Manali, one of the prettiest hill station towns in Himachal Pradesh, India, is a hub for adventure and exploration. The calm and serene beauty of Manali can relax your nerves, and the adventure awaiting here will make you discover a newfound enthusiasm for life. The mountains and the valleys spread across Manali welcome around 20-30 lakh tourists across the globe every year (before covid). It’s a beautiful destination to spend your family vacation in India.
So here is a list of the Best activities in Manali for your perfect Family Vacation and experience the ultimate family fun in Manali:
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Best Activities in Manali
Hot Air Balloon Ride:
Ever wondered what it’s like to soar high in the skies like a free bird past beautiful mountain ranges and valleys? Then the hot air balloon ride available in Manali is worth every penny. They take us to a height of 150-300 feet above the ground, and you will have the best bird-eye panoramic view of the landscape of Manali. It’s open mostly during the early morning and evening hours and costs around 1500-2000 rupees. The maximum carrying capacity is usually five people and lasts around 10 minutes, making it the one of the best activities in Manali for a perfect Family Adventure.
If your family loves adventure and thrives on the thrill of vacations, put aside your normal hotel bookings and look out for the camping options in Manali. There are numerous camping possibilities in and around Manali. I had the best experience camping along the side of River Beas. It offers the pleasure of waking up to the best scenic views in the blossom of nature. There are many other camping sites in Solang Valley and other places near Old Manali. Costs starting from 1000 and above per night, this is a sure shot way to make the best of your family trip to Manali.
Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park:
A little tired of all the adventure on your Manali trip? Then Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park is a good leisure activity to spend time with your family. The children will surely enjoy the cultural dance shows, magic performances and boating rides available here. The entrance fee per person is around 200 per person. There are many other activities available inside, and also shops to buy local handicrafts. It’s a good place to visit if you’re travelling with family.
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Ropeway Solang Valley:
Want to have a complete swiss alps-like experience while in Manali, then The Ropeway in Solang Valley won’t disappoint your expectations. Starting at around 600 per person, the mindblowing beauty of the snow-capped mountains 2500 feet above sea level is unmatched by any European country. Sitting in the cable car with your family amid the breathtaking beauty of Manali are moments you will treasure forever in life.
Get inside the Zorb ball and roll your way down the hilltops to make the inner child in you happy. This is a fun activity for kids and adults alike and is considered very safe as well. The best time for zorbing is in the summer in Solang Valley, when young and old can both experience the thrill of Zorbing down the hills of Manali.
White water rafting is a popular adventure sport for people visiting Himachal Pradesh. It can cost anywhere between 1000 to 4000 rupees depending on the intensity of the waters one chooses to raft in. The instructors taught us how to raft prior and accompanied us on the raft tube. It’s a risky activity for young children but something the family’s adults would surely enjoy.
Pin Valley National Park:
If you’re planning a family trip up north near places like Manali and Kullu, don’t forget to visit the spectacular Spiti Valley, located 200 kilometres from Manali. The Pin Valley National Park, located in Spiti Valley, is a cold desert home to a rich heritage of flora and fauna.
If you and your family share an appetite for nature, then this national park set in the background of the Himalayan range is a treat to behold.
So think no more and get your bags ready for the ultimate family vacation in the hills of Manali. Head straight to the bus ticket booking part of the trip and do it hassle-free through the means of online booking.
There are many cheap bus tickets available on numerous online bus services. While in Manali, I used zingbus services to book a sleeper bus at affordable prices. Many bus services will help you with bus booking, so you can rest assured of having a pleasant trip. Volvo sleeper buses are the most comfortable and are recommended while travelling with family. So go ahead and explore all the astounding places to visit in Manali while you make precious memories with your family!