Things to do in Manali

From beautiful river valleys to stunning snowy peaks, there are many places to visit in Manali which are ideal for a great time amidst nature. The hill town is home to a bundle of picturesque sights and attractions that act as a perfect backdrop a great outing. Wake up to the chirping of birds, try out thrilling adventure sports at Solang, admire the beauty of snow-clad Rohtang, or just enjoy a quiet meal at a riverside café - Manali holidays has everything that guarantees you a memorable time.

Hidimba temple is a beautiful temple, dedicated to Hidimba – the wife of Bhima, and is one of the best places to visit in Manali. The most striking feature of this temple is that it is located in the Dhungri Forest and is surrounded by pine trees. The brass idol of the temple is striking.

Manali also boasts of big Tibetan settlement. The famous Tibetan monasteries – Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, are things to do in Manali that one should not miss.

Nearly 3 km away from the famous Mall Road, the famous Manu Temple tops the points of interest in Manali. Dedicated to Lord Manu, the temple is serene and beautiful.

The Vashisht Temple is famous for its natural hot water spring. The temple is dedicated to Sage Vashisht, and the water spring is said to have medicinal properties. Take a dip in the soothing water to relax.

Rohtang pass lies at a picturesque location with the rivers Beas and Chenab that lies to its southern and northern side. It is famous for great views of the valley and sweeping vistas. Rohtang Pass is a must visit on your Himachal tour package.

Solang Valley is a favourite trekking spot in the region. In summer, it has facilities for paragliding, zorbing, mountain biking and horse riding. In winter, it is used for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. It also hosts a winter skiing festival. You are gifted with stunning views of snow-capped peaks and glaciers from here.

Great Himalayan National Park is a haven for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to more than 375 species of diverse flora and fauna, many of them endangered.

With its quaint roadside stalls and street-market stretches, shopping is enjoyable here. From beautifully-woven shawls to local handicrafts, Manali offers numerous unique souvenirs at relatively cheaper prices. You can get some everything from some amazing souvenirs, clothes, shawls, woollens, handicrafts, rugs, woollen caps, jewellery, to wooden furniture and books at the Mall Road and Old Manali Market.

Manali's Tibetan Market is great to pick up some Tibetan artefacts and souvenirs. Known for its hand-woven carpets, intricately designed rugs, shawls and other woollen apparels, the market offers an interesting peek into Tibetan culture. If you decide to explore the inner by-lanes of the market, you will come across small shops selling local handicrafts, prayer wheels, bamboo souvenirs, silver jewellery and Buddhist paintings. Do try the interesting food at the local cafes and the delectable local Himachali cuisine.

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