the route includes glaciers, rivulets, jagged mountains, and meadows. If you are an avid trekker, Hampta Pass is one of the most lauding tourist places to visit near Manali.

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Distance from Manali: 15 km

How to reach: From Manali, one can take a cab to Jobra, the basecamp for Hampta Pass trek.

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Parvati Valley

The Parvati Valley is located on the confluence of the River Parvati with River Beas. The ethereal beauty of the pine-capped valley makes the place one of the most beautiful places near Manali. The valley runs through the Sikh-dominated town of Manikaran and terminates in Pulga.

Crowded with a number of hot-springs, the Valley is popular among backpackers and hippie travelers.

Best time to visit: The summer season, between March to June, is the best time to visit Parvati Valley.

Distance from Manali: Parvati Valley is located about 80 kilometers away from Manali. It takes around 2 hours to travel between the two places via NH3 and Manikaran Highway.

Highlights: Parvati Valley is famous for its roadside diners and its use of mild narcotics.

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When it comes to finding a destination that is beautiful, serene, adventurous and available through the year, in Kasol India has already found its favorite spot to travel to. Kasol shot to fame for a plethora of reasons, the prime being the kind of serene beauty that surrounds the city lying in the Parvati Valley as well as the activities you can do here. This quaint little town in Himachal Pradesh is situated on the banks of the Parvati River and has maintained a level of pristine beauty through the years, the kind that attracts people not just from India, but also from many different corners of the world.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, is very well known in the travel community for being a haven for backpackers and budget travelers. Replete with experiences that will take away the heart of a lot of travelers, Kasol is more than just a destination. It can easily be proclaimed to be a whole adventure in itself. with a wide number of places to visit in Kasol, it can be called as an ultimate destination. The reason for that is the many adventures that a traveler experiences, be it physical, visual, spiritual, and in some cases, life-changing. Really a small town in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is not just a hotspot for backpacking adventures or a destination set amidst green hills. It is a hub for people looking to just get away from their regular office lives and take to the Himalayas for an experience of a lifetime.

The reason why Kasol is famous amongst such a crowd of travelers is that it caters to everyone. Be it the ones arriving for trekking, camping, rafting, sightseeing, parties, or seeking spiritual awakening, Kasol never disappoints anyone. Starting from the beginning, Kasol is a heaven for the trekking enthusiasts and adventure buffs.

Starting from Kheerganga, Kasol has made this meadow high in the Himalayas their favorite destinations. A 12 km trek that leads through forests of Oak and Rhododendron, trekking on this trail in Parvati Valley is one of the best things to do in Kasol and is one of the favorites too. Beginning from Kasol, the trek passes from Barshaini and Rudra Nag waterfalls, it ends high up on Kheerganga which is a hotspot for campers. Kheerganga is also a location of one of the many hot springs in Kasol with water coming from the earth’s crust naturally warmed up. Popularly known as the Parvati Kund, it is a great spot to relax on top of Kheerganga after a long day of trekking in Kasol. From Kheerganga, the way can either take you back to Kasol or on a majestic detour to the village of Tosh. Nestled in a side valley to the Parvati Valley, and situated in the banks of a small rivulet of the same name, Tosh is an offbeat trekking adventure and a quiet small town. Lesser known and almost uncrowded, the scenes from Tosh of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas are the best that you can get anywhere in Kasol. Also famous in Tosh are the many small cafes catering to the small tourist crowd that chooses to visit this offbeat green vista of a village.

Another trekking adventure that leads from Kasol is to the secretive village of Malana. The small village in the Himalayas is situated amidst the towering giants of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba, and is famous for various reasons, the prime one being the self-isolation of the people of the village. This secretive nature, and the fact that Malana is the gateway to the famous Magic Valley is what brings a large crowd of people to take on the trek and pay this majestic little town a visit. The whole experience soothes the eyes and soul of the travelers who take on the Malana and Magic Valley trek and arrive in this green heaven.

And another day hike from Kasol, which is short yet highly adventurous is the trek to Chalal. Situated by the roaring Parvati River in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, Chalal is also called the Little Amsterdam and for every reason. This place is well-known in the world for the crazy trance and PSYtrance parties that happen here from time to time. But one of the greater reasons for the fame of this tranquil small town is the presence of the River Parvati and the kind of beauty that it brings to the whole place.

And speaking of the River Parvati in Kasol, India, there is no denying the fact that the soothing stream is a landmark of this town in itself. It is the river that created the valley and hence, everything beautiful in Kasol is owed to the presence of Parvati in the region. The sometimes roaring sometimes gurgling river is a great place to just sit back, relax and marvel at the beauty of nature around. Parvati River also makes for a great spot to camp near, on the banks of it, to be precise.

And speaking of camping, Kasol, India has many great spots to enjoy staying out in the lap of nature and under the billions of stars in the night sky that you can see loads and loads of because of the fact that this place is untouched by the modern curses and is still in its pristine state. Some of the best spots for camping in Kasol include the name of Kheerganga. A chance to camp in the meadow seems to be a great option as you will be waking up to one of the best sunrises ever over Kheerganga. Apart from this, Tosh proves to be another great place to set up camp and get an exquisite hilltop view of the entire region as you sit near a bonfire. Malana, in its secluded and cut-off state, is also a gateway to one of the best camping sites in the Himalayas, known as the Magic Valley. And for an offbeat experience of camping amidst towering mountains of the Himalayas and a place where the inhabitants do not keep themselves reserved from talking to outsiders, Grahan will prove to be a great retreat. The trail to Grahan walks beside the river Parvati in Kasol, with the village lying in the midst of towering green hills and a view of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range.

Apart from the adventurous face of Kasol, there is also a spiritual side to this town. And one of the greatest spots of religious importance here is Manikaran. The region built around a cluster of natural hot springs, Manikaran is of great religious significance to the Sikhs and Hindus. The Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is said to belong to the era of the founder of the Belief, the first religious leader of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak. He is believed to have come here with a disciple, and to cook their food for a public kitchen called ‘Langar’, he asked the disciple to remove a stone. From under the stone came a hot spring, which still resides in Manikaran Sahib and is considered very sacred. People from all over come to cook the offerings to their God in these springs before consuming, and even take a dip in these waters to wash off their sins. The piety of this place is of the utmost level for the believers of Sikhs.

Another legend relates the place with the Hindu Gods, Vishnu, and Parvati. Parvati lost a gem or ‘Mani’ in the torrential waters below, and the story that followed gave this place its name, Manikaran. Also, it is believed that Lord Shiva’s legendary anger is what gave birth to the hot springs in the area. With many temples dotting the place all over, Manikaran is a must visit, especially because it falls on the way to Kullu and Manali.

Speaking of these regions in the valley, Kullu and Manali can be called as the cultural capital of the state. With such close proximity to Kasol, the name of the small town is many a time collectively called along with the other two. Their presence nearby has boosted tourism in the area even more. And that has given a speed boost to the emergence of a number of cafes, guesthouses, and homestays in the area, so the tourists arriving here will feel all in their comfort zone, meeting and greeting other like-minded backpackers arriving in this quaint destination from several corners of the country, sometimes even the world.

Kasol tourism has done everything to ensure that when someone arrives in this city, they feel safe and sound, alongside the conquering feeling of adventure and the serene feeling of calm taking over their self. And so a trip to Kasol will sure be the best budget tour with a fulfilling feeling that you will ever take. Read this guide for all the information you will need for motivating and planning a trip to Kasol.

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Experience the “Once in a lifetime experience” at the Kheerganga trek which is a blend of moderate and difficult terrains. It is undoubtedly a paradise for an adventure buff as this place is jam-packed with an abundance of surprises of nature.

The tranquility is interwoven in the aura of the hillocks and is perfect for finding solace in the laps of nature.

Things to do:
Trekking, Sightseeing etc.

Distance from Manali:
Situated at a distance of 98 km from Manali.

How to reach:
You can either hire a private taxi or drive up to Barshaini from where you can hike up to Kheerganga.

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Bhrigu Lake

Located a short trek away from the Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude glacial lake in the heart of the Himalayas. The lake is named after the Maharishi Bhrigu, who was said to meditate by its side for several years.

The Bhrigu Lake is at the heart of several trekking trails starting for various points surrounding it, especially those starting from Rohtang. It is said that the lake changes colour every week, granting it an ephemeral beauty that makes it one of the most scenic places to visit near Manali.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the lake is during the warmer months between March and June. The snow-clad regions of Himalayas remain unbearably cold during the rest of the year, making a trek to the lake extremely difficult.

Distance from Manali: The Bhrigu Lake is located around 18 kilometers away from Manali. It takes a little more than an hour to travel between the two places.

Highlights: The colour-changing aspect is the main highlight of the Bhrigu Lake.
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When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.

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Kunzum Pass

Located on the eastern side of the Kunzum Range in the Himalayas, the Kunzum Pass, or Kunzum La, is one of the most easily motorable mountain passes in the country. With its easy access, the Kunzum Pass is one of the most convenient places near Manali.

Located at a staggering height of 4,500 meters above sea level, the pass offers a full 360-degree view of the Spiti Valley, the ChandraBhaga Range, and the magnificent Bara-Shigri Glacier.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kunzum Pass would be the warmer months between March to October, when the roads are less likely to be snow-covered and thus easily accessible.

Distance from Manali: The Kunzum Pass is located about 126 kilometers away from Manali. It takes a little over 3 hours to travel between the two places via the Leh-Manali Highway.

Highlights: The highlight of Kunzum Pass is its trekking trail to the Chandratal Lake, a moon-shaped lake in Spiti.
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Sethan is a quaint and cozy hamlet located at an altitude of 2600 meters. Buddhism is the most prevalent religion in this village and the native people here are those who had migrated from Tibet.

One of the best offbeat places to visit near Manali, Sethan gets covered in thick sheets of snow during the winter months attracting snow sport lovers to enjoy their game of skiing, snow-hiking, and snowboarding.

During the summer months, this magical land sill has thin layers of snow and the climate is ideal for trekking and camping.

Things to do: 
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow-hiking, Camping, Trekking

Distance from Manali: 16 km

How to reach: You can hire a taxi from Manali Bus Stand to Sethan and the 45- minute long drive costs about INR 1500 one way.
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Deo Tibba

Deo Tibba is a mountain near Manali that is located in the Pir Panjal mountain ranges. The Deo Tibba is one of the most thrilling tourist places to visit near Manali and the Deo Tibba Trek takes one through meadows that are highlighted by the wildflowers, forests that are dense with pine, deodar and oak trees and finally, the actual excitement happens when you witness the snow-covered mountains.

The trek usually lasts for about five complete days and is sure to leave one with a soul-stirring experience.

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Distance from Manali:19 km

How to reach: Hiring a cab is the easiest way to cover this short distance.
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Located between Manali and Rohtang, Marhi is one of the smallest adventure destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Being located extremely close to the Rohtang pass, this snow-capped valley is an ideal trekking destination. During bad weather, when the roads to Rohtang remain closed, the Marhi valley is then converted into a stay for the tourists travelling to Rohtang. 

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Marhi is during the summer months between May to October. During this time, the weather remains warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities such as trekking.

Distance from Manali: Marhi is located around 35 kilometers away from Manali. It takes a little more than an hour to travel between the two places via the Leh-Manali Highway.

Highlights: Marhi is best known for its roadside restaurants.
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Patalsu Peak

Patalsu Peak is one of the most popular peaks amongst people looking for adventurous tourist places near Manali. The summit of the Patalsu mountain is located at a staggering height of 4220 meters.

The trek from Manali valley to Patalsu peak offers spellbinding views of Beas Kund peaks including Hanuman Tibba. The trekking trail is easy and takes you through diverse landscapes like steep uphills, dramatic meadows and snow at the summit. If you want to take baby steps towards mountaineering, the Patalsu Peak is a highly recommended choice.

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Distance from Manali:
36 km

How to reach: From Manali, you can trek to Patalsu peak
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Undeniably, a lovely segment of the Himalayan Range is Naggar. With several unexplored slices, this quaint town offers stunning natural beauty. This town is a perfect fusion of majestic snow-covered hills and, crystal clear pristine rivers extending beautiful plight.

One visiting this place should not miss out on the famous folk art museum and various other spiritual sites.

Things to do: 
Trekking, Fishing, Visiting Art folk museum, and several other things.

Distance from Manali: 
It is located at a distance of approx 21 km from Manali.

How to reach:
One can even travel from an HRTC bus or hire a cab.

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Great Himalayan National Park

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Sprawling over 754 square area this splendid National Park houses variant species of flora and fauna. Primarily featuring deodar, pine, chestnut, alpine herbs and a lot more, the Park boasts its 375 unique species of various kinds.

Housing abundance of animals, mammals, birds, and reptiles this ecozone is well suited for sightseeing.

Things to do:
Sightseeing, Trekking

Distance from Manali:
The National Park is located at a distance of 49 km from Manali.

How to reach:
There are no concrete rods to the place but one can take the gravel roads to reach the National Park.

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At a stone’s throw away distance from Manali lies the enthralling village of Gulaba. The village is named after Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir and this tiny wonderland brims with snow-draped Himalayan mountain ranges and grasslands by the Beas river.

The lush meadows of Gulaba are one of the most enchanting places to visit near Manali for camping. After soaking in the beauty of Gulaba, one can hike up to the Bhrigu Lake. The myriads of outdoor activities available at the village have transformed it into a hotspot for adventure lovers.

Things to do: 
Skiing, Trekking, Paragliding, Hiking, Camping

Distance from Manali: 20 km

How to reach: One can take a cab or bus to reach Gulab from Manali.

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Yet another destination marking its place in one of the best places to visit near Manali is, Manikaran. Located in the Parvati Valley, at an altitude of 1760 m, this beautiful town draws tourists from all the segments.

With several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Sikhs, this site has immense spiritual importance. Moreover the environs of this quaint town are pious and, perfect for peace dwellers.

Things to do:
Explore hot spring water, Kulant Pith, Harinder Mountain and, pay a visit at Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, Manikaran temple and several others.

Distance from Manali:
Located at a distance of almost 80 km from Manali.

How to reach:
There are no connecting buses or trains, one needs to hire a taxi to reach the destination.

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Malana is a beautiful little village near Manali and is located at an altitude of 9,938 ft above sea level. The intriguing hills, picturesque landscape and the world-famous Malana Cream have made this cozy little town, one of the best places to visit near Manali.

The villagers of Malana are known for their mysterious traditions like living in a no-touching zone with outsiders and poisoning lambs to decide judgement in case of conflict resolution. The attractions at this peculiar village are Jamadagni Temple and the Shrine of Renuka Devi.

Things to do: 
Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Distance from Manali: 83 km

How to reach: Catch a bus/cab from Manali to Kasol. Then, take a cab to Malana

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Prashar Lake

Prashar Lake is one of the most arrestingly beautiful tourist places to visit near Manali. This divine lake is located atop a mountain at about 50 km away from Mandi. An ancient pagoda-style temple built on the edge of the lake fills the place with a spiritual aura.

The surrounding snow-covered mountains, lush greenery and the calmness around the place make it a great spot to pitch your tent and revel in the beauty of Nature.

Things to do: 
Nature walk, Trekking, Camping

Distance from Manali: 83 km

How to reach: One can hire a cab or board a bus and it usually takes about 3 hours by cab one way to reach the lake.

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Pandoh Dam And Lake

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Indeed one of the best man-made marvels is, Pandoh Dam and Lake. Diverting the water to river Beas, this eye-opening beauty is a must-visit for an adventure enthusiast. Before the water of this Dam is merged with the Sutlej river, it is used as a major source of power generation for the region

This secluded Dam, is a perfect place to dive into the fresh water and, rejuvenate each and every corner of the soul.

Distance from Manali: 
Located at distance of almost 88 km from Manali.

How to reach: 
One can reach out to the Dam either by a private taxi or by Local bus operating in the region.

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Tosh Valley

Hidden deep in the Parvati Valley, Tosh Valley is one of the out worldly tourist places near Manali that is located at an elevation of about 2,400 meters above mean sea level. It is about 21 km away from Kasol and lures travellers with stunning views of the snow-clad Himalayas, verdant valleys that are lavishly adorned with wildflowers like  Himalayan blue poppies, primulas, irises, marsh marigolds, buttercups, and Himalayan balsam flowers.

The apple orchards at Tosh Valley nurture several Himalayan birds and one can spend hours just witnessing the abundant blessings of Mother Nature here.

Things to do:
 Trekking, Camping, Nature Walks

Distance from Manali:
95 km

How to reach: From Manali, take a bus to Bhuntar. From Bhuntar, you will find many HRTC buses to Barshaini. From Barshaini you can trek all the way to Tosh or take a shared cab.

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Jibhi is one of the least explored tourist places near Manali that looks breathtaking with dense pine and cedar forests. However, there are some amazing resorts in Jibhi that let you enjoy a comfortable stay here despite the remoteness of the place.

This slow travel destination overflows with natural beauty that one can spend hours listening to the gushing sound of the river and soak in the beauty around. Jibhi is also a good base for hiking, birding, and fishing.

Things to do: 
Hiking, Nature walks, Birding, Fishing

Distance from Manali: 100 km

How to reach: There are many buses and taxis that ply between Manali and Jibhi and it takes about 6 hours to cover the distance by state-run buses.

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Often known as the Choti Kashi or the Varanasi Hills, the tinsel town of Mandi stands in the junction of Kullu and Dharamshallah. Packed to the brim with its green cover of pines and deodars, this little town serves as a gateway to a number of famous valleys such as Kullu or Manali.

Priding in a rich cultural history, Mandi is home to about 81 different temples, some dating back as early as to the 5th century, making it one of the most historically relevant places to visit near Manali.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Mandi would be during the summer months between April to June, before the monsoon sets in. 

Distance from Manali: Mandi is located 105 kilometers away from Manali. It takes around 3 hours to travel between the two places via NH3.

Highlights: Mandi is famous for its 81 old stone Shaivite temples and their range of fine carvings.

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Once the capital of the erstwhile Chand dynasty, the picturesque town of Kangra is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges. Sprawling across the entire Kangra Valley, this quaint little town is now home to the Katoch dynasty, one of the oldest surviving royal dynasties in the world. Apart from the scenic beauty of its landscape, Kangra houses a number of architectural splendors. Dating back to the 8th century, the Masroor Rock Cut Temples of Kangra boast of its rich cultural history.

While the magnificent Kangra Fort boasts of the town’s heritage value, the temples of Jwalamukhi, Kathgarh and Kaleshwar Mahadev stands testament to Kangra’s Hindu roots. With its towering mountains and jagged routes, Kangra is also popular among climbing enthusiasts for its trekking opportunities.

Best time to visit Kangra: The best time to visit Kangra is during the summer months of April to July. During this, the temperature of the hill town remains comparatively higher and pleasant enough to enjoy the place. 

Distance from Manali: Kangra is located 215 kilometers away from Manali. It takes a little more than 6 hours to drive between the two places via NH154.

Highlights: The style of Pahari paintings having originated from the Himachal, the town of Kangra is best known for its artwork. The best place to view some of these works is the Maharaja Sansar Chand Museum adjoining the Kangra Fort.

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The unexploited serene river famous for its hot spring water which flows on the beds of Tattapani. Here you can indulge in swimming across the river or, can just relax in a peaceful environment.

The water is said to have exceptional healing powers, but the facts say it is due to the presence of Sulphur.

Things to do: 
Trekking, Camping, Mountain Biking, River Rafting etc.

Distance from Manali: 
Located at a distance of almost 262 km from Manali.

How to reach: 
With a little low road connectivity one can go via bus from Manali to Karnal and then hire a private taxi.

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Beas River

The pristine river flowing through Himachal and Punjab, bears a trail of history. One of the longest flowing rivers in the northern province Beas, passes through the dense pine forests of Manali.

With striking backdrops and refreshing aura, this river attracts the adventurists from near and far.

Things to do: 
Here one can savor the thrill in various adventure sports like rafting, biking, cycling, and trekking.    

Distance from Manali: 
Located at distance of approximately 265 km from Manali. 

How to reach: 
There is no direct connectivity to Beas river all you need to do its either drive up to the place or hire a taxi.

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Nestled on the foothills of Rohtang Pass, the little village of Kothi is a scenic camping destination attracting tourists from across the world. The scenic village, boasting of breathtaking views of the river Beas with its glaciers, is often sought after by trekkers going to the Rohtang Pass.

With the natural beauty of the landscape surrounding the village, Kothi is one of the most picturesque places to visit near Manali.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kothi is during the spring and summer months between March to June. During this time, the flora and fauna of the place undergoes a beautiful transformation, and the weather remains warm and pleasant.

Distance from Manali: Kothi village is located around 14 kilometers away from Manali. It takes about 32 minutes to travel between the two places via the Leh-Manali Highway.

Highlights: Kothi is famous for its picnic spots by the river Beas.

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A significant bridge between Manali and neighbouring states, Bhuntar is a charming hamlet enveloped amidst mountains and amongst one of the best places to see in Manali.

It is the perfect place for people who want to spend time amidst mountains but away from the hustle-bustle of the touristy places. Bhuntar is an old-worldly place running at its own slow pace. 

Distance from Manali: 49 Kms.

Best time: October to May.

Highlights: Visit the ancient Basheshwar Temple from the time of the Pandavas. Amongst the top
Manali tourist places, it is famous for its carved stone architecture.

Another great attraction is the 8
th-century Bijli Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is most visited during the time of Shivratri festivities. Visit the Jagannath Temple located on the top of a hill. 

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  1. Which are the famous places near Manali to visit with friends?

    1. Solang Valley: Located amidst the great views of the majestic Himalayas, Solang Valley welcomes you all around the year. You can visit the valley to enjoy adventurous activities like paragliding, zorbing, skiing, and much more.

    2. Hampta Pass:
    Situated at an altitude of 4,270 m, Hampta Pass presents to you thrilling trekking routes. The most famous among all the treks in the trek to Chandra Tal Lake.

    3. Parvati Valley:
    The meeting point of the river Parvati and Beas, Parvati Valley rewards you with some amazing views of the rivers amidst steep and green hills.

    4. Deo Tibba:
    Gem of the Pir Panjal range, Deo Tibba is a great place and famous for its trekking trails. You will encounter an exotic range of flora and fauna during your trek.

    5. Gulaba:
    A small village in Himachal Pradesh, Gulaba attracts tourists because of its beautiful views, adventure activities, and snow-capped mountains.
  2. Which are the places to visit near Manali for couples?

    1. Shimla: The abundance of activities that you can take part in Shimla with your partner makes it a highly sought-after destination for the couples. You can try paragliding, trekking, river rafting, or you can also take a lazy stroll along the town and make some unforgettable memories with your partner.

    2. Kheerganga: Engage in trekking this place along with your partner and get the chance to admire nature together. The serenity that the place exudes and the glorious view of nature cannot be compared.

    3. Naggar: Rustic vibes, the unique mixture of architectural styles, and the unadulterated beauty of nature await for you and your partner here. This is the perfect place to know each other and make some beautiful memories.

    4. Gulaba: This enrapturing village named after Raja Gulab Singh, offers you a great opportunity to spend some much-needed time with your partner. You can also engage in outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, paragliding, etc.
  3. Which are the places to visit near Manali in June?

    1. Solang Valley: The pleasant weather along with the blooming nature makes June the best time to visit Solang Valley. It is a prime hotspot for adventure junkies.

    2. Kunzum Pass: With the chances of snow blocking the road to Kunzum Pass extremely low in June, this mountain pass offers the magnificent view of ChandraBhaga Range, Bara Shigri glacier, and the Spiti Valley.

    3. Parvati Valley: Located on the confluence of River Beas and River Parvati, this glorious valley offers a stunning visual of nature in June.

    4. Marhi: Warm weather in June allows you the opportunity to trek across this beautiful snow-capped valley.
  4. Which are the places to visit near Manali in December?

    1. Hampta Pass: Trekking across the Hampta Pass in December will provide you with an ethereal sight of the lofty mountain peaks. The view of the breathtaking glaciers and stunning meadows will leave you stunned.

    2. Kullu: Kullu, amidst the snowfall in December, is a magnificent sight. You can indulge in adrenaline-rushing outdoor activities like trekking, camping, river rafting, or you can also visit the ancient Hindu Temples like Bijli Mahadev Temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, etc.

    3. Gauri Shankar Temple: The cool weather of December is the best time to visit the Gauri Shankar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the architectural beauty of the temple will leave you awe-struck.

    4. Beas Kund: Snowfall and the ethereal beauty of nature that can be seen in December increase the charisma of Beas Kund. The origin point of the River Beas is simply mesmerizing, and you can also camp and trek if you want to satisfy your adrenaline thirst.
  5. Which are the places to visit near Manali in May?

    1. Rohtang Pass: The warm temperature in May is the perfect time to visit Rohtang Pass. With an altitude of about 3978m, it is a great place to trek, especially for the experienced ones.

    2. Bhrigu Lake: Named after the Maharishi Bhrigu, this glacial lake offers a resplendent sight in June. The considerably warm temperature is perfect for trekking.

    3. Sethan: Located at an altitude of about 2600 m, this quaint little town, offers the opportunity to camp and trek amidst thin snow layers.

    4. Malana: Rich culture and unique lifestyle have made Malana quite prominent. The ethereal view of nature in May is simply amazing.
  6. Which are the best places near Manali to visit with family?

    1. Kullu: Settled along the river Beas, Kullu is a small hill town famous for its temples and forests of Pine and Deodar. Also, you can enjoy various adventure activities like rock climbing, river rafting, etc in the hill town too.

    2. Shimla:
    The former summer capital of British India, Shimla houses some amazing colonial houses and monuments. Also, The Mall Road of the hill station is the center of attraction where you can buy various local handicrafts from.

    3. Dehradun:
    Located in the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is famous for some colonial structures like Ghanta Ghar and Paltan Bazaar. Also, Mindrolling Monastery is a great tourist place to go to.

    4. Great Himalayan National Park:
    Spread over an area of 1,171 KM square, Great Himalayan National Park houses around 31 species of mammals, 181 species of birds, and 3 species of reptiles.
  7. Which are the best activities to do in Manali?

    Manali is a true paradise for those who wish to get close to the magical snowy hills, With a vast bucket of things to do in Manali, a trip to this alluring hillock will definitely be a memorable one.

    Skiing In Manali Solang Nallah Flat 23% Off
    2. Bhrigu Lake Trek at Flat 18% Off
    3. Paragliding In Kullu Manali, Flat 13% Off
    4. Adventure Camp In Manali With Rafting, Flat 17% Off
    5. Downhill Cycling In Manali Flat 23% Off
  8. What are the best short treks in Manali?

    Looking for a break from your dreary lifestyle with a short outing in the Himalayas. Check out the list of best short treks in Manali  starting from Rs 1000/-, for a thrilling trekking experience.

    Trek to Lamadugh with Camp Stay starting from Rs 1,790
    2. Trek to Bijli Mahadev starting from Rs 1000
    3. Bhrigu Lake Trek starting from Rs 5,299
    4. Chanderkhani Pass Trek starting from Rs 9,900

  9. Which is the best place in Manali?

    Some of the best places to visit in Manali are:
    - Solang valley
    - Hadimba temple
    - Rohtang Pass
    - Beas Kund Trek
    - The great Himalayan national park
    - Vashisht baths
    - Hampta pass trek
    These locations are the most popular sites visited by tourists who enjoy them thoroughly.
  10. How many days are enough in Manali?

    To explore Manali, 3-4 days are more than enough. If you want to cover the important landmarks and sites, it is advisable to book a pre-planned tour with a proper itinerary for you.
  11. Which is the best time to visit Manali?

    The best time to visit Manali is during its winter season between October and February. If you want to experience chilly winds and snowfall, then this is the time when the snow is thick. Most of the times the temperature goes below zero degrees Celsius. Summers is not recommended and lasts from March until June.
  12. What is famous in Manali?

    On your visit to Manali, you can enjoy tasks like river rafting, paragliding, skiing, trekking, camping and zorbing. The places especially the Rohtang pass and various activities like snow-based rides are extremely famous amongst tourists. The yak ride is also pretty famous, and don't forget to eat Maggi while you are snow-playing on the mountains.
  13. Is Manali safe for tourists?

    Manali is very safe to visit. One has to ensure they take the necessary precautions and do not go against any restrictions put by the local authorities. It is highly advisable to avoid the region in the rainy season else it is safe, provided you follow a few guidances.
  14. What should I buy from Manali?

    Manali is very famous for shopping and a variety of things can be bought here like:
    - Himalayan handicrafts
    - Woollens
    - Kinnauri and Kullu shawls
    - Prayer wheels
    - Kullu caps
    - Thangkas
    - Dorjes
  15. What are the best Himachal treks that we can book with Thrillophilia?

    Here is the list of the best Himachal Pradesh Treks that you can book with Thrillophilia:
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