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13 Things to do in Manali

Published on 14 Apr 2021

13 Things to do in Manali

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan town set on the Beas River in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. A pearl pick for tourist attraction and a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Manali sightseeing spots are endless!

It’s a snowy gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. Also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, Rohtang Pass. These are a few adventure activities in Manali to experience.

The best time to visit Manali would be March to September

If you are a winter fanatic, then head over to the snow-covered hill ranges of Manali!

Without any further ado, let us look at what to explore in Manali-

River Rafting in Manali

This one is for all who seek adventure in the lap of ice-cold rivers! Gear up in your life jackets and experience rafting in Manali and wallop on the electrifying currents of River Beas.

The whiter river rafting is a water sport open to the newbies and the pros. So, check with your experience provider and select the level fit for you. Sit tight and enjoy the raft because fun is guaranteed! 

Location: Manali

Yak rides in Solang Valley

An activity enjoyed by all and hated by none is the Yak rides in the Solang Valley. There are no ifs and buts when visiting the Solang Valley during a Manali tour!

Not only do you get to ride around the picturesque valley but also shop here and there during your Yak tour and click install-groovy photos. One of the most sought Manali attractions is Yak rides.

Location: Solang Valley, Manali

Hot Water Baths at Manikaran

One of the religious centers in Manali, Manikaran, offers sulfur baths to its tourists, which is believed to heal injuries like muscle pain and rheumatism. A fine tourist attraction in Manali, legends tell the tale that this sanctimonious site was built by Shri Guru Nanak Devji and his disciple Bhai Mardana.

Sit for the sacred langar inside the Gurudwara and dip in the natural hot springs of Manikaran, famed for its healing power! 

Location: Manikaran, Manali

Mountain Biking

An activity not for the faint but brave hearts! 

An emerging sport in India, Mountain Biking in Manali, has to be on all the thrill-seekers bucket list. 

Remember to do your research and find the mountain biking trails in harmony with the highest and best peaks of Manali and your comfort zone. 

Be safe and fun with your bike trips engulfed by nature!

Manali Winter Carnival

An upbeat carnival in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, celebrated at the dawn of New Year, is a must-visit Manali tourist place. Stalls of colorful food, a myriad of musical shows, and vibrant dancers set the mood for any tourist visiting Manali!

Manali Winter Carnival is a cultural delight for the eyes and taste of its travelers. Definitely comes under the list of things to see in Manali!

Location: Mall Road, Manali

Experience Zorbing and Paragliding in Khajjar

Unwind to adventures in Manali by choosing Paragliding and Zorbing! 

One would make you tumble down the hilly ranges of Khajjar, Manali, and the other rocket you over them.

These are the top-notch activities to do in Manali when searching for rip-roaring things to do in Kullu Manali. 

Head to Khajjar and treat yourself to the aesthetics of a ‘mini Switzerland surrounded by glimmering River Beas and lush green meadows, and sky-high peaks!

Location: Khajjar, Manali

Trekking in Manali

The high mountain terrains and country-wide connectivity make Manali the ideal trek spot for trekkers! Known for the base point for starting a trek deep into the Himalayan Manali, is bustling with diverse trek routes to embark such as-

  • The ever-famous trekking expedition to Hampta Pass
  • Pin Parvati Pass Trek
  • Deo Tibba Base Trek
  • Chandratal Lake Trek
  • Trekking at Bhirgu Lake
  • Hike to Beas Kund (the ideal and shortest trek to the Himalayas)

Once you make it to the top, the Manali trekking fever is never going to leave!

Attend Losar Festival

An offbeat thing to do in Manali is attending the Losar Festival, the new year of Tibetians, falling in January/February. It is 3-day festivity aplomb by culture rituals and radiant staged dance dramas, the dance of the Ibex deer, and lots of music, dance, and revelry for the people.

On the 3rd day, a breath-taking procession called Methi parades the Tibetan colonies of Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Strut over to Rohtang Pass