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11 Best Things To Do In Manali, India (Updated) - Updated 2020

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A high-altitude Himalayan resort town, Manali is situated in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It is generally known as a honeymoon destination and it is a great place for adventure lovers who love to ski, paraglide, go river rafting and much more.

These are some of the best things to do, that shouldn’t be missed, on your next trip to Manali:

1. A hot water bath at Manikaran

Manikaran Hot Water Spring

If you are going to Manali, you shouldn’t miss this stop, because nothing is better than a lavish hot water bath at Manikaran. This place is situated in Parvati Valley, 45 km (28 miles) from Kullu. The gripping thing about this place is that the spring comes to the surface with some pressure. It is a pilgrimage site, especially for Sikhs and Hindus and people believe that the springs of Manikaran have healing powers. Muscle pain and rheumatism are said to be cured quickly, by taking a hot water bath, here.

Hot water bath at Manikaran

Address: Manali, Kullu, India.

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2. Hidimba Devi Temple (145 USD)

Hidimba Devi Temple

Hidimba Devi Temple, also known as the Dhungiri Temple, is one of the most famous and religious temples in Manali. This four story, wooden temple is situated in the middle of the Dhungiri Van Vihar forest and is dedicated to Devi Hidimba, a character from the Mahabharata. A large number of people come here, not just for prayers but also to witness the beauty manifested in the construction of this temple.

Hidimba Devi Temple

Address: Hadimba Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradeshress

Manali Culture Experience Guided Day Tour from Kullu

Price: 145 USD

Duration: 5 hours

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3. Solang Valley

Solang Valley
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The Solang Valley is an ideal place for adventure sports, such as zorbing, parachuting, skating and paragliding. It is also loved by skiers, because of its fantastic slopes. The snow on the slopes evaporates during the summer, resulting in the ideal ground for zorbing, where visitors can be tossed down the hill, inside an unbreakable, bouncy ball. The Solang Valley is perfect for adventure lovers and for those who want to lose themselves in an assortment of exciting activities.

Solang Valley

Address: Manali, India

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4. Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass
Source: Wikimedia

Rohtang Pass is also known as the Snow Point of Manali and a large number of people come to visit this place. In the winter, the mountains of the Rohtang Pass are completely covered in snow and it is closed from October until May. After the winter, the pass becomes the best place for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. This is a must-visit place if you want to enjoy nature and spend quality time, together.

Rohtang Pass

Address: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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5. Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Manali Wildlife Santuary
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The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is located only 2 km (1.2 miles) away from Manali and is a natural paradise. Spread over a huge area of 3,000 hectares (7,413.2 acres), it is full of lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. Here, you will experience the sights and sounds of beautiful, colorful birds and exotic flora and fauna. This place is heaven for birdwatchers and shutterbugs and a plenitude of treecreepers, kingfishers and kokla, are the most commonly found species.

Manali Wildlife Santuary

Website: Manali Wildlife Santuary

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6. Tibetan monasteries

Tibetan Monastery
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In Kullu, Manali, you will find a large Tibetan population and their monasteries, which are a testimony to their spiritual beliefs and traditions. These monasteries are a sign of the development and history of the Tibetan people, in Manali. The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa are very well-known monasteries, here and there is also the Tibetan Handicraft Center, where visitors can find many traditional gifts.

Tibetan Monasteries

Address: Gompa Rd, Siyal, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali Culture Experience Guided Day Tour from Kullu

Duration: 5 hours

7. Get a tattoo in Old Manali

Get inked
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

One should definitely leave Manali with lifelong memories and some fun loving and trendy people make sure this is guaranteed by choosing to get inked here. Old Manali is full of tattoo parlors and quaint cafes. Go to the cafe, spend some time alone with yourself and get the tattoo of your choice!

Old Manali

Address: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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8. Zorbing and paragliding in Khajjiar

Khajjiar
Source: Wikipedia

Khajjiar is known as the ‘Mini Switzerland” of India and the feeling you get when visiting is more than just being in paradise. The fresh air, in the lap of nature, is beyond amazing and it’s also an area known for its adventure activities. Zorbing is one of the most popular activities in Khajjiar, where you can experience rolling down the hill, in a huge unbreakable and transparent plastic ball - it will make anybody’s world go round and the green slopes of Khajjiar are the perfect place to perform this activity. Don’t worry if you are a bit scared, the guides will take care of you and you can even zorb with a friend or loved one!

You can also paraglide in Khajjiar, a perfect place due to its open space and high altitude.

Zorbing and Paragliding in Khajjar

Address: Khajjar, Manali

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9. Rafting in Kullu (10 USD)

White Water Rafting in River Beas

Kullu is a broad, open valley, formed by the River Beas, the river between Manali and Largi. Rafting in Manali, in the icy cold water, is totally a heart racing experience. The River Beas is at its strongest here and the valley is famous for its 14 km (8.7 mile) stretch of white water, perfect for rafting! The rafting activity is done with a trained guide for safety purposes and you’re guaranteed a thrilling experience. The best time for white water rafting in Kullu is in June.

Rafting in Kullu

Address: Kullu, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

White Water River Rafting in Kullu Manali

Price: 10 USD

Duration: 45 minutes

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10. Ride a yak in the Solang Valley

Yak
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Riding a yak is a top rated activity in the Solang Valley and a great way to explore the area and take some photos. The route through the Solang Valley is full of great places to stop and so many people enjoy taking this journey, by yak.

Ride a yak in the Solang Valley

Address: Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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11. Ski & snowboarding day trips at the Rohtang Pass and Patalsu

Rohtang pass - Manali

Get ready for an exhilarating day of skiing and snowboarding on the mountains of the Rohtang Pass and Patalsu. One should definitely work up the guts to take in some skiing or snowboarding from these superior locations. Food, like the all time favorite Maggi, is available at the to, so you can enjoy a hot, soupy, vegetable-filled bowl, after your adventure. Make sure to ask your partner or friends to take some amazing photographs of you, doing these activities.

Ski & Snowboard Day Trips at Rohtang Pass and Patalsu

Address: Rohtang, Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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Have an exciting journey in Manali...

Now that you know about the best things to do in Manali, what are you waiting for? This is the perfect time to go on a trip to Manali and take in all of these activities. Head back home after your trip with some amazing memories for your travel diary!

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