Top 10 Places to Visit in Manali in December – Complete Guide

Manali, in Himachal Pradesh, is one of the best adventure travel destinations in India.


It is ideal for spending time within the good outdoors, and Manali and its mountains will never cease to fascinate you – Top 10 Places to Visit in Manali in December – Complete Guide

Many of the adventures of Manali are often quite dangerous.

Especially if the region is experiencing severe weather like flooding or natural disasters like landslides.

Make sure to ascertain weather and road conditions before you began your trip.

If you are planning a trip to this Himalayan resort town, here’s the list of the top 10 places to see in Manali:

1.Solang Valley

Solang Valley is a short drive away from Manali.

It attracts travellers in winter, for its snow, and in summer, it is a haven for adventure and sports lovers.

January to March is the best time to ski and snowboard there.

A gondola (cable car) carries visitors 1.3 kilometers up to the runs; from where you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

After the snow clears, paragliding becomes popular. However, there are safety concerns (people have died in the past).

If you are looking for snow-based activities, winters are the best time to visit.

People who visit Solang Valley opt-out to visit Shiva Temple that is situated above the village.

2. Rohtang Pass.

Rohtang Pass could also be a well-liked excursion from Manali. Although heavy traffic is often a drag that makes it a challenge to achieve but you will not regret it.

It is located at an elevation of 4000 meters above sea level and connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh.

In addition to being a hub of nature lovers, artists, and photographers, Rohtang Pass is also a haven for adventure activities like mountain biking and skiing.

Once you get to the Rohtang Pass, there are many snow sport activities offered.

You can stop by Beas Kund, a temple on top of Rohtang Pass. It features a spring which is the origin of the Beas River.

3. Beas River

The powerful Beas River will accompany you on most parts of your Manali trip.

Because of the rapid flow of the river, it often can be quite dangerous. Especially after the snow melts and thus the water levels rise.

I advise you to avoid the river from March through April. Beas is a hub of water sports such as kayaking, zip-lining (flying fox) across it, and rafting.

Group of companies offers river rafting in Kullu Manali, from Pirdi (near Kullu town) to Jhiri.

from mid-April to June, and mid-September to October is the best rafting season.

Trips can easily be arranged in Manali.

4. Old Manali

Away from the rush and crowd of Manali town, you will find the relatively peaceful village of Old Manali.

Old Manali could also be a laid-back traveler center, thus the road here is lined with guesthouses, cafes, and tiny shops—ideal for chilling out and watching the earth pass.

If you are visiting Manali with friends, then you can consider booking your accommodation in the Old Manali area.

Manu Temple, dedicated to sage Manu, who was the primary man created by God consistent with Hindu mythology. It is nearly 3 km away from famous Mall Road of Manali,

5. Hadimba Temple

Also known by the names Hidimba Devi Temple and Dhungari Temple.

The temple was built in 1553 by Maharaja Bahadur Singh and features a facade of wood carvings.

It’s dedicated to Goddess Hadimba, the wife of Bhima from the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata.

Additionally, a desirable three-day temple festival takes place here in mid-May once a year. People from everywhere the region come to attend it.

6. Manali Nature Park

If you’re keen on immersing yourself in nature, don’t miss taking a stroll through the thick cedar trees in Manali Nature Park.

The towering trees of Manali Nature Park provide a dense shield, giving the park a magical, mystical feel.

Hiking and camping – You can also engage in some fun nature activities.

There’s another similar park, Van Vihar Park, with the entry adjacent to Manali town.

7. Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple

Another travelers’ hangout with inexpensive guesthouses, a place of great spiritual importance, Vashist is situated on the opposite side of the Beas River.

If you’re interested by alternative therapies like Reiki, massage, past life regression, and tarot, there is a superb Reiki center there.

It’s open from April to October, and spiritual retreats are held throughout the season. Otherwise, the foremost attractions are temples and hot springs.

What makes this destination more unique is the presence of Hot Springs. People believe that it has healing properties.

8. Jogini Waterfall

A short hike through the hills behind Vashist will take you to Jogini Falls.

Make sure you wear a pair of comfortable shoes and follow the regular trek route to stay safe.

The waterfall – a dip in its chilly water is invigorating, and thus the environment is truly enchanting.

There are a few small restaurants and guesthouses along the way, so you can stop for a meal.

9. Himalayan Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple

There’s a little Tibetan colony, just south of Manali town, that’s worth visiting for its serene and soothing Buddhist temples, and shops selling Tibetan handicrafts and carpets.

Himalayan Nyinmapa Gompa Temple is a famed Buddhist monastery. It has a huge gold statue of Lord Buddha.

It is the most famous monastery in all of Northern India. The temple is beautifully illuminated in the dark.

You will surely not want to leave the divine and tranquil vibe.

10. The Mountains

Many travelers use Manali as a base for trekking through the encircling mountains.

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If you do not want to travel alone, Himalayan Trails in Old Manali offers an honest range of outdoor activities including guided treks and day hikes.

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