Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Manali an Adventure Beckons

Manali a little town in Kullu valley attracting people from far and across is a hidden gem when it comes to adventure activities. Not many know that Manali is any true adventurers dream destination and not only a honeymooners spot. This quaint little town besides its pristine natural beauty offers range of activities that test even professional nerves.

The rugged plain of the region adds to the challenge and excitement of the activities making it more adrenaline rushing activities. Some of these activities include hiking, skiing, rafting, trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking and much more.

Skiing is one of the most popular adventure sports in Manali. Skiing facilities in Manali are available at Rohtang Pass and Solang Nullah among other areas. Tourist can also enjoy paragliding at Solang Nullah itself.

While activities like rafting and kayaking are organized at Beas River.

Tourists in the mood for some hiking and trekking can enjoy the 12 km hike up the western banks of the Beas to the Solang valley or Lama Dugh meadow a 6 km hike up to the Manalsu  Nala. There are also activities that are completely unique to this region and offer an indescribable experience like Yak Skiing an activity extremely unique to this region.

Manali also offers the thrill of mountain climbing and the areas around Manali provide the perfect training grounds to budding mountaineers and have a huge population of mountaineering institutes offering you the tricks of the trade.

Tourists can also try their hands at Jeep Safari another activity unique to this part of the world. The jeep safari takes you through one of the highest mountain highways of the world, across the Rohtang pass passing through Lahaul to Leh.  This jeep safari offers an experience of life time with the images of the awe inspiring landscape lingering in your thoughts always.

Tourist not to keen for some hard core adventure can sit back and relax while catching fish in the local River or camp at Beas Kund Camp, Raisopn, Shoja, Kothi and Manali camps among others.

Tourist heading to Manali should bear in mind that many of the adventure activities offered out her are depended on weather and are available only during a certain period. So plan your holiday according to your choice of activities and enjoy your trip to the serenading hills of Manali.