Manali is a wonderland for adventurous souls, so much so that a list of Things to do in Manali is almost full of adventurous ideas. There is rafting, trekking, para gliding and much more to enjoy. And all this is in addition to the wonderful sightseeing experiences that one can enjoy.

Read on to find out more on the things to do that you can include in the itineraries of your holiday tours in Manali.

Paragliding amidst the snowy Himalayas

Para gliding is one of the most popular things to do in Manali. Enjoy an excursion to Solang Valley on your Manali holiday tour and set out to view the world from high up in the sky – just like a bird.

Soar the skies like a powerful eagle and enjoy the thrill of the wind rushing past you, with the whole world down below. The snow-capped peaks form the most exquisite backdrop of your flight as you glide through the air.

While experienced para-gliders can do it alone, all amateurs are taken on this thrilling ride of a lifetime by an experienced paraglider – an experience called tandem paragliding.

NOTE: Paragliding is banned during monsoons (July to September)

Skiing in winters

Skiing is another of the top things to do in Manali, albeit, only in winters.

In winters, the arrival of snow transforms Solang Valley into a wonderland for winter sports – right from skiing to riding a snow scooter. The slopes of the valley, once blanketed with snow, offer the perfect setting to enjoy skiing. Skiing instructors are at hand for guidance.

Skiing in Solang Valley can be enjoyed from February to April.


Thrill seekers on a holiday tour in Manali can even add Rafting to their list of things to do in Manali. Rafting, though, is technically not within Manali, but requires a short drive to Pirdi, further up from Kullu.

However, the trip there is worth it! Hop aboard a raft with life-jackets on and set down the rapids of the Beas River. Up and down, with the waves, adrenaline-pumping through your veins! It is an experience that you will wish to relive again and again.

The rafting trip begins at Pirdi and ends at Kullu.


Camping in the hills can be amazing and when done in the hills of Manali, it takes on an altogether different experience. Camping in Manali is usually done away from the crowds of the main tourist areas, which means that you can enjoy the beauty of nature at peace.

Witness panoramic views of sunrises, enjoy dinner around bonfire at nights, and revel in the adventurism of it all. Once you experience it once, you will consider camping as one of the things you must do in Manali, on every visit.

For guests who are not keen on roughing it up, camp-sites in Manali offer camping experiences with pre-set tents built to include en-suite baths with WCs and running water supply. Private sit-outs as well as common gathering spaces are a given.

Excursion to Rohtang Pass

An excursion to Rohtang Pass ranks on the top of the list of things to do in Manali for almost every visitor to Manali. The main reason being – access to snowy slopes even in the middle of the Indian peak summer months!

Now that is one thing that no other destination offers – especially so close to Delhi. Other incentives include exquisite views of the surrounding snow-peaked mountains!

One can easily plan an entire day of fun-activities with Rohtang Pass excursion and adventure activities in Solang Valley.

NOTE: Access to Rohtang Pass is subject to weather conditions. It is a high-altitude mountain pass; it snows even in May – which leads to closure of the road to Rohtang Pass.


Trekking through mountain trails of Manali can be an adventurous experience. Choose your trekking routes carefully and head for a two-to-three day trekking experience or simply go exploring on short treks on your own.

Either way, you will find the experience of climbing through mountains through the shortest way possible exciting and filled with unique experiences. Go where no vehicle has tread before, and you will come across unique birds and natives of the land.

Longer treks are organized by adventure companies and is best done with a guide, who knows the paths well. With camping and rafting included, these treks are exhilarating to say the least and are undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Manali.

Speak to our travel experts to add trekking to your holiday tour in Manali.