A visit to Solang valley tops the list when it comes to Manali tour packages. Situated at the top of Kullu valley, 14 km northwest of Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, Solang valley is best known for its alluring landscapes, lush greenery, summer and winter sports. The valley is one of the favourites among the adventure enthusiasts. Skiing to paragliding or horse riding to jeep safari, Solang valley has something for every taste.
The valley gets totally covered with snow during the winters making the place a perfect destination for skiing. You will find plenty of training institutes and personal trainers who help train the beginners and supervise skiers. Paragliding is certainly the most popular adventurous activity here. If you are planning to visit Solang valley from January to May or October to December, then the time between 9 AM to 5 PM is the time allotted for paragliding. The cost of this activity varies from INR 600-1800. Owing to the unfavourable weather conditions, paragliding is shut down during the monsoon season.
As the snow starts melting, skiing is replaced by zorbing. People often take the advantage of the slopes found in the valley. During summers, you may spot a huge transparent ball with people inside (mostly two) while it is rolling down the slope. Zorbing will cost you around INR 500 per person. Horse riding and fancy photography are other leisure activities. Moreover, overhead cable car rides are also available, which gives you an alluring view of the entire valley.
Best Time to Visit Solang Valley
The best thing about Solang valley is it can engage visitors in all seasons. Therefore, your trip should depend on the purpose of your visit. If you are more excited about watching snowfall and enjoying winter games, then the period between November and February is the perfect time. While the mornings and evenings continue to be cold, the afternoons during the summer are mildly hot.
How to Reach Solang Valley
You need to reach Manali first in order to get to the Solang valley. The nearest airport is Kullu’s Bhuntar airport (63 km from Solang valley). The Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs regular bus services from neighbouring states including Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana. NH21 connects Kullu and Manali to the north India via Chandigarh. The highway with river Beas flowing on one of its sides has plenty of cafes and restaurants for the tourists.
You can visit Solang valley solo or as a part of various Manali tour packages. Try the local traditional attires and pose for pictures with furry rabbits, yaks, and cobras. If you are planning to go for a solo trip to Solang valley, a 2-3 days stay would be enough to witness the scenic beauty, indulge in some adventurous activities, and enjoy a day out with your family and friends.