Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Travellers are awestruck by the destination’s serene beauty – the Himalayas in the backdrop, River Beas splitting the town into two, and the lush alpine forests. Its natural beauty also makes Manali popular with backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. Here are the top 10 adventure activities in Manali.
Feel like a bird flying in the warm thermal air currents over the hills and valleys of the Himalayas as you experience paragliding in Solang Valley. The valley is a popular tourist attraction as it provides a great opportunity to paraglide amidst picture-perfect views.
Visit Manali to experience some amazing trekking and hiking trips along easy or challenging trekking trails that offer incredible views of the valley and its other landscapes. Travellers can opt for short walks of just a few hours as well as treks that last several days.
White Water Rafting
White water rafting or river rafting has become quite popular with travellers visiting Manali. A short drive from Manali takes one to a stretch of the River Beas, which offers grade 2 or grade 3 rapids or even more challenging rapids depending on the season.
Another adventurous activity offered to travellers at the Solang Valley; Zorbing is a summer recreational sport in Manali. Just get strapped inside a big inflatable ball and have a thrilling ride of a lifetime as you roll downhill. Zorbing is rather new here, but is quickly gaining popularity.
Camps are organised with expert instructors for all types of tourists. A typical camping experience in Manali will consist of sight-seeing tour and survival skills training as well as teaching of basic mountaineering techniques, river crossing, rock climbing, and soft trekking.
Rappelling is gaining popularity in Manali among locals and tourists alike. There are several spots which offer fantastic terrain for rappelling, including Aleo, Shuru, Nehru Kund, and Kothi.
Travellers can enjoy skiing and snowboarding during the winter months of October to March in Manali, when the mountains are covered with snow. Go to the Solang Valley to ride a gondola to reach the top of the run.
Rock climbing is an irresistible activity with adventure enthusiasts visiting Manali. Some of the popular rock climbing spots are situated near Vashisht, the Solang Valley, and the Manali Mountaineering Institute.
Enjoy thrilling Jeep Safaris on one of the world’s highest mountain highways. The route stretches from Rohtang Pass to Lahaul to Leh in Ladakh. You will love the spectacular natural beauty of the region during these safaris.
Try Canyoning in Manali as the valley is home to several rivers and waterfalls offering excellent sites for the sport. Canyoning is carried out under the guidance of qualified experts here.