Manali is beautiful hill destination in Himachal Pradesh in north India. The town is placed in the trance Himalayan range and thus is a convenient spot for Greater Himalayan exploration too. For its pristine landscape, Manali has clearly emerged as a preferred destination for backpackers and long duration travelers. Someone wanting to write a book, do yoga and meditation, or someone wanting to explore nature and wildlife can look forward to Manali trip in north India.
Malana – The Isolated Village
Nestled in the Parvati Valley, Malana is a remote village known for its isolation and distinct culture. It’s famous for its Malana Cream, a high-quality hashish. The village is a trek away from Manali and provides a unique opportunity to interact with the locals, who have their own language and customs. The ancient Malana village, with its quaint stone houses, is a photographer’s dream.
Jana Waterfall – A Natural Oasis
A hidden gem, the Jana Waterfall is a serene spot located near Naggar, a short drive from Manali. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and provides a tranquil escape from the bustling town. You can enjoy a picnic by the waterfall and even try local Himachali cuisine at the nearby Jana Waterfall Cafe.
Hampta Pass – Trek to the Unknown
For those seeking a challenging trekking experience, Hampta Pass is an excellent choice. This trek takes you through diverse landscapes, from lush green valleys to high-altitude deserts. You’ll cross the Hampta Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the Lahaul Valley. This offbeat trek is a great way to explore the hidden beauty of the Himalayas.
Manu Temple – A Spiritual Journey
While Manu Temple is not exactly a hidden gem, it often gets overshadowed by more popular attractions. Situated in Old Manali, this ancient temple is dedicated to Sage Manu and is believed to be the birthplace of humankind according to Hindu mythology. The peaceful ambiance and intricate woodwork of the temple make it worth a visit.
Chha Gosht – A Culinary Adventure
For food enthusiasts, Chha Gosht is a hidden culinary gem of Manali. It’s a traditional Himachali dish made with marinated lamb or mutton, slow-cooked with a blend of spices and herbs. It’s a dish that truly reflects the flavors of the region. You can find it in local eateries, and it’s a must-try for anyone looking to explore Himachali cuisine.
Tirthan Valley – Serenity Unveiled
Tirthan Valley, a few hours’ drive from Manali, is a serene and less-visited destination. It’s known for its pristine landscapes, crystal-clear Tirthan River, and the Great Himalayan National Park. Trekking and birdwatching are popular activities here. The valley offers a peaceful retreat away from the tourist crowds.
Solang Nala – Adventure in Every Season
While Solang Valley is known for its adventure activities, it has some unique experiences to offer beyond skiing and paragliding. Try zorbing, a thrilling activity where you roll down a hill inside a giant transparent ball. It’s a fun and memorable way to enjoy the picturesque surroundings.
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