It will not be wrong if we refer to Manali as the snow abode of India as it lies in the Himalayan region. Manali is equally famous for being the go-to place in all seasons. Some significant factors that make Manali so popular are – the proximity of this place to mother nature, the affordability of tourism activities, and several places to visit in a small vicinity.
Whether you are a nature lover, adventure lover, wildlife enthusiast or a spiritual person. Manali can satiate everyone’s soul. If you plan your route for Manali and are looking for some major places to visit, this article could be a great help. The top 8 places to visit on your trip to Manali are providedin this article. Let’s dive into the details.
Solang Valley: This skiing paradise of Manali is at a distance of 14 km from Manali. It is also known as Solang Nala. It is an all-time popular destination that falls on the route to Rohtang Pass, also included in most Manali packages. The natural setting and elegance of this place are unique, which is highly appreciated by nature lovers. You can enjoy some of the most famous adventure sports activities here, including Zorbing, Quad Biking, and Snowmobiling.
Bhrigu Lake: This is a high-altitude grassland trek and is one of the best places for trekking in the Manali region. This place is associated with the great Indian sage Maharishi Bhrigu. It is believed that he used to meditate near this lake. While visiting this lake one can also see the snow-covered mountains at the backdrop of it. This picture-perfect location is loved by nature enthusiasts who would like to capture heaven in their camera reel. This view is enhanced in the monsoon season when wildflowers sprout.
When the lake and grassland are seen from a height, it seems that they are meeting to the horizon and such a view is no less than a reward for your hardship of taking up the Bhrigu Lake Trek. Sightseeing in the natural riches includes – the Great Himalayan National Park, Kothi and Rohtang Pass. The best season to visit the Solang Valley is from May to June.
Manu Temple: This is a very historic Hindu site dedicated to the Indian sage Manu. Many interesting folktales are associated with this temple, and all these can be heard here while visiting this temple. Situated in the Old Manali region this place is visited by several tourists and pilgrims every year. Its fame is not just for being a religious site but because this temple has beautiful architecture that involves wooden carvings.
At the backside of the temple lies the beautiful views of snow-peaked hills; the picture can make beholders gasp for breath. One should visit the Manu temple for an otherworldly experience.
Manali Sanctuary: You might call your Manali trip incomplete if you have not visited the Manali Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the best way to experience the whole Manali flora and fauna in one place. The sanctuary comprises the northwest Himalayan biogeographic zone that is protected here. Numerous animals & birds such as Flying Fox, Himalayan Black Bear, Kashmir Flying Squirrel, Barking Deer, Snow Pigeons, Chakor, Treecreepers, etc. are found here. Some tall and dense trees are also present in its sanctuary that includes poplar, deodars, willows, horse chestnut, and red rhododendrons. The most scenic surrounding of Manalsu Nullah with high peaks in the background make it truly mesmerizing.
Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temple: Located near the Manali bus stand, this is a 4000-year-old temple of Vashisht, who was the kulguru of Lord Ram. The hot water spring of the Vashisht temple is a popular destination among tourists. Adored by the locals and travellers alike, the hot water springs are said to have healing properties due to the presence of elements like lithium, calcium, etc. that provide a cure for multiple diseases. Taking a long-time dip in the calming waters of the spring magically soothes one down. For better management, there are separate sections for men and women to enter the springs.
Mall Road: Located at the main Manali street, a visit to this one of the most popular shopping markets of Manali is a must-visit for every visitor. Hundreds of shops are lined up that also provide you the experience of local characteristics, views, and sounds of the region. There are several guesthouses, cafes, local food outlets, souvenir shops, German bakeries, bookshops, and Tibetan people selling lovely hand-knit woollens. There are many seats on Mall road where you can sit and soak in the views and sounds of the place. You can visit the mountains in the background of the market after a day of shopping.
Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art: Located at Utopia Complex, near the Hadimba Temple, this museum was established in 1998. This lovely place showcases the culture, folk art and antiques of Himachal Pradesh. In the museum, you will find attractive and impressive selection of antique items and other objects reflecting the history and legacy of Himachal Pradesh. There is so much to look at and absorb from Himachali folkloric dresses and Himachali kitchenware to classical ornaments. If you are a history enthusiast and Himachali culture attracts you, start your study here because this museum will summarize this culture.
Van Vihar National Park: This Park is located near Mall road and it is the gateway to the busy streets of Manali. Even during the comparatively hotter daytime, many sky-high deodar & pine trees canopy the sky and surrounding area to provide cool duskiness. Here, you can experience long nature walks and see wild beetles and different species of plants. There is a small artificial lake where you can boat amidst the chirping birds & rustling winds. The entry ticket for this park is very nominal and the best time to experience this park is the summer season.