Heading to Manali? Try These Offbeat Options Near it…  

Manali has become like a crowded city of Himachal Pradesh. The people from almost the whole of country head to this place, especially in summers. And most of the visitors find it a dirty, noisy and jampacked place where you don’t even have a place to walk freely. Moreover, the loud music and parties at most places might deprive you of the real charm of the Mountains.

For all those who go to Manali to relish the fresh snow, you can expect the cottony soft snow here and can take some superb shots without the crazy crowds around. The places are also perfect for honeymoon planners 😉


The mesmerizing views of the hills and the orchards, home stays tucked in the mountain edges, open hot water spring and its vicinity to the nearby attractions puts Jagatsukh at the top of my list. The little town is bustling with the vehicles on its main road and with the birds and butterflies in its hills. It is also an ideal place to rent out a small hut and stay all together for a month.

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Adventure lovers paradise, this place is the gateway to the famous Rohtang Pass. If you aim to visit Rohtang then Kothi is the place for you. This place gives a majestic of the valley and snowfall can also be best enjoyed here. Kothi is a little detached from the main town of Manali and you must opt for this place only if you are looking for such solitude.


The ancient capital of Kullu is now a royal hamlet nestled at the top of the hills, staying at the castle and visiting the ancient temples around can be interesting even if you are travelling solo. The forest area and the colourful pictures of the Roerich art gallery would give you a glimpse of the whole of Himachal from his quaint bungalow. Radha Krishna Temple and Tripura Sundari temple architecture can even beat the popularity of the famous Hidimba temple which is overcrowded.

Roaming around this ancient capital will take you back to the time when people lived in tiny wooden houses adorned with flower plants on the balconies and windows. The town literally looks like a Romantic village from Europe. And not to forget


Sajla – Dhamsu

The stretch between Sajla is Dhamsu looks straight out of some movie location. Located right at the boundary of the Himalayan Forest, this place fulfils your need to be in the wild and still near the civilization. You can also go for a short hike to Sajla Waterfall and can also roam around the apple orchards of Mansari, Dhamsu and Haripur. The route is flanked with luxurious villas and traditional home stays. You can enjoy the leisurely mornings of the Himachali villages while being here.


A village in a literal sense, Soyal is a small habitat of a few number of houses among the cedar trees. Soyal is one of the least frequented places and you won’t even be hearing any noise during your stay. The village is studded with bright yellow and red flowers during summers and not to mention the abundance of plums, raspberries, apples and pears. While you take a morning walk you enjoy the ripe pears and apples straight from the trees.

The village also has an ancient temple where goddess Parvati is worshipped as a daughter of the Himalayas and not as a wife of Lord Shiva. The Valley is also naturally blessed with the giant rock-cuts resembling a Shivling and another one to Lord Ganesha.

Soyal is a blessing to a couple and a traveller looking to escape the crowd.

As the winter and spring end in Himachal Pradesh, and tourists return to their 9 to 5 jobs... The Himachali Devtas visit to bless their devotees in the tiny hamlets tucked in the dark forest. . Each deity is welcomed with a grand celebration and they call it 'melaa'. . During the celebration people from nearby villages and the relatives visit the houses in the village hosting the celebration. . N from no house you can leave without eating the scrumptious meal that include curry, rajma, maarchu, sweet rice and curd. Of course it is accompanied by the local alcohol. . And this goes on consecutively for 3 days... Meanwhile, the youth and the Devtas dance and enjoy as you can see in the picture..... . Isn't that a wonderful culture!! ... . . #travelwriter #travel #instatravel #travelgram #tourism #wanderlust #travelblogger #instatravelling #instavacation #beautifuldestinations #postcardsfromtheworld #travelling #igtravel #travelpics #wanderer #travelphoto #travelphotography  #natgeo #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #travelgirl #solotraveler #insta_indian #yourshot_india #_soi #nomadsofindia #himalayas #insta_himachal #hiamchaldiaries

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Traveler Footloose Dev recommends Sethan as a perfect escape for the mountain lovers who really wish to be in the lap of nature. Located approximately an hour’s drive from Manali, Sethan is definitely a place for slow travellers – at least during winters, when snow claims the ground and any movement beyond the tiny Buddhist town of Sethan becomes impossible unless you have decided to conquer glaciers. In summer, on the other hand, the town becomes the starting point of Hampta Pass trekking route and a perfect place for those interested in camping near Manali. With less than a dozen households, the inhabitants of Sethan, do not originally belong here but migrated from Tibet a few decades ago. They represent a Buddhist community and share their roots being horse herders in their past.

You can also go for a solo trek: Trekking through the Majestic Kingdom of Duryodhan

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