14 Things That Should Be On Your To-Do List in Manali

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About Manali

Manali is a Himalayan hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Well known as a honeymoon and backpacking destination, Manali offers a plethora of activities for the adventure junkies especially during the summer months.

To reach Manali via bus, you can use the RedBus online booking app and get amazing RedBus offers. Use the RedBus offer codes to get cashbacks, discounts and more on the purchase of bus tickets to Manali.


Things To Do in Manali

14. Go Shopping

You can buy Tibetan & Himalayan handicrafts, woollen clothes such as shawls, Kinnauri & Kullu shawls, jackets and the famous ‘Kullu’ caps from the various street shops and markets in Manali. Some of the popular markets and shops in Manali are:

    1. Kashmir Gift House
    2. The Mall Road
    3. The Tibetan Market
    4. Manu Market
    5. Old Manali Market
    6. Himachal Handicrafts Emporium

Location: The Mall Road | Manu Market | Himachal Handicrafts Emporium


13. Try out the Delicious food in Manali

Manali gets a lot of foreign visitors and hence the place is dotted with many restaurants and cafes serving continental and European cuisine. Also, the local street food is a hit among travellers. You should definitely try out local delicacies like ‘Bombay in Manali’, ‘Samosas’, ‘Khatta’ and ‘Sidu’ Some of the popular eateries in Manali are:

    1. The Johnsons Café and Hotel
    2. Rose Garden
    3. IL Forno
    4. Café 1947
    5. Sunshine Café
    6. Drifters Café
    7. Martin’s (Himalayan Sports Club)
    8. Casa Belle Vista
    9. Aashiana Restaurant
    10. Mayur Restaurant

Location: The Johnsons Cafe and Hotel | Rose Garden | IL Forno | Cafe 1947


12. Go Trekking

Manali is best enjoyed on foot. Enjoy the lush greenery and snow of this mountainous place by going on treks in areas such as

  • Chandratal Baralacha
  • Hampta Pass
  • Deo Tibba Base Camp
  • Bara Bhangal Kalihani
  • Beas Kund
  • Chandrakhani Pass

Location: Hampta Pass | Deo Tibba Base Camp 


11. Get Mystified by the Ancient Temples

Manali is dotted with many temples having mythical tales. These sacred places are major sites visited by travellers. Some of these temples are:

  1. Hadimba Temple
  2. Manu Temple
  3. Gayatri Temple

Location: Hadimba Temple | Manu Temple | Gayatri Temple


10.Soak In The Hot Water Springs

Bathe in the hot water springs during the summer months. These springs are believed to have medicinal properties which can heal many ailments. These springs are:

  1. Vashisht Baths
  2. Manikaran

Location: Manikaran


9. Experience Biodiversity At Sanctuaries

The national parks in and around Manali exhibit nature’s bounty in the form of varied species of fauna, mammals and birds. These sanctuaries are enlisted below:

  1. Great Himalayan National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  2. Van Vihar National Park
  3. Manali Sanctuary

Location: Great Himalayan National Park | Van Vihar National Park | Manali Sanctuary


8. Visit the Arjun Gufa

This is the place where Arjuna meditated. You can contemplate in silence and absorb the beautiful view from this cave.


7. Go Backpacking in Old Manali

Old Manali which is located close to the main town is replete with swaying Eucalyptus trees, flowing water of the Beas River and lush greenery of the lofty mountains entailing a splendid trail for backpackers.

You can enjoy delicious and varied cuisines at several cafes. You should also check out the magic shop in Old Manali. There are a lot of fun items you can buy there.

Location : Navigate


6. Go White Water Rafting

Get the adrenaline rush by going white water rafting in the waters of river Beas.


5. Tour the Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

Explore rare antique collection of instruments, armament, decorative wood work etc at this museum.

Location: Navigate


4. Enroll for Yoga at The Shri Hari Yoga Ashram

Attend yoga sessions and heal your mind and soul at the Shri Hari Yoga Ashram

Location: Navigate


3. Have Fun by taking a Yak Safari

Riding a Yak can be a fun experience. You can find these Yak rides in the snowy mountainous areas such as the Solang Valley.


2. Visit the Gorgeous Solang Valley

Visiting Solang Valley is one of the top things to do on any traveller’s itinerary. The place is pleasing to an adventure enthusiast as well as to the laid-back traveller who simply wants to admire nature.

Activities During Summers:

  1. Paragliding
  2. Zorbing
  3. Quad Biking
  4. Gondola (Ropeway)
  5. Backpacking and Camping

Activities During Winters:

  1. Skiing
  2. Snowmobiling

Location: Navigate


1. Take A Thrilling Bike Ride in Rohtang Pass

This is one of the top things to do in Manali especially for an adventure junkie. Riding the Rohtang Pass is a thrilling experience. Passing the narrow roads with snow on either sides and the heavenly view of the Pir Panjal mountains is a surreal experience.

Location: Navigate


Other places & things to explore:


How to Reach Manali

Nearest Airport:

Bhuntar Airport (50 km away)

Book Your Flights Using: Cleartrip Flight Coupons | Goibibo Flight Coupons

Nearest Railway Station:

Ambala Cantt or Chandigarh

Nearest Bus Stops: 

There are frequent buses plying between Delhi and Manali. One can also get buses from Shimla, Dharamshala, Leh and Chandigarh to Manali.

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Rent A Car: The natural beauty of the hilly area of Manali is best experienced by taking a road trip. Travelling by car can be a fun experience. You can take suitable halts along the way.

If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from: Ola cab Coupon | Savaari Coupon | Shuttl Coupon


Where to Stay

Tall Trees Resort | La Ri Sa Resort | The Anantmaya Resort | Apple Country Resorts

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Book buses to Manali through RedBus online booking app and get great RedBus offers and discounts!

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