Tirthan and Manali
Go on forest hikes or relax in a cafe by the riverside, explore ancient villages and spend time with your friends by an evening bonfire.
Join us in exploring the most popular and famous tourist destination of Himachal- Manali, in addition to Tirthan valley- a quiet, peaceful and less explored scenic valley.
Manali- one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country which has things for people from all walks of life; adventure activities, relaxing environs, cafes and culture. Drive to Sissu via the Atal Tunnel or visit the famous Hidimba temple, hike to Jogni waterfall or explore ancient Naggar Castle.
Tirthan- falling in the buffer zone for Great Himalayan National Park- Tirthan is a valley full of thick forests, river streams and ancient architecture. Not being a very popular destination yet makes it a more peaceful environment as compared to Manali and Shimla and a place where you can be with the nature and just relax. This region is full of small hikes through the forests and beautiful villages, hike to some waterfalls, hike to Serulsar lake or Raghupur fort or Chaini fort, go angling or just sit next to the river and relax.
You can do this trip all year round.
Tirthan Valley, Jhibi, Jalori Pass, Serulsar Lake, Chaini Fort, Great Himalayan National Park, Naggar, Manali Town, Atal Tunnel, Solang Valley, Vashisht, Hidimba and Manu Temple, Old and New Manali
Best time to Visit
All year round
Breakfast and Dinner
Local experienced driver
|Drive from Chandigarh to Jhibhi/ Sairopa||6-7 hrs|
|Drive to Jalori Pass, hike to Sareulsar lake, if possible||4-5 hrs|
|Hike to Chaini Fort or drive to Gushaini & hike towards GHNP||4-5 hrs/ 7-8 hrs|
|Jhibhi/ Sairopa to Manali via Naggar||4-5 hrs|
|Local sightseeing in Manali||5-6 hrs|
|Manali to Chandigarh drop||
Day 1 – Chandigarh to Tirthan (6-7 hrs)
Get picked up from the airport or train station in Chandigarh today and drive to Jhibi in Siraj/ Sairopa in Tirthan Valley is the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park and a popular destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. The valley has some fascinating traditional architecture to explore and trout angling locations. Reach and rest for the evening.
Day 2 – In Tirthan – Drive to Jalori Pass and hike to Serolsar Lake (4-5 hrs)
After breakfast we head to Jalori Pass. A high mountain pass at 3200 mtrs, Jalori Pass is one of the favourite places for trekkers, mountain lovers and riding enthusiasts. Jalori Pass is the starting points for 2 treks and you can easily do one of these – the hike to Serolsar Lake without a guide. A 5 km trek from the top of Jalori pass brings to Sareolsar Lake, a lake with unpolluted crystal clear water. This lake is tranquil and known for being the seat of local goddess Budhi Nagin. As Jalori Pass recieves a heavy amount of snowfall during the winter, it is only accessible between April and November.
Day 3 – In Trithan – Hike to Chaini Fort OR drive to Gushaini and hike towards the Great Himalayan National Park (4-5 hrs/ 7-8 hrs)
Today will be adventurous as you will be hiking in this beautiful region. You can chose one of two hikes today. Hiking to the majestic Chaini Fort or towards the Great Himalayan National Park. Please note that you will need a guide for your hike to Chaini fort which your host can arrange for you upon request. Chaini Fort a 3-4 hr trek from Jhibi. Chaini village is known for its ancient structures inspired by Chinese art and archaeology. Sharingi Bagi temple is another major attraction which lies mid way and you can take this detour to the temple if you are upto it. The other trek you can opt for today is the 8km long trek towards the Great Himalayan National Park from a spot in Gushani. Just reaching the gate of the Great Himalayan National Park can be considered a trek in itself. If you wish to enter the GHNP you need to take a permit. Only people who wish to go on multi day treks to explore the national park take permission. You can relax in the evening and go for a stroll to Jhibi waterfall nearby.
Day 4 – Tirthan to Manali via Naggar (4-5 hrs)
Head for Manali today, but on your way we make a quick stop at Naggar Castle, as medieval monument in Naggar town nestled between Kullu and Manali. Naggar used to be the ancient seat of the King of Kullu, but is now run as a heritage hotel and tourist monument. A little ahead of the castle is Roerich Art Galley, which used to be the habitation of world famous Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and his family. The place is now turned into an exhibition space by a joint venture between the Russian and Himachal Pradesh governments. It is visited by most people who come to Naggar and is an inspirational space for budding artists to see Roerich’s work on Kullu, Lahaul and Spiti Valley. You can chose to have lunch in Naggar village before heading to Manali. Reach Manali and rest this evening. You can chose to visit the Mall road in Manali for some shopping if you’d like.
Day 5 – In Manali – Visit Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Old Manali, Vashisht and Solang Valley today (6-7 hrs)
Start your day after breakfast and first we head to Vashisht temple, famous for its sulphur hot springs believed to have healing properties. From Vashisht is a small hike to Jogni waterfall. Do the hike only if you have the time and are upto it. It will take around 2 hrs to complete the hike and come back to the parking spot. The hike is a beautiful walk through the forest leading to magical glimpses of the waterfall. You can hear the water roaring from a distance as you start your hike. Next we head to Solang Valley for some paragliding (if the weather is good). Go up the ropeway in Solang Valley and enjoy the views from atop, you will end up spending time in Solang Valley indulging in adventure activities on the ATV etc. Next stop is the Manu temple which is a walk from the Old Manali bridge. This is the drop off point, due to lack of parking on the Old Manali road. The temple dedicated to sage Manu, is where Manali gets its name from. It has superb views of the original Old Manali village and a must visit for everyone. After your visit to the temple you can walk down Old Manali road and do some souvenir shopping, stop by for a late lunch in one of the many cafes lining the street. We then visit the famous Hidimba temple also known as Dhungri temple is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, wife of Bhima, a figure in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Surrounding the temple are the Dhungri forests which are also a nature sanctuary. Head back to your hotel for dinner.
Day 6 – Manali to Chandigarh drop (8-9 hrs)
Head back to Chandigarh this morning after breakfast and catch your flight back home. Trip ends today.
*Breakfast and Dinner
*Transport and experienced local driver for 6 days as per the plan
*Stay at the list of hotels shared as per the plan on twin sharing basis
*Driver to act as a basic guide
*All expenses for the driver are paid for, including all tolls, fuel, meals and accommodation
*Local coordinator in Kaza and Manali
*Lunch, snacks and beverages (except the ones with meals)
*Any kind of insurance/ emergency and evacuation cost
*Bus ticket cost/Monument Entry fee/Cost of permits