Be it a solo sojourn in search of inner peace, honeymooning with your beloved one for some privacy and family trip to enjoy the togetherness, all can be fulfilled in one destination – Manali. The picturesque locations of Manali surrounded by mountains never fail to fascinate travellers. A paradise for someone seeking peace in the lap of nature, Manali is also famous for religious sites like Vashisht Temple, Hadimba Devi, Manikaran Gurudwara, etc. For staycation as well, Manali is a good option, as you find budget-friendly hotels in Manali. If you are planning your trip to this Himalayan resort town then this article could be a great help as it lists the top 5 best destinations to visit in Manali in 2021. While covering the list we have considered fun, adventure, religious and sightseeing aspects so that you can experience more in less time. In this article the best timing to visit a particular place is also given for your convenience.

Jana Waterfall:

On the way to Bijli’s temple, you can find Jana Waterfall. The route towards this waterfall goes from a small and narrow forest area. The hilly trail is covered with beautiful pine trees to make you feel very ecstatic. The waterfall derives its name from the village in which it is located and it is surrounded by apple orchards and snow-clad mountain peaks. The water in the Jana Waterfall comes out from a chunk of rock, the actual source of water is hidden within the mountains. A small wooden bridge on the way to the waterfall makes this surrounding more alluring. You can take a dip in the water and swim leisurely in the pool. For trekkers, the sight of this waterfall during trekking becomes more fascinating. This small place is the best in the Manali region to spend some time in the lap of nature. For one of its kinds of experiences, Jana Waterfall should be included in your Manali tour package.

Hadimba Temple:

Nestled on a snow-laden hill, Hidimba Temple in local terms known as Dhungri temple. This ancient place is a worship area for Hindus. The cave-shaped temple is dedicated to Hindu demon-goddess Hidimbi, who was the wife of Bhima, one of the five brothers of Pandavas mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. It is believed that Hidimbi Devi used to meditate inside the cave. The cave is surrounded by Dhungri Van Vihar and creates a delightful environment. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can spend some time here in the proximity of nature. The architecture of the temple is also unique, the temple is made of wooden doorways, conical roofs and ceramic-like walls. Due to its high religious and cultural significance, this place attracts a lot of tourists every year. You should not be surprised if you see rabbits and yaks in the surrounding temple area as it is a natural home to them.

Bhrigu Lake:

This is a high-altitude alpine lake that is famous for trekking. Given the natural setting of the lake, you might think that no grassland trek is as beautiful as the Bhrigu Lake trek. It is believed that the Indian sage Maharishi Bhrigu used to meditate here and that is how it got this name. The peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountain ranges meet the skyline and create an astonishing view. The steep trail, however, makes it a rigorous trek but to adrenaline junkies, this is what satisfies the most. The forest area opens in Rola Khuli, which is a perfect campsite. The glimpse of Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters peaks can also be experienced from the trail. At the end of the trail, you encounter traditional villages and apple orchards. The local culture and food both are pleasing to your mind. The best time to visit this beautiful location is between July to September.

Vashisht Bath:

This is a hot water spring located inside the Vashisht Temple. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy water of the spring is associated with medicinal values. Many people who are suffering from skin-related diseases and infections come here for a cure. Due to its sacred nature, this lake is also called Vashisht Springs. Near the spring lies sandstone temples with beautiful designs. The architecture of these temples is not usual. The arrangement of separate bathing areas for men and women makes it more convenient in terms of access to the Vashisht Bath. If you would like to shop for some handcrafted as souvenirs or some religious merchandise then there are many shops in the market to fulfill this purpose. If you would like to revitalize your body and soul then Vashisht Bath should be there in your choices. The best time to visit the Vashisht Bath is between May to June.

International Roerich Memorial Trust:

Situated at the hillside gardens in a fascinating complex, this building was the residence of Nicholas Roerich and his wife Elena Roerich. Nicholas was a Russian painter, writer & Inner Asian explorer whereas Elena was a philosopher, writer & translator. This place is more like a museum and the lower floor of it showcases the paintings prepared by Nicholas and his second son. The other preserved things include hut-studio and the private rooms of the family. With the same ticket, you will also be eligible to visit and review Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute. At this site, handicrafts made by the first son of Nicholas and Elena are presented to the public. For all his artworks and creativity Nicholas was conferred with the 1929 Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Timing (Summer): 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Timing (Winter): 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Note: The International Roerich Memorial Trust remains open except on Monday and National Holidays.