Weekend Getaways from ManaliManali is known for its abundant natural beauty and lush green surroundings. It is also surrounded by many beautiful places, which you can visit or enjoy them as weekend getaways when you are on vacation. There are many people who also visit Manali for business; they can also visit these places such as Kufri, Sangla, Mashorba or any other places.
These places have lot of natural beauty and many other sightseeing spots such as forts, temples, monasteries etc. If you want to visit some place to retreat near Manali, there are many places which provide you with the different adventure sports such as Kufri. If you want to tend to the spiritual concerns, you can visit some places which have a religious significance and are spiritual destinations such as Sangla or Tabo.
Manali to SanglaA picturesque town which is located in Kinnaur District, Sangla is located near Tibetan Border. The meaning of Sangla in Tibetan Language is passing of the light. The nature beauty of this place is very mesmerizing, as it is located in the lap of Greater Himalayas. The place is enveloped with the mountains and the forest slopes. The main attraction of this place is Kamru Fort which has been converted into the temple of Kamakshi Devi. This place is noted for its cherry and apple trees and the pine nut orchards. The other main attraction is the temple which is dedicated to Mata Devi or Chitkul Matti Goddess.
Distance from Manali: 248 kilometers
Estimated Time of Journey by Road: 4 hours 30 minutes
Manali to KufriLocated at the high attitude of 2743 meters, Kufri is small town; the meaning of name in local language is Lake. The place is open for the tourists all through the year as the town has many attractions such as Fagu, Great Himalayan Nature Park and Mahasu Peak. The Nature Park has more than 180 species of animals and birds. It is also a very popular religious destination as the place has some old temples which are renowned for their wood carvings. For the people who love adventure sports, Kufri is the playground of the skiers in the winter. In addition to that, you can enjoy various adventure sports such as trekking, camping, hiking, horse riding and tobogganing.
Distance from Manali: 236 kilometers
Estimated Time of Journey by Road: 3 hours 50 minutes
Manali to MashorbaOne of the most popular destinations, Mashorba is famous for its cool climate and mesmerising scenery. Mashorba is located at the high attitude of River Ganga and Indus and is known as the largest watershed which is located in Asia. As per the biography of Lady Edwina Mountbatten, Lord Dalhousie founded this town in 18th century. One of the two Presidential retreats in the country is located at Mashorba. The main attraction of the place is the Mahasu Fair which organised in May at Durga Devi Temple. If you love wildlife, you should visit Reserve Forest Sanctuary, where you will find rare fauna and flora which is found in this region.
Distance from Manali: 246 kilometers
Estimated Time of Journey by Road: 3 hours 55 minutes
Manali to TaboIn Spiti Valley, Tabo is located at the high attitude of 3050 meters from the sea level. The town which is perched in lap of Himalayas and on the banks of River Spiti, offers a very picturesque panorama. The main attraction of the town is Tabo Monastery, which is known as the largest Royal complex situated in Spiti Valley and is believed to be constructed over thousand years ago. The monastery covers an area of 6300 square meter and fenced with mud brick wall. The monastery houses 23 chortens and 9 temples with the nun’s residence and monk’s chamber. It is also known as Tabo-Chos-kher. The place is famous for wall paintings, stucco images and magnificent sculptures.
Distance from Manali: 250 kilometers
Estimated Time of Journey by Road: 3 hours 40 minutes
Manali to ShoghiShoghi is a town which is located at the high attitude of 5700 ft from the sea level and is one of the popular hill stations. The history of town starts from 19th century, when Gurkhas lost the war in 1815 and they had to cede the area to British. The British gifted the place to Maharaja of Patiala. Shoghi is also popularly known as the temple town by the tourists. The town has this name due to the fact that there are many old temples in this town. The main temples are Tara Devi Temple, Kali Temple and Hanuman Temple. This town is known for its natural beauty and has abundant rhododendrons and oak trees. It is also known for various fruit products such as pickles, syrups, jellies and juices.
Distance from Manali: 263 kilometers
Estimated Time of Journey by Road: 4 hours 15 minutes