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Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in India’s north state of Himachal Pradesh. Set on the groups of the Beas River, it is gateway to exploration activities in Solang, Gulaba, and Kothi. But there is much more to the town and its prevalent tourist’s spots than adventure.

Selected of these spaces are always buzzing with tourists, but that doesn’t essentially mean you should give them a miss. In fact, if you are staying for the first time, such places to visit in Manali must be on your itinerary. If it is like your third or fourth visit to this beautiful town, here is the best mix of tourist attractions in Manali and its vicinity. Reaching these places will hardly take an hour from the main city.

Hadimba Temple

Hadimba Temple is a beautiful temple, said to be dedicated to Hadimba. The wife of Pandu son Bhima, is one of the best places to visit in Manali. The most outstanding feature of this temple is that it is placed in the Dhungri Forest and is enclosed by pine trees. The pagoda-shaped Hadimba temple in Manali is not only unique in its planning but is famous for its religious value too. The model of Hadimba is made up of brass and is quite remarkable.

Tibetan Monasteries

Manali also claims of well-thought-of Tibetan population clearance. The famous Tibetan monasteries Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa draw a large number of tourists, and are among the most stayed and certainly the best places to visit in Manali. Specially the Tibetan art and craft matters displayed here deserve a visit.

Manu Temple

Closely 3 km away from the famous Mall Road of Manali, the famous Manu Temple is among the normally visited tourist places in Manali. Committed to Lord Manu, the temple’s premises offer a sense of peace and calmness to the devotees walking in. It is frequented by religious tourists and foreigners and is among the most popular pulls in Manali.

Vashisht Hot Water Springs

Nearly 3 km away from Manali, the Vashisht Temple is celebrated for its natural hot water spring. The grounds enclose a pyramid-shaped stone temple committed to Sage Vashisht, and the water spring, which is said to have medicinal assets. Take a dip in the water to relax your body and mind. Also, there are separate bath areas for men and women, besides a Turkish bath having shower facility.

Maa Sharvari Temple

Placed at the Shaminallah Village on the borders of the Manali city, Maa Sharvari Temple houses the idol of Kullu Kings’ Kuldevi (another form of Devi Durga). Through the Dussehra festival at Kullu, the idol is gorgeously decorated and taken to the temple of Raghunathji.

Nehru Kund

Positioned on the Leh National Highway, Nehru Kund is additional must-visit tourist attraction near Manali. It is a natural spiral of cold water and this water is believed to have come from the Bhrigu Lake. This lake is placed at a height of 4,300 meters. Serene nearby and lush greenery enthrals the tourists coming here. The spiral is so named because Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, used to drink water from the spring through his stay in Manali.

Jogini Falls

The breath-taking Jogini Falls, located a lot beyond Vashisht Hot Spirals towards the Vashisht Village, is additional major tourist attraction near Manali. Melodious sounds of nature, stunning views, and some luxurious authentic Himachali delicacies – Jogini Falls has it all for the backpackers and nature lovers.

Solang Valley

Deceitful between the famous Beas Kund and Solang Village, this lovely Solang Valley is among the most popular places to visit near Manali. It lies about 14 km from Manali and is the venue for winter skiing festival that is held every year. People of all age groups love to visit this place through winters to enjoy skiing and other adventure sports.


Kothi is a gorgeous village nestled amidst verdant land and woodlands. It is placed on the road going towards the Solang Valley, almost 16 km left from Manali. The rustic charm of villages is pretty evident here. Painters, poets, and writers love to apply time here and unleash their originality, while enjoying breathtaking views around.

Rahala Waterfalls

An illustrious picnic spot, Rahala waterfall is placed almost 16 km away from Manali. The source of these wonderful falls is the water melting from the glaciers and hurried rocks. Thick forest with birch and deodar trees looks truly wonderful. Behind this impressive waterfall, amazing views of snow-clad Himalayan ranges can be seen.


Gulaba is an alternative destination to visit through November – May when Rohtang Pass is faraway due to heavy snow. During these months, snow activities can be relished at Gulaba. It is less crowded than the valleys of Rohtang & Solang and provides better practices of the snow activities.

Arjun Gufa

Arjuna Cave is placed near Prini Village where the Pandava Arjuna reflected to earn the powers of Pashupati Astra from Lord Indra. Because of the fabulous significance of the place, the cave and the nearby temple have become a popular tourist purpose located very close to Manali.

How to Reach

   By Plane

The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, owing to weather conditions, flights are not the most reliable option for getting to or out of Manali.

   By Train


   By bus

Manali is very well-connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometres, and it is advisable to book your tickets in the air-conditioned Volvo coaches, as the buses are more comfortable than ordinary ones, keeping in mind the long distance of the journey.

   By Luxury car

TThough a lot of tourists prefer a self-drive up to Manali, it is advisable to hire a taxi in case you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions by luxary car hire, taxi.

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