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Sight seeing and adventure activities

Adventure activities around Manali
The rivers, forests, snow covered mountains and alpine meadows in Manali provides a wide range of interesting and adventure activities to the visitors.

It is ideal for adventure loving people & families who desire to drain their energies & rejuvenate themselves by taking part in various challenging activities and adventures.

We feel that while making holidays here you can avail a variety of exciting outdoor activities to enliven and make your time here exciting and full of adventure. We also believe that you are entitled to the best deals that we can offer so that you enjoy your holiday to the utmost. We promise you an exciting and safe 'activity filled' vacation backed by professionally trained staff. Choose from all the following activities or opt for one's you'd like to try just for the fun of it.

Skiing/Snowboarding:
13 kms north of Manali stretch vast open spaces and some of the finest ski slopes in the state. Surrounding this fine ski area are majestic snow clad mountains their lower slopes carpeted with stately Pine, Fir and Deodar trees. In this serene white wonderland, Snow Peak Travels organizes ski packages for both the novice and the expert. All packages are economical and conducted by expert, professionally trained skiers and other supporting staff. In summer you can still ski further north where the 13,050 ft high Rohtang Pass straddles the Pir Panjal mountain ranges.

White Water Rafting:
White water rafting is all about paddling a raft on river rapids. This is an exciting sport for those who are adventurously inclined and reasonably fit. There's nothing more exciting that the thrill of rafting the rapids on a foaming mountain river. Our associates have hi-quality rafts and experienced trained captain and crew whose prime concern is your safety at all times while instructing you into the finer aspects of river running. Snow Peak Travels in association with experts offer rafting trips down the Rivers' Beas, Sutlej, Ganga and the Zanskar. We can organize daily trips or longer expeditions down these mighty rivers.

Paragliding:
The Paraglider is basically a parachute wing, has no frame and is almost elliptical. The ride includes tandem joy rides in a twin seater glider for amateurs. The Western Himalayas have numerous sites for exciting paragliding opportunities. Two excellent sites nearby offer great opportunities for paragliding. Hallan lies 21Kms south of Manali and Solang valley, 13 Kms north. Both these places afford panoramic views of the valley and the surrounding mountains and have excellent take off points. Here expert instructors initiate enthusiasts into the finer aspects of paragliding using the latest imported Para gliders. Snow Peak Travels in association with the finest trained pilots makes sure you enjoy a safe and exciting flight.

Rock Climbing & Rappelling:
Climbing is the sport of scaling rocks, using special equipments. While rappelling would involve coming down from a cliff with the help of ropes & carabineers. The surrounding hillsides in Manali offer numerous rock faces for exciting rock climbing. Rocks with Steep inclines exist both north and south of the town, and all are easily accessible. Snow Peak Travels provides all professional equipment including waterproof hi-quality ropes, reliable carabineers, protective magnesium powder for easier climbing, strong belts etc. So join us in a time of sheer excitement. Our expert instructors’ help you conquer sheer rock faces that challenge your balance and dexterity and give you a sense of fulfillment and ecstasy.

Day Hiking:
Apart from regular sightseeing and excursions, the streams, forests, snow covered mountains and alpine meadows in Manali provide you an opportunity to explore some off road and beautiful places around Manali. Trekking is not a risky affair as far as your health is concerned. But a person should be reasonably fit for this activity. There are various options for a day trek around Manali.

While staying at Snow Peak Retreat we are happy to take care of your travel arrangements as well. Snow Peak Travels and Snow Peak Holidays are our travel units which are among few leading, reputed and reliable service providers of Himachal Pradesh with own fleet of vehicles and hence our guests can be assured of comfort and safety. . Our travel services are designed to meet the requirements of our guests who require reasonably priced, reliable, & professional transport services for their short or long distant journeys. We can organize airport pick up and drop, local or outstation tours etc according to our guest requirements.

Places of Tourist Interest in and around Manali

Manali: Manali is named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu Rishi. The word Manali is regarded as the changed name of "Manu-Alaya" which literally means "the house of Manu". It is said that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world.

The British introduced apple trees and trout fish, which were not native to Manali flora and fauna. It is said that when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight, would collapse. To this day, apple—along with plum and pear—remains the best source of income for the majority of its inhabitants.

Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations of the country. The town provides ample opportunities for adventure sport and winter sports. Easily accessible by road and a major base point for many of the important passes of the country, Manali draws a good number of tourists from within the country and abroad every year.

Hadimba Temple: Dhungri or Hadimba Temple dedicated to Goddess Hadimba , built in 1553 in a clearing among ancient deodars. This temple constructed in pagoda style displays the finest example of wood carving on it. Hadimba was a giantess who meditated at his place. She married to Bhima, one of the five Pandavas who visited here during their exile (Mahabharata Period).

Manu Maharishi Temple: The temple of Manu Maharishi is located in Old Manali village, which is about1 1.5 km from the main town.  It is said that Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. The temples of Manu Maharaj found very rare in India. Manu Smriti was written by him.

Vashisth Temple: There is a 4000 year old temple of Guru Vashishtha on the right side of the springs, built by the king Janamjaya. Inside it, there is a black stone statue of the Rishi Vashishtha, clad in dhoti. The village Vashishtha is famous for hot water springs. There is also a 9th century old Rama Temple near hot Springs  

Tibetan Monastery: It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit and unwind the mind. The monastery has a huge gold faced statue of Lord Buddha. Visitors can buy carpets and other Tibetan handicrafts near the Monastery giving a very soothing feeling to the mind and body.

Naggar Castle
With hewn stone neatly packed in a horizontal mesh of timber sleepers, Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu built this medieval castle around 1460. Perched high on a cliff, this was the stronghold of the rulers of Kullu for over two centuries till they moved down the valley to main Kullu town. The castle overlooks the Kullu valley and apart from the spectacular view and superb locale, this has the flavour of authentic western Himalayan architecture.

Nicholas Roerich Art Galery: A short climb from Naggar Castle is Roerich’s old home in a peaceful garden with excellent views. The small museum downstairs has a collection of photos and his distinctive stylized paintings of the Himalayas using striking colours.

Solang Valley:
A splendid valley between Manali and Kothi, offers the views of the glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks. 13 km from Manali, it has good skiing slopes equipped with an excellent lift. The valley is famous for  various adventure activities like paragliding, horse riding, skiing and many more.

Kothi:
Kothi is quiet but picturesque spot, at the foot of the 13,000 ft Rohtang Pass, about 12 km away from Manali town, situated on the Lahaul-Spiti-Leh highway. It used to be the camping place when the pass had to be climbed on foot and it is now accessible by bus, jeep or pony. There is a beautiful P. W.D. Rest House amidst open surrounding, affording magnificent view of the snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Close to the Rest House, is an awe-inspiring gorge where the Beas enters a chasm about sixty-one metres deep and just a few meters broad.

Rohtang Pass:
Situated about 51 km from Manali at an altitude of 4,111 meters (`13,400ft) on the highway to Keylong, is Rohtang Pass. Here one sees the majesty of the mountain at its height and splendor. This is the only access to Lahaul Valley and for traffic the pass is open from June to October each year, remaining closed for rest of the year due to heavy snowfall. Rohtang pass is the gateway to Lahaul Valley just as Zojila pass is between Kashmir valley and Ladakh.

Manikaran:
At an altitude of 1,737 meters [5700] and a distance of 85 kms from Manali via Kullu & Bhunter, Manikaran is a famous spot in the Parvati Valley for its hot water springs, trout fishing and Ramchandraji’s temple. Thousands of pilgrims have their dip in the hot waters which are believed to be radioactive and good for such disease as rheumatism, gout, bronchitis, pneumonia and muscular pains. The water gushes with tremendous force is so hot, even rice, dal or vegetables can be boiled.

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