Top 12 places that you can visit in Manali

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Whether summer or winter, Manali is an all-season destination which people love to visit. From gigantic mountains to waterfalls and valleys, Manali offers unique landscapes. Apart from sightseeing, there are activities for adventure lovers too like trekking. Here is a list of places that you must visit when travelling to Manali.


1. Jogini falls

This is one of the largest waterfalls in Manali. To reach here, one has to hike roughly for an hour from Bahang village. The trek goes through a jungle of pine trees and once you reach the top, the view of the waterfall is breathtaking. You cannot miss going to this majestic waterfall.

2. Knoi falls

Knoi Falls are around 11 km from Manali. The waterfall is a 5-minute hike from the main road where you can spot a sign for the same. The fall is surrounded by small shops that provide tea and Maggi. You can dip your feet in the water while having some snacks.

3. Rahala falls

Located on the way to Rohtang Pass, this waterfall is around 27 km from Manali. It originates from the glaciers and is a perfect spot for picnics and chilling around. You can enjoy the panoramic landscapes of the mountains.


4. Hadimba temple and Van Vihar

This temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bheema (one of the Pandavas). The temple is surrounded by a forest of Deodar trees known as Van Vihar. After offering prayers at the temple, you can go and chill around in the jungle.

5. Vashisht temple and hot water springs

Located in Vashisht village, this temple is believed to be 4000 years old. Adjoining the temple are hot water springs which have healing properties and cure skin problems. You cannot leave from here without taking a dip in the spring water.

6. Manu Temple

This temple is known as the only temple dedicated to Lord Manu, son of Lord Brahma. He is considered the creator of the human race. That’s why this temple holds such importance. It is also believed that he meditated at this spot.


7. Gulaba

This picturesque village is situated around 2 km away from Manali and comes on the way to Rohtang Pass. The landscapes are breathtaking and you surely cannot miss this place.

8. Kothi

Kothi is another beautiful village located around 12 km from Manali. It offers a view of snow peaks and is full of greenery.

9. Old Manali

This is a very lively place in Manali. It’s an ideal place for food lovers as there are numerous cafes with views of Beas River and offering finger-licking food. Apart from that, it has the most amazing market to shop from. From local souvenirs to hippie clothing and much more.

10. Sethan valley

If you want to take a break from crowded Manali, then this place is for you. This offbeat place is devoid of crowds and the beauty is untouched by the tourists. In winter you can choose to stay in igloos which is a unique experience. Otherwise, you can just visit it for one day.

11. Solang Valley

This beautiful valley is around 12 km from Manali and has so much to offer. In winter you can go skiing and in summer you can go horse riding, zorbing and paragliding. Both seasons offer breathtaking views of the Solang Valley and is an incredible place to explore.

12. Naggar Castle

Built-in 1460 AD, this is a medieval castle that is now run by HPTDC as a heritage hotel. History lovers should definitely visit this beautiful piece of architecture which is around 20 km from Manali. The entry fee is around INR 30.


There are so many places to explore in Manali that you cannot visit everything in one trip. It's better to explore offbeat places so you can experience the best of the Manali without the crowds.