- Its a constant request from guests who are visiting Manali to ask,
Manali and what else? During Summer options like Shimla, Dharamsala,
Dalhousie are not only far but also don't present much of an experiential
experience. So these combination that are suited in combination with
Access - Bhuntar near Kullu (50
kms from Manali) now gets direct flights from Delhi. Chandigarh is about 300 kms
Sohja (8500 ft asl) - About
120 kms from Manali and 80 kms from Bhuntar, a Himalayan destination at 8500 ft
asl just 5 kms short of Jalori pass and offering excellent options for walks and
treks around the area.
Open - All round
the year. It snows in Jan-March period.
from Banjara Retreat, Shoja
Valley (4500 ft asl) - Here one can explore Great Himalayan National
Park (GHNP). Activities such as Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Nature Walks,
Joomaring, River Crossing, overnight camping etc are conducted by the
resorts here. River Tirthan is known for Trouts and so good for Trout
fishing (March - November)
Season - March - November is the best time to explore the area. It doesn't
snow much in Winter but its cold.
(5300 ft asl) - Earlier a Pilgrimage destination 45 kms from Kullu.
Then it became popular for its hot springs and as a base point for a
number of treks around Manali. Now resorts here offer activities such as Angling,
Mountain Biking, Nature Walk, River Crossing, Rappelling, Rock Climbing,
Treks, Jungle Barbeque, Mountain Climbing, Rafting, Hot Air Ballooning.
Open - All round the year. Apr - June and Sept-Oct are the best time
to be here for activities.
(5500 ft asl) - Between Kullu and Manali is Raison, a riverside
adventure getaway. Here Nature
Nest is a resort that offers cottage / tented stay and a variety of
activities such as White Water Rafting,
Air Ballooning, Trekking & rock climbing, Nature Walks, Village
Open - All
round the year. Apr - June are the best time to be here for
Valley (8000 ft asl) - 15 kms from manali offering excellent
views and riverside ambience. This the centre of a lot of adventure
activities being conducted in Manali. This is also an excellent option for
those who want to have none of the Manali's crowded town centre and want
to be as cut off as possible.
(Jan-March) - Skiing (During Winter Season) and Snow Scooters and Snow
Summer (Apr-June, Sept-Nov. Rest of the year subject to weather) -
Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Paragliding,
River Crossing, Rock
Climbing and Rappelling, Hot Air
Ballooning, Trekking, Night
navigation, Bush Craft, Zorbing,
Fishing / Angling in River Beas
Open - All
round the year. There is always something for the adventure seeker in
Solang Valley all round the year.
from Solang Valley
(12000 ft asl) - Ladakh type dry desert and high altitude
experience at just 200 kms from Manali via Rohtang and Kunzumla
Pass. Ki Monastery, world's highest inhabited villages, arid desert
like landscape, awesome Himalayan views all around await guests besides an
exhilarating drive across river beds. glaciers and very remote uninhabited
regions. Based on Kaza one can visit Tabo and Dhanker Monasteries as well.
June (Kunzumla Pass opens around June 10th) - Sept
from Kaza Town
(14000 ft asl) - About 100 kms from Manali and one has to take a
detour few kms before Kunzumla Pass on the Manali-Kaza Route. The lake is
considered ultimate in terms of adventure and beauty. The accommodation
here is basic and therefore one has to be adventure frame of mind before
considering an overnight stay.
July - August
(11000 ft asl) - 128 kms on the Manali-Leh Route. Riverside and
Himalayan beauty all over. From here monasteries, Suraj Tal lake can be
visited. There are some local trek routes also that can be explored.
June - Sept (After Rohtang Pass opens)
can all be combined with a Manali stay. Combinations that are possible and
* Manali - Jispa
* Manali - Kaza
* Sohja - Manikaran / Raison / Solang
* Manali - Chandertal - Kaza
* Manali - Jispa - Kaza
* Tirthan Valley - Manikaran