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Most Popular Sightseeing Spots and Things to do in Manali and Dharamshala

Shimla and Dharamshala tour package

Both Manali and Dharamshala are picturesque destinations of Himachal Pradesh. These destinations are surrounded by a thick cover of deodar cedar trees and are known for various temples, monasteries and scenic sightseeing locations.

If you book the popular Shimla Manali Dharamshala Dalhousie Tour Package, you can easily witness some of the heavenly places in Manali, Dharamshala and other popular towns of Himachal on your euphoric road trip.

If you’re visiting Manali Dharmshala for the first time, here’s a list of some of the best places for sightseeing and things to do in both these destinations.

#Sightseeing Places in Manali

1. Rohtang Pass

rohtang pass

Rohtang is a high mountain pass situated at a high altitude of 3,978 meters above sea level. This pass is nestled in a picturesque location with Chenab and Beas rivers. It is famous for its splendid views and numerous hidden waterfalls.

Famous for: Adventure Activities and Nature Photography

Things to Do:

  • Adventure Sports
  • Jeep Safari
  • Photography of snow-covered Himalayan ranges
  • Visit to Nehru Kund Enroute

2. Solang Valley

Solang Valley

Also called the “Snow Point,” Solang Valley is popular for hosting various adventure sports activities like parachuting, skiing, paragliding and more. This valley is situated at a height of 2,560-meters above sea level and is popular trekking hotspot in Manali to witness the mesmerizing views of majestic snow-clad mountains and glaciers.

Things to Do:

  • Paragliding
  • Zorbing
  • Horse riding
  • Skiing (only in winters)

3. Hadimba Temple

Located at a hillock, the famous Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali is nestled in the middle of a thick deodar forest. This temple was built in 1553 and dedicated to the Rakshasa Hidimba, the wife of Bhima (Pandava). The architecture of this temple is a cross between Indian architecture and Buddhist monasteries. The temple structure is made majorly from wood. There is also a temple (around 70 meters from Hadimba Temple) dedicated to Bhima’s son, Ghatotkacha.

Things to Do:

  • Trek at Himalayan Trails
  • Pray at Siyali Mahadev Temple
  • Visit the Museum of Himachal Culture & Art
  • Visit Rahala Falls

4. Vashist Hot Water Springs

This place is around 4 to 5 kilometres away from Manali. Located across Beas River, the Vashist village is popular for sulphurous Hot Water Springs and also is a holy pilgrim for tourists. The hot water springs include Turkish-style bathhouses with much-needed privacy for visitors. This place is also famous for the Vashist temple.

Things to Do:

  • Bathe in the hot springs
  • Trek on the nearby hills
  • Visit Saint Vasistha Shrine

5. Tibetan Monasteries

Manali has various Tibetan Monasteries but Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa and Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa are the two popular monasteries among them all. Both these monasteries were built centuries ago by Tibetan refugees to let visitors have a glimpse of their culture.

Things to Do:

  • Relax and Meditate
  • Shop for ancient Tibetan arts and crafts

#Sightseeing places in Dharamshala

Here are the five most important tourist spots to visit in Dharamshala:-

1. Tsuglagkhang Complex

Tsuglagkhang Complex is a perfect place to have a glimpse of Tibetan culture. This destination is the home to the 14th Dalai Lama. It is also known as the largest Tibetan temple located outside of Tibet.

Things to Do:

  • Tibetan Museum
  • Namgyal Cafe
  • Visit the Kalachakra Temple
  • Visit a Buddhist shrine

2. Namgyal Monastery

Established in 1575 by the 3rd Dalai Lama, Namgyal Monastery was relocated to Dharamshala during 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is a popular centre for learning about Tibetan culture. This monastery houses approximately 200 Tibetan monks and is one of the popular places in Dharamshala.

Things to Do:

  • Visit Buddhist Shrine
  • Meditation

3. Masrur

This famous rock-cut temple was built in the 8th century AD. This temple has finely detailed carvings that resemble Ellora caves found in Maharashtra. It contains idols of different Hindu deities, such as Lord Ram, Lakshmana and Sita from the popular Hindu epic, Ramayana.

Things to Do:

  • Visit Shiva Temple
  • Visit the Kangra Valley
  • Take a road trip to Palampur

4. Dal Lake in Dharamshala

Dal Lake in Dharamshala

The Dal Lake in Dharamshala takes its name from its famous counterpart in Jammu and Kashmir. This particular lake spreads across one square kilometer and looks like Dal Lake in Kashmir. There is also a Kali temple on the banks of this lake.

Things to Do:

  • Boat Riding
  • Trekking
  • Visit Lord Shiva’s shrine

5. McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj

Located at an altitude of 2,082-meters above sea level, McLeod Ganj is a beautiful place in Dharamshala. This place is named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, who was Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab during the British Era. This place is popular for various tourist attractions, including the house of the 14th Dalai Lama.

Things to Do:

  • Visit Bhasunag Waterfall
  • Trip to Triund
  • Visit Dharamkot
  • Visit Tibet Museum
  • Visit Tsug La Khang Shrine
  • Visit Tibetan Children’s Village


These are some of the best know places in Manali and Dharamshala. If you ever plan a tour package to visit these destinations, don’t miss out on the popular tourist spots, as well as popular activities in both these regions.