A Guide To Solang Valley, Manali

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Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, the township of Manali is a picturesque and rustic destination renowned for its snow-capped mountains, cold climate and rich cultural heritage. One of the must-visit areas in Manali, Himachal Pradesh is Solang Valley, an open meadow surrounded by mountain slopes and forested zones. The valley is situated 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Manali and is a year-round tourist magnet, attracting travelers eager for adventure. From paragliding and ballooning in the summertime to skiing during the winter months, the area has plenty to offer. Read on as we explore this beautiful destination in our guide to Solang Valley, Manali.

Things to do

Zorbing at Solang
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Solang Valley is an outdoor adventure paradise all year round. Whether you’re visiting during the warm summer months or when the landscape is covered in snow, there’s plenty to do here.


One of the most thrilling experiences you can experience in Solang Valley during the summer months is paragliding. Nothing beats seeing the valley and its surrounding mountains from up above. There are two jump stations, a lower one from which your paragliding experience will end in a couple of minutes, and one at a higher level, that lasts around seven minutes. The cost of paragliding varies from 8 to 25 USD.


You can explore the valley by car, but if you want to get a sense of its beauty and take in the breathtaking scenery, then you should consider exploring it on foot. There are lots of trails starting in Solang Valley, including Anjani Mahadev Trek, one of the easiest and shortest treks in the area, and Dashir Lake Trek, a moderate challenge that takes you to Dashir Lake, known for its picturesque landscapes and waters with medicinal properties.


A more recent activity, but equally fun and thrilling, zorbing is available year-round in Solang Valley. You’ll be sealed in a huge transparent ball and pushed down a hill covered in grass during the summertime and in snow during the winter months.

Winter sports

Come winter, the snow-capped mountains are the ideal scenery for skiing and snowmobile riding. During January and February, the region usually gets heavy snow, blanketing the entire valley and turning it into the perfect setting for skiing. There are slopes for all skill levels, from the easier slopes for beginners to the more challenging ones on Mt. Phatru, where professional and advanced skiers come to practice their skills. If you’re not into skiing, we recommend trying a snowmobile ride. An instructor will teach you how to operate the vehicle and then you can take it for a short ride on your own.

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What to eat

Indian style pan fried Trout Fish masala from Himalayas
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When in Solang Valley, there are quite a few food options, catering to the different tastes and needs of travelers.

Local cuisines

If you’re a foodie or looking for an authentic experience that is as close to local life as possible, make sure you get a taste of the local cuisine served in the dhabas (roadside restaurants) or Maggi served (packaged ramen noodles sold in India) at local tea stalls in the valley.

Fresh fish

With the Beas River passing through Solang Valley, restaurants in the area always have fresh fish on their menus. We recommend you to try one of the local Himalayan trout fish dishes like trout curry with steamed spinach, trout fish in a butter garlic sauce or trout carpaccio.

International cuisines

There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants in and around Solang Valley that serve a variety of international dishes, especially Italian and French cuisines. Try lasagna, pizza, pâté, mouthwatering desserts and more at these local eateries.

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Travelers tips

View of Solang Valley in Winter
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Best time to visit

Solang Valley is a year-round attraction, but the best times to visit vary according to your interests as the activities available here are seasonal in nature. If you’re a winter sports aficionado, visit Solang Valley during December and January, but expect heavy snowfall and a drop in temperatures. If you’d rather enjoy some warm days in the valley, April, May, June and September are the best months to visit. If you don’t like cold weather, avoid visiting between October and March. It’s best to avoid the monsoon season, between July and August, as well.

Clothing essentials

The location of Solang Valley makes it susceptible to sudden weather changes. So, travelers should always come prepared. The temperatures here can drop in a matter of minutes and the weather can swiftly go from sunny and warm to rainy and cold. Thunderstorms and snowfalls are frequent here, so make sure you bring a waterproof and windproof jacket, even if you’re visiting in the summertime.

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How to get there

Solang Valley Road - Kullu 2014-05-10 2556
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Private cars

Whether you’re traveling from afar or stay closeby, you can drive your own car or a rental one to Solang Valley. If you are considering flying into the area, you should know that the nearest airport is Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar, approximately 63 kilometers (39 miles) from Solang Valley. From the airport, we recommend you rent a car or order a taxi, but be prepared for a two to two-and-a-half-hour drive to the valley.


If you’re looking for the most convenient way to reach Solang Valley from Manali, we recommend you order a taxi. It will take you around half an hour to reach Solang Valley from Manali. The most reputable taxi service providers in Manali are Hello Taxi Manali (+91 9971648734), Bharat Booking Holidays (+91 9816348636) and Ashtvinayak Travels (+91 9816024288).

Public transport

Buses from Manali to Solang Valley are available year-round. There are five buses traveling from Manali to Solang Valley daily – three regular HRTC buses and two electric buses. The bus fare from Manali to Solang Valley are quite affordable too.

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Solang Valley information

Solang Valley ,Manali, Himachal Pardes, India
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Solang Valley

Address: Burwa, Himachal Pradesh 175131, India

Department of tourism: Visit Himachal

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