Manali is one of the most traveled and sort after hill stations in India. Located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2050 metres, this snow-clad hill station has a lot to offer. From snowboarding, trekking, skiing, paragliding and camping, it is truly one of the adventure sport capitals of India.
Before you venture out on your trip, remember to check into one of the many hotels in Manali. You can opt for Hotel Paradise for a simple and cozy stay in the heart of the city. Check with the reception for tourist information and guides to make your trip memorable. Here are the some of the best things to do when in Manali:
1. Adventure of a Lifetime
Imagine bouncing and rolling down a hill in a massive transparent ball! Yes, we are talking about Zorbing! These Zorbs can take two people at a time and usually roll down the green slopes of Solang Valley. If you love high altitudes and open spaces then this valley is just the thing for you, after all it is one of the hottest paragliding destinations in the country. Try rafting in Rishikesh in the cold river that will get your adrenaline pumping for more. The Beas river is one of the roughest rivers and is ideal for the thrill of whitewater rafting.
2. Plunge into the Manikaran water baths
Travel to the Manikaran and Vashisht villages that are popularly known for their hot sulphur springs and medicinal values. It is a must for anyone travelling to Manali that can take the effort to visit this high-altitude bath.
3. Drive down the Rohtang Pass
One of the most beautiful drive-bys is the Rohtang Pass. It is a treacherous and dangerous route and its views will take your breathe away. It connects Manali to Ladakh and Leh and is the hub of adventure sports like trekking, paragliding and skiing.
For the adventure seekers and those that love the outdoors, trekking is the way to go. The best season is always between April and October. Another popular destination for tourists is the Hampta Pass trek.
5. Chillout at Kasol
Alongside the Parvati River is the Kasol settlement that is dotted with several places to hangout. Similar to Old Manali, this place has several cafes, restaurants and shops. Other places that you can visit nearby are Kullu, Malana Village, Tosh Village and Kheer Ganga Peak.
Manali brings with it a quintessential hill station that is packed with adventure, fun and boundless beauty. A short trip to Manali will help you recharge your batteries and revel in its magnificence.