Kullu Manali is one of the most visited tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh for travelers of all kinds. Blessed as they are with the snowcapped peaks and enchanting rivers and lush valleys, it is no wonder that natural sights count as the best places to visit in Kullu Manali. Many call it a gateway to the adventure extremes of Ladakh, but only to find their knowledge going vague about the region’s gut-wrenching opportunities. Be it trekking, paragliding, skiing and rafting; the region has a plethora of spots that are enough to suffice for the adventurer in you. With its snowcapped mountains, undulating lush valleys and meandering rivers as well as pleasant weather throughout the year; Kullu Manali is also a hot favorite among the family travelers and honeymooners in India.
The mid way Himalayan stoppage: Rohtang pass
Falling on the path to Leh / Keylong from Manali, Rohtang is a major tourist place to visit near Kullu Manali. With the spectacular view of glaciers, mountain peaks and downward flowing streams, the pass turns into an easy climb for just the sightseeing inclined families and couples. Besides sightseeing, skiing and sledge rides are also popular adventure sports to enjoy at Rohtang Pass.
It has a height of around 4000 m and with all sort of a rough Himalayan topography, the pass is also a base for trekkers making their march to the high above altitudes of Lahaul and Spiti. For it’s a motorable pass, adventure junkies and free riders can be seen heading to Ladakh as well on a motor bike; an ultimate high for the bikers. Rohtang Pass stays open round the year but best time is considered to visit Rohtang pass is between the summer months of June and October.
Solang Valley- Paragliding, Skiing, Zorbing, choose your pick
Closest to the hill station of Manali is a spot that has lately been famed as one of the most popular paragliding destinations in India. Before you glide your imaginations high above the whole valley, let us have a quick intro about the enticing basics of this place. Solang valley located on the banks of river Beas has its peaceful sojourn amidst lush greenery and mountains with milky white tops. Being a part of Himachal Pradesh, it is prone to adventure sports; but filled with an abundance of it, separates it from the rest. When winters take their toll; covering the entire Solang valley in tons of snow, skiing becomes the prime activity here. And when it gets all cleared in the months of summers you can enjoy paragliding, parachuting and zorbing as your excuses to wind up here every holiday. Fair to call it an apt summer and winter destination in Himachal Pradesh.
All time snowy ‘Gulaba’
A substitute of Rohtang Pass for the winter season; closed due to heavy snowfall, Gulaba is primarily a skiing destination in Himachal Pradesh. Interesting fact about Gulaba is it has reserves of snow available throughout the year. Now whenever you are in Manali; irrespective of the season the town is in, you can simply drive to Gulaba to kill your leisure time. If you wish to enjoy ski near about Manali! Gulaba has ample slopes ready for you. Peace lovers can find their place in the upper slopes, which stays aloof from the crowd.
One of Bollywood’s favorites- Kothi
Settled at the footsteps of Rohtang Pass, Kothi village in Manali is located around 20 km away from the center of Manali town. It is actually a quaint picturesque village that offers enthralling views of the snow-capped mountains, glaciers and amidst this subtle picture flows the Beas River that narrows dramatically after coming within its boundaries. The place serves as a nice camping site near Manali. Trekkers can have a fun time here, working their way through the Kothi village and finishing to the gorge. Its spectacular topography and location has given Kothi various opportunities to feature in Bollywood movies. Being settled at a good height and in good proximity with Manali, Kothi village also serves as a nice alternative for paragliding.
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