Solang Valley also known as the ‘snow point’ is an alluring snow clad utopia near Manali and lies between Solang village and Beas Kund. Situated at an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level, it offers a spectacular scenery of enchanting glaciers and snow crest mountain peaks.
It is a paradise for nature lovers with lush white snow and picturesque background of mountain ranges while offering adrenaline junkies a plethora of different sport activities during the summer and winter seasons such as parachuting, skiing, paragliding, river rafting, zorbing, horse riding, etc. thereby making it a favourite tourist destination across all age groups.
During the winters, indulge in the exhilarating experience of paragliding, the most thrilling activity for beginners and experts here. As you jump from the higher altitude and glide down with a help of a parachute, witness the mesmerizing views of the snow covered landscape from above. Ski and skate on the fine slopes of Solang Valley that provide challenging runs for beginners and experts. There are various institutes that provide training and expert supervision to beginners. Take a cable ride, which offers a panoramic magnificent view of the entire valley from a height. Hop on a snow scooter and embark on a hilly ride, exploring the valley and the most exciting, roll in the snow and make snowmen and castles.
The advent of summers transforms the valley as the snow melts and the lavish green carpet from beneath the snow gets revealed along with the resplendent lakes to begin the adventure of diverse range of activities such as horse riding, trekking camping, rock climbing, rappelling and zorbing, a thrilling adventure of rolling down the valley in an orb. Paragliding and parachuting can also be done during the summers.
At Solang Valley, the locals offer an opportunity to tourists to dress up in the local traditional attires and also pose for a click with rabbits, yaks and cobras for a fee. Be sure to bargain and enjoy the finery of the garb whilst creating cherished memories.
There are several staying options at Solang Valley including renting of tents for camping during summer time.
On the way to Solang Valley, you can also visit the beautiful Hidimba temple located on the top of a hill with breathtaking views. The temple built in 1553, is a shrine devoted to the demon Hidimba who was married to Bheema from the epic the Mahabharata. Built around the cave where Hidimba used to meditate, the temple features a huge rock jutting out of the ground that is worshipped by the devotees as the image of the deity. Surrounded by the gorgeous cedar trees, the temple has a unique architecture of three square roofs and a fourth cone shaped roof, with a 24-meter high wooden tip or ‘shikhar’ above it and intricately carved wooden doors. It has remained untouched and glorious through 460 years.
The best time to visit Solang Valley is between October to February to relish the snowfall, sub zero temperatures and winter activities and between May to June for trekking, in the lush green forests, and summer activities. It is highly recommended to avoid the monsoon season.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
A wondrous experience of snow and adventure for families, friends and thrill seekers
Air: Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport to Manali at 10 kms. From there you can hire a cab.
Train: The closest station is Jogindernagar railway station. From there, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus.
Road: With well-connected roads, private and state buses run frequently from Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab to Solang Valley. Private cars and cabs can also be hired.