Located in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of India’s most beautiful hill stations situated at an altitude of about 2300 meters. Manali is surrounded by a spectacular view of mountains ranging from Pir Panchal to the Dhauladhar. Manali is a place made for adventure lovers, and you can do many adventurous things during your Manali trip, making it memorable. From rafting in the gurgling waters of the Beas river to flying high during paragliding in one of the highest paragliding spots in India.
Here are 7 best adventures you should Indulge in Manali:
Camping: Another great adventure to do in Manali is camping. Bestowed with the title of “Queen of Hills, it is a perfect destination for mountain camping, providing its visitors with a beautiful Himalayan view. Old Manali, Bhuntar, Gulaba, Solang Valley, and Satan have the best camping sites in Manali, which are known for their beauty and providing the best accommodation and delicious food. There are many camps in Manali, like Kentville, Soli Tree Camp, Dropout Adventure, The Wrong Address Camp & Cafe, Dawn-Lit Huts n Camp, and Footloose Camp, which provide facilities ranging from tents to luxury camping.
Cost – Rs 1500 – 4000 per person
Best Time – March to June
Rafting in Kullu: Manali is one of India’s best adventure getaway destinations, which organizes rafting in the Beas River near Kullu. Every adventure lover would like to take advantage of this activity around 7 km to 14 km. You can try rafting and kayaking here, giving every adventurer a chance to try themselves in the Lehro of Beas River. During rafting in Kullu, you will cover places like Pirdi, Sarabia, Bhuntar, Bajaura, Mohal, Shamshi, Raisol, and Karen. Rafting is mainly done in Kullu itself.
Cost – Rs 800 per person
Timings – 10 am – 4:00 pm
Where to book – Indiathrills.com
Paragliding: To touch the sky in Manali, what can be better than paragliding? Tourists from all around India come to enjoy this adventure sport in Manali. Paragliding in Manali gives you a 360-degree bird’s eye view of mountains and beautiful Manali town. The paragliding site is located in Dhobi village, just 20 km from Manali towards Kullu. Paragliding is a great and fascinating activity, attracting all kinds of tourists to Manali. Know more about paragliding in Manali.
Cost – Rs 2500
Duration – 10 to 15 minutes
Trekking: Manali is an ideal place for trekking as it is situated between the Pir Panchal and Dhauladhar ranges. Trekking in Manali is famous all over the country, with significant treks like Hampta Pass Trek, Bijli Mahadev, Beas Kund Trek, Jogini Waterfall Trek, Lambug Trek, Bhrigu Trek, Chandrakhani Trek, Jogini Waterfall Trek, Patalsu Peak Trek, and Prashar Lake Trek. Manali also hosts several treks amidst serene nature and charm, making it different from other places.
Recommended treks – Kheerganga trek & Triund Trek
Cost Range – Rs 1200
Ice Skiing: Situated at an altitude of 2,050 meters, Manali receives a good amount of snowfall every year. And places like Solang Valley, Sathan, and Rohtang Pass are tourist attractions as they are snow-covered during winters. The sloping valleys of Manali provide a perfect setting for skiing in winter. If you plan a winter trip to Manali, you must try skiing. Covered in a blanket of 3 to 5 feet thick snow, Solang valley gives you a chance to ice-ski, which will live forever in your memories.
Destination – Solang Valley
Cost – Rs 1000 per person
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is one of the best things to do in Manali as a solo traveler. Manali is considered the starting and last hill destination of the Leh Ladakh bike trip from where Ladakh can be covered easily. From Rohtang Pass to Atal Tunnel, Manali has everything to offer bikers, where you can enjoy bumpy mountain roads and smooth roads. You can rent a bike from Manali to make your journey through Gulaba village, Atal Tunnel, and Rohtang passes for a perfect experience.
Cost – Rs 1000 is the starting price to rent a bike a Manali
Duration – 1 day
Hot Air Balloon: Recently, hot air ballooning has been introduced in Manali, making it a prevalent activity among everyone in such a short period. It can touch a height of about 800 meters around the Solang Valley in the form of a hot air balloon. March-April is considered the best time to try it, but you can also do this activity in winter. During winter, you will see the snow-covered valleys of Manali and the vast mountain range of the Himalayas.
Cost – Rs 1500 per person
Duration – 10 minutes