Trip to Manali, Shimla and Chandigarh (2022)
Every person has some or other dream in life. I also had few things in my mind for long time. They were doing paragliding and river rafting. I knew some places in Maharashtra were that was possible but that plan was never executed. Finally got opportunity to travel to Manali were I knew these activities were possible and top of it enjoy snow activities and pleasant weather in hot summer.
Places to visit in Manali:
1. Manu Temple
2. Hadimba Temple
3. Manali Sanctuary
4. Arjun Gufa
6. Solang Valley
7. Tibetan Monastery
8. Vashist Village
9. Nehru Kund
10. Rohtang Pass (For snow point)
11. Atal tunnel ( 9.02 KM)
12. Koksar (For snow point)
14. Naggar Castle
16. Mall road for shopping and local food.
Places to visit in Shimla:
- Mall road
- Himalayan Nature Park
- Scandal Point
- Jhakoo Temple
Places to Visit in Chandigarh
- Rock garden (Must visit)
- Rose Garden
- Sukhana lake
Tips for Rohtang pass/snow point:
- Recommendation is to carry winter dress, shoes from Manali on rent. (250/- per person)
- No need to book any activity. Don’t buy socks from them even though they insist you
- Go to snow point and then decide.
- Carry socks, Sweater, Jacket, winter cap on your own.
- Rohtang pass is charged at 500/- for car. But driver will ask you anything between 3000 – 5000/- depending on Rush.
Tips for Kufri:
- For Horse ride they charge 500 per person. If we walk 100 mtrs towards top, charges will come down.
- Do not book any activity at start point. Go to top and see what you want to enjoy.
- Personally I did not like anything except zipline
- Children will enjoy telescope ride (but you need to bargain for cost)
Day 1: Pune to Chandigarh (2.5 hrs)
We had booked car from Chandigarh for complete trip. Driver came in time to pick up us and we started our journey at 6:30 AM toward the road to the beautiful hill station of Manali (2000 meters above sea level).
Located in the Beas River Valley, Manali is a very popular hill station visited by tourists from across the country. Manali can be reached from the national highway that leads to the Ladakh region.
Before Manali near Bhuntar we stopped for Paragliding and Water rafting around 2 PM. It was one of the best experience in life. For Paragliding they will take you to start point in their vehicle and you will dive from there along with guide. Then they will pick you and take you back. Same way for boat ride.
After that we reached hotel by 8:45 PM.
We were very fortunate on second day as we came to know Rohtang pass was opened for tourist. Rohtang pass is closed for 7-8 months and opened in May. It is place were you can enjoy snow and even snow fall sometimes(if very lucky). We planned to go there. Driver took the required pass as vehicles are not allowed without pass. While going we took snow dress and shoes on rent. We also booked some snow activities there but that was mistake as same can be done after reaching Rohtang snow point.
We enjoyed snow activities for 1.5 hrs and started our journy back around 12:30 PM. It takes around 2 -2.5 hrs to reach there from Manali.
While return we saw Nehru Kund, Vashist Temple, Van Vihar, Tibettian Monetary and Mall road.
We visited Hadimba temple and then went to see Naggar castle. There we also visited Nicholos Rorich art gallery. We returned to Hotel by 2 PM and took some rest. In evening went to Club house and menu temple.
We started our journey at 8:15 AM after breakfast towards Manikaran, the hottest Sulphur Spring Waters in the world. We visited Gurudwar and hot water spring. This religious site is visited by both Hindus and Sikhs in large numbers.
We started towards shimla around 11:30 AM. Set in beautiful hills, meandering streets and mystical
woods, Shimla treats honeymooners and families to captivating natural beauty. What also attracts tourists here is the chance to go trekking, mountaineering, skiing and other adventure activities.
We started towards Kufri around 8:30 AM. Kufri is hill station and weather is quite pleasant. There you need to ride on horse or you should have some trekking experience to reach to top. There you will see lot of activities like zip line, walking on ropes etcs. Also you can see apple garden, valley and village.
We started towards Chandigarh at 8:30 AM and reached by 11:30 AM. We visited Sukhana lake, Rock garden and Rose garden. That was end of trip.
Driver dropped us to Airport and we came back to Pune by 11:30 PM.
Charges for Paragliding and Boat rafting:
- Paragliding cost between 2000- 2500/- including video
- Boat river rafting cost between 2000-5000/-
- More people in group more you can bargain.
Cost of trip for 6 days 5 nights : (60 k to 96 k for 2 people)
Hotel booking : 3 k to 4 k per day = 15k to 20k
Flight: 5k to 9k = 20 k to 36 k for 2 person
Cab: 16k to 22K
Activities – 8k to 14K
Meals/Food – 2k to 4k