THINGS TO DO IN MANALI
Manali is a scenic hills station and offers a varied mix of entertainment options for tourists of all kinds. Manali offers some very unique attractions that leaves the tourists want for more and very often they plan for a repeat visit to this enchanting hill station.
Sightseeing: Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Vashisht Temple and the Hot Water Springs, the 800 year old Gauri Shankar Temple with its Shikara style architecture along with the Naggar Castle offer interesting sightseeing destinations. The Van Vihar Park on the banks of the Beas River has some giant deodar trees to offer and a beautiful artificial lake and is a popular sojourn for young and old alike. Jatasukh Temple offers a rich insight to the local life and also has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Anjan Gufa is located in the hills adjacent to Prini Village and is a place of interest. Gulaba is a favourite haunt for tourists on the way to Rohtang Pass. The waterfalls of Jana and Jogini are also known for their exquisite beauty as they tumble down from among lush green vegetation of the mountain slopes. When you visit the Jamula Temple, you can also get a peek at the picturesque Village of Malana.
Trekking: Hampta Pass trek amidst snow-clad gorgeous Himalayas cliffs and rocks, virgin white frozen beauty of the ravines and canyons that you reach after a languorous trek across mountain forests, dales and barren rugged lands is purely magnificent.
Paragliding: Solang valley in Manali offers excellent chance to soar high among the fresh mountain air and have a bird-eye view of the hill paradise spread below. Feel the lightness of air, fly free as a bird and feel the adrenalin rush of the excitement of adventure sports.
Hiking: Hiking to Beas Kund for a breath-taking view of the Pir Panjal Ranges, and the magical view of the glacial Beas Lake with melting snows from where the Beas River emerges make for an ideal hike.
Trekking: Trekking to Brigu lake is an exciting adventure for enthusiastic tourists and travellers. It is frozen lake surrounded by icy Himalayan ranges and offers spellbound beauty and tranquillity. The Chandratal Lake trek is also very famous for its spellbinding natural aura and calls for a blissful trek amidst a grand natural artistry. A trek to the Deo Tibba base camp offers scintillating view of the Dhauladhar ranges.
Zorbing: Zorbing is a great option in the undulating hilly terrain in and around Manali. It is fun and equally attractive for children as well as adults. While you get into the orb and the ball is pushed downhill you will feel a sudden burst of excitement and thrill.
Sulphur bath and hot water spring: Manikaran is an interesting and unique place that attracts a lot of religiously devout people. It is situated somewhere between Kullu and Manali. As people bath in the sulphur waters they expect to get rid of several skin allergies and joint pains. It is considered a natural therapy and the healing powers of waters are popular among the masses.
Shopping: Shopping for handicrafts, utensils, clothes, fashion accessories, crockery, footwear, woollens and various other everyday needs is a fun activity in Manali.
Attend the festivities: Manali has a famous winter carnival. It is fun-filled milieu of cultural fests, food fests, handicrafts display, sports, activities, skiing competition, folk music and dances, street plays and much more. Hadimba Devi Fair dedicated to Devi Hadimba is held in the temple premises is very popular among the locals. People flock from far and near to attend the celebrations and fanfare. Lossar Festival is dominated by masked dances and a vibrant collection of other folk performances.