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The magnetic town of Manali beckons to the soul of adventurers, nature lovers as well as solace-seekers. Nestled in the Himalayas, in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a charming hill station. A part of the northern end of the Kullu Valley, it is situated by the Beas river at a height of 1,926 m above sea level. Floral meadows, gurgling streams, snow-capped mountains, lofty mountain passes, temples and Buddhist monasteries give this tiny town the allure of a fairy-tale setting. 

One can explore Manali on foot, or try paragliding over its rolling green slopes and apple orchards. If you are coming here in winters, hit Manali's snow-covered slopes for skiing. Adventure enthusiasts also come here for river rafting and trekking. A potpourri of cultures and experiences, Manali is the perfect mountain getaway for everyone.

 Manali also finds a place in the pages of Hindu mythology. It is said that one day, Varvasvata, who was the seventh incarnation of Manu, writer of the ancient text Manusmriti, found a tiny fish in the water he was bathing in. The fish asked him to take care of it as one day it would be of great service to him. He obeyed and took care of the fish until it grew up and then released it into the sea. Before leaving, the fish warned him that a flood would drown the world and advised him to build an ark. When the deluge came, Varvasvata and the seven sages were taken to safety by the fish, who is believed to be the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said that when the water receded, the ark came to rest on a hillside that was later named Manali, after Manu. As the water slowly dried, life and natural beauty came alive again and a breathtaking sight was presented to Varvasvata. 

Trip Ideas


Hadimba Temple

A place of historical and archaeological importance, the Hadimba or Dhoongri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, a figure from the epic Mahabharata. It is among the most prominent temples in Manali that draws tourists both for spiritual reasons and its architectural appeal.

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Manali Mall Road

Known as the heart of Manali, Mall Road is one of the busiest place of this hill station. Studded with hotels, restaurants, local shops, and emporiums throughout the walkway, it is one of the top places to visit in Manali in December.

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Solang Valley

Solang Valley derives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nallah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing.


Old Manali

Old Manali may have the prefix “old”, but it is way more awesome as compared to the main Manali town. While latter is one of the busiest summer destinations in India, the former is a breath of fresh air! Geographically, the only thing that separates Old Manali and Manali is the Beas River but there is a complete change of scene after you cross the river.


Siyali Mahadev

Siyali Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest temples in Manali dedicated to Lord Shiva. Incredibly famous for its architectural beauty, the quaint place of worship is frequently visited by devotees of Lord Shiva. The sight of the temple from afar astounds everyone as they witness this unique structure amidst the beautiful natural landscape of Manali. The rich brown colour of the wooden structure and the flourishing natural vegetation with mesmerizing streams in the background is a captivating sight. The Siyali Mahadev Temple is of immense religious importance to the followers of Hinduism but people belonging to any caste and creed are welcome to explore the architecture and offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The divine vibe of this place of worship cannot be explained in words - one has to traverse to experience it. The tranquil environment maintained around the temple premises amidst mountain peaks, tall pine trees and freshness in the air will calm troubled souls in an instant. The Shivalinga is said to be existing since ancient times. Several important poojas are performed at this temple. There is another smaller temple built behind the Siyali Mahadev Temple. According to a legend, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared on earth from a tree trunk where the smaller temple is now built. One can contact the priest if they wish to perform such poojas here.


Hampta Pass

Hamta Pass is a corridor in the Himalayas, between the Chandra Valley in Lahaul and the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The pass is named after Hamta Village, below Sethan village. Lower Himalayan shepherds use the pass in summer for its high altitude grasslands in the summer, when the desert of Lahaul is barren


Beas Kund

Beas Kund has always been a famous trek around Manali. After all, it takes you right to the source of the river that flows through the town.It is believed that Rishi Vyas, who wrote the Mahabharata took his daily bath in this lake. It’s possible that the term Beas Kund has been derived from Vyas, the sage; and Kund, a lake.


Chandrakhani Pass

Chanderkhani Pass – Lying at an altitude of 3,650 meters, Chanderkhani Pass is perched in the Kullu district of Himachal. It is a great beginner trek because of its easy gradient.This pass acts as a bridge between Kullu and Parvati valley. The starting point is Naggar and before this was the only route to reach Malana village.



One of the most popular destinations amongst backpackers, Kasol is one such place which you cannot ignore during your trip to Manali in December. Kasol is a small village located in the mystical Parvati Valley where travelers can enjoy a peaceful night stay, and relish an experience of riverside camping.



opular for its cannabis plantations, the tranquil village of Tosh is just another example of the unparalleled natural beauty that Himachal Pradesh holds within its bounds. Located at the far end of Parvati Valley, Tosh is untouched by modernisation and fast-paced life. With its gradual terrain and the waters of river Parvati flowing through its bosom, the Tosh Kasol trek is the go-to expedition for all adrenaline junkies. The hippie culture and otherworldly vibe of this village will surely transport you to another world. Tosh has scattered villages across the lush green hills juxtaposed against snow-dusted peaks. Here you can experience the bounty of nature in all its glory, combined with some indigenous as well as exotic experiences. This destination is quite often thronged by visitors from other countries, and you can interact with them and experience their cuisine at local eateries as well. Tosh has become quite popular in recent years due to its proximity to the famous hippie town - Kasol. It is popular among backpackers who are looking for an escape from the humdrum of their chaotic life. People often throng here to practice yoga and meditation in the clean, fresh air and peaceful surroundings. It is mostly visited by backpackers from Isreal and Europe. Tosh is most famous for the trek route here, Kheerganga being the most popular. With every step you take into this quaint village called Tosh, you feel more in love with Himalayan Town!



Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley on river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 1760 m and is located 4 km ahead of Kasol and about 45 km from Kullu and about 35 km from Bhuntar. This small town attracts tourists visiting Manali and Kullu to its hot springs and pilgrim centres. An experimental geothermal energy plant has also been set up here.


Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas and it is one of the Kullu famous places.

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