About Solang Valley
When heading to Manali for a vacation, two absolutely essential destinations in the itinerary are Rohtang and Solang Valley, Manali. 14 kilometers on the north west of the main town of Manali, Solang Valley, Manali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in < Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the way to Rohtang from Manali, every year the valley welcomes tourists in huge numbers. A favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding to driving mini open jeeps specially available for tourists of all age groups, Solang Valley, Manali has it all. During winters, as the valley is covered with snow, skiing is a popular sport here, with training institutes and trainers located in the valley to supervise skiers and train beginners. As the snow melts, skiing is taken over by zorbing. Another popular attraction of the valley, taking advantage of the slopes of the valley, you are likely to spot a huge transparent ball with mostly two people inside it rolling down the slope during summers, it is as much fun as it looks like. One of the most vibrant and enjoyable places in Manali, there is no way one can possibly miss this valley, while here.
Best time to visit Solang Valley, Manali
The best part about Solang Valley, Manali is that it is an all season place. Visiting Solang Valley, Manali, hence depends on your purpose. If you want to enjoy winter sports, visiting Solang Valley, Manali from November to February is recommended as the valley is covered with snow during that time of the year. Winters are also preferred for the lovely weather. The valley when covered in snow looks magnificent. During summers, the valley experiences mildly hot afternoons while it continues to be cold in the mornings and evenings. Adventure sports change depending on the season. Choose your pick.
How to Reach Solang Valley, Manali
Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar, it is 10m away from Kullu and 50 km away from Manali, there are light vehicles and busses available for travelling to Kullu- Manali. Other than that, most tourists prefer staying overnight in Bhuntar and go around the nearby tourist destinations.
Road: The HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) runs regular buses from neighbouring states of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. NH21 connects the city of Kullu- Manali to the rest of north India through Chandigarh. It is a beautiful highway with river Beas flowing on one side and many river side cafes and restaurants where tables are placed on the shore and guests can actually dip their feet in the cold water of Beas and enjoy their meal.
Getting Around Solang Valley, Manali
While taxis and buses are available to go from one place to another on individual ticket basis, it is however suggested that a tourist should book a taxi for the entire day after having decided the day’s itinerary in advance.
Where to Stay
Solang Valley, Manalibeing the popular destination that it is, it has a wide range of hotels, resorts and guest houses suiting various budget brackets. While there are luxurious suites for honeymoon couple, there are also cottages for those who was to spend time close to nature. Adventure tourists and campers who want to live close to nature in the most natural ways fix tents nearby and around the valley and enjoy camping as the bond over bonfires.
Sightseeing in Solang Valley
On the way back to Manali, tourists generally stop at Hidimba Devi’s temple. Located in the middle of a forest, over time, the temple has become a popular tourist destination and is visited by tourists in huge numbers.
Activities in Solang Valley
Apart from the wide variety of adventure sports available here, there are swings at the base of the valley for the kids. Other leisure activities like Horse riding, fancy photography are the other attractions that keeps a tourist engaged and maintains a fair like atmosphere in the valley throughout the day.
Shopping in Solang Valley
No special list of ‘things to be bought from Solang Valley, Manali’, some roadside stall have some extremely beautiful and beautifully carved wooden decorative, it will be your luck if you find one for yourself. Other than that, junk jewellery and hand woven woolen gloves and caps can be spotted on most local stands, however, tourists mostly prefer shopping from the mall road in Manali.
The Solang Valley Experience
The locals here are convincing and soft spoken, while you might be sitting in your quiet corner, some local vender is bound to approach you with a smiling face and a humble request of trying the local traditional attires and posing for a picture (for which you will be charged), you might also come across furry rabbits and yaks and cobras which a tourist can pose with and get clicked. Mind you, every click and change of protagonist is taken note of and counted.
Solang Valley’s Nightlife
Hill stations generally have a quiet nightlife, Solang Valley, Manali being away from the main town of Manali has less people after sun sets, the hotels however, set up individual plans for their guests. It could be anything, from a bonfire to a disc party, from some intra hotel competitions to theme party.