What to do in Manali

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Manali is a hilly town located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh at the northern tip of the Kullu Valley in India. This town was a part of an ancient trade route. It is also one of the most popular destinations among nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike.

Manali sits above 2050 above sea level. The region features imposing snow-capped mountains, a massive river, and endless possibilities. Because the climate is ideal and the views are stunning, there are loads of activities to do at Manali! In today’s post, we are listing down some of the best activities to do while in Manali:

Outdoor Sports

Manali features a beautiful, high altitude valley called Solang Nala. Solang Nala means “nearby village and water stream” in the local dialect. This breathtaking valley is located at the side of the Kullu Valley, which is about 14 kilometers from the Manali town. Depending on the season, Solang Nala is a great place to go for a wide variety of sports activities.

During the winter season, the valley turns into a giant ski resort with massive courses and slopes ideal for beginners and seasoned skiers alike. During the summer season, Solang Nala is a perfect place to go zorbing, parachuting, and paragliding.

Hot Springs

Because the town is very near the mountainous regions of India, there are several hot springs near the village. The most popular of all hot sulfur springs are in the Vashisht Village and Manikaran area. There are also hot springs in the Tattapani and Khirganga area.

According to locals, the hot springs have healing properties. Some believe that the hot springs can heal anything from arthritis to skin problems. The temperature of the hot springs is high enough to boil rice and blanch vegetables.


If you love a good nature adventure then we strongly recommend hiking and exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Hampta Pass! Hampta Pass features a jaw-dropping altitude of 14,100 feet. The trail also features gorgeous natural landscapes, natural rock formations, frosty valleys, and thick pine forest. Trekking and nature tours in Manali are offered all year round. The trail will take you to high altitude spots as well as the best trails that suit beginners and experts alike.

Another fantastic trekking spot in Manali is the Rohtang Pass. The Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass located at the eastern point of the Himalayas, about 32 miles from Manali. The trail is quite treacherous so only seasoned trekkers are recommended to go this way. Rohtang Pass is an ideal spot for paragliding, skiing and trekking.

River Rafting

At the northern end of the Kullu Valley lies the majestic Beas River Valley. The Beas River features a total length of 470 kilometers and a drainage basin that’s around 20,303 square kilometers in size! It stretches from the southern end of the Rohtang Pass to the Kangra District!

The river is a great place to go white water rafting. But beware, the Beas river is infamous for its strong current. The Beas river is perfect for participants with intermediate to expert level skills at white water rafting.