5 unusual places to visit near Manali

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5 unusual places to visit near Manali

May 06, 2022, 1:04 p.m.
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Manali is full of small places that make travelers happy. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

If you are looking to visit Manali but are afraid of crowds, you can skip it altogether and visit scenic spots around Manali instead.

A true explorer would want to take the uncharted path and visit the places less traveled.

Discover these destinations for a calmer and more peaceful holiday.

You can work from most of the locations listed below.

Malana is a village in the Parvati valley, about two and a half hours from Manali.

It is home to two breathtaking stone and wood carved temples – the Jamdagni and Renuka Devi shrines.

It is located by the Malana River, at an altitude of 2,652 meters above sea level.

Malana is also famous for its “Malana Cream”, a high purity hash.

When Rohtang Pass is closed in winter, you can choose to visit Gulaba.

Remember the amazing views from the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? This is Gulaba where the middle schoolers went trekking.

There is heavy snow in winter and it is still a lesser known destination about 6 km from the Solang valley.

You can go skiing, trekking, hiking, paragliding and snowmobiling.

Kaza is the largest town in the Spiti Valley characterized by monasteries, high altitude agriculture and rocky slopes.

The desert-like location offers spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains.

Ki Monastery is particularly famous here. Kaza also has the tallest gas pump in the world and the tallest inhabited villages in the world.

Being part of the Tibetan Plateau, Kaza can give the feel of Tibet and Ladakh.

Jispa is a village located north of Keylong along the Manali-Leh highway.

The edge of the Bhaga River and the mountainous backdrop are sure to leave you in awe.

Located at 3657.6 meters above sea level, the winter temperature drops to -17 degrees Celsius.

The village has a heliport, a folk museum, a mountaineers hut, a post office and a monastery.

The area surrounding Shoja is part of the Great Himalayan National Park. You can explore the oak, pine and bamboo forest, and the alpine meadows.

A tributary of the River Beas flows nearby and you can fish for trout there.

Shoja offers a splendid view of the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

The night sky here is particularly inviting, a treat for stargazers.

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