5 Undiscovered Places To Visit In Manali

5 Undiscovered Places To Visit In Manali

One of the most visited hill stations in India, Manali has now become everyone’s favorite. This place has become a traveling hub for explorers. There is no group of friends or family who hasn’t made a plan for a trip to Manali, all thanks to the movie ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’. Before the release of this movie, Manali was like every other tourist place. Not many tourists nor much pollution. But that day is long gone and now Manali is one must-visit on everyone’s bucket list. And because of so many crowds and travelers, it is very hard to find such a spot in Manali where you can sit with your family alone, or walk and talk with your friends without someone’s interruption. But you know there are some places in Manali which are still undiscovered or less known to people and because of that these places are less crowded than other places in Manali. Let’s dig much deeper into these 5 undiscovered places to visit in Manali.

1. Hampta Valley

Only 15 kilometers away from Manali, this place is still one of the few undiscovered places in Manali. This valley lies between the Chandra Valley in Lahaul and Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This place is the best for all adventure and thrill lovers. People use the Hampta Trek from Kullu to reach Lahaul and while trekking in Hampta, they get lots of uneven rocks and fast-flowing rivers that give a very fast adrenaline rush to all the risk-takers. People who have visited the top of the pass, have said that the experience after reaching the top feels like you have come to a different universe.

The total duration of this trek is normally 5 days and the maximum height that a trekker hit is around 14,100 feet. The trekking starts from Jobra, Manali where the base camp is situated and the total distance of this trek is 26 km. 

The most fascinating thing about Hampta pass is that on one side, the scenery and lands remain covered by grasslands and greenery but on the other side the view of the surrounding get completely different. On the other side, the land becomes deserted and the atmosphere turns chilled, all that because the other end is Spiti Valley, which is already one of the toughest lands to conquer.

The best time to go from the trek in Hampta Valley is the month between mid-June to September. 

2. Malana

This village is 80 kilometers away from Manali and this is the reason this place remains untouched by tourists in the first place. It is a very ancient village in Malana Nala. This place lies side by side with Parvati Valley to the northeast of Kullu Valley. Though this place is isolated from the rest of the world still this place has some extraordinary and breathtaking places to explore. This village is the perfect place to avoid city life or the insane crowd of the urban lifestyle and perfect to catch a break from all the hustling and bustling. 

If you are a spiritual person and love to sit close to god and smell the aroma of the incense stick and feel the peaceful vibe of the temple then Jamadagni Temple is the best place for that in Malana. This temple is famous for its architectural work which you will see when you will go there. Finding places in Malana is not so difficult as this village is only about 36 kilometers and also the villagers are very very humble. They will guide you very politely if you ask them. 

If you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones while having the touch of nature and fewer people around you then this is the place that will make your wish come true. Also, there are other places to visit in Malana to turn your family time into a fun time too. 

The best time to visit Malana is the month of April, May, and September but this differs from tourists’ traveling taste. Because at this time the greenery of this village blossoms at the top. 

Reaching Malana is a bit tricky as there is no direct motorable road to this place. This village can be reached only by trekking. The trek to this place takes around 2-3 hours. The road to Malana ends at Malana gate and from there the rest of the journey to the main village is covered by foot only. Public transport is available but only to Jari, and from Jari, one can opt for the cab services to Malana gate. 

3. Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery

If you don’t want to take your family or friends trekking to Malana and want to stay close to Manali and still want to feel spiritually peaceful away from the hustle-bustle crowd, then Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is the perfect place. 

This monastery has a small shrine that is dedicated to Lord Buddha. This monastery was created by Tibetan Refugees in 1960 and is very famous among Buddhists from Kinnaur, Tibet, Nepal, and Spiti. 

The attractive thing about the Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery is its architecture. The main area of this monastery is spacious and has an extended walkway lined with lush green shrubbery. The serene structure has colors like a bright shade of yellow and the walls are painted with pristine white color. This style is called the pagoda style. In this style, the top portion of the porch and the uppermost part of the building get decorated with gorgeous mural work with bright colors and so is this monastery.

There is no specific best time to visit this place as this place’s vibe remains the same throughout the year. But if you still care about the weather of this place then Winter and Summer season is best to visit this place. Also, avoid going there during monsoons.

Most people prefer to go to the monastery in the mornings and evenings as this time you can see Buddhist monks perform their rituals. And this time of day is perfect to offer prayers. 

4. Arjun Gufa

This beautiful and historic place is located 5 kilometers from the town of Manali and is based on the left side of the Beas River. Along with this wonderful sight you can also enjoy the natural beauty of Prini village located as the nearest village to Arjun Gufa. 

This Gufa is connected to the legend of Mahabharata. Local people say that Lord Indra gave the most powerful weapon ‘Pashupat Astra’ after Arjuna meditated in this cave during Mahabharata. And this cave took its name from that, Arjun Cave. Other sights like The Kunt Bhayo lake and Kunti Mata temple are located just around 2 km away from Arjun Gufa. 

This cave is famous for fulfilling the vibe of a picnic spot. You can take your family there and can spend a very beautiful evening in between the natural beauty of valleys and trees. You can climb up to the cave and it is very thrilling. As there is no electricity available in the cave so you have to bring a flashlight and the uneven narrow path makes the climbing up more exciting.

The best time to visit Arjun Gufa is months between March and June because at this time of year the area is not covered by snow and the weather remains mildly cool which is best to explore the whole cave. Exploring the whole cave can take about 45 minutes normally.

5. Vashisht Kund

This hot water spring spot is only a few kilometers away from Manali. And while you are busy finding and exploring the undiscovered places of Manali, this place can take away all your tiredness as soon as you put your foot into this mesmerizing pool or kund. This place is located in Vashisht village in district Kullu. 

Besides Vashisht Kund this village also has another major tourist attraction spot and that is Vashisht Temple. This temple is completely carved in wood and the art engraved into the wood is worth the watch. This village lies on the east side of the Beas River. This temple is believed to be more than 4000 years, though it was reconstructed in1992. It is believed that this temple is completely built and established by the Vashisht Clan around 1534, during the reign of Akbar. 

You can reach Vashisht Kund or Vashisht village by walking or hiring a private taxi, this village is only 2.9 km from Manali.

While you’re busy looking for more undiscovered places in Manali you will not want to choose an undiscovered and new hotel as your staying option. And to solve that problem here is Coral Resort and Spa where you can spend your complete trip without worrying about the hospitality and comfort. Here at Coral Resort and Spa, every single staff tries their best to serve the best services to their tourists and travelers.     

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