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Manali is a resort town nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley in the Beas River Valley. It is located in the Kullu district, about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla, 309 km (192 miles) northeast of Chandigarh, and 544 km (338 miles) northeast of Delhi, the national capital. The small town, with a population of 8,096, is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and from there over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district.
Located 13 kilometers from Manali, Solang Valley is nestled away between the Beas Kund and Solang Village. The valley is famous among tourists for its stunning views of snow-capped mountains and magnificent glaciers that attract ski fanatics from all over the world.
Reach Manali early in the morning, you can begin by having a hearty breakfast in your hotel and resting for a while. After freshening up, you can start your tour with the Hidimba Temple, one of the famous temples in Manali. Located about 2 km from the main market, this famous temple is a sight to behold. Away from the hustle-bustle of the main market, the temple is soaked in absolute peace and serenity. You will be charmed by the sheer art of amazing stone carvings that depict local deities, plants and various animals at temple.
After visiting Hadimba temple, one can visit Vashist Temple/hot water spring which is dedicated to sage Vashisht, the Kula guru of Lord Rama in the across the River Beas. After this small spiritual outing, you can head to the market for some grub and a little bit of shopping.
After a tiring day, now it is the time to plunge in the chilling water of jogini waterfall which forms a small pool at the base. Dinner will be at hotel followed by bonfire.
Today you gotta get up early as we will be heading to Solang Valley for some adventure sports and amazing views of the valley. A beautiful drive, scenic views of cascading mountains and the gently flowing Beas river will make this experience a wee bit more special. From Zorbing to Paragliding to horse riding, Solang is a wonderful adventure spot.
If adventure is just not on your mind, you can pack in a big picnic basket and find the perfect picnic spot for a wonderful evening. There are innumerable shops selling delicious snacks and the good old maggie for the growling stomachs. After an action packed adventurous afternoon, some fulfilling grub will do wonders for foodies.
On your last day in Manali, you can take it a little slow and enjoy the laidback ambience of this warm town. A little bit of sightseeing, some shopping and lots of lazing around is the perfect end to your action packed, memorable holiday here. As we bring this three day tour itinerary for Manali to a close, we will head to Old Manali for shopping and a lovely lunch. Shopping in Old Manali is a completely different experience than shopping in the crowded, bustling market of New Manali. You will find funky T-shirts, beads, silver jewellery, colourful woollens and a wide range of old music cds in the small, quaint shops here.