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8 unusual things to do around Manali

M.anali is not just a hub for honeymooners. As a starting point for hikes such as the Hampta Pass, Beas Kund and Lake Bhrigu, it is also frequented by hikers.

The fresh mountain air, snow-covered alpine trees and rich past this place attracts many travelers.

But although they are infested with tourists, there are many quiet and calm places that can be explored in Manali. In this list I want to introduce you to such hidden gems.

To do this, I spoke to experts from the Indiahikes teams who explored the length and breadth of Manali.

There are from hippie cultures to religious pilgrims doing an unusual thing in Manali for everyone on this list.

1. Get your dose of old Manali charm

The area around Old Manali is not only suitable for cafes and meeting places. Take a close look and, in the shadow of famous hangouts, notice quaint old Manali. It’s full of Culture, heritageand simple mountainous beauty.

Skip the crowd and head to the rustic surroundings of Old Manali. Photo by Kishan Upadhyay

The river Beas separates New Manali from old Manali. What’s really interesting is that Old Manali is part of the quirky banana pancake trail. Did you know about it?

You can rent a bike and explore Prini, Jagathsukh, and even Naggar Castle instead of spending time in crowded places

Bonus tip: In summer you can rent a host family in Prini. Located in the middle of apple orchards with ripe apples on the branches, it is an experience in itself.

2. Step back in time at Naggar Castle

Nestled on a cliff, surrounded by the great Himalayas and the graceful Beas River that flows next to it, is the castle of Raja Sidh Singh. Completely off Wood and stoneThis elegant castle is a popular place for history lovers.

The artfully preserved gallery and the unique architecture from this castle tend to mesmerize its visitors.

3. Experience the sunset at Hadimba Devi Temple

Sunsets are beautiful everywhere, but they only make for an unforgettable, emotional experience in the right place. One such place is Hadimba Devi Temple.

The old Hadimba Temple in Old Manali. Photo by Aditya Prakash

After a full day of biking or walking around, you will find this quiet place at Hadimba Devi Temple in ancient Manali and witness of the golden sunset is an experience like no other.

Bonus tip: You can beat the traffic and the expensive car tariff by taking a stroll along the Deodar Forest Trail from old Manali to Mall Road. The cemented path itself offers the visitor a serene experience.

4. Take a dip in the Vashisht Kund hot springs

It is 3 km from the main town of Manali. As you did for Hadimba Temple, instead of taking a car, I suggest you go to Vashisht Kund as well. It helps you Enjoy the mood from Manali at a leisurely pace.

The hot sulfur spring is very reassuring when the temperatures drop. A swim in Vashisht Kund can be very relaxing, especially after a hike to Hampta Pass or Bhrigu Lake.

5. Paragliding in the Solang Valley

Solang Valley is the only place in North India where you can go paragliding. Get one Bird’s eye view Getting from such a picturesque location is an added bonus.

The Solang Valley is a hub for paragliding. Photo by Jinu k

In winter, Manali becomes a hub for skiing, snow riding, sledding, and even ice climbing. Paragliding over Manali draped in the snow is a pleasure. But if you are on this adventure you have to Plan your visit accordingly.

6. Rafting in the Beas River

The most common thing someone does when visiting Manali is rafting in the mighty Beas River. The turbulent water and foamy white rapids are capable of delivering an adrenaline rush to even a quiet viewer.

The rapids in the Beas River make it ideal for an exciting rafting experience. Photo by Manan Dhuri

7. Buy wool clothes as a souvenir

Hikers often spend a lot of money on fake souvenirs in tourist places. To save you from this rookie mistake, I spoke to Experts | to find that A souvenir you can’t go wrong with when in Manali.

Look for warm wool clothing as a keepsake. Photo by Peter Livesey

Lakshmi Selvakumaran

Head of Experience

Look for small shops in the galleries near the bus stop. You will get high quality wool clothing, be it sweaters, socks or gloves, Himachal hats, coats made of fine wool that will keep you warm

Made on site Scarves are also a good buy provided you buy them from the small factory outlets. Improve your negotiation skills because this is where they will come in handy.

8. Food Places to Visit While in Manali

Old Manali is famous for its cafes. You can find a number of German and English bakeries here also.

Coffee rendezvous has good italian food. I would go back for her Pizzas especially, ”says Leo.

Go over to chopsticks get a Tibetan meal. Manali is known for Tibetan culture. It has invaded various aspects of Manali life from street food to local vendors on Mall Road.

You have to try the cider brewed by the locals. Photo by Rosalie

“Don’t miss this Cider brewed by the locals. It’s something you wouldn’t get anywhere else, ”says Lakshmi.

That brings us to the end of this list. But our conversation doesn’t have to end here. If you’ve done something unusual in Manali, do it Tell us about it in the comment Section below. I will add it to this list.

Have fun trekking!

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