When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang. 14 kilometers on the north west of the main town of Manali, Solang is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.
During winters, as the valley is covered with snow, skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers, it is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this valley, while here.
When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometers from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck.
To just curl up on your seat in the car as it begins to chill with every increasing metre on the altitude scale and gaze outside at the mesmerizing beauty of nature is absolute bliss. The pass is an experience of nature in one of its rawest forms possible, amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes and views.
Hadimba temple, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is a peaceful place surrounded by towering deodar trees. The temple is dedicated to Hidimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the five Pandava prince from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. The main attraction of the temple is the three day Hidimba Devi Festival, which attracts devotees from all over the world and features colourful folk dance performances.
Also known as the Dhoongri Temple for being located inside the Dhoongri forest, The temple is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground. The temple has a four-tiered, Pagoda shaped roof and its doorway is engraved with legendary figures and symbols. Inside the temple, there is a 3 inch tall brass image representing goddess Hadimba Devi. There’s also a shrine which is dedicated to Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hadimba, located about 70 metres from the temple. One can buy some beautiful, warm Himachali shawls from the nearby market. Also, the temple is located mere 2.5 kms away from Manali, a beautiful hill station.
While most temples will leave you spiritually rejuvenated, there are a few where you can take a dip into hot water springs and baths, which leave you refreshed and maybe even healthier.
Situated 6 kms away from Manali, these are natural springs accompanied by beautiful sandstone temples. The government has made arrangements for separate bathing areas for men and women. The water in these natural springs contains medicinal properties that are believe to cure skin diseases. This area is surrounded by hundreds of small shops from where you can buy souvenirs and religious merchandise.
Manikaran is a small town situated between rivers Parvati and Beas, famous for its hot water springs and beautiful landscapes. The town has a famous Gurudwara called Manikaran Sahib and it is frequented by Sikhs from all over the country.
There are many small temples in the town as well making it a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus too.
Manu temple is said to be the only temple of Manu in India, who is believed to be the creator of human race. This Pagoda style of structure offers quite a glimpse into history, spirituality as well as a fascinating style of architecture.
Also find here a breathtaking view surrounded by mountains and valleys, only making the simple and modest trek to the temple more enjoyable.
Hampta Pass, situated in the Manali region of the Himachal Pradesh, serves as one of the most convenient and enjoyable treks. Laden with pristine form of nature, the trail comprises of dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows and panoramic landscape.
A perfect trek for beginners, the place is easy to access and the adventurous experience of crossing the pass is simply exhilarating. Unlike most of the trek, this one begins from Manali town and not from a remote village. Chandratal, a crystal clear lake perched at high altitude is the highlight of the trip and a rare sight to behold. A trip of about 4-5 days, Hampta Pass trek in the lap of Himalayas is one of the exciting trips that will leave you in complete awe.
Chandratal Baralacha Trek
Chandratal Baralacha is a perfect trek destination steeped with all the right elements such as nature?s beauty, enough challenges to be thrilling and tranquility. Perched at an altitude of 4,300 meters, it is one of the high altitude lakes in Himalayan region. Located on the Samudra Plateau of Spiti Valley, the most delightful sight of sunset gleaming upon the turquoise waters of the lake, pristine landscape, mountain passes, several gushing streams, verdant meadows, the gush of colourful orchards and exotic wildlife make this trip an unforgotten experience to cherish forever.
The lake also serves as the source of Chandra River, which is a major tributary of River Chenab.
The second part of the trek, Baralacha nestled at 4,890 m above the sea level, is situated on the Leh-Manali Highway. This pass, connecting the Spiti, Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul Regions, is one of the high altitude motorable passes. The trail it passes through is quite enticing comprising of varied terrains, from lush green valleys and dense cover of forests of Kullu valley to barren lands of Spiti and tiny quaint villages dwelling various sects of Indo-Tibetans. Offering surprises at almost every nook and corner, Chandratal Baralacha Trek serves as one of the popular alpine treks in Himachal Pradesh, which is a paradise for trekkers, photographers and nature buffs.
Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek
Cradled in the lap of Himalayan Mountains in Himachal Pradesh, Deo Tibba trek is steeped with the richness of the nature and stunning landscapes. It is a spectacular trail passing through series of grazing pastures of Gaddi shepherds.
The pristine blue waters of the Chandratal Lake flanked by the stunning Deo Tibba peak (6,001 m) and its huge hanging glaciers offer magnificent views. The place blessed with deep gorges, lush green valley dusted with golden hue, misty woods, gushing icy rivers, meadows blooming with flowers, majestic snow clad peaks, pristine glaciers and bewitching lakes is a paradise for trekkers. The enticing view of several snow capped mountains such as Indrasan (6220 m), Inderkilla (6000 m) etc. haunt trekkers with a unique experience. Manali being the starting point of the trek leads the way to Deo Tibba through verdant and thick forest of Pine, Fur, Oak and Cedar, along with meadows strewn with wild flowers & meandering streams. With plenty of opportunities to explore the mysterious glaciers and moraine in this part of the Himalayas, adventure awaits you at the Deo Tibba Base Camp trek.
Manali is the hub of adventure activities in Himachal Pradesh. From white river rafting to trekking opportunities to zorbing to horse-riding to skiing to paragliding, Manali has everything to offer.