Few places in the world are as diverse in their topography as Himachal Pradesh. With its river flowing through jagged rocks, rich green meadows, and serene lakes surrounded by mountains covered in thick layers of snow, resembling the seven skies above, it truly is like a little slice of heaven on earth.
In the grasslands, many flora and fauna flourish in the shelter that the valleys have provided them and you can see many rare wild species like the snow leopard, Himalayan Yak, Musk deer, and many more living in peace in nature.
Himachal is the kind of place that immediately lifts your spirits, all you have to do is just be there and breathe in the crisp air. Along with the serenity that it offers, it also provides tons of opportunities for adventure, no matter if they are beginners or experienced in seeking the thrill that these activities have to offer.
On this backpacking trip to Himachal from Delhi, we have handpicked some of the best locations in Himachal Pradesh that you must visit.
This 7-day trip to Himachal covers all the desirable destinations that fascinate tourists and adventure enthusiasts alike.
From one of the most popular hill stations of our country, Manali, to the small captivating village Kasol which is situated in the Kullu district, this trip is a perfect blend of popular tourist attractions and a peaceful getaway to undiscovered locations.
Manali, popularly known as Lover’s paradise has earned this reputation because of its beautiful views, cool climate, and tons of activities that it provides to people to keep things lively and fun.
On this trip, we explore some of the best places to visit in Manali, where we take you on a sightseeing tour to Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Mall Road, and Cafe hopping in Old Manali to give you a glimpse of what life is like in this township.
Our next stop, Solang Valley, is the hotspot for adventure lovers as it provides enthralling activities like paragliding, trekking, mountaineering, ATV Ride, Zipline, and even skiing if the season permits and so much more making it a must-visit for adrenaline junkies.
After experiencing the highs of soaring through the sky, you’d be in desperate need of some calm which the small town of Kasol caters to perfectly. The growing popularity of this hill station is because of the plethora of experiences it offers including spiritual awakenings, which is why we’d make sure that you visit the Manikaran temple which is popular for many reasons, one of them being the co-existence of bitterly cold water with boiling water springs on either side of the Parvati river.
Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib is also nearby and attracts many Hindu and Sikh devotees every year,
Our next stop, Jibhi, remains an offbeat stay in Himachal because it is yet to be touched and exploited by industrialization and has preserved its vegetation in the form of lush green valleys. It’s also popular for sparkling waterfalls and freshwater lakes which make this place perfect for spending some quality time with a partner or even yourself.
It is almost impossible to visit Himachal and suppress the urge to see the view from the top of the summit which is why we organize exciting and easy treks to Jalori Pass & Sirosar lake.
This Manali backpacking trip is curated after keeping all your desires in mind and the trip will take you to some of the best places in Manali, Kasol, and Jibhi so that you can experience the rich culture and heritage of ‘Lands of Gods’ aka Himachal.
Now that we have hopefully convinced you, we hope you get to learn all the reasons why you must visit this beautiful state on your own on this backpacking trip.
Day 1 : Drive from Delhi to Manali (530 Kilometers, 13 Hours)
- The group assembles at the pick-up point at 7 PM.
- We’ll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing session would also be provided.
- Afterward, we’ll head out for an overnight journey to Manali.
Note: The pickup point will be Majnu Ka Tila Bus Stand.
Day 2 : Manali Arrival | Local Sightseeing
- On this day, we will head out for a local sightseeing tour of Manali where we will be visiting Hadimba Temple which is an ancient cave temple believed to be 500 years old.
- We’ll also visit Manali Mall Road and go for Cafe hopping in Old Manali.
- Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Manali.
Day 3 : Manali to Solang Valley ( 13 Kilometers, 1 hour) | Solang Valley Sightseeing
- After early morning breakfast, we will head towards Solang Valley which is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts.
- Upon our arrival in Solang valley, travelers can indulge in activities like Zorbing, Skiing, ATV rides, Paragliding, Zipline, and more. (on personal expense).
- We’ll also traverse the iconic Atal Tunnel and visit Sissu which is a beautiful valley nestled in Lahaul. Once we’ve had our fair share of adrenaline, we will head back to Manali.
- Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Manali.
Note: The visit to Atal Tunnel/Sissu is subject to time and weather conditions.
Day 4 : Manali to Kasol (75 Kilometers, 2 Hours) | Kasol Sightseeing
- Post early morning breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head towards Kasol which is a tiny hamlet in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh known for its pristine river streams and lush green forests.
- Upon arrival in Kasol, we will check in to our designated hotel. Afterwards, we’ll hike towards Chalal which is a quaint village that offers beautiful views of the entire Parvati Valley.
- In the evening, we will indulge in cafe hopping and explore the local market as well.
- Dinner followed by overnight stay in Kasol.
Day 5 : Kasol to Jibhi (83 Kilometers, 3 Hours) | Jibhi sightseeing
- Post breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and visit the Manikaran Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara. We will also visit the Hot Water Springs in Manikaran which are considered extremely sacred by the locals. Afterward, we’ll head towards Jibhi which is a tiny hamlet nestled between lush green forests in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
- Upon reaching Jibhi in the evening, we’ll check into our hotel. Afterward, we’ll head out for a sightseeing tour where we’d visit the sparkling Jibhi Waterfall, explore the local market, and indulge in Cafe Hopping.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Jibhi.
Day 6 : Trek To Jalori Pass and Sirolsar Lake (9 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
- After early morning breakfast, we will check out of our hotels and head out for a trek to Jalori Pass. The trek leads you to the 360º viewpoint which offers a stunning view of the entire valley along with the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas.
- After traversing through Jalori Pass, we will also visit the pristine Sirolsar Lake which is a high-altitude lake nestled amidst alpine forests. Just beside the lake, there is a temple that holds extreme significance for the locals where you can pay your respects as well.
- Afterward, we will descend and head towards Bhuntar/ Aut and board an overnight bus for Delhi.
Day 7 : Delhi Arrival | Tour Ends
- We will reach Delhi early morning at 9 AM (tentative).
- The group will part ways with fond memories from the trip.
- Trip Ends.
What is the best time to visit Himachal?
One can visit Himachal throughout the year to experience all the different palettes that its landscapes have to offer.
For snow lovers, the best time to visit is from October to February which is the official snowfall season in Himachal. These months are popular because one can indulge in thrilling snow activities like skiing, snowboarding, and more.
One can also visit Himachal from February to June which are considered to be the best months to visit Himachal as the weather is pleasant.
When can I see snow in Manali?
Manali starts to receive snowfall at October end and gets completely covered in thick blankets of snow by November. The snow adorns the landscapes till mid-May. However, the availability of snow also depends on weather conditions which are quite unpredictable in the mountains.
What is Kasol famous for?
Nestled on the banks of Parvati River, Kasol is a Himalyan hamlet which offers stunning views of snow capped peaks, sparkling rivers, vibrant culture, Israeli cuisine and more. It is especially popular among backpackers and also acts as a basecamp for treks like Kheerganga, Malana, Grahan etc.
Where is Jibhi located?
Jibhi is one of the hidden gems of Himachal. Nestled in the Banjar Valley of Himachal Pradesh, it is located at a distance of approximately 100 kilometers from Manali and 70 kilometers from Mandi. The place is best known for its natural beauty and serves as a base to explore the rest of Banjar and Tirthan Valleys.
How many days are required for a Himachal Backpacking Trip?
Himachal Pradesh is a vast state with popular hillstations as well as offbeat places that one can explore. When it comes to a backpacking trip, 7-8 days are enough to traverse through the many gems that Himachal has to offer.