Manali Rafting, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu Manali and Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass - Himachal Pradesh
Rohtang Pass in Himalayas

Visit to Kullu Manali

Shimla to Manali (or Kullu Manali) – 250 Km
Manali to Rohtang Pass – 50 Km
 
National Highway # 21 starts from Chandigarh and ends at Manali, so this tour circuit is called Chandigarh-Shimla-Kullu-Manali circuit. Chandigarh is very hot in summer and very cold in winter but Shimla, Kullu, and Manali are the places in Himachal Pradesh which are always cool. Commonly, this tour is called Kullu Manali.

Kullu

 
Rafting in Beas RiverKullu or Kulu is the capital town of Kullu district. This small town famous for shopping markets on the street is your halt between Shimla and Manali and is situated on the banks of river Beas. The Bias or Beas River rises in the Himalayas and in summer the water it carries is the melted water of snow and glaciers in the Himalayas. The entire road from Shimla to Manali is known for rafting. The White Water Rafting is a great experience. There is a standard point to point rafting adventures arranged in this area and you will see the local people sitting on the roadside with their air filled boats arranging these expeditions. They are really expert in this game and can safely take you across the 10 to 15 Km amazing experience. Rafting in the clean and cold water of Beas is generally covered in the group tours arranged in the Himalayas during summer.

Manali

 
Vashisthi Baths - Manali
Manali keeps growing due to the tourist inflow and has become a small town in spite of very difficult situation to live and even construct anything with a deep valley on one side of the road. The Hotel construction starts from the valley and then the upper floors come at the level of the road. When you enter the Hotel, you are at the topmost floor where you see the reception and then your room will be on the lower floor, very funny experience. 
 
Hidimba Devi temple, Manikaran Gurudwara, Vashisthi Baths which is a temple of a rishi (sage) Vashisth and inside the temple are hot water baths arising out of natural spring containing sulphur (known for pain relieving bath), Pandoh Dam are some of the places of tourist interest in Manali. Multiple hotels are available at Manali is reservation is a must.

Rohtang Pass

 
The key attraction to visit from Manali is the Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass is at a height of 3979 meters. This is a road connecting Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti valleys. This pass remains closed in winters and remains open from June to October. Your journey is through the walls of snow on both sides and it’s an exciting trip. The area where you can play in the snow and do activities like riding Yak, snow scooters changes based on the availability of snow. You have to start the early morning by local taxi to reach the snow point before it gets too crowded.

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