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Top 7 must-visit places to experience the essence of Manali
By Sohini Chaudhary
09 Dec, 2023
If you love the hills, you are no stranger to Manali. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh, known for its natural beauty, adventure sports, and bustling marketplaces. However, there are many hidden gems and off-beat attractions in and around Manali that are often overlooked. These lesser-known spots offer a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle and are perfect for those looking for a more unique and authentic travel experience. Here are some of Manali's hidden gems and off-beat attractions that you should check out:
1. Manikaran Sahib
Manikaran Sahib is a Sikh pilgrimage site located near Manali. The site is known for its hot springs, which are believed to have healing properties. The site is also home to a gurudwara, or Sikh temple, and a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ram and Lord Vishnu. Photographers can capture the spiritual atmosphere of the site, as well as the unique fusion of Sikh and Hindu architecture and culture.
Explore the sacred Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara
2. Jogini Waterfall
jogini waterfall is a hidden gem located in the Vashisht village near Manali. The waterfall is named after the local goddess Jogini and is surrounded by dense forests and towering mountains. The trek to the waterfall is through a picturesque trail that passes through apple orchards and fields, providing ample opportunities for photography. The waterfall itself is a sight to behold, with water cascading down from a height of over 150 feet.
Hike to the Majestic Jogini Waterfall
3. Hidimba Devi temple
This enchanting temple, conveniently located just an 8-minute walk from The Hosteller in Manali, is a sacred gem amidst the lush surroundings. The Hidimba Devi Temple, framed by towering cedar forests, stands as a testament to ancient craftsmanship and spirituality. Dedicated to Hidimba Devi, the temple's intricate wooden architecture transports you to a bygone era, providing a serene escape from the modern hustle and bustle. Explore the tranquil grounds and embrace the spirituality that permeates this historical site, offering a harmonious blend of nature and culture right at your doorstep.
Step into the spiritual world of the Hidimba temple
4. Old Manali
Old Manali beckons with its bohemian charm, and a visit is incomplete without experiencing its vibrant cafe culture. Head to Dylan's Toasted and Roasted for a musical vibe, and the Lazy Dog Lounge for cozy evenings. Indulge in local flavors with dishes like Sidu and Thukpa. Don't miss out on shopping at the bustling Old Manali Market for unique handicrafts, handmade jewelry, and colorful apparel, completing your immersive journey into the heart of this eclectic town.
Scenic view of Old Manali
5. Manu Temple
Located in the old Manali region, the Manu Temple is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to the sage Manu, who is believed to be the creator of the world. The temple is built in traditional pagoda-style architecture and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. The temple's location amidst the lush green forests and the sound of the Beas river flowing nearby makes it a perfect place for photography enthusiasts to capture some stunning shots.
Seek Blessings at the Manu Temple
6. Mall Road
Discover the vibrant charm of Manali's Mall Road, where lively markets, cozy cafes, and local handicraft stores create a bustling atmosphere. A stroll along this iconic street promises an eclectic shopping experience, delectable local cuisine, and a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the hill station. From souvenirs to delicious street food, Manali Mall Road offers a delightful blend of shopping and cultural exploration.
Enchanting vibe of Manali's Mall Road
7. Hike to Nasogi
Escape the bustling vibes of Mall Road, and consider a morning stroll up to Nasogi for a refreshing start to your day in Manali. The upper reaches of Nasogi treat you to panoramic views of the city and a captivating vantage point to witness the majestic Humta Pass, a renowned trekking destination in Himachal. It's an ideal acclimatization venture if you have an action-packed day ahead. As you ascend, encounter numerous temples and enchanting Kathkuni houses, providing perfect spots to pause, unwind, and soak in the serene ambiance.
Serene view of Nasogi village
Where to stay?
After a day of exploring Manali's hidden gems, it's a blessing to have a cosy spot to rest and recharge. The Hosteller offers a perfect blend of budget-friendly stay and a vibrant community atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for travellers looking to experience the best of Manali. Located in the heart of the city, we have 2 hostels in Manali that of fer a range of accommodation options to suit any traveller's needs, from private rooms to shared dormitories. With its friendly staff and lively vibes, The Hosteller is more than just a place to stay - it's a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for travel and adventure. So, if you're on the hunt for a unique and affordable stay option in Manali, The Hosteller Manali and The Hosteller Old Manali are definitely worth checking out.
Relax and chill at The Hosteller Manali