Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 3 - 4 hours
Entry Fee : Free
When heading to 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 favourite for adventure enthusiasts, parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini-open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang Valley has it all.
During winters, Solang valley is covered with snow, making skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of Solang valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers. Yes, Zorbing is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this amazing valley, while here.
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar, it is 10m away from Kullu and 50 km away from Manali, there are light vehicles and busses available for travelling to Kullu- Manali. Other than that, most tourists prefer staying overnight in Bhuntar and go around the nearby tourist destinations.
Road: The HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. NH21 connects the city of Kullu- Manali to the rest of north India through Chandigarh. It is a beautiful highway with river Beas flowing on one side and many river side cafes and restaurants where tables are placed on the shore and guests can actually dip their feet in the cold water of Beas and enjoy their meal.
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