1. Hadimba Temple
Also known by the names Hidimba Devi Temple and Dhungari Temple, this ancient shrine was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh way back in 1553. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bheema. The wooden architecture of the shrine is very distinct from most Hindu temples you will come across in the country. There’s another shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi’ son Ghatotkacha in the premises. Surrounded by thick cedar groves and with snow-capped mountains serving as the backdrop, the temple is one of the best places to visit in Manali.
- Location: Old Manali
- Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; every day
2. Solang Valley
A mini valley located at about 8400 feet above sea level, Solang Nala is a short drive away from Manali. It is a haven for adventure and sports lovers and while here, you can try your skills on a pair of skis or go for a snowmobile exploration. When the weather warms up, people flock here for zorbing and paragliding. You can also hop onto a cable car and enjoy mesmerizing views of the Himalayas. If you are looking for snow-based activities and sports, winters are the best time to visit while the months of summer are ideal for other adventure sports.
- Location: Burwa, Manali
- Distance from Manali: 14 km (approx.)
3. Jogini Waterfalls
The rushing cascades of Jogini Falls are a short and invigorating trek away from the main town of Manali. The trail that leads to the waterfall is scenic and gives you a glimpse of the River Beas and the snow-capped peaks of Rohtang. Apart from the serene setting, Jogini is also an important place of pilgrimage and you can visit many old shrines around the pool at the bottom. An early start is recommended so that you can spend more time at this picturesque natural spot, which is one of the top trekking as well as picnic places in Manali.
- Location: Vashisht Village, Manali
- Timings: 24×7
4. Beas River
The Beas River is a natural landmark in the region that will accompany you on most parts of your Manali trip. Vashisht village is considered to be one of the best places to enjoy excellent views of the river valley while a trip to Kothi will bring you up close to its clear blue waters. The Beas is a hub of water sports such as kayaking and rafting and the village of Pridi is considered to have some of the most exciting rapids.
5. Rohtang Pass
Dedicate a day in your Manali itinerary to visit Rohtang Pass and you will not regret it. Located at an elevation of 4000 meters above sea level, this high mountain pass on the Pir Panjal Range will leave you breathless. In addition to being a favorite hub of nature lovers, artists, and photographers for generations, Rohtang Pass is also a haven for adventure activities like mountain biking and skiing. The pass has been featured in many Bollywood movies, including Jab We Met.
- Location: Leh – Manali Highway
- Timings: 24×7
- Distance from Manali: 51 km. (approx.)