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6 Offbeat Places In Manali

Located at over 2000m above the sea level, Manali is a charming hill station that attracts tourists from far and wide. While it’s famous for its snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, and bustling markets, there’s a side to Manali that remains hidden from the typical tourist trail.

For the adventurous souls and explorers seeking something different, this offbeat side of Manali offers a plethora of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Where most tourists end up visiting Old Manali and Solang Valley, those who read this travel guide end up exploring something different, something far more surreal. Let’s embark on a journey to uncover these lesser-known marvels of Manali.
But, before we go ahead and talk about those hidden gems, we want to help you plan your trip to Manali by introducing this detailed guide on hotels in Manali. Since Manali is a big town with hundreds of thousands of hotels, it’s important you choose one that fits in your travel plans well. Now let’s begin with the original topic and discuss…

Hidden Gems of Manali

Hamta Pass & Hamta Valley

For the adrenaline junkies craving for that rush, Hampta Pass beckons with its challenging trekking trails and dramatic landscapes. Traversing through lush valleys, alpine meadows, and snow-clad peaks, this offbeat destination promises an unforgettable adventure. It’s a 2-day trek that begins from Sethan Village (12 km from Manali Mall Road). Enroute you come across Chikka, Balu Ka Ghera and Hamta Pass. Most people finish the trek in Batal (in Lahaul Spiti) but it’s possible to start form Sethan and come back. 

The Hamta Valley begins from Prini Village (3km from Manali) and take you to the last motorable village os Sethan, from where the trek to Hamta Pass begins.

Parsha Waterfall

Tucked away in the midst of deodar forest, next to the town of Simsa, Parsha waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls you can find in Manali. Unlike Jogini waterfall or Jana falls where every tourist visiting Manali visit once for sure, here you will only find local crowd or those who are into offbeat places. The trek to reach the falls is an adventure in itself, winding through dense forests and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

You can Google Map search for Parsha Waterfall for easy navigation. Alternatively, ask anybody for the route to Simsa Village, and from there, take the diversion that takes you to the waterfall. From

Soil Village:

Less than 15km from Manali Mall Road (towards Naggar) you come across one of most picturesque spots in Manali. Picture this: a quant town, tucked away from the main road with a river flowing right though the town – that’s village Soil for you. If you are looking for a riverside picnic then look no further. 

Not a lot of people know about this location and because of that the serenity and tranquility of this location have remained untouched/unscathed by the maddening overpopulation of the mountains.

Prashar Lake:

Located 103kms from Manali and 49kms from Kullu, Prashar lake offers a pristine view and an interesting history. Imagine sitting on top of a mountain with meadows beckoning as far as you can see.

There’s temple dedicated to Parashar Rishi that this place is named upon. Right next to the temple is a tiny lake with a mysterious floating island which rotates on its own any time. It is interesting to note that the floating island rotates clockwise and comes back to its original point in exactly a year. Also nobody is able to calculate the depth of Prashar Lake. No wonder, Parashar Lake is definitely one of the must visit places.

Arjuna Caves:

This offbeat places in Manali is not just any ordinary cave; it has a fascinating tale connected to a great warrior. And yes you have guessed that right. The tale is about the Lord Arjuna from the mythical Hindu Stories. The walls of the cave whisper stories of the past, and the echoes of your footsteps make it feel like you’re on a quest. From the entrance to the deepest corners, every inch of Arjuna Cave is filled with wonder and excitement. When traveling to Manali, you must add these offbeat places in Manali.


About 10km from Manali or 28 minutes drive towards Naggar lies the Sajla village, famous for its cascading waterfall and the Vishnu temple. Trekking to Sajla from Manali is an experience in itself and locating the route is easy with directions on the rocks. 

The walk from Sajla village to the waterfall is very prestine. It’s like walking into a dense forest and getting lost in the lap of nature. The walk begins from the Vishnu temple that slowly takes you into a dense forest. Soon a riverside starts flowing next to you. From the village to the waterfall is nearly 2km. At the waterfall you have a shallow pond where you can put your feet into water. Also, at the waterfall, you find a few maggi shops.

Chichoga Viewpoint:

Located less than 2km from Manali Mall Road is the village of Chichoga (technically the second closest town to Manali – even closer than Old Manali). From where the road taking you to the village ends begins a short trek though the village. If you continue walking the trail towards Vashishth, you come across a panoramic view of Kullu Valley, with Manali Mall Road being visible throughout. 

Not many people know about this village and the viewpoint but if you will ask any local they would tell how this viewpoint is better than any valley view in entire Kullu Manali region. You can also find a few homestays (though very basic) in the Village. Most of these homestays only cater to longstays. It’s possible to reach Chichoga village in a tuktuk or a cab for less than 300 Rupees.



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