Manali has some wonderful trekking options in its vicinity. There are some great treks for beginners, which are challenging enough to be fun & yet moderate enough, so as not to be very taxing for first-timers. These treks bring with them a guarantee of gorgeous foliage and some stunning landscapes and views. So, if you have the patience to complete the best treks near Manali for beginners, you definitely won’t regret it.
The Vashisht- Jogini Waterfall-Solang Valley Trek (fairly easy trek, duration of 5-6 hours)
Drive to Vashisht and enjoy bathing in the medicinal waters of the hot Sulphur springs here. You will feel utterly relaxed and rejuvenated after doing so, and will be ready for your trek. From Vashisht, you will start the trek and will encounter the Jogini waterfall en route. Then the trek will lead you through the village of Burwa, and finally you will reach Solang Valley. Here you can take in the gorgeous vistas of mountain peaks and glaciers. From here, you can drive down to Manali where you will probably want to have a hot meal!
Jogini Waterfall, Manali
Trek to Gulam Lang from Old Manali (moderate difficulty trek, duration of 6-7 hours)
You will start this trek in Old Manali and you will along the right bank of the Manalsu River. This river has been named after Rishi Manu. The first half of the trek is quite easy, being a gradual walk. The second half, however is a bit challenging as you have to go up the hill. Enjoy the beautiful scenery on this trek, and don’t forget to stop to take photos. Do carry plenty of water with you on this trek, which is one of the best treks near Manali for beginners.
Lama Dugh Trek, which starts from Hadimba Temple (more challenging trek due to high altitude, duration of 3-4 hours)
Drive up to Hadimba temple, which in and of itself is an incredibly beautiful place to see. After you have feasted your eyes on it, and have reveled in the spiritual experience, you can start the trek. The trek will be a climb up the hill towards Lama Dugh, which is a gorgeous grazing pasture for animals. From here, you can see meadows of wildflowers, a view which looks straight out of a movie. You can also see Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan and Deo Tibba from here. Bring some snacks along to enjoy at the top.
En route to Lama Dugh (Photo by Shanta TS)
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Manali is a well-known tourist destination for both Indian and international travellers. It is also renowned for the plethora of adventure sports and activities in its vicinity. But what if you prefer peace and quiet over extreme sports? Do you think that there is nothing for you in Manali? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong. Manali is also home to some of the most beautiful and serene temples in India. Here is a list of Manali temples that you can explore:
Hadimba Devi Temple, one of the most picturesque Manali temples
Located in the middle of a forest of cedar trees, the Hadimba Devi temple is dedicated to Hadmiba who was the wife of Bhim. Set on top of a rock, the architectural style of this temple is very unique. It has a cone shaped roof, influenced by Buddhist architecture and intricate woodwork on the doors. It is open from 8 am to 6 pm and you need at least a couple of hours to explore it properly.
The awe-inspiring Manali temple of Hadimba Devi (Photo by Indian Mirror)
Cave of Arjuna (Arjuna Gufa), a must-visit for lovers of lore and mythology
Legend has it that Arjuna, the great warrior used to meditate at the spot of the Arjuna Gufa, or the cave of Arjuna. As a result of Arjuna’s powerful meditation, he was granted the Pashupati Astra by Lord Indra. This cave is located at a distance of 4 kms from Manali, in the vicinity of Prini village. It is a must-visit for those who are enchanted by lore and mythology.
Vashisht Springs and Temple, a great spot for healing mind and body
Visit the Vashisht hot springs and temple early in the morning in order to beat the crowded peak hours. Located in the small village of Vashisht, the temple was built in the honour of Sage Vashisht on the bank of the river Beas. There are separate bathing areas available for men and women, where one can enjoy the medicinal properties of the hot Sulphur springs.
Heal your mind and body at the Vashisht temple and hot springs in Manali (Photo by Go2India)
If you have elders or spiritually inclined persons in your group while you are travelling to Manali, make sure to take them to these temples. They will definitely appreciate your care and consideration of their preferences.
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You’ve been planning and you’ve been doing your research. During the lunch break in office, you’ve been dreaming about the places you’ll visit and the photographs that you’ll take. Yet, a Himalayan holiday seems like a faraway fantasy. Whatever your reasons may be for still being stuck in Delhi/NCR- they are all excuses. Where there is a will, there is a way. We are here to tip you over the cliff of indecision into the wonderful world of the Himalayas. Read on below:
You Deserve a Break from the Polluted air of Delhi/NCR
Imagine yourself in the lap of nature. You are breathing in the fresh and clean Himalayan air. Rejuvenate your lungs with the smog free and pollution free environment of the hills. At least for the duration of your holiday, you can get rid of those headaches, sinus colds and wheezing bouts.
Fresh Himalayan Air. Photo Courtesy Pinterest
Take a Time Out from Office Madness
If office is the centre of your existence, then you my friend, need to re-think your priorities in life. Free your brain from the incessant chatter of your office mates and the minutiae of office politics. Let it recharge and become more creative.
Enjoy delicious local and Pahadi food
Although the food scene in Delhi/NCR is not bad, you can’t compare it to the simple and hearty fare of the hills. Have your pick of organic food made with the best of ingredients. Try new cuisines at the locally famous restaurants. Don’t forget to check out our list of the best Kasauli restaurants, if you’re considering travelling there.
Casa Belle Vista, Manali. Picture Courtesy Maps of India
Stay in comfortable accommodation & get pampered
One of the most important parts of any vacation experience is accommodation that is comfortable, elegant and hospitable. If you’re travelling to Kasauli, Manali or Rohanda this summer be sure to check out properties managed by White Mushroom holidays. They are highly rated on Tripadvisor and are keen to provide you with an impeccable accommodation experience.
Relax in Hotel Sanawar View, Kasauli
Create memories of a lifetime with your loved ones
You simply can’t put a price on memories created with your loved ones. Make your Himalayan holiday extra special by focusing on the people that matter to you the most. Go on long walks with them. Have BBQ dinners and listen to live music. Spend some time exploring your hobbies, be it photography or trekking.
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