This adventure is framed for those who love outdoor sports. Paragliding can be organised all the year around on sunny days in the beautiful Solang Valley.. Generally two types of flights are offered; in the short flight the inexperienced client is taken above 100-150 ft high and they join the pilot in the double seated paraglide. It gives you the thrilling experience of viewing the surrounding with the pilot taking care of maneuvering the glider. This flight lasts for one or one and a half minute. On the other hand high flight is conducted by experienced pilots and this flight last for 20-30 minutes. One experiences ethereal serenity while sailing in air above the ground. Enjoy the high view of Manali from height, an experience which is surreal and peaceful. The bird’s eye view of the beautiful scenery below gives the gilder an exhilarating feeling.
Skiing in is a very old recreational activity.Manali with it’s pristine glory and enchanting scenic beauty offers an irresistible invitation for skiing.It involves substituting air craft for ski lifts thereby enabling the skier a greater choice of runs..The sport is immediately available in the area bound by the Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, DeoTibba and Chanderkhani Pass near Manali. A major feature is the compactness of the Heli-skiing area. A sortie of ten minutes can carry the skiers to the top of a 14,000 foot high slope. Skiing is an old sport but it was recognized in 1930's in the modern form. People from all over the world come to experience this enthralling adventure activity.
The magic behind River Rafting also referred as White Water Rafting in manali is the extreme and never-ending thrills in the untamed rivers. River Rafting is an exciting sport for those above 14 years of age and adventurously inclined. The 14 kms stretch on the Beas from Pirdi to Zidi provides an excellent opportunity for the enthusiasts of this sport to enjoy the challenge and the thrills of rafting in continuous rapids. Non-swimmers and novices can also experience this on some of the gentler rapids.
The ropeway-cum-ski centre at Solang is an initiative of the state government. The visitors can take a ride to the top of Mount Phatru at an elevation of 3,200 meters-high and would enjoy breath-taking views with delicious food at the cafes on top.
Rock climbing is part of a greater family of climbing activity that includes Mountaineering and Ice Climbing.Rock climbing is treated as a basic stage of mountain climbing which include climbing a rock face, using only hands, feet and a safety rope. Perfect rock climbing terrains in Manali are Aleo, Shuru and Kothi. The best part of rock climbing in these areas is the availability of all rock features like - slabs, walls and overhangs.
Rappelling is much safer and anyone with usual strength can participate in this. It is an exhilarating experience which requires basic knowledge of the sport. Manali offers excellent terrain for the rappelling which include Aleo, Shuru, Nehru Kund and Kothi. Rappelling is organized at different rocks around Manali between March-December with safety equipments and a qualified instructor.
It is a 450 years old Dhoongri temple dedicated to Goddess Hadimba who was the wife of Mahabharat’s Bhim. A four-story structure, with exquisite woodcarvings has a huge Shikhara that towers over the shrine The tower consists of three square roofs covered with timber tiles and a fourth brass cone-shaped roof at the top. The earth goddess Durga forms the theme of the main door carvings. The temple base is made out of whitewashed, mud-covered stonework. An enormous rock occupies the inside of the temple, only a 7.5 cm (3 inch) tall brass image representing goddess Hidimbi Devi.. Beautiful carving of Goddess Durga embellishes the doors of the temple. A windy conduit through forests and dells of sighing Deodars sets an imposing atmosphere to this lovely temple. These wooded surroundings would definitely rejuvenate one’s mind.
Naggar Castle is around 22 kilometres from Manali and a quaint small town where you can still experience the old way of life of the mountain people. Built out of material brought from old debris, this Castle is very stable and can withstand the worst earthquakes!
3.2 kms outside Manali ,perched on a steep hillside across the river Beas, is the picturesque village of Vashisht. Just below the stone temple are the are the Vashisht Hot Baths, where the water from the natural hot sulphur springs has been piped to a modern bathhouse.
Roeriche Art Gallery
Roerich Art Gallery is one of the prime tourist attraction points of Manali reason being that Nicholas Roerich, a popular painter settled down in this hill resort and set a vision to unite the world through his art. The art gallery is more than just a gallery as it boasts wonderful gardens and the surrounding area gives a picture perfect look of Himalayas.
The home of N. K. Roerich is now turned into the Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery. Another important factor of this gallery is that it is supported by Himachal Pradesh Government and Russian Government.
Rohtang Pass (3979 m) is 51kms. from Manali on highway to Keylong/Leh. It offers a panorama and spectacular mountain view. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to LahaulSpiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. There are a beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flows down in the Lahaul valley. Slightly to the left are the twin peaks of the Geypan. Rohtang Pass is best visitable between May/June to October/November.
Jewel of the Parvati Valley, Parvati, the legend goddess, was bathing in the river when the serpent God Nags made off with her earrings. When Lord Shiva threatened Naga, the latter snorted angrily, and the jewels were blown back through the earth. The Water’s which followed are Manikaran Hot Springs and are reputed to have great therapeutic values. Manikaran is a famous place for Sikh pilgrimage.