Manali is a paradise for nature lovers and peace seekers. The town is surrounded by high snow peaks of the Himalayas and situated in the green valley of the Beas River. It has something to offer for everyone. The little hippie village is a popular place for backpackers to hang out and practice yoga. Manali is also the main base for adventurers to plan a trekking, go mountain biking, skiing, paragliding and climbing in the surrounding mountains. It is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy the magical views and breath the fresh mountain breeze while organizing your trip into the mountains.
These are the best 10 things to do in Manali
Do a trekking
Witness the dramatic changes of scenic landscapes from open green meadows to high snow peaks, glacial valleys and the desert of Spiti. In Manali many agencies offer beginner and experienced hikes. The Hampta Pass trek is one of the most popular trekking you can do with India Hikes. If you don’t have any hiking gear or clothing you can rent it at Keylinga Inn, ask for Tashi.
Learn yoga from a monk
Many yoga teachers are settled in Manali. For the best yoga experience take a course from a Monk. In Vashisht there is a monk giving yoga lessons in his Ashram. Check the Shri Hari Yoga Ashram for more information.
Hotsprings in Vashisht
Just 2 km from Manali, is a small village which is famous for its hot mineral springs. Vashisht is a more quiet and smaller version of Old Manali. The village is a popular travelers’ hang-out cause of its cheap accommodations and chilled atmosphere.
Hire a mountain bike
Enjoy Manali’s breathtaking views cycling up and down hill between Kullu, Manali, and Vashisht. A good exercise and a great way to meet locals.
Walk around in Old Manali
The streets in Old Manali are filled with hippie ”Goa” inspired shops and jewelers selling necklaces, rings, and crystals. There are many Tibetan and Nepalese shops selling handicraft, shawls, blankets, ponchos, and bags. Perfect to buy a souvenir or warm clothes for hiking. Settle down in a cafe along the river and listen to live music.
Visit Hadimba Devi Temple
This much-visited wood-and-stone temple stands in the forest about 2 km west of central Manali. Many Pilgrims come from all across India to visit the temple that is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Hidimba. The beautiful wooden doorway is richly carved with figures of gods, dancers, and animals.
Walk in the Parks
Step a little closer towards nature by walking around in the Manali Nature Park set on the bank of the Beas River. The pristine wildlife reserve is dotted with deodar, dail, horse chestnut, walnut and maple trees. It’s a true oasis of greenery and ideal place for nature lovers. You might even get a glimpse of a musk deer, a monal or a brown bear. The Van Vihar Park is perfect for a long stroll amid lush greenery or to relax on one of the wooden benches between the sky-high deodar trees. It’s the best place for people watching and pick nicks!
Try out the local fruit wine
Manali is covered with apple, plum, and pear trees. They remain the best source of income for the majority of the inhabitants. Buy a bottle of your favorite flavor in one of the wine shops to bring to one of the parks on a lazy afternoon.
Get high in the Himalaya’s
There are different ways to get high in the Himalayas. Be it the high altitude and mesmerizing views or on the famous ”Manali cream”. One of the best cannabis and hasj in the world grows wild in Manali, due to the colder and less dusty climate. It tends to be of higher strength and attracts many people from all over the world to buy this magical green.
Have dinner at La Plage
This pretty French cottage is situated in the middle of apple orchards with a 360 view of the Himalayas. As soon as you enter the property you fall in love with the place. The menu features classic French standards such as liver pate, pumpkin ravioli, and a chocolate thali dessert!