Manali is one of the most picturesque locations in India and is hugely popular with both national and international tourists. The high peaks, greenery, and tranquility make it a hot favorite with the family crowd and people from artistic backgrounds looking for a place to fire their imagination.
Over the years, Manali has gained fame for its many activities, such as bungee jumping, river rafting, and snow activities in Manali, among others. No matter the time of the year, the place is bustling with life because it has something for everyone all year round.
If you are planning to visit this amazing place this winter and have already packed your bags, hold on a minute and don’t leave home without reading about all the snow activities that you can take part in. After all, after months of braving the heat, finally getting to take part in snow activities sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
So, once you are there, here’s all you can do!
You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy a little bit of skiing. It’s a sport everyone enjoys and is hugely popular with people all over the world. You won’t be able to hold yourself back either, seeing the hills and meadows layered in pearly white snow. So, don’t forget to get on that snowboard and pick up a pair of skiing sticks to feel the rush. And don’t worry if you have never done it before; there are plenty of slopes to get started, and if you are someone who’s done it many times before, why not try the steeper slopes for once. Sliding through the snow while enjoying the view sounds like a good plan.
Unlike skiing, it’s relatively new and is gaining popularity among enthusiasts. Just hop on to the flat board and get ready to take a slide down the hilly slopes in all its glory. But, don’t just try to pull off stunts that you saw on TV, just as yet. Remember to take it slow if you are doing it for the first time.
We told you don’t leave home without reading this list first! Heli-skiing is taking off big time in Manali and is one of the latest snow activities that has been recently introduced. However, it’s not for the faint-hearted and takes a bit of experience, so our advice is to try the previous two activities first before you board a helicopter to be dropped off on top of a mountain peak. Once dropped, you can go about wandering and exploring the area on your snowboard. If you want to make heli-skiing a part of your itinerary list, then head over to Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Hanuman Tibba, or Chanderkhani Pass.
This one’s perfect for anyone who loves rolling in the snow; even kids and families can enjoy this one without any prior experience. All you do is sit on a plate-like sled and slide down a slope. This is a hugely popular activity in Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass. Want to add more fun to the sport? Try creating some trails with twists and turns to make the slide even more thrilling.
This one is for daring at heart! It’s challenging and will test your endurance to the limit. Climbing a peak is something that can be best defined as a life-changing activity, as once you are at the top, scenic and panoramic vistas will be waiting for you—it’s your bird’s eye view of the world! However, be careful if you are thinking of taking part in one of the most demanding snow activities in Manali. Take all precautionary and safety measures before you embark on this life-changing activity of a lifetime.
Ice Sledging is popular across age groups. Remember the Santa Claus Sledge? You are going to be riding something like that. You sit in a wooden sled which is pushed from the top of a slope once you are strapped in. What happens next? Well, be ready to slide down the slope with other fellow sled riders while enjoying the feeling of the cold wind hitting your face. If you are looking to take part in this activity, you get one at nominal prices. So, put this on your bucket list!
Now that you know about all the exciting snow activities in Manali let’s look at a few places where you can find snow. After all, what’s the point of creating a bucket list of snow activities if there’s no snow, right? Well, you will find a lot of it at the places we are going to list down for you.
Solang Valley is located about 14 km from the Manali city center and offers majestic views of the valley below. You will find a lot of snow and adventure activities to take part in Solang Valley, including quad biking, ropeway rides, and of course, skiing.
Unless someone has been living under a rock, there’s no way they haven’t heard about Rohtang Pass. It’s one of the most popular tourist spots and is known for the variety of trekking and horse-riding expeditions it offers. It’s got sloping mountain peaks perfect for ice sledding, paragliding, ice skating and if you are into it, then snow scootering as well.
This place is most likely the first place to receive snowfall each year in the Manali region. Situated at the height of 4300 m, this hamlet is one of the most visited places in the entire Manali region. Tourists flock to this place even more when the Rohtang Valley gets shut down during the peak of winters. However, this place is best for people looking to spend some quiet time sipping on hot tea while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the valley.
Your visit isn’t complete if you don’t spend some quality time in the heart of Manali. It’s the city’s hotspot which is flocked by tourists all year round. The place looks especially beautiful in winters since the streets and pavements are lined with snow. It’s the perfect place to enjoy great food and for shopping. So, if you are looking to buy woolens, footwear, home décor items, or souvenirs to take back home, then you can’t miss this place.
Manali has an extensive collection of OYO Rooms available across a range of budget options. So, no matter if you are on a high budget or backpacking, there’s one available for you. You can book your stay at any OYO through the website or app and get access to discounts that you won’t find anywhere else. So, if your bags are packed, it’s time to book your stay and have the experience of a lifetime!
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