Top Things to do in Manali

Manali, valley of the gods is a colourful hotspot for tourists and nature lovers, tucked in the hills of the upper Himalayas. A picturesque place to spend some time away from the humdrum of the cities, the town offers something for every kind of traveller. The town is located about 270 KM from the state capital of Shimla, and 544KM from the national capital, Delhi.

Table of Contents
Things to do in Manali
Adventurous Things to do
Offbeat Things to do
Things to Do in Manali for couples
Things to Do in Manali at night
Places to visit in Manali
Places to visit nearby
Places to eat in Manali
Manali tour is not limited to popular tourist places. For a complete vacation, you can take part in exciting activities and experience the town like a local. With a travel package, you can do adventures, sightseeing, and more and have a wholesome trip.

Adventurous Things to Do
Trekking is one of the best things to do in the town and also a great way to explore the hills and valleys of the Himalayas. The town serves as a base for some of the most exotic trek routes like the Beas Kund Trek, Chandrakhani Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Deo Tibba Trek, Kheerganga Trek, and other shorter treks through Parvati Valley.
Go camping. Camping in this town is one of the most incredible experiences to have. You can camp at the alpine meadows, pine forests, by the lakes, or the base of snowy mountains. Beas River, Tirthan Valley, Solang Valley, Bhuntar, Sarai and Kothi village are some of the most scenic camping spots.
Manali Camping
Trek through the Rohtang Pass – A legendary mountain pass, this road connects the Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti Valleys and offers incredible views of the snow-capped peaks and slopes of the Pir Panjal Range.
Enjoy adventure sports in Solang Valley. About 12 KM north of the town, Solang Valley is the best destination for mountain sports. Depending on the time of the year, you can try skiing, paragliding, snowboarding, zorbing, cable car riding, and snow sledging.
Ride a Yak at Wildlife Sanctuary
Go for Mountain Bike Riding at Rohtang Pass and Solang Ski pass
Delve into River Rafting in Beas River

Offbeat Things to Do
Meditate and relax at Pandava king Arjun Cave.
Visit Gulaba Village to experience its lush green valleys.
Visit cafes located on Beas River
Practice some yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram
Take a bath at Vashist Hot Water Springs
Religious Things to Do
Take a sulphur water bath at Manikaran Gurudwara
Pay a visit to the Tibetan Monasteries
Visit Lord Shiva’s Gauri Shankar Temple
Visit Manali Gompa and experience the Buddhist Architecture

Things to Do for Couples
Visit Naggar Castle and see the great art pieces
Visit Van Vihar Park and experience its lush greenery
Visit Apple Orchards
Walk amongst The Cedar Trees located on the land next to hadimba temple
Visit Pin Valley National Park and see beautiful flora and fauna
Dip your feet in the water of the beautiful Nehru Kund
Attend the Winter Carnival and participate in various activities
Things to Do at Night
Walk through the streets at night and try café/pub hopping. The mix of a native and international crowd of the town makes for a mystical and vibrant collage of cultures. Or walk through the ethnic bazaars and flea markets and shop for trinkets, souvenirs, and other keepsakes to carry back home.
Visit Manu Market and shop to your heart’s content.
Walk through the Manali mall road
Enjoy The Nightlife in Old Manali
Manali streets
Places to visit in Manali
With abundant natural beauty, ethnic flavours, and adventure options, it offers endless options for sightseeing. Here are some of the best places to visit –

Hadimba Temple – The 15th-century temple is located inside a pine forest and is dedicated to Hadimba, a local deity, who is also a significant character in the epic Mahabharata. The temple also hosts native festivals to commemorate her powers.
Manali Gompa – The local Buddhist monasteries are some of the most sought-after places to visit and reflect the Tibetan influence on the local culture. Of all, the Manali Gompa is the most iconic and popular. You can also do a complete monastery tour by also visiting Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa.
Vashist Temple and Hotsprings – This tourist spot is known for both its religious and natural significance. The temple is an ancient pilgrimage site that houses a natural hot spring. The spring water rich in glacial minerals is considered holy and has medicinal values, so people flock there to cure ailments and diseases.
Vashist Temple
Vashist Temple
Van Vihar – A small nature park in the middle of the town, with abundant greenery and towering alpine trees. Sitting amidst cedar and pine groves, there’s a small man-made lake, which is open to boating for visitors.
Mall Road – The busiest and the only commercial hub of the town, Mall Road is dotted with shops, restaurants, pubs, and cafes, making it a popular neighbourhood to shop, dine, or just explore on foot.

Popular Places to visit nearby
Besides the popular visiting places, you can also explore other scenic locales nearby. With a tour package, you can do a combined trip of Shimla-Kullu-Manali or visit these places standalone –

Kullu, 42 KM – Manali’s sister town, Kullu is the nearest major district and an equally popular destination. The town offers as the base for treks to Mandi and Prashar Lake. It is also famous for Great Himalayan National Park, Bijli Mahadev Temple trek, mountain resorts with views, outdoor adventures, local bazaars.
Naggar, 24KM – A sleepy historical town set against majestic mountains and greenery, Naggar is amongst the most beautiful places to visit nearby. The town is famous for the ancient Naggar Castle which is also a popular destination for local treks, along with village tours of Soil, Sajla etc.
Gulaba – One of the most gorgeous locales to explore around Manali, the quaint village of Gulaba is a must-visit. You can just drive through the picturesque highways or explore the villages, walk the nearby trails, ride a yak or simply soak in the mountain views.
Baes River
Baes River in Kullu Valley
Best Places to eat
Here are some of the top-rated restaurants you must try out on your trip –

Chopsticks, Mall Road.
Lazy Dog, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali
Café Nirvana, Old Manali.
Drifter’s Café, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali.
People Art Café &Lounge, Manu Temple Road.
Johnson’s Café, Circuit House Road.
Café 1947, Near Nehru Kund, Bahang.