Welcome to Central Himachal Pradesh
Central Himachal is focused on the Kullu Valley, a green vale between high mountains, watered by the Beas River flowing south from the Rohtang La pass. Manali, below the Rohtang, is one of northern India's most popular travel destinations, a centre for all types of Indian and foreign travellers – hippies, hikers, honeymooners, weekenders and adrenaline junkies.The Kullu Valley is known as Dev Bhumi (Valley of Gods)... Read More
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Explore Rural Life: Naggar Village Day Tour from Manali
Your guide picks you up at your hotel in Manali for the drive to Naggar. Upon arrival, hear about the traditions and cultural heritage of this village, and visit Naggar Castle, built by Raja Bhosal and today a hotel. Next, visit Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery, dedicated to the Russian artist who lived in Naggar for nearly 20 years until his death in 1947. His property has been converted into a gallery of his paintings. Then make a stop for lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Gauri Shankar Temple, a pyramidal structure on a raised platform, with a square base and dome above. Look at the engraved stones, and see the idol of Gauri Shankar protected inside. After the temple visit, get a glimpse of rural life and day-to-day activities of the local people before being transferred back to your hotel, where your tour ends.
Manali Mountain Bike Sightseeing Tour
We start the tour in the traditional mountain village of Vashisht and visit the Vashisht Temple that local people believe to be around 4000 years old. The temple has natural hot springs and it is a good place to see local life as the villagers come to bathe, wash their clothes and pray. From here we descend towards Manali and cross over the river to visit the Siyali Mahadev Temple. From here we will carry on into the beautiful pine forest at Dhungri which is home to the very old and beautiful Hadimba Temple. We will pass through the Old Manali market which has lots of shops. If you see something that you are interested while cycling, we can stop for you to do some shopping! Our final temple visit is the beautifully carved Manu Temple. From here we will cycle to Goshal village that remains untouched from tourism with its stunning local wooden houses preserved. We can see the local women weaving shawls and tending to the animals in their traditional dress. From here we will cross over Beas River and complete a circle back to Vashisht where the tour starts.
4-Day Sightseeing Mountain Bike Tour in Kullu Valley
Day 1:Starting from the pretty village of Vashisht, we will cycle mostly downhill alongside the raging Beas River until we reach Nagar Castle where we will stop to have some lunch. From Nagar it is 14km to Jana Waterfall where we will camp tonight in a beautiful and very old pine forest. At Jana we have the opportunity to try some typical Himachali food including red rice, ghee and siddhus. Day 2:Begin your day with cycling towards Biji MahaDev. On the way we will cycle past lots of green apple orchards and typical villages with intricately carved wooden houses bearing heavy stone roofs. You will see many villagers wearing traditional Himachali dress tending to their animals. When we reach our resting point for the night, you will be blown away by the impressive views of the whole Kullu Valley. We will also visit the Shiva temple here.Day 3:We wake up surrounded by amazing Himalaya views and get back on our bikes and begin to cycle back towards Naggar. When we reach Nagar we will take the chance to explore it properly and visit the local art gallery, some nearby temples and take a short walk up to a great mountain view point. We will spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse here tonight.Day 4:After breakfast it is time to head back to Manali. This is going to be the most challenging section of uphill cycling. When you get tired, you always have the option to jump in to the back support vehicle.
12-Day Mountain Bike Tour from Manali to Leh
Your mountain-biking expedition starts in Manali, from where you'll set off on a provided mountain bike to conquer five high-mountain passes, including the highest, Tanglang La, at 17,390 feet (5,300 meters). The road is about 80% paved and 20% unpaved, providing a good level of fitness and challenges. Highlights of the trip include visiting remote Tibetan monasteries, camping at a high-altitude desert lake under a blanket of stars, bathing in natural hot springs, and cycling on the highest roads in the world, past ancient Himalayan glaciers and snowy peaks. All meals are included, and there will be a back support vehicle with you at all times for when feel too tired to ride and need to catch your breath. Please note, this is a one-way tour, ending in Leh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Day 1 and 12 provide time for you to explore the towns of Manali and Leh; you'll spend the other 10 days cycling. Day 1: Explore ManaliDay 2: Manali to MarhiDay 3: Marhi to TandiDay 4: Tandi to Jispa Day 5: Jispa to PatseoDay 6: Patseo to SarchuDay 7: Sarchu to Whisky NalahDay 8: Whiskey Nalah to Tsokar Lake Day 9: Tsokar Lake to LatoDay 10: Lato to ThikseDay 11: Thikse to LehDay 12: Explore Leh
6-Day Parvati Valley Bike and Hike
Day 1: You will be picked up at your hotel in Manali and start your cycling tour with a mostly downhill pass towards Bhuntar. On the way we will visit the beautiful Naggar castle and cycle through many traditional Himalayan villages with intricately carved wooden houses. Stay overnight in Bhuntar.Day 2: Start your day with a combination of gradual uphill and downhill as we head towards the holy town of Manikaran where is famous for its natural hot water springs inside the temple. We will pass by Kasol that is considered a haven for those long term Israeli backpackers. Day 3: The road becomes more bumpy as we cycle along to Tosh. The amazing mountain scenery makes up for the largely unpaved road. Day 4: We say goodbye to our bikes and begin the 5-hour hike to Khir Ganga (2,960 m) crossing many streams and old temples. Imagine all the time being surrounded by rolling valley views edged with high mountain peaks. Day 5: The village of Khir Ganga is so delightful that we will spend the whole day exploring the natural beauty all around including the natural hot springs and ancient caves. Day 6: We will start descending the mountain back towards Tosh where a jeep will await us to take us back to Manali where you will be dropped off at your hotel of choice.
Day Hike to Pandu Ropa in Manali
Your day hike to Pandu Ropa begins in the morning in Vashisht, where you meet your guide. Walk through the village, and then begin the hike with a grueling climb past green apple orchards and into the dense and fragrant pine forest. By lunchtime, you will have crossed the tree line and will be hiking up the alpine meadow of Bhrigu. At this height, enjoy a view of Kullu Valley below. If you're hiking between May and early September, you should also enjoy blooming Himalayan flowers, a welcoming sight. In the summer, the meadows are also home to shepherds tending their flocks of sheep. When you reach the very top of Pandu Ropa, take in the 360-degree view of the entire valley and town of Manali before heading back down. This hike mainly involves going uphill and is quite demanding. Safety is the top priority, and tour guides are experienced and knowledgeable. If you are reasonably fit, you should be able to do this tour.