Buckle up your shoes to unfold the Magic of Manali in 3 days

By Amandeep October 03 2023

Manali has always attracted tourists with its surreal beauty, whether it’s a couple seeking a romantic escape, a family reunion, or a friend getaway.  

Are you planning a short trip to Manali anytime soon? Look no further when BookYourOwn's travel consultants can create a personalized 3-day itinerary to Manali based on your preferences and budget range. Trust us, even a 3-day plan for your trip to Manali is enough to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Himalayas and try thrilling adventure sports. 

To ensure our travelers feel rejuvenated on their Manali trip, our 3-day Manali tour packages cover almost everything from top tourist attractions, vibrant markets to exotic restaurants. Here’s the short itinerary to Manali you’ll need to make the most of your precious time.

Rejuvenate Your Soul on a 3-day trips in Manali

The quaint town of Manali is divided into Old Manali and New Manali. The main tourist places to visit are as follows

1. Hadimba Temple

Hadimba TempleHadimba Temple

Nestled in the snowy mountains of Manali, the Hadimba Temple is dedicated to Hidimba Devi, she was Bhima’s wife and mother of Ghatothkach. The shrine is covered by dense cedar forests. Constructed in Pagoda design, the Hadimba Temple is a four-storeyed with flat roofs. The main door of this unique shrine is beautified with carvings of  Goddess Durga. When you are on a trip of 3 days in Manali do visit this Temple.

The temple was constructed by Maharaja Bahadur Singh, built around a cave where Hadimba was immersed in meditation. The legends have it that Devi Hadimba meditated inside the cave as an apology for her evil deeds. She used to meditate on a rock that is kept as the main sanctorum inside the temple. 

How to reach the Hadimba Temple

Visitors can choose any mode of transport to reach their destination

By  Road- The temple is located at a distance of 2 km from the main city center of Manali. Tourists can opt for a bus service or hire a cab to be at the temple or can also walk their way up to the temple.

By Air- The neighboring airport is Kullu- Manali Airport in Bhuntar at a distance of 52.5 km. The Travel time from the airport to Hadimba temple is around 2 to 2.5 hours. One can avail of the taxi services or hire a car to reach the destination.

By Rail-The nearest railway station is the Joginder Nagar railway station located 165.3 km away from the Temple.

2. Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist

Himalaya Nyingmapa BuddhistHimalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist

This famous Buddhist monastery is located very close to the Mall road in Manali. The large idol of Buddha 4.5 feet tall,  immersed in meditation is the main feature of this monastery.  A visit to this place can make your 3-day trips in Manali exciting. Once you visit the place you can feel the positive vibes and peace of mind.

This beautiful two-floor Buddhist temple is built in the pagoda style, painted in a bright yellow shade. The entire temple is made out of wood. The main door is painted red color and adorned with conventional colorful designs. Vivid mural paintings can be seen on the walls and the ceiling of the monastery.  Most of the paintings reflect the life and doctrines of  Lord Buddha. To get a glance at the reposeful lives of the Buddhist monks it is highly recommended to meditate for a while when visiting the monastery.

How to reach the Himalaya  Nyingmapa Buddhist  Temple

The monastery is based near the Market Square in Manali. Tourists can go for bus services hire a cab or can even rent an auto rickshaw to reach this tourist spot. Another option to reach the place is by taking on rented motorbikes, these bikes are comfortable to drive from any part of Manali.

3. Jogini Waterfalls

Jogini WaterfallsJogini Waterfalls

The sublime Jogini waterfalls have emerged from the stream which jumps into river Beas. This 160-foot waterfall located near Vashisht village got its name from the village Goddess Jogini. While on a tour to explore Manali in 3 days don’t forget to include Jogini Falls in your travel list. 

This falls owes its popularity to the trek named Vashisht Jogini Waterfall Trek, the hike begins from the Vashisht temple and ends at the Jogini waterfalls. The trekkers trail through the thick pine trees and the orchards of apples to reach the cascading waterfalls. The trek is about 3 hours long, while trekking visitors come across small streams with a sparkling sight of the majestic river Beas. The panoramic views of the snow-bleached Rohtang peaks captivate the hikers. 

How to reach the Jogini Falls

The only way to be at the Jogini waterfalls is to take the trek to the waterfalls,  starting with the hike from the Vashisht Temple. This temple is 4 km away from Manali. This trek to the Jogini Falls is 3 km long.You can hire a cab or an auto-rickshaw to reach the Vashisht temple, from there you can start on your Jogini Falls trail.

4. Vashisht Temple

Vashisht TempleVashisht Temple

This 4000-year-old ancient temple in the Village of Vashisht across the river Beas is dedicated to sage Vashisht. If on your next vacation, you are travelling to Manali for 3 days, do visit this place. The temple houses the idol of sage Vashisht carved out of the black stone. The holy shrine is ornamented with amazing wood carvings, antique paintings, and figures.

The temple is known for its hot water springs, these sulfurous hot springs are enriched with medicinal values. Taking a dip in the springs can heal people of their skin diseases. Taking a bath in these springs can be rejuvenating for both the mind and the body.

How to reach the Vashisht Temple

This famous shrine is located 3 km away from Manali. It can be easily reached by hiring a cab or taking an auto rickshaw. Even public transport buses can be used to reach the destination.

5. Solang Valley

Solang valleySolang Valley

In a 3-day Itinerary To Manali, Solang Valley is the main destination to stop by.  Another name for this valley is Solang Nala derived from the amalgamation of names Solang and Nullah. ‘Solang’ means ‘nearby valley’ while Nullah is ‘water stream’ in the local language. Whether you are on a solo trip, a family vacation, or a romantic getaway with your partner, this spellbound destination is going to make your trip unforgettable!!!

This picturesque valley is a ski paradise, during cold winters the valley wears a white blanket of snow creating a perfect atmosphere for skiing. However, when snow starts melting Zorbing, another famous adventurous activity comes into practice. Among the best things to do in Manali, paragliding, quad biking, camping, etc come at the top. Not to forget the Gondola or Solang Valley ropeway.

How to reach Solang Valley

By Train- The nearest railway station to Solang Valley is Joginder Nagar railway station, which is 175 km from Solang Valley. Once you reach the station, take a cab to be at your destination.

By Road-  The valley has a strong road network to stay connected with the rest of the country. There are nonstop bus services to Solang from different parts of  Himachal Pradesh. Cab services are also available to Solang Valley.

By Air- The Bhuntar Airport is the nearest to Solang, it is 63 km from the valley. Once you land at the airport take a cab. After a two and a half hour cab journey, you will be at your destination.

6. Rohtang Pass

Rohtang passRohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is the best creation of Nature, located in the eastern Pir Panjal, this magnificent Pass is a bridge between the panoramic valleys of Manali and Lahaul and Spiti. At an altitude of 3980, the Rohtang Pass is located on the Manali Keylong Highway. Due to the harsh weather conditions, the Rohtang Pass remains shut down for a large part of the year. Tourists can enjoy the majestic beauty of the Pass from April to October. This is the time when there is no snowfall. Before traveling to Rohtang visitors need to get the Rohtang Pass Permit.

If you are traveling to Manali for 3 days, then a visit to this picturesque pass is inescapable. The twin peaks of Geypan enhance the charm of Rohtang Pass. This tourist attraction attracts many adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts every year. The Pass is a perfect hub for activities like Skiing, Paragliding, Heliskiing, etc.

How to reach the Rohtang Pass

The foremost important thing required to drive to the Rohtang Pass is the Rohtang Pass Permit. This permit is of two types, One allows one to travel up to the Rohtang Pass and the other is mandatory to drive beyond the Rohtang Pass. This permit has a 24-hour Validation, issued by National Green Tribunal. 

By road- You can ride an HRTC bus or hire a taxi from Manali to reach Your destination, after a 2-hour long journey.

By rail- The closest railway station is the Joginder Railway station located at a distance of 104 km from Manali. After reaching Manali you can take up a public bus or hire a taxi to reach the Rohtang pass.

By Bike- To pump up your adrenaline rush you can drive your way up to the Rohtang Pass on the hired bike.  

7) Beas Kund

Beas KundBeas Kund

Beas Kund is a flourishing blue lake through which the mighty river Beas emerges, the Emerald colored Beas Kund provides the best trekking experience, irrespective of whether you are an amateur or an ace hiker, the Beas Kund Trek is the favorite of all the trekkers due its trekking levels ranging from easy to moderate. 

The fascinating Beas Kund trail starts from the Solang Nallah, while trailing up your way to the Beas Kund the journey transports you to a world of heavenly bliss, the trekkers on their way to the mesmerizing Beas Kund come across the pristine grasslands of Dhundi and Bakarthach. Stunning peaks like Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, and Hanuman Tibba will cross your trekking route.  The astounding Beas Kund is the favorite trek of novice trekkers, they love it for its short duration and easy difficulty level. Don’t forget to include Beas Kund in your holiday package to explore Manali in 3 days.

How to reach the Beas Kund

By Air- The Nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, which is at a distance of 52 km from Manali. 

By Road- Once you reach Manali by road, take a cab to Solang Valley which stands at a distance of 12 km. From here you have to walk your way to reach Dhundi which is 8 km away. 

By Rail-  The closest railway station is Joginder Nagar. Once you reach Manali, you can take a cab to drive to the Solang Valley, from where you can start your journey to Beas Kund.

8. Great Himalayan National Park

 Great Himalayan National ParkGreat Himalayan National Park

The Great Himalayan National Park has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2014. The park protects more than 375 species of fauna and 31 species of mammals. It is home to 181 species of birds. Nestled in the majestic surroundings adorned by the mighty Deodar and Oak trees, this park has expanded over four valleys. On 3-day trips in Manali do visit this national park.

The beautiful four valleys namely the Parvati Valley, Jiwa Nal Valley, Sainj Valley, and Tirthan Valley house extraordinary flora and fauna. The Tirthan Valley is an ideal spot for trekking. Located in the Banjaar sub-division of Kullu, the park’s sole aim is to safeguard, sustain and propagate wildlife.

9. Naggar Castle

Naggar CastleNaggar Castle

This historical landmark of Manali was constructed in 1460 AD by Raja Sidh Singh, located at a distance of 20 km from Manali and 22 km from Kullu, the magnificent castle overlooks the Kullu valley. The castle is a mind-blowing fusion of Indo-European architecture.  The charm of this massive fortress-turned-hotel has been enhanced by the beautiful deodars, majestic mountains, and pristine snow.

The interior of the Naggar castle has been adorned with fireplaces, beautiful stone and woodwork. This marvelous castle houses the incredible artwork of the famous Russian artist Nicholas Roerich.  A trip to this castle will add magic and joy to your Ultimate Manali Itinerary.

How to Reach  Naggar Castle

By rail- If you are willing to travel by train to  Naggar Castle, then the nearest station is Joginder Nagar railway station, it is 145 km from Naggar.

By Air- The closest airport is Kullu-Manali airport, which is about 40 km from Naggar. 

By road-  If you are interested in viewing the panoramic views of Naggar while traveling, then hire a Car or taxi to reach your destination.

10. Rahala Waterfalls

Rahala WaterfallsRahala Waterfalls

Located at a height of  8,500 ft, this spectacular falls is just 16 km away from Manali. On the way to Rohtang Pass you can stop by the majestic Rahala Falls to enjoy its beauty.  This place must be included in your Manali itinerary for 3 days. Born out of the melting glacier, the water of the falls is icy cold. 

Surrounded by tall deodars and silver birch trees, the Waterfalls is a  beautiful treat to your eyes. The Waterfalls not only acts as an ideal getaway for nature lovers but also a trekking spot for the adventure Seekers. 

How to reach the Rahala Waterfalls

Located on the Leh-Manali highway, one can travel to this charming waterfall by hiring a car or a taxi. The distance between Manali and Rahala waterfalls is just about 16 km. One can also travel by own car. 

Questions related to  3 Days in Manali

Q1. Which is the best time of the year to visit  Manali?

And- If you are planning a 3-day itinerary to Manali, then the best time to visit the place is from March to June. But if you are a snow lover then December to February are the best time to be at this magnificent hill station, when there is snow everywhere. Monsoon Season must be avoided.

Q2. What are the tourist spots in Manali?

Ans- When you are on a trip to explore Manali in 3 days, the main tourist places that you must visit to make your Manali Itinerary a hit are Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, etc.


Manali, the mesmerizing hill town is a dreamy holiday destination for anyone who is in love with panoramic natural beauty, idyllic villages, magnificent waterfalls, and adventurous activities. This place has something to offer to every tourist. If you are planning your next holidays in Manali. Our Manali Itinerary for 3 days is just for you.

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