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Want to visit Kullu Manali’s hidden, less crowded places? Amisha lists lesser known places to visit in Manali, Kullu and around that will wow you to no end.

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Manali: a city in the valley

7 Undiscovered Places To Visit In Manali, Kullu & Around

Kullu and Manali, with their trekking trails through mountains and their spiritual spots, are always brimming with tourists. And yet, it is not difficult to get away from the crowds here and experience the best of the two valleys. We give you 7 beautiful and less touristy places to visit in Manali and around.

1. Babeli Nature Park – One Of The Best Places To Visit In Manali

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Revel in the scenic beauty of the Babeli Nature Park

A must-visit destination if you want to just sit in the lap of nature; the sounds of birds chirping and the gushing waters of Beas are often the only sounds heard here. Babeli is also a popular spot for river rafting, but is not included in most Kullu Manali tour packages.

Park timings: 6 am to 6:30 pm
Travel Time from Kullu: 1 hour 15 minutes

2. Naggar – For The Ultimate View Of Snow-Clad Mountains

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The Naggar palace is where you need to be to enjoy the best of nature

Naggar, one of the best places to visit in Manali and around, is known for its ancient temples, the Roerich Art Gallery, and the Naggar Castle, but stay away from the landmarks to enjoy a little solitude. Dotted with wooden and stone cottages and buildings, basking in mild sunlight, the town will make you sit up and notice its architecture. And you won’t get tired of looking at the snow-clad mountains, the river Beas, and the small villages around.
Travel Time from Manali/Kullu: 50 minutes

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#3 Manalsu Nala, Old Manali – Soak In The Hippie Vibe Here

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A souvenir shop in Manali

The Manalsu Nala is a part of the Manalsu River, which separates old Manali and new Manali, and one of the many fishing or angling spots you will find near Manali. You can book a slot, a guide and equipment for fishing with your tour provider or your hotel. The way to the spot is through the old Manali town, which exudes a welcoming and an almost hippie vibe; if that excites you, do add it to your list of places to visit in Manali.

Travel Time from New Manali: 10 minutes

4. Hallan Valley – One Of The Best Places To Visit In Manali For Solace

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Colours of the valley, near Solang valley

Want an authentic Himachal experience and no crowd? Head straight to the Hallan Valley, which is spread across only about 6 km. While the place can feel sleepy most of the times, you won’t regret coming here if you want the experience in solitude. Your day can pass by just looking at the apple orchards, the paddy fields, and the blue-green mountains.

Travel Time from Manali/Kullu: 75 minutes
Travel Tip: Carry adequate cash

Also Read: 4 Adrenaline Pumping Things To Do In Manali

4 Adrenaline Pumping Things To Do In Manali

5. Gulaba – A Glimpse Of Heaven

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Paragliding in the Himalayas near Manali

On the way to the Rohtang Pass lies the idyllic Gulaba village, which tourists stop at only when they can’t reach the Pass. The village has lush green landscape, flanked by snow-covered mountains, and the playful Beas running through the grassland. If you wish to enjoy the snow without too many people around, Gulaba is definitely one of the best places to visit in Manali.

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Travel Time from Manali: 40 minutes

6. Sethan – Majestic In Its Own Way

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The Rohtang Pass

Sethan is a small hamlet with a predominant Buddhist culture and habitable only during summers, which is why it does not feature in the list of popular places to visit in Manali. The view of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges surrounding the village and the Beas flowing at its feet, is like no other! If you want to take up summer and winter adventure activities in a less crowded place, Sethan is just right for you.

Travel Time from Manali: 60 minutes
Travel Tip: Choose an igloo stay instead of a guesthouse.

7. Chintamani Chakra, New Manali – Get Lost In Mesmerising Buddhist Chants

Not too far from Manali’s Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple is the ‘Chintamani Chakra’. This is a life-size Buddhist Prayer Wheel, also called Mani Chakra, which you can spin to say the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. While the spot is ordinary-looking from outside, its interiors are welcoming and peaceful.

Must Read: Himachal Pradesh Tour Guide

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Guide: Things To Do & See

Things to keep in mind before planning a trip to Kullu Manali

Manali is dotted with monasteries

Manali is dotted with monasteries

  • Months to travel: Between March-July and September-October, which is mainly summer, spring and the beginning of winter.
  • Travel for snow: October-February, but remember, the temperature can drop below zero degree Celsius.
  • Must carry: Confirmation voucher of your travel package, ID proofs and essential medicines.
  • What to wear: Full-sleeved clothing and a windcheater (for any month). Special, extra-warm clothing for winters.
  • Travel times given here are approximate and are mentioned for the shortest distance between the destination and either of the Kullu and Manali valleys. The reference is to ‘new Manali’ unless otherwise specified.

These locations are especially interesting for slow travellers, what with its ever-changing weather and colours of the valleys, and many cultural experiences. However, if you have chosen a Kullu Manali tour package, you won’t be too far from the locations mentioned above, so make the most of your ‘on-your-own’ time and uncover these hidden places to visit in Manali, Kullu and around.

Also Read: 6 Secret Hideaways In Himachal Pradesh

6 Secret Hideaways in Himachal Pradesh

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Originally published in April, 2018

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3 Comments

  1. shobha
    January 08, 08:54 shobha

    wowwww,, amazing post, thanks for sharing

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  2. Himani Thakkar
    May 16, 13:16 Himani Thakkar

    Manali is the most chosen place for honeymoon, this places makes you believe that if there is a heaven in this world it’s here only. I must say you have covered such an amazing places of manali which are some offbeat places but considered as must visit once. I was not having chance to explore all these places when i have been to manali but i will surely visit all these when i will on my nest trip to manali. Thank you for sharing this information.

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