Top 19 Things to do in Manali for an Unforgettable Trip

Think of snowy peaks, lush valleys, historic roots and a thrill to experience new things, Manali is the place to be. Also, Manali is Himachal’s very own adventure hub. The hill station has the perfect landscape to give you a taste of adventure. Despite the wonderful sights coupled with blissful ambiance, the top things to do in Manali are a major draw for tourists.

Create your unforgettable trip with some cherished experiences in Manali. Be it thrilling summer or exciting winter holidays in India, the hill town is perfect. While it has for long, lured adventure enthusiasts and couples for  a romantic honeymoon, now it receives families for a snow-filled winter holiday in India. Moreover, the high mountains draped in snow, along with rolling valleys of green, swift rivers and clear blue skies provide all visitors with a memorable time.

Here are the top things to do in Manali:

 1. River Rafting

River Rafting at Beas River, Manali

River rafting in Manali is one of the top things to do in Himachal. The Beas River flowing through the mountains terrain is full of thrilling adventures. Gear up for the thrill of surviving the swift waters on a raft. In fact, this experience is among the favorite memories of holiday in Manali.

Also, River Beas is known among the best stretches for rafting in India. Furthermore, here are short stretches for beginner’s level as well as the challenging ones for people pro at adventure. Also, Pirdi has a dedicated water sports center that provides for a wide range of adventure activities.

Best time for river rafting in Manali:

The best of the river rafting in Manali happens to be in June and July. While monsoon does restrict visitors for a couple of months, it restarts by late October and goes on till early February.

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2. Paragliding

Paragliding in Manali

Soaring the skies on a glider is among the favorite things to do in Manali. The thrill of enjoying a flight like a bird promises to awaken the true adventure enthusiast in you. In addition, witness the breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar mountain range and the meandering Beas River. The flying time varies according to the winds. Opt for tandem flights if it is your first time to participate in the adventure sport.

The Solang Valley is a popular venue to indulge in paragliding. Also, Gulaba, Marhi are other well-known places for, paragliding in Manali being the most desired activity.

Best time for Paragliding in Manali:

Best time to take up paragliding in Manali is between the months of May and September.

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3. Visit the Hadimba Devi Temple

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali

Hadimba Temple is one of the main tourist places in Manali for the visitors. It is a historic temple situated around 1.5 km from the Mall Road. Raja Bahadur Singh built the four-storey wooden temple in 1553 in the middle of dense forest known as Van Vihar.

The pagoda style building is dedicated to Goddess Hadimba. Although no idol is worshipped here, a set of foot imprints are revered as holy here. Since centuries, a fair is held every year known as Bahadur Singh Re Jatar. Visit the temple for its peaceful setting. Also, do not miss to click a pic with the impressive building.

Best time to visit Hadimba Temple:

The best time to plan your trip is May, especially the time of the Fair.

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4. Skiing

Skiing in Manali

Manali offers exciting rendezvous with snow. Skiing provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the thrill of winter sports. Gliding down the snow covered slope on your ski enjoy the beautiful alpine views. It is one of the most sought-after adventure sports in Manali.

Some easy runs are provided for beginners who can take a short course or just hire an instructor from the directorate of Mountaineering and Allied sports. Skiing facilities are available throughout the year at Rohtang. Expert skiers can also enjoy heli-skiing during the winter months. Solang Valley is known for its exciting opportunity of skiing come winters. One can also go skiing in Marhi, Gulaba and Dhundi.

Best time for skiing in Manali:

January and February are the best time.

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5. Trekking

Trekking in Manali

Manali is truly a paradise for trekking enthusiasts. The Himalayas offers abundant scope for adventure. The beautiful destination offers great trekking trails, set amid the panoramic sights of the snow-capped Himalayas. Trekking is a new concept which is going popular throughout the country. This adventurous activity combines spiritual wellness and physical well-being.

The most popular trails are Rohtang pass to snowline, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chanderkhani Pass, Tapri to Kalpa, Sar pass, Sangla to Baranag trek, etc. there are season specific treks and some which you can leave anytime of the year at the call of mountains. More Information on  Trekking in Manali

Best time to go trekking in Manali:

For Low altitude trek, April to June.

For High altitude trek, June to October.

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6. Spend time at Rahala Waterfall

Rahala Waterfall in Manali

Rahala Waterfalls is a scenic spot near Manali. This waterfall, is located on the route to Rohtang Pass. The waterfall is fed by the result of melting of glaciers. Water gushes down from a certain height from a ridge and is a beautiful sight.

Halt for a while and enjoy the splendor of the falls. The view of snow covered mountains in the background, the surrounding deodar and birch trees and the melodies of nature fill you with bliss. Enjoy a picnic with family or loved ones. Do get yourself clicked, the picture will be a loving memory of your holiday.

Best time to visit Rahala Waterfall:

May to October it the best time to visit the falls as it gets frozen come winter.

7. Zorbing

Zorbing Adventure activity in Manali

Getting tossed in a giant transparent ball down a slope, this is what zorbing is all about. Would you not love it? Zorbing is Manali is one of the popular adventures in the hill station. Zorbing, also known as globe-riding is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. It is generally performed on a gentle slope. The 360 degree movement of the ball is pure thrill as it is for the people in control of their guts.

Solang Valley is perfect for you to give a try to zorbing.

Best time for zorbing:

March to October with exception of the monsoon season.

8. Camping in Solang Valley

Camping in Solang Valley, Gujarat

Solang Valley is the hub of activity in Manali. Settled at an altitude of 13 km from the hill town, the valley offers the view of glaciers and snowcapped mountains and peaks. Summer or winter, the valley offers something for all visitors.

You cannot miss to visit Solang Valley when visiting Manali. To experience the delights of the valley, try camping. Also, the year round availability of camps offers comfortable accommodations and a number of adventure activities. Try skiing, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, paragliding, ATV Ride, Zorbing, Bonfire, and much more. Also, camping in Solang Valley is definitely one of the top things to do in Manali.

Best time for camping in Solang Valley:

Throughout the year with exception of monsoon.

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9. Check out Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass: Adventure Hub of Manali

Rohtang Pass is one of the adventure hubs in Himachal Pradesh. The mountain pass is nestled at the height of 3979 metres, at a distance of 51 km from Manali. Rohtang is blessed with snow throughout the year. While the mountain pass remains closed in winters, it is open from June to October for motor vehicles.

The beautiful Rohtang pass is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley. Tourists can go for various thrilling activities like snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking. Enjoy beautiful views of glaciers, peaks and snow. Photography buffs must visit this pass as they get to click one of the most beautiful pictures of nature.

Best time to visit Rohtang Pass:

The best time to visit the pass is between May to June for summer sports. Snow lovers must visit during the months of October to November.

10. Pay a visit to Gulaba Village

Gulaba Village in Manali

Gulaba in Manali is one of the secret sites of Manali. Nestled at an altitude 4000 m, the village is surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks, lush grassland and the flowing Beas River. The picturesque green oasis was the favorite campsite of Raja Gulab Singh of Kashmir.

Relatively lesser known therefore having lesser crowds, Gulaba Village is the perfect place to snow in peace. It is just 6 km from Rohtang Pass and is the alternative for visitors when the pass is closed. The village offers all snow sports, skiing and other snow adventures.

Best time to visit Gulaba:

Throughout the year, though winters gives it a magical appeal.

11. Get blessing at Manikaran Gurudwara

Manikaran Gurudwara, Manali

Manikaran Gurdwara is a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs in Himachal. It is a day trip from Manali. According to legend, the holy site was constructed by Sri Guru Nanak Devji and disciple Bhai Mardana. Also, the holy site is renowned for the hot springs.

Visit the tranquil Gurudwara and pay homage to Guru Granth Sahib. This shrine is thronged by countless devotees every year. On a visit to this , savor the sacred langar and take a dip in the hot water springs famed for their healing properties.

Best time to visit Manikaran Gurudwara:

April to October is the pleasant time to plan your trip.

12. Manali Gompa

Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, Manali

The Manali Gompa is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Himachal. It is primarily known as “Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa”. Since its construction in 1960, it has been a refuge to people migrating from Tibet. The fine specimen of Buddhist monastery, it sports a pagoda- style architecture.

Besides its pristine location, the monastery is famous for its wall paintings, Chortens and a large statue of Lord Buddha. Within the complex, there are small shops that sell unique Tibetan handicrafts and carpets.

Best time to visit Manali Gompa:

Throughout the year.

13. Trek to the Jana waterfall

Trek to the Jana waterfall, Manali

The beautiful Jana Waterfalls is a hidden gem in Naggar, Manali. The mighty beauty is surrounded by Deodar trees, Pine Trees, Apple orchards with a view of the spectacular snow covered mountain peaks. The water gushing down the height is impressive. Enjoy a tranquil experience, away from the city in the very heart of nature. Trek to the falls for more fun. Moreover, indulge in clicking as many pictures as you please to cherish the moments you spend here.

Best time to visit Jana Waterfall:

September to June.

14. Experience bliss in Vashisht Temple

Vashisht Temple in Manali

Vashisht Temple is located in the small village of Vashisht around 3 km from Manali across the River Beas. The temple is named after Rishi Vashisht, one of the seven sages of Hindu Mythology. The Vashisht temple is believed to be existing for more than 4000 years. Vashisht temple is built in a traditional style adorned with intricate wood carvings depicting many tales of mythology. It is also quite popular for hot springs which is believed to have medicinal value, curing many skin diseases and other infections.

Experience divine bliss when you visit Vashisht Temple.

Best time to visit Vashisht Temple:

March to October with exception of monsoon.

15. Enjoy peace at Rozy Waterfall

Rozy Waterfall, Manali

A visit to Rozy Waterfalls in Manali gives one the opportunity to spend moments in Mother Nature’s lap. The forested mountains and vast green valleys are a truly sensational backdrop. The view of white waters disgorging from a towering is impressive. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoons, when rains feed the falls into a mighty glory. Do no miss to click some pics of the beautiful site.

Best time to visit Rozy Waterfall

Be at this place is during Monsoons, when the falls are in full flow.

16. Pray to the Savior Manu at the Manu Temple

Manu Temple in Manali

Manu Temple is a magnificent temple worth visiting in Manali. Dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. The Manu Temple is located in Old Manali. although this area is quite congested, the presence of the River Beas adds to its attraction.

The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali. It also offers splendid views of the valley and town. It is mandatory to wear dresses covering knees and shoulders, while inside the temple. The trek to the temple in itself is an experience worth savoring.

Best time to visit Manu Temple:

Throughout the year.

17. Explore the Naggar Castle

Naggar Castle: Heritage Hotel in Manali

Located in Naggar town, amidst breathtaking forested hills, the Naggar Castle is a magnificent historical edifice. Made of stone and wood, this palace served as the residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. Built in 1460, it is an impressive amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture. For art lovers, there are incredible art pieces on display. Do check out the paintings of Nicholas Roerich, the famous Russian painter.

In the year 1978, the castle transformed into a heritage hotel run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC). A trip to Manali is incomplete if you don’t pay a visit to this attraction. As souvenirs, take home traditional items like wall hangings, artefacts, imprints of Roerich’s paintings.

18. Camp in Kothi

Camp in Kothi, Himachal Pradesh

Camp in Kothi

Kothi is one of the awe-inspiring destinations in Himachal Pradesh. It is located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, at the foothills of Rohtang Pass, approximately 12 kilometers from Manali. This wonderful village offers a magnificent view of snowcapped mountains and glaciers. The Beas River flows through a very deep and narrow gorge at this point. This sight is one of the closet sight of the mountain paradise.

Also, Kothi is a perfect place to enjoy camping. In fact, it is a good halt if you are planning to climb the Rohtang Pass valley on foot while enjoying the beauty of nature.

Best time to visit Kothi:

May to October for camping.

19. Pay your respects to Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa

Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, Manali

The Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa is one of the beautiful Buddhist monasteries in India, built in a modern architectural style. Tibetan refugees in Himachal and also India designed it in a Pagoda style. Although not huge in size, the unique yellow colored head, manages to draw a lot of tourist attention.

Pay respect to the gold statue of Lord Buddha, situated inside the main shrine. Besides the statue of the divine Buddha, the monastery boasts of its beautiful wall paintings along with a display of excellent Tibetan work. Also, spend time in the peaceful ambiance.

Plan your vacation with Manali Tour Packages. The Himalayan hill station has lots of experiences to offer that you cherish forever.

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A travel writer by profession and self-professed addict to literature, momos, dancing, music and travelling, Debasree Chakraborty has all interesting things to share. Go through her penned down travel experiences and collected intelligence in her write ups. Read on!

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5 Responses

  1. NEEL GANGULY says:


  2. Lokesh Soni says:

    Thanks for your post. Even I am planning to go solo in the month of october for a week. Can you please help us with some group or site to come out with best possible plan to cover most (if not all) cost effectivily. Thank you.

    • Debashree Chakraborty says:

      Hey Lokesh,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. A week-long solo vacation in Manali in October is amazing. For expert guidance contact us @

  3. Anupama Singh says:

    Lovely post, very helpful.
    Could you also help with a link or group details that plans such trips. I wish to go for a solo trip however in a group to have major points covered in the given time.

  4. Malika Ahuja says:

    Good Post dear, I was also visited Manali and Kullu and basically Kasol. All places are very fine .

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