Family Trip to Kullu Manali & Places to see in Manali
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Located along the beas river. I along with my family travelled to manali with my family and relatives (Total 10 members – 8 adults and 2 kids). This was our first trip to manali, I want to share my experience so that it can help you to plan your trip properly.
Planning your trip to Manali
It’s better to plan your trip well in advance so that you can enjoy your trip properly and avoid inconveniences during the trip. First important thing is to book good hotel in advance because in May, June its heavy rush in manali due to vacations and hot season in north India.
Booking a Hotel – Tour Packages to Manali
I booked hotel through Make My Trip App one month in advances. You can chose hotel according to budget. You can choose between vide variety of hotels and resorts. Hotels are mostly located on inner part of manali and resorts are located mostly on outer aspects.
If you are booking hotel on inner places of manali like near mall road or circuit house road you will be at walk away distance from most common tourist places like Hidimba Devi Temple, Mall road, Monasteries, Club House.
If you do not want to plan every detail yourself you can book Kullu Manali tour packages from various websites online.
Important Things to Carry with you on Kullu Manali Trip
Basic Travel Kit
- Itinerary Printout (at least 2)
- Travel Guide / Map Print Out (at least 2)
- At least two Copies of PhotoIDs for all members
- Selfie Stick (For taking wonderful selfies)
- Car Mobile Holder for Phone (Help you to get to places easily with GPS)
- Mobile Charger
- Pen and a small Diary
- Bag locks (as per your luggage)
- Backpack or Carry bag
- Extra spectacles with cover
- Spectacles cover
- Small Scissor
- Swiss Knife
- Power bank with flashlight – Extremely useful in case shortage of electricity.
- Hand Sanitizer
- Multi-Plug (Travel Charger)
- Small water bottle
- Match Boxes or Cigarette Lighter
- Few candles
- Plastic Bags / Plastic Zip Lock Bags
- Twist-ties, safety pins
- Novels or two
- Pens, pencils
- Chocolates, toffees
- Chocolates, toffees, chips, chewing gums, mouth freshener, dry fruits etc.
- Pre-cooked food if possible
Camera & Photography Kit
- Camera with bag
- Camera Charger and its cable
- Camera Battery
- Camera Cleaning Kit
- Remote Release
- Photography Handbook
- Extra Camera Battery, if possible
- Extra Remote Release Battery, if possible
- Extra memory cards, if possible
Toilet & Bath Accesories
- Tooth Brush
- Tooth Paste
- Toilet Soap
- Shampoo Pouches according to the schedule or a small shampoo bottle
- Tissue Papers
- Face wash if required but common for girls
- Hair Oil
- Moisturizing Cream
- Lip Guard
- Cologne Talc
- Small Mirror
- Feminine Hygiene, if required
- Shaver / Razor / Trimmer
- Shaving Blades ( If possible keep some extra blades)
- Shaver Brush
- Shaving Foam or Cream
- Clothes as per the schedule
- At least one light jacket
Mountains Must Haves
- Digital Thermometer (Optional)
- Cold Cream
- Lip Guard
- Hats / Caps
- Heavy Woolen Clothing including woolen socks (Severe Cold / Snow)
- Woolen Hand Gloves (Severe Cold / Snow)
- At least 2 pairs of thermal.
Trekking Must Haves
- Mountains Must Haves
- Hard Wooden Stick (Also handy in snow for the grip)
- Rain / Snow Protection Gear like Rain Coat / Rain Suit
- Hats / Caps
- Gaiters for snow or water
- Water Bottles (Snow trek needs more water than we think)
- Trekking Shoes
Medicine or First-aid Box
- ORS or ORS-L Tetra Packs at least 5 in number
- Pain Relief Spray
- Pain Relief Cream or Gel
- Betadine – Antiseptic cream
- Savlon or Dettol – Antiseptic solution
- Combiflaim or Flexon – Pain Killers
- Crocin or Paracetamol – Mild Fever
- Avomine – Relief from Dizziness, Motion Sickness and Vomiting
- Digene – Relief from Flatulence, Indigestion, acidity (mild)
- Zinetac 150mg – Acidity or gastric problems (only if severe)
- Eno Sachets – Quick Gastric Relief
- Entroquinol – Relief from Loose motion (mild)
- Metrogyl – Relief from Loose motion (high)
- D-Cold Total or Vicks Action 500 for cold
- Crepe Bandage – 2 (for injury)
- Band-Aid Fast Heal Wash proof – Long, Square and circle patches
- Cotton and Dressing Bandage
- Becosules for vitamin B-complex
- Eye Tone for soothing eyes
- Nasivion for blocked and dry nose
- Ongoing Regular Medicines, if any
Places to See & Visit in Manali
1. Rohtang Pass
The postern to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Rohtang Pass is a standout amongst the most energizing Manali visitor places. Situated at a separation of 51km from the town of Manali, it falls on the Manali-Keylong Highway and is one of the most astounding and most awesome goes in the area.
The pass goes about as a characteristic partition between the valleys of Kullu and heaps of Lahaul and Spiti making a wonderful amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist societies. The slant pulls in individuals from everywhere throughout the district to value its excellent perspectives and crisp snow! In any case, be cautioned that to visit this pass one needs consent from the Indian Army that clears the snow all together for the vehicles to pass easily.
There are various enterprise brandishes that can keep you intrigued, for example, skiing, skating, paragliding, snow bike, and the sky is the limit from there. Somewhat in front of the Rohtang Pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin pinnacles of Gaypan, which are known for their general perspectives of the whole Kullu valley. The place is best gone to amid the times of summer as amid the winter the whole zone is secured under a thick cover of snow and ice.
Notwithstanding, the pass has an evil history as the name itself means signify ‘The ground of Corpses’ alluding to the quantity of individuals who have lost their lives advancing up this dubious yet excellent mountain run. Along these lines, be cautioned not to go for broke and to tune in to wellbeing guideline or perused up on them before you visit the pass.
2. Solang Valley
On the off chance that you are finished with wandering around the normal Manali visitor puts, the take off to Solang Valley. Laying between Solang Village and Beas Kund, Solang Valley gets its name from to separate words in particular, Solang (the town close-by) and Nullah (Water Stream). A delightful valley arranged at a separation of around 13km from Manali, it is best known for its remarkable perspectives and dazzling normal capers.
From Solang Nullah, once can get a superb perspective of the icy masses, the snowcapped tops close to the Rohtang Pass and immense fields of snow and ice. The height of Solang Nullah is to such an extent that it offers an ideal place to play in the snow and go skiing on the slants. The visitor place of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali is likewise arranged here.
The foundation sorted out winter skiing celebration every year and opens up classes and workshops for vacationers and explorers also. You can feel like a kid at the end of the day as you slip, slide and play in the snow! As the late spring sets in, the range turns into a center point for adventurists looking for different exercises, for example, parachuting, zorbing, paragliding and steed riding. The zone additionally has various trekking and outdoors alternatives making it a most loved among explorers and daredevil.
3. Jogni Waterfalls
In the event that you are hoping to leave on a trek to a standout amongst the most remote and untouched spots to visit in Manali, at that point Jogni additionally called as Jugni Waterfalls is the best place to be. Situated at a simple separation of around 3km from the principle market of Manali, it can be come to specifically by a vehicle. When you stop at the base of the falls, you will see the delightful normal view that encompasses the whole falls region.
The trek course goes through limited ways and is stunningly lovely as it crosses plantations, pine woods and a few little streams. Al through the way, you can see the tops at Rohtang Pass and the spout of the Beas River streaming by. The trek to the highest point of the waterfall goes on for around 20 minutes and will open you to probably the most tranquil delights of nature. Attempt to make it toward the evening when the daylight gets beads of the waterfall.
4. Bhrigu Lake
Otherwise called the ‘Pool of Gods’, Bhrigu Lake is a glorious a pleasant water body that is situated at a separation of around 43km from the town of Manali. Every year, the lake draws in a huge number of trekkers and guests who come here to welcome the peaceful, completely clear blue pools of the lake as a piece of their agenda to visit Manali visitor places.
Ascending to a stature of around 14,100ft it is situated on the eastern courses of the Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous frigid pools of the Kullu Valley, it compensates for being an immaculate end of the week excursion on your next trek to Manali.
The lake is circumscribed by cold pinnacles of the Himalayas on all sides and is a direct to troublesome trekking adventure. Likewise close-by is the Nehru Kund, which is a characteristic water spring that is nourished by the waters of the Bhrigu Lake and is genuinely beautiful.
The trekking course to Bhrigu Lake begins either at the town of Gulaba or Vasishth Temple, either ways it roosts you up at a tallness of very nearly 14000ft appropriate on the second day, making it a standout amongst the most spellbinding treks of the Pir Panjal Ranges. Local people of the town trust that this lake has been honored by the sages and Gods which is the reason, it never solidifies over totally even in the seasons of unforgiving winters
Sitting unobtrusively in the Parvati valley between the slope stations of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol is a perfect getaway that gives dazzling perspectives of the Himalayan pinnacles. Effortlessly come to by street from the town of Manali, it pulls in guests from world over to value its unmistakable, untouched magnificence once they are finished with the fuss of spots to see in Manali.
The calm environment, low populace and a generally direct atmosphere consistently, convey hikers to Kasol a seemingly endless amount of time. The flower child vibe of the town is strong to the point that there are small settlements which welcome explorers to set up camps here, at whatever time of the year. It is additionally the begin purpose of different treks, for example, Sarpass, Pin Parvati and Khirganga. The really coniferous timberlands, lively, upbeat streams and a cheerful social vibe, every one of them add to making Kasol a top draw for vacationers everywhere throughout the world!
6. Hadimba Temple Manali
A sanctuary committed to the legendary evil spirit goddess Hidimba, the spouse of Bhima from the Mahabharata, this sanctuary is among the top attracts for sightseers Manali. The sanctuary was built in 1553 and is a standout amongst the most acclaimed spots to visit in Manali.
The wood and stone work is reminiscent of the Japanese pagodas and in addition the Indian style of sanctuary architecture.The most lovely aspect of this sanctuary is that it is secured by Cedar backwoods at its foothills and is based on an extensive shake beat that extends out through the ground.
The sanctuary has stunningly cut wooden entryways and 24 meters tall shikhar at its stature. The sanctuary likewise has a vile past however, as it is trusted that previously, religious experts would tie the hands of delinquents by the rope and swing them against the stone. Around seventy meters far from the sanctuary lies another landmark, which is worked to pay tribute to the offspring of Bhima and Hadimba, Ghatotkacha
7. Vashisht Hot Water Springs & Temple
Around 3km from Manali is a lovely characteristic ponder called Vashisht heated water springs, these are sulfur springs which gush high temp water throughout the entire year and are said to have therapeutic properties. It is trusted that the water can cure various skin contamination and infections including dermatitis, psoriasis and others. Obviously, you require not be stressed for security as there are separate showers for both men and ladies. Very much brightened, they are fitted with Turkish style showers so you can manage the stream of hot and cool water.
There are likewise various antiquated sanctuaries in the region which make it one of the must spots to visit in Manali. Enjoying a plunge with the stunning Himalayas on the setting is unquestionably an exceptional affair.
Timing: 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM and 02:00PM to 10:00 PM
8. Old Manali
In the event that you need to see the opposite side of Manali and the touristy town, simply go out for a stroll over the Manalsu River extension and traverse into the piece of Manali that is otherwise called ‘Old Manali’. The outlandish appeal of the town will make you sense that you have strolled into an entire other world. The town has by one means or another cut out its very own specialty and figured out how to hold the old world appeal, where you have the trademark world explorer, hipster vibe in its middle, it likewise has the customs of the relics of the more established civic establishments.
The charming town setting will make you have a feeling that you have strolled into the cheerful and radical 1960s! The pathways are fixed with influencing Eucalyptus trees and the little streets pas through valleys that are plentiful with greenery. The smoothness of the surroundings is broken just by the twittering of winged creatures and the spout of the River Kullu.
Attractions: Apart from the sheer mountain excellence, there are various spots to visit in Manali old town. The most exceptional and must visit among them being the interesting diners like Lazy Dog, Red House Café, Bob Dylan’s Café, Café m 1947 and Pizza Olive. These serve wonderful world cooking styles like Pasta, Burgers and delicious Pizzas
9. Van Vihar National Park
A standout amongst the most incessant spots to visit in Manali, the Van Vihar National Park pulls in guests fundamentally on account of its optimal area, which is hit into the Mall street in Manali. The recreation center is an appreciated reprieve from the group and the contamination with its tall and shady forests of Deodar, birch and pine. There are various wooden and cement seats inside the recreation center, which give rest, unwinding and entertainment to its guests.
Remove your shoes and take a lackadaisical stroll over the garden ways of this superb safe house of nature. You could likewise have a ton of fun cruising around in a vessel that sails in the little lake inside the region of this stop. Set in the midst of lovely and verdant environs, the recreation center is an ideal rest for any individual who visits it and compensates for an awesome place for an unconstrained excursion or basically a long walk!
10. Rahalla Falls
Falling from a stature of 8,500ft, the Rahalla or Rehala Falls as they are called as a standout amongst the most staggering common spots to visit in Manali. They are situated at a separation of 16km from the town while in transit to the Rohtang Pass and are must stop over on your approach to visit this safe house of snow. The falls are shaped by ice sheets as they dissolve on their way down from the mountains. It is one of the best places to appreciate photography or simply sit calmly by and respect the regular magnificence.
The braver can go trekking up the mountains behind the waterfall falls. The waterfalls are set in the midst of thick bushes of Deodar, birch and pine trees, making it one of the dazzling spots for photography. Seeing the place and the tender musicality of the falls gives moment peace and concordance to anyone who visits it.
Timing: The waterfalls are best gone by in the times of March and November
11. Pandoh Dam
Around 6km from the town of Pandoh is the shocking sight of the Pandoh Dam which gives a sight to the sore eyes. This is one of the best places to visit in Manali in the event that you are hoping to invest energy in a virgin, unexplored place. The dam is worked over the Beas River and lies in the Mandi area of Himachal Pradesh. It is a piece of the hydroelectric vitality era venture of India.
The dam is encompassed by tall pine trees and the verdant green slopes of the Himalayas. Albeit swimming and water exercises are restricted in the catchment zones, you can in any case appreciate the greenery and beautiful excellence around the dam. The dam can be effectively come to by street as an unpleasant street drives straight up to the dam. In any case, earlier consent from specialists is required to visit the dam.
The place is perfect for end of the week treks, picnics, and a day excursion. There is likewise a little island amidst the lake which is ideal for quite recently unwinding with seeing cool water surrounding you! The dam is particularly suited for the snap glad photograph significant others out there who need to get a sight of nature in all its transcendence. Seeing the blue and green water supply most likely compensates for some extraordinary shots.
12. The Manali Gompa
Otherwise called Gadhan Thekchholing Gompa, the Manali Gompa was worked by Tibetan evacuees route back in the 1960s. This is a standout amongst the most prestigious spots to visit in Manali and loans guests with and unique sentiment peace and isolation. Albeit little in size, it is honored with otherworldly vitality that radiates out of it and loans an unmistakable atmosphere of purity. No big surprise then it is one of the top draws for voyagers everywhere throughout the world to look for gifts at.
The engineering is in a particular pagoda style and the outsides are brightened with artistic creations and wall paintings that best portray the way of life and methods of insight of Buddhism. The primary subject that sparkles forward among these is the Buddhist reasoning of peacefulness. The canvases inside the sanctuary portray the ‘Kaal Chakra’ or the stream of occasions in the life of Buddha.Well inside the intricate, you can likewise get a couple of Tibetan crafted works and take them back home as significant keepsakes to recollect this brilliant place.
13. Manali Winter Carnival
Each time around the beginning of New Year, Himachal Pradesh prepares to welcome the approaching year with aplomb and merriments and compensates for a standout amongst the most energizing Manali visitor places. The celebration is called Himachal Winter Carnival and it is doubtlessly a standout amongst the most remarkable and energizing social encounters.
The convention of commending the celebration goes path back to 1977, and over the passing years the celebration has expected a greater and more brilliant part and look. The Himachal Winter Carnival, that once advanced the way of life of the slopes with society moves and music; has now turned out to be shifted as different exercises like Bazaar, Street plays, band rivalries and nourishment celebrations have been included.
Normally celebrated on the shopping center street, which is one of the busiest zones of Manali, it is definitely a celebration that can’t be missed. You will get the opportunity to see bright artists, cheery music of the slopes, yummy sustenance and above all else become more acquainted with what the heartbeat of the general population of Manali truly is!
14. Arjun Gufa (Arjun Cave)
Around 5km from Manali, as you take the street that goes towards Naggar, you will touch base at this goal which is known as Arjun Gunfa. One of the strange spots to visit in Manali, it is packed with a large number of years of legends, fables and stories. The hollows are arranged on the left banks of the Beas River in a town called Prini. Legend has it that Arjuna from the epic of Mahabharata really played out his repentance here keeping in mind the end goal to achieve more prominent smoothness to deal with a weapon called Pashupati Astra.
Religious convictions in any case, individuals from everywhere throughout the world visit this enamoring site so as to see its common shake arrangements and magnificence. Near the Arjun Gunfa, you can likewise take a trip up to visit the Kunt Bhayo Lake and the Kunto Matha Temple, each of which is delightful in its own privilege. The caverns offer strange placidness, quietness and isolation far from the group at Manali. Notwithstanding, it is prompted that you visit the surrenders to proper light conditions in the open air.
15. Manikaran Gurudwara, Manali
Situated in the Parvathi Valley, along the banks of the Parvathi River is the Manikaran. A residential area, Manikaran has formed into being a prime vacation spot with its unfathomable regular hot springs and religious pioneer focuses. There has additionally been the setting up of a trial geothermal vitality plant in the area. At an elevation of 1760 m, the encompassing scene is as unimaginable and delightful as the legends and convictions established in the Hindu and Sikh confidence that draw in vacationers and pioneers from all sides of the world. The Gurudwara – a position of love for the Sikh confidence – in itself is a noteworthy fascination because of the serene showering managed by the regular hot lake. The normal geothermal bubbling water blended with the cooler water from River Parvathi raises murky billows of smoke that are both lovely and unwinding. The flavourful and valid sustenance given at the Gurudwara additionally adds its appeal to the entire experience. What’s more, this district is likewise home to various sanctuaries in love of the Hindu divine beings Rama, Vishnu and Krishna. This significantly profound and quiet area allows voyagers and sightseers to reconnect with themselves in the settling corners of the profound valley – an ordeal one will never lament.
16. River Beas
The Himalayan Mountains bring forth probably the most unblemished, forceful, and wonderful streams that cross the length and expansiveness of North India. Waterway Beas, which begins at Vyas Kund in the Rohtang Pass in Kullu, is a standout amongst the most essential streams in the nation and has turned out to be prominent with travelers for the pleasant scenes, delightful towns, and green valleys situated on its banks. Stream Beas, broadly known as the waterway where Alexander the Great was compelled to end his success of the world has developed as a spot for experience searchers and partners of nature alike. Beas goes through the Kullu-Mandi locales, with inexhaustible blossom filled knolls, apple plantations and terraced fields of paddy and maize making the stream course marvelous with stunning scenes. The well known vacationer slope station of Manali, where various voyagers throng to appreciate a break and loll in the lap of Mother Nature, is arranged on the banks of this waterway. Beas River is a paradise for enterprise significant others and offers the choices of wilderness boating and kayaking to adrenaline junkies, testing the amateurs and expert rafters alike. Other enterprise exercises incorporate waterway crossing, mountain rappelling, trekking, outdoors and paragliding. The shining, perfectly clear waters of Beas and the chilled, unadulterated quality of the Himalayas draw in individuals from all over to appreciate the plenteous products of nature.
Gulaba is a beautiful spot and is secured with snow from November to February. Situated at a separation of 20 km from Manali, Gulaba is en route to Rohtang Pass.
18. The Mall Road, Manali
Good place to spend time in evening and have food.