Said almost as if they were twins, Kullu-Manali tourism is more of a collaborative experience. Apart from being strung together by the mighty Himalayas, they are also joined by the spirit of adventure and a landscape that can put most European destinations to shame. Kullu Valley, on the banks of the Beas River, is one of the biggest valleys in the district. Its trekking trails to Parvathy Valley and Kheerganga are bucket-list worthy and its mountain passes are a challenge waiting to be accepted. A snow-clad Manali is power-packed with mountain adventures, from river rafting to skiing. Its Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples are quick-fixes to its vibrant culture. Though there are amazing places to visit in Kullu-Manali, it is the ride around its landscape you will come home bragging about!
Visit the Hot Springs at Manikaran. Just 1.5 hours away from Kullu, the fabled hot springs of Manikaran are a sight for sore eyes. Spot Some Fauna at the Great Himalayan National Park. With 31 species of animals and 181 species of birds existing in an undisturbed Himalayan habitat, the wildlife lover in you won’t be disappointed. Trek to Kheerganga. Situated in the Parvati Valley, this is easily one of the most picturesque treks amidst the great mountains. The 11 km - walk is rough but the view more than makes up for it. Explore History at Naggar Castle. The former capital of Kullu, Naggar is brimming with heritage in the form of temples, a castle and an art gallery dedicated to a Russian artist who made Naggar his home.
Go Paragliding. Watch the landscaped beauty of the valley and enjoy the thrill of sailing in the air. Try Rock Climbing and Rappelling. Climb the untamed mountains of Solang and get a taste of raw adventure. Go skiing. Embark on the ultimate Himalayan adventure down the slopes of Solang. A must try of all the things to do in Kullu Manali.
Drive Through the Rohtang Pass. Passing through wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, the drive will be the one you won’t forget. The pass is mostly closed in winter between October and May. Permits are required. Go White-water Rafting in the Beas River. Feel the chilling glacial water hit against your skin as you wade your way through the scenic route of the river. Spend some time at the Monasteries. Peek into the culture and also enjoy a day of serenity after the mad adventure. Popular monasteries are Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa, and Manali Gompa. One of Kullu Manali Tourism's most spiritually uplifting delights. Visit the Hadimba Temple. The popular 15th century temple is known for its architecture as well as the beautiful cedar forest that surrounds it.