Paragliding can be done near Kullu, Bir Billing near Dharamshala and also at Khajjiar. We did paragliding at Kullu. Make sure that you are following all the safety precautions. Carry shoes with good grip, as you have to stand on a hill top and run to get a lift for paragliding. Ensure that the pilot of your flight holds a valid license. Enjoy the experience of flying like a bird and see the beautiful views of the valley! An experience of a lifetime.
Season of Apples in August and September. You will rarely see a house which does not grow apples. Strongly recommended when you are in Himachal this time. Both the sides of road - heaps of apples to be transported. Eat a fresh apple with a your breakfast or drink the fresh apple juice. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!
Rohtang La ~ 4000 m above mean sea level, is a ride of about 50 KM from Manali. The ride is thrilling, Rohtang La is unpredictable - we did the ride through clouds. You gain a height of 2 KM or ~ 6000 FT, in these 50 Km.
A visit to the Roerich Art Gallery is a must if you happen to be in Manali. This gallery is run by the IRMT (International Roerich Memorial Trust). On display at the gallery are several paintings of Nicholas Roerich and his son Svetoslav Roerich. Upon seeing this art gallery in 2016, I got inspired to visit Ladakh.
The Himalayas for Roerich are a symbol of man’s spiritual ascent, his thousand-year link to this magical space on the planet. To the Himalayas Nicholas Roerich dedicated his heartfelt words, “...Himalayas! Here was the Abode of Rishis. Here resounded the sacred Flute of Krishna. Here thundered the Blessed Gautama. Here originated all the Vedas. Here lived Pandavas. Here was Gessar Khan. Here was Aryavarta. Here is Shambala. The Himalayas are the Jewel of India. The Himalayas are the Treasure of the World. The Himalayas are the sacred symbol of Ascent".
MacLeod Ganj is the center of Tibetan culture. A visit to the main Tibetan Temple is strongly recommended. McLeod Ganj and Dharamshala offer many activities but seeing the Tibetan culture is a differentiator here.
In Amritsar visit the Holy Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple), The Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border. The langar (community kitchen) at the Golden Temple feeds ~ 100000 people everyday. When you visit the Golden Temple, you are humbled by seeing, how people help the visitors from all over the world and of all faiths.