Manali Beyond Clichés: How Backpackers Can Salvage the Manali Trip

Best offbeat things to do around Kullu and Manali including INR 250 hostels to eclectic hikes such as Lambadug, Bijli Mahadev, Kaisdhar, Lug Valley, & More.

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Dhankar Monastery: An Unexpected Hike

To reach Dhankar on public transport, catch the Kaza to Peo bus at around 7.30 AM and reach Sichling in an hour. If coming from Tabo, look for Sumdo-Kaza bus, which reaches Tabo at around 9.30-10 AM. That should also leave you at Sichling in an hour. From Sichling, hitchhike or just hike for 8 KMs to Dhankar.

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Tirthan Valley: Gushaini Travel & Trekking Guide

Tirthan Valley centred around Gushaini is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Many short and long treks can be done through the valley. Angling, ecotourism, and cultural escapades in the villages are other attractions. Jibhi and Jalori Pass are nearby attractions.

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Nahan and Haripurdhar: A confusing week through Sirmaur

The Sirmaur district was a princely state called Sirmur, also called Nahan State after the capital of Nahan, one of the bigger towns in Himachal. Nahan is 40 KMs away from Renuka Lake, the largest lake in Himachal named after Renukaji, mother of Parashuram. Haripurdhar, the highest town in Sirmaur at 2700 metres, is 60 Kms further from Renukaji.

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