“Main udna chahta hun, daudna chahta hun. Girna bhi chahta hun. Bas, rukna nahi chahta”. Let us show you some places to see in Manali to explore and feel that magic.
We all felt the idea of travel when Bunny, aka Kabir Thapar, said those lines. We all have fantasized about that trip to Manali with our best friends, Love, or family. Check out the video below of our Journey from Jaipur to Manali.
This is one of those things on many people’s checklists and is still unchecked. We all have those traits, a wanderer, a companion, a first-timer, a seeker, and we want to be somewhere.
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The Pristine Old Manali
The Old City is located 6589 feet above sea level and 3 km uphill from Manali. Old Manali, a quiet settlement, lays beneath a valley with extensive coverage of apple orchards. Manalsu River divides Manali into Old Manali and New Manali.
A bridge leads to the Old Manali. Compared to New Manali, it is cleaner and less crowded, thereby inducing a lot of travelers to visit this beautiful place more often than New Manali. The site has preserved the old pahadi culture.
The serenity of Old Manali is unique. The rustling leaves of eucalyptus, meandering roads, gushing waters of the Kullu river, and splendid hills make it the perfect natural retreat.
Offering a variety of food and good music by local musicians, the place has a lot of cafes, ideal for spending the evenings. The sunrise and sunsets here are spellbinding, and you will surely admire the vibes of this place.
Old Manali is also famous for its Hidimba temple. Hidden in the lap of mother nature, this is a destination to experience the pure beauty of Himachal Pradesh.
Check out my friend’s cafe by the name of Club Nirvana in old Manali. This place is a must-visit as the food is awesome with good music and great ambiance. This is our number one on the list of places to see in Manali.
Manali Club House is one of the best places to see in Manali
The Manaslu river, which divides Manali into Old and New Manali, is a tributary of Beas. The Clubhouse is by its banks, administered by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC). It provides for various recreational activities, Foodcourt, and Market. It is one of those places which are best for families to enjoy.
The place offers Indoor games, entertainment, and recreational activities. There is a restaurant where delicious local and international cuisines are served along. This place also has an auditorium, library, and video game center.
This place is a relief for kids and has indoor games like billiards, skating, etc.
Adventurous tourists can indulge in a river crossing and zip lining here. Besides recreational activities, tourists can also shop in the Government-owned Shops at the Club House, which sell beautiful local handicrafts at decent rates.
This is our second one on the list of places to see in Manali.
Hidimba Temple: One of the best places to see in Manali
Belonging to the asura clan, Hidimba was the sister of Hidimb. She took an oath that she would marry the person who would kill her asura brother. While Pandavas were in exile, Bheem killed Hidimb and married Hidimba. They were blessed with a son named Ghatotkach.
This temple is surrounded by gorgeous coniferous forests. This beautiful temple is built in rock and is said to be in the image of goddess Hidimba herself. Check out the complete history here.
Dhungari Temple, as the locals call it, The construction style of the Hidimba Devi temple is entirely different from any of the other temples. It has wooden doorways, walls, and a cone-shaped roof. This is our number third on the list of places to see in Manali.
This temple is number 3rd on the list of places to see in Manali.
The Manu Rishi Temple
Manu Temple is a splendid temple dedicated to Sage Manu, located in the mesmerizing valley of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India. The name Manali comes from Manu-Alaya(The abode of Manu), also considered the origination of the Human race.
The temple is situated in the Beas River Valley, in Kullu District, about 275 kilometers north of Shimla. It has been a favorite spot among tourists for many years, and travelers come here seeking peace and to be spiritually enlightened.
One notices the bliss around the beautiful Manu Temple as one explores the region. Absorb the serenity as you breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the pleasant greenery around.
The Manu Temple is the only holy shrine dedicated to King Manu, who later was called Manu Rishi. The temple is a pagoda structure that offers a glimpse into history and spirituality through its fascinating architecture. This is our number 4 on the list of places to see in Manali.
This place is number 4th on our list of places to see in Manali.
Explore the adventurer in you at Jogini Waterfalls – Best places to see in Manali
Jogini Waterfall is a serene waterfall located in the beautiful Valley of Manali. It is around 3 kilometers away from the town and about 2 kilometers away from Vashisht Temple. Check out Cafe Babushka where we stayed which is just walking distance from Jogini waterfall.
Vashishtha temple serves as the base camp for the Jogini waterfall. The trek takes around 30-45 minutes to cover. It provides a spectacular view as there are a lot of brooks and deodar trees. This is a sacred spot to the locals, and there is a Jogini Mata temple on the base.
One could follow one of the many ways to the waterfall or just follow the sound of the waterfall. The heavenly place is loved by nature lovers as the journey also provides a view of the town and Beas river alongside the snow-capped peaks of Rohtang.
It is also famous as a romantic spot and a picnic spot. Trek hats anyway. We loved the journey up there. Jogini water is our number 5th on the list of places to see in Manali.
Jogini waterfall is number 5th on our list of places to see in Manali.
This is where peace is: Sethan Village
Sethan village is a place situated in Himachal Pradesh. Around 12 km from Manali, this tiny Hamlet is a Buddhist village and offers views of the Dhauladhar range. This place provides Boulder sports in summers, and Igloo stays in winters.
The place also has Pandu rupa nearby, Pandavas’ abode in exile. This is a small natural cave and is where Pandavas are cultivated.
This village is number 6th on the list of places to see in Manali.
The mysterious palace of Naggar
Naggar is home to the Naggar Castle, near Manali. This place has some historical significance and is situated with magical hills and the clear and pure Beas Rives flowing alongside.
This place was once the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. The Castle shows a fine blend of European and traditional Himalayan architecture. With a built-in hearth to keep the place warm, beautifully built staircases, and incredible wood and stonework, the Castle is a must-visit when one is staying in Manali.
The Castle is now converted into a beautiful heritage hotel for stays. Naggar has a famous folk art museum and a hot water spring that tourists should not forget to visit.
Nagar is number 7th on the list of places to see in Manali.
Celebrate Life in Solang Valley
Solang is one of the two essentials, Rohtang pass while traveling to Manali. It is one of the most sought tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, located just 14 kilometers to the northwest of Manali.
While going upwards to Rohtang, the valley is on the way while traveling from Manali. It is flooded by many tourists every year. This provides many adventure activities like paragliding, zorbing, and skiing in winters. One can also train professionally from the mountaineering institute.
If one could praise this journey, he would surely remember the lines.
“Safar Khoobsurat hai Manzil se bhi”
One must not forget to visit the Solang village alongside the valley. It looks into the pahadi life and how survival goes in the mountains. The people here are really warm-hearted and welcoming.
Solang valley is number 8th on our list of places to see in Manali.
Welcome Inner Peace in Kothi Village
In the foothills of Rohtang pass, around 15 km away from the Manali town, is Kothi, a quaint village.
It is a perfect camping destination, so it draws tourists for adventurous and recreational activities from all across the world. This place provides majestic views of nature’s pure beauty and thus can enchant travelers.
It serves as the base camp for most trekkers to Rohtang pass. Picturesque panorama of the place might render a person wonderstruck!
It has also been a source of many artists like musicians, poets, and painters, which offers a lot. The region also receives snowfall during winters, is serene, and is not flooded with many tourists, if that is what you are seeking.
This village is number 9th on our list of places to see in Manali.
Jab We Met Vibes at Rohtang Pass
One of India’s most beautiful mountain passes, Rohtang pass connects Kullu with Lahaul and Spiti, the cold desert area. When one travels to the pass, the awestruck traveler might come across snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, brooks, temperature drops as the height increases, and landscapes change from excellent to magnificent.
One needs to cross the Rohtang pass by car, and they need a special permit for it. Check out the video and the article that I created for permits to Rohtang and beyond till Ladakh. Check terms and conditions for Rohtang permits aka Inner line Permits (ILP) including the fees.
One can apply for the pass online to travel through, valid for 24 hours, to and fro. So, one needs to plan ahead of time.
A day off to the vista point of Rohtang Pass is one of the most important attractions of the itinerary. Due to its natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favorite among the community of film directors.
Many blockbusters ranging from ‘Jab We Met’ to ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ have been shot here. A peculiar fact behind the place’s name is that it was named so because many people working in CBRE died while trying to cross this treacherous stretch.
Adventurous activities offered here are skiing, sled ride, mountain biking, and tire drop. As it can get a bit rough, one must take proper care. Gear for these activities is available for a reasonable rent.
Rohtang is number 10th on our list of places to see in Manali.
The next travelers’ paradise: Sissu
Situated right beside the right bank of the Chandra river, the place is known as Khwaling, Sissu in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh. Driving out of the Northern End of the Rohtang/Atal Tunnel, which brings one into Sissu, It is set up amidst the high peaks like the Gyephang Goh.
Palden Lhamo Dhar, the famous waterfall, is why this place attracts many people here. This place also serves as the main town for many adjacent villages, including Labrang. The latter is a Buddhist Gompa(religious building), also known as Labrang Gompa, and is open to visitors. There are tea stalls for refreshments and hotel stays for staying at the place. Oddly, the site also has a helipad.
Sissu is number 11th on our list of places to see in Manali.
Hampta Pass trek is where you go looking for your soul
Hampta Pass is situated in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most convenient yet enjoyable treks. There is a spectacular panorama while trekking up as it is Laden with a pristine form of nature. The trail comprises dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows, and panoramic landscapes.
It is a perfect trek for beginners. This place is easily accessible, and the adventurous experience of crossing the pass is simply breathtaking. Unlike most hikes, this one begins from Manali town and is not remote.
Chandratal, a crystal clear splendid lake perched at high altitude, highlights the trip and is a rare sight to behold. Check out the lake below.
A journey of about 4-5 days, the Hampta Pass trek in the lap of the Himalayas is one of the exciting trips that will leave you in complete awe.
Hampta is number 12th on our list of places to see in Manali.
A popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, located on the banks of the Beas river, is Kullu which is associated with its twin town Manali. People who come to Manali generally visit Kullu too. Kullu is famous for its ancient temples, rafting, and festival of Dussehra.
Kullu is the gateway to destinations like Manikaran, Kasol, Malana, Naggar. It is based at the Bhuntar airport, the nearest airport in the area and has Raghunath temple, Jagganath Devi temple in the vicinity. It originates from many treks like Bijli Mahadev Trek, Parvati valley trek, etc. Check out the video of the Bijli Mahadev trek that I did a few years back.
The town is between the Greater and Lower Himalayan ranges and is abundant with apple orchards. It is famous for rafting which starts from Prini village, 4km away from the town center. It is a paradise for nature’s village providing fantastic views.
Kullu is number 13th on our list of places to see in Manali.
Enjoy Nature at Bhrigu Lake
Named after Maharishi Bhrigu, the Hindu saint who worshipped near the lake, this place is 40 kilometers away from Manali. Bhrigu Lake is a lake situated at a high altitude in the district of Kullu.
East of the Rohtang pass takes 6 km from Gulaba village to reach here and can also be traced on the trek from the Vashishth temple uphill.
A striking feature is that the lake never freezes, not even in spine freezing winters. Locals believe the legend that this is the effect of Maharishi Bhrigu’s penance that this place was rendered sacred, and thus the water never freezes.
As one climbs up the hill on this trek, they come across beautiful meadows called Bhrigu Lake meadows which are not known to many people. The traveler feels an entirely different nation here as these alpine meadows are commonly found in countries like Switzerland. It provides peace to those seeking escape from the mundane city life and traffic noise.
People visiting here set a camp near the lake and spend some breather time with buddies and family while touring the lake. During the tourist season, the region sports a clear blue sky during the day.
The sun’s gentle warmth during a sunny day makes the stroll delightful. Night skies are a unique treat for campers and night gazers.
Brighu Lake is number 14th on the list of places to see in Manali.
The bliss at Manikaran will leave you feeling blessed
A pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Sikhs, the place has many temples, Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, and hot springs that attract pilgrims and tourists alike. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Kasol along the banks of the Parvati river in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh.
There are hot springs in the region, one inside the gurudwara, and the other two have been privatized. Different areas for men and women are designated at the bathing place.
A dip in the hot spring cures diseases due to the presence of Sulfur in the Water. The water is sufficiently hot to prepare food by directly placing the vessels and pots of rice in water.
Manikaran is number 15th on the list of places to see in Manali.
The Valley of Solace: Parvati Valley
“In my thoughts, I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking”
Famous among the hippie travelers for its Hashish(Charas), Rave parties, this place is said to provide a Spiritual experience. Parvati valley earns its name from the Parvati river situated in Himachal Pradesh. This unique valley is a hotspot for backpacker hangouts and other adventure activities.
Many tributaries contribute to what culminates the Parvati river. It also results in the many beautiful waterfalls on the way. One gets a clear view of the Himalayan mountains involving trekking, camping, and river rafting.
Parvati Valley draws equal amounts of young Indian and international travelers who love to sit back and enjoy the solitude promised in snow-clad mountains.
Parvati valley is number 16th on the list of places to see in Manali.
The adventurer’s cove: Arjuna Gufa
Apple to the eyes of adventure seekers, Arjuna cave, or Ajuna gufa as it is known locally, is located on the side of River Beas and is very close to the serine village of Prini. It is a natural formation and is a favorite picnic spot for people. It is also famous for exploring nature’s creation from the inside.
Mere words are not enough to explain the beauty of the surroundings while trekking up to the cave.
The cave is a narrow path into a hill with no visibility after a point. One has to find their own way inside the cave in the dark using torches or flashlights. The passage is uneven, and it makes the activity more thrilling. After a bit of distance inside, one has to descend to reach the base. Taking around 45 mins. To cover, it is a wholesome thrilling experience.
Arjuna Gufa earns the name from Arjuna, one of the main protagonists Pandav of the Mahabharata, who performed penance by the banks of river Beas inside the cave. Lord Shiva was pleased with his devotion and dedication and blessed him with the Pashupata Astra.
Some people trek up to the cave for spiritual reasons, some seek adventure, some to get away from their fears, and others come here just for fun.
Arjuna Gufa is number 17th on the list of places to see in Manali.
We wonder if you already know about Malana
Malana is one of the oldest democracies globally and is believed to be led by a sage called Jamlu rishi once. The rishi is believed to exist in pre-Aryanic times.
This isolated village rests in the Malana Nala, a side valley of Parvati Valley. It is famous for shadowing Chandrakhani and Deotibba peak views. The place has its own customs and lifestyles. The route to Malana is a trek and is apt for all adventure lovers.
Malana is number 17th on the list of places to see in Manali.
Jamdani temple and the shrine of Renuka Devi are also situated in Malana. The hike to Malana is embellished with lush deodar vegetation along with a slight view of the Malana Dam that energizes trekkers from time and again. Malana has once been a hotspot for drug tourism and is globally famous.
This temple is on number 18th on our list of places to see in Manali
Great Himalayan National Park
The Great Himalayan National Park, a habitat to more than 375 species of fauna, 31 mammals, and 201 species of birds, is located in Tirthan Valley, Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh.
The Great Himalayan National Park received the national park status in 1999. And thus, prior permission is required to visit the National park.
Lush green scenery with Deodar and Oak trees make it more attractive with such animals not found elsewhere easily. The park’s secluded location has made sure that the villages inside the park have a culture of their own. Every town inside has a god of its own. During April, May, August, and September, Fairs are also organized here.
Different levels of trekking can be done at GHNP. Moderate day-long treks to challenging multi-day tours are organized on all the park’s four valleys, including Tirthan, Jwar Nala, Parvati, and Sainj. The tourists must seek prior permission from the park officials for treks held on different days.
This park is on the 19th spot among places to see in Manali.
Summing up places to see in Manali
You might like to in Manali to make your own Yeh Jawani hai Deewani and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. These memories will stay with you till the end. Aur Yaaron ke bina safar ka maza hi kya hai?
So, take that phone! Call your best buddies and plan a trip, Just like that, and welcome to Manali.