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 the view of the Himalayas. If you are interested 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.)
2. Manu Temple
The Manu temple is dedicated to an old sage who gave it its name. The pagoda-style architecture of the sanctuary stands out amid deep valleys and mountain peaks that form a postcard-worthy backdrop. You will have to walk a bit to reach the temple, but the view at the top and the spiritual vibes it gives off make all your efforts worth it.
- Location: Old Manali
- Timings: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm; every day
3. Jogini Waterfalls
The rushing waterfalls of Jogini Falls are a short and invigorating trek away from the main town of Manali. The trail to the waterfall is scenic and gives you a glimpse of the Beas River and the snow-capped Rohtang peaks. Besides the serene surroundings, Jogini is also an important place of pilgrimage and you can visit many ancient shrines around the pool at the bottom. An early start is recommended so that you can spend more time in this scenic natural location, which is one of the best hiking and picnic spots in Manali.
- Location: Vashisht Village, Manali
- Timings: 24×7
4. Hadimba Temple
Also known as Hidimba Devi Temple and Dhungari Temple, this ancient shrine was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in 1553. As its name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bheema. The wooden architecture of the sanctuary is very distinct from most of the Hindu temples you will come across in the country. Another shrine dedicated to Hidimba Devi’s son is Ghatotkacha. It is surrounded by thick groves of cedars and snow-capped mountains serving as a 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
5. The Manali Gompa
Ornate design and quintessential Tibetan architecture make Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, more commonly known as Manali Gompa, one of the most beautiful landmarks in Manali. Built by Tibetan refugees in the 1960s, this monastery allows you to enjoy calm surroundings and unparalleled spiritual vibrations. Manali Gompa include exquisite murals that depict important events of Buddhism in bright colors and roofs built in the style of the pagoda. The stalls at the resort are a good place to shop for Tibetan souvenirs and handicrafts.
- Location: Old Manali Road, Manali
- Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm; closed on Sundays