Kullu Manali Tour Places to Visit in 2019

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Best Kullu Manali Tour Places

Kullu valley needs no mention when we talk about hill station escapes in India. Kullu and Manali are two picturesque towns located in this valley and are two of the most visited destinations in India throughout the year. Due to both Kullu and Manali being situated in close proximity to each other, they are often referred together as Kullu-Manali. Whether you are travelling with friends, family, by yourself or with a special someone, there are many Kullu Manali tour places which will guarantee you the perfect all-round hill station vacation experience.

Here is the list of 29 Kullu Manali Tour Places to Visit in 2019

1. Bijli Mahadev Temple, Kullu

3.6 /5

Bijli Mahadev Temple is the one temple in Kullu that you cannot miss. From a legend where lightning strikes, to a huge structure and surreal surroundings with some of the best views and sceneries of Kullu, the temple is enchanting in every bit. It is said that the Bijli Mahadev Temple houses a Shiva Linga which was broken into pieces by lightning, that was brought back together and bounded by a temple priest using butter. The word around is that this repeats itself every year.

Timings : Open 7 days a week. 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 3 hours

2. Raghunath Temple, Kullu

3.6 /5

The oldest temple in the valley is a place of much festivity and colour around and during Dussera and even otherwise assumes much religious importance amongst the locals.

Timings : Open 7 days a week. 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 30 mins to 1 hour

3. Rohtang Pass, Manali

4.4 /5 View 5+ photos

When planning a trip to Manali, a day off to the vista point of Rohtang is the ultimate and almost essential attraction of the itinerary. Located at a distance of just 51 kilometres from the main town, Rohtang Pass can be reached only by road. The pass is located at a massive height of 3978 metres, the way up the hills is a treat to the eyes. As the vehicle climbs higher on the Manali- Keylong road, the beauty of the landscape around will leave you awestruck. A peculiar fact behind the name of the place is that it was named so because a number of people working in CBRE died whilst trying to cross this treacherous stretch. Owing to its splendid natural beauty, Rohtang Pass is a favourite among the community of film directors. Many blockbusters ranging from 'Jab We Met' to 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' have been shot here. 

Timings : Open 7 days a week. Usually visited during daytime
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 3 to 4 hours

4. Great Himalayan National Park, Kullu

4.2 /5 View 5+ photos

Great Himalayan National Park, situated in Himachal Pradesh is spread over an area of 754 square kilometres at an altitude of between 1500 to 6000 m. Among the many Kullu Manali tour places, this national park is where one can up close and personal with nature. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1984 and has four valleys named Sainj Valley, Tirthan Valley, Jiwa Nal Valley and Parvati Valley. They are all famous for their natural and scenic beauty. The Great Himalayan National Park is one of India's national parks, which is located in Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful location of the national park becomes all the more attractive due to the Deodar and Oak trees.

Timings : Open 24 hours
Entry Fee : INR 50 (Indian nationals), INR 200 (non-Indian nationals), INR 30 (Indian Students). INR 100 (non-Indian national students)
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 hours

5. Solang Valley, Manali

4.6 /5 View 6+ photos

When heading to Kullu Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang Valley. 14 kilometres to the north west of the main town of Manali, Solang Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang has it all.

Timings : Open all days. 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 hours

6. Hadimba Temple, Manali

4.4 /5 View 6+ photos

Located amidst the snow covered hills of Manali, the Hadimba temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Hadimba Devi, who was the wife of Bhima and mother of Ghatothkach. Surrounded by gorgeous cedar forests, this beautiful shrine is built on a rock which is believed to be in the image of the goddess herself. The construction style of the temple is entirely different from that of any of the other temples, with its wooden doorways, walls, and cone-shaped roof. This temple is a fitting dedication to its presiding deity Hadimba.

Timings : Open all days. 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

7. Vashisht Baths, Manali

3.7 /5

While most temples will leave you spiritually rejuvenated, there are a few where you can take a dip into hot water springs and baths, which leave you refreshed and maybe even healthier.

Timings : Open all days. 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fee : INR 35 for 30 mins
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

8. Manikaran Sahib, Kullu

3.3 /5 View 17+ photos

Known For : Hot Springs in Manikaran Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara Kulant Pith

Located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, Manikaran is one of the most visited Kullu Manali tour places for pilgrims. It is an important pilgrimage destination for both Sikhs and Hindus. The hot springs, religious tendencies, and beautiful surroundings attract a lot of people. A good number of temples and Gurudwara, Manikaran Sahib forms the religious pattern of the place.

Timings : Open all days
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 hours (day visits)

Best Time: October to June

9. Hampta Pass Trek, Manali

3.5 /5

Hampta Pass, situated in the Manali region of the Himachal Pradesh, serves as one of the most convenient and enjoyable treks. Laden with pristine form of nature, the trail comprises of dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows and panoramic landscape.

Best Time : Mid-June to Mid-October
Cost : INR 5000 to INR 9000
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 days

10. Parvati Valley Trek, Kullu

4.2 /5 View 9+ photos

Regarded as one of the most challenging treks in the northern Himalayan region, Parvati Valley Base Camp Trek is perfect for those seeking adventure. The mesmerising views all around will not only leave you spellbound by its beauty but also filled with adrenaline by the challenges it throws at you at every nook and corner.

Best Time : March to June
Cost : INR 5000 to INR 10000 (starting point - Delhi)
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 days

11. Malana, Kullu

3.7 /5

Malana is an ancient solitary village in Himachal Pradesh in an isolated and charming plateau by the side of the Malana River. Known as Malana Nala, it lies in Parvati Valley which is a quaint corner away from the rest of the world. One of the unique aspects of this destination in Kullu Manali is the strong culture and beliefs of the locals, who follow their rules with the utmost tenacity. According to them, Malana is the place where democracy is best followed with the organised parliamentary system, guided by their deity Jamlu Rishi. It is believed that Jamlu was worshipped during the pre-Aryan times. It has been the subject of various documentaries like Malana : Globalisation of a Himalayan Village and Malana, A Lost Identity. Their court system resembles The Ancient Greek System as they believe themselves to be the followers of Alexander the Great.

Best Time : May to August
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 days

12. Kasol, Kullu

4.2 /5 View 14+ photos

Known For : Kheerganga Trek Trekking in Kasol Tosh

A small village in Himachal situated along the banks of the river Parvati, Kasol is a top tourist attraction among the Kullu Manali tour places. This little town is rapidly gaining fame as a very popular hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. Commonly known as the Amsterdam of India, this quaint little village is resplendent in natural scenic beauty, and is one of the few places in the country that is yet to be ruined by urbanisation and commercialisation. Situated between the towns of Bhuntar and Manikaran, Kasol might seem like a plain, nondescript village from the outside, but it is one of the best places in the country to just sit back and chill in the lap of nature.

Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 days

Best Time: October to June

View packages starting from ₹ 6,500

13. Bhrigu Lake, Manali

Bhrigu Lake is a high altitude lake located in the district of Kullu, about 40 kilometres away from Manali. The route to the lake passes through entrancing meadows which are also called the Bhrigu Lake Meadows. Not many tourists know about the beautiful Bhrigu Lake Meadows that can be compared with the alpine meadows found at high altitude locations like Switzerland. As one walks through the expansive stretch of grasslands amidst snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, they are bound to feel like they have entered a different world altogether. Those who constantly search for locations to escape the city life, traffic and pollution, this is the place for them.

Timings : Open all day. Preferably visited during daytime
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 4 days are required to trek to Bhrigu Lake

14. Gulaba, Manali

Gulaba is a beautiful little village located about 20 kilometres from Manali on the route to Rohtang Pass. Gulaba has an enchanting natural landscape that attracts tourists in large numbers. One can explore the region trekking, set up a camp to soak in its natural beauty. The region receives heavy snowfall during winters and pockets of snow remain the rest of the season, even in April. Most of the tourists exploring Gulaba are on their way to the Bhrigu Lake who set camps on the Gulaba Meadows to rest. The beauty of the location is unmatched, and the picturesque scenery makes the stay or the journey a memorable event. The site was featured in some scenes from the famous Bollywood movie - Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. The location is a favourite amongst picnickers and nature lovers. Gulaba is a perfect attraction for those who want to experience tranquillity and escape their hectic lifestyles.

Timings : 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 day

15. Old Manali, Manali

3.9 /5 View 5+ photos

Away from the hustle and bustle that the town of Manali holds, Old Manali is a backpacker's paradise. Lying at a distance of 3 kilometers uphill from the central city, Old Manali is often frequented by tourists from all across the world. Here you can sit back and relax in the lap of nature, away from the hullabaloo of city life.

Ideal Time Spent : 2 to 3 hours

16. Beas Kund Trek, Manali

4.4 /5

The incredibly diverse country, India, doesn’t fail to mesmerise you with the scenic landscapes and breathtaking destinations. All the 29 states of this vibrant country offer you tons of places to visit and explore the beauty of nature. Himachal Pradesh, the mountainous state on the northern part of India is one such place which will surprise you with its natural grandeur. This state is home to the gorgeous town of Manali which is wildly popular among all Indians and foreigners as well. The lush green surroundings nestled amidst the hilly terrain will take you a whole other world. Other than being famous a tourist destination, it is also the way to one of the most undertaken treks - the Beas Kund Trek.

Best Time : Mid-May to Mid-October
Entry Fee : INR 7000 (approx)
Ideal Time Spent : 2 days

17. Kothi, Manali

Kothi Village is a quaint village located about 15 kilometres away from Manali on the foothills of Rohtang Pass. The village is a perfect camping destination and draws tourists for adventure and recreational activities from all across the world. The magnificent view of the natural landscape surrounding the village enchants everyone exploring the location. Most trekkers on their way to Rohtang Pass often camp at the town. One can get a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountain peaks, River Beas and the glaciers. One of the most interesting features is the view of River Beas flowing through a deep, narrow gorge. The breathtaking sight is worth witnessing and capturing in photographs. Kothi Village is a perfect attraction for nature lovers.

Best Time : Summer months (May to June)

18. Jogini Waterfall, Manali

Jogini Waterfall is located in the beautiful Valley of Manali in the North-Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is about 3 kilometres away from the bustling town of Manali and around 2 kilometres away from Vashisht Temple. Tourists have to trek ahead from the temple to reach Jogini Waterfall. The walk up to the waterfall goes through pine trees and orchard. The waterfall cascades from a height of 160 feet. Trekkers are sure to get mesmerised as they cross several smaller streams till they reach the beautiful waterfall. As one proceeds, they will get a beautiful view of River Beas and the peaks of Rohtang. If visiting during winter, these peaks are covered with snow making the scenery a splendid view. A complete treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, the Jogini Waterfall must be visited when exploring the breathtaking valley of Manali.

Timings : Open all days.
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 5 to 6 hours

19. Van Vihar, Manali

3.4 /5

Adorned with sky touching deodar trees and laid by a dense carpet of vivid shades of green, the Van Vihar is a haven for nature lovers and avifauna enthusiasts. Manali is a city famous for its unparalleled scenic beauty, and this site stands as a testimony to the city's stellar reputation. The Van Vihar National Park is a park run and maintained by the municipal corporation of the city. This beautiful garden is a popular and frequently visited destination for children and adults alike. The favourite attraction of this park is a sparkling man-made lake that rests in the middle of the lush green landscape and brings the entire vicinity to life!

Timings : Summers - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Winters - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : INR 5 per ticket
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

20. Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple, Manali

Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located in Manali and one of the most famous monasteries situated in north India. Its religious significance is highly important for devotees, but tourists are also drawn for its architectural beauty and tranquillity in the environment. The most prominent feature of Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple is the enormous statue or idol of Sakyamuni in a sitting or meditative posture. Right from the entrance, the divine and tranquil vibe of the monastery can be felt. The icon, statues and the colourful paintings on the walls add to the beauty of the monastery. A few minutes of meditation is highly advisable to get a glimpse into the peaceful lives of the Buddhist monks.

Timings : 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entry Fee : For prayer sessions - None, Photography - INR 20
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

21. Jana Waterfall, Manali

Jana Waterfall is located in a quaint village named Jana in the transfixing valley of Manali. It is a natural waterfall and a famous attraction which is a favourite picnic spot and is often visited by people residing nearby to escape the chaotic city life. The scenic beauty of the region under clear blue skies and fresh air is hypnotic. One has to trek to the waterfall through dense deodar and pine trees amidst snow-capped mountains. The sight of the snow covered peaks is simply exhilarating. This attraction is a must visit for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts going to Kullu Manali. Each direction one looks at will be a perfect frame to capture, and the entire experience of locating the beautiful waterfall will be such that one will cherish all their lives.

Timings : 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

22. Nehru Kund, Manali

3.4 /5

Nehru Kund gets its name from the first Prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru who is said to have had water from the natural spring, when he used to stay in Manali. One still finds here some cold and pristine water running here and a breath-taking scenery of mountains and valleys all around.

Timings : 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 hour

23. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, Manali

Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa is a monastery located in Manali which is a well known religious centre, especially for the Buddhists. However, people belonging to any religious belief are welcome to explore and soak in the divine spiritual vibe of the place. The monastery is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha. One will find some decorative murals on the structure that depict Lord Buddha's ideas and values about humanity and life. The monastery monks offer prayers, study and share their knowledge about Buddhism and the importance of tolerance and non-violence. Their presence and the prayers of the devotees or the followers increase the divine vibe ten folds.

Timings : 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

24. Manali Sanctuary, Manali

3.9 /5 View 5+ photos

A visit to Manali is no doubt incomplete without a holiday at the Manali Sanctuary, which is an astounding and impressive wildlife sanctuary located in Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The wildlife sanctuary is at a walking distance from the main town and city centre of Manali and is the ideal spot to explore the rich flora and fauna that the place harbours. Other than opportunities of sighting a variety of these reptiles, birds, animals and mammals; the place also has ample options that will entice the adventurous and fun loving soul. These include the fabulous trekking routes and camping facilities. The Manali Wildlife Sanctuary is no doubt a paradise on Earth for all animal and nature lovers who flock here in large numbers to experience what this heaven feels like. It is thus strongly recommended that you visit the place at least once in your lifetime.

Timings : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : INR 10 per ticket
Ideal Time Spent : 2 to 3 hours

25. Jagatsukh, Manali

Jagatsukh is a picturesque village, and the capital of Kullu locates about 7 kilometres away from the town of Manali. It is famous for its enchanting natural landscape and the ancient Jagatsukh Temples which are religiously important shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Sandhya Devi. Usually, Jagatsukh can be explored in a day. However, if one wishes to stay for a day or two, there are several hotels, resorts and homestay options available to choose from. They provide comfortable stays to suit every budget with delicious local and international cuisine.

Timings : Jagatsukh Village - Open all day, Jagatsukh Temple - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 4 to 5 hours

26. Rahala Falls, Manali

Rahala Falls, located at a distance of 29 kilometres from Manali Bus Stand, is a well-known picnic spot for locals and tourists on their way to Rohtang Pass from Manali often halt to explore the waterfall. The water found at the Rahala Falls is usually cold as the water comes from a melting glacier situated in the Himalayas. The surrounding is thickly vegetated with deodar and Silver Birch trees. The snow-capped Himalayan peaks can be easily seen from various locations around the waterfall. As one explores the site, they will know how the sounds of the birds chirping, the whistling of the trees and the trickling waterfall compliment the beauty of the location. This is something one has to experience in Kullu Manali all by themselves and cannot be explained in words.

Timings : 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

27. Pin Valley National Park, Spiti

4.2 /5

Set amidst semi-frozen rivers in the Pin Valley, the Pin Valley National Park is situated in the Cold Desert Biosphere Reserve situated in the Lahaul and Spiti District of Himachal Pradesh. The elevation of the park ranges from about 3,500 metres near Ka Dogri to more than 6,000 metres at its pinnacle. One of the fascinating facilities of its kind, the Pin Valley National Park is home to the rare species of famous Himalayan snow leopards and their prey, the Ibex. Due to its high altitude, only a limited number of animals and plants thrive here. However, Pin Valley National  Park is most famous for its incredible trek which is a delight for all its visitors. Owing to the many rare plant and animal species that it houses, the National Park was established in the year 1987 and has been a major attraction for trekking enthusiasts.

Best Time : Winter time (for animal sightseeing)
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 2 to 3 hours

28. Arjun Gufa, Manali

Arjun Gufa is considered to be a legendary natural formation in Manali. Among all of the Kullu Manali tour places, Arjun Gufa is one which calls out to the adventure junkies. The cave is a favourite picnic spot and is also famous for the adventure of exploring the creation from inside. It is located on the left side of River Beas and is very close to beautiful Prini Village. The climb up to the cave is exciting in itself with the surrounding natural landscape so beautiful it cannot be explained in words. The cave is a narrow path into a hill. With no light entering after a point, one has to explore and find their way into the cave through the darkness using flashlights. The uneven passage inside makes the exploration more exciting. At a little distance inside the cave, one is required to descend to reach a base area. It takes about 45 minutes to explore the whole cave.

Timings : Open all days
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 30 mins to 1 hour

29. Manu Temple, Manali

3.4 /5

Manu temple, a beautiful temple dedicated to Sage Manu, is located in the mesmerizing valley of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple lies in the Beas River Valley, in Kullu District which is about 275 kilometres North of Shimla. The topographical features of the valley are inviting, and trekkers all over the world are drawn to Manali. It has been a tourist attraction for quite some years, and travellers wanting to come closer to the divine powers of Indian deities usually come here seeking peace and to be spiritually enlightened. As one explores the region, they are sure to notice the calmness around the beautiful temple structure. Absorb the tranquillity as you breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the pleasant greenery around.

Timings : 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Entry Fee : None
Ideal Time Spent : 1 to 2 hours

Be it the summer or winter season, Kullu valley is always ready to host you for that much sought after vacation. So pack your bags, book your tickets and check off as many of the Kullu Manali tour places as you can!

This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer

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