Spectacular view of glaciers, snow capped mountains, green valley, cool breezy riverside, and with a whole lot of adventure sports, no wonder Solang Valley is quite popular among people of all age groups. Solang Valley can be described as a perfect destination for all types of tourists, travelers, adventurists and other visitors.
Beauty all around
The green patch is supposed to be where the movie Krishh was shot!
Solang Valley is located at a distance of 13 km from the valley of Manali. This route itself will leave you awestruck with some spectacular views of the snow capped peaks all over. The tall mountains even at an altitude of over 8500 ft will make you realize how mighty the Himalayan peaks are!
Crossing River Beas at Manali
Route to Solang Valley
‘3 Idiots Bridge’ named after the famous movie
Near Solang Valley
Solang Valley is also called “Snow Point” due to the popular slopes on which you can find snow during the winter season. The valley itself lies close to Solang village and is on the banks of River Beas. Due to its location, the locals call this valley as Solang Nalah (Nalah in the local language means a stream of water). The river originates from the lake Beas Kund that is located just 7-8 km ahead. The route from Solang Valley to Beas Kund is also a very popular trek/hike route.
Adventure Sports at Solang Valley
The “Snow Point” of Solang Valley has numerous snow sports during winter season (from December to March). Lots of visitors come to Solang Valley during this time to experience snowfall, and play with the snow when there is no snowfall. Solang Valley also has one of the finest slopes to practice skiing. While some slopes are good enough for beginners who want to give a first try to skiing, there are also few very challenging slopes for a person who is professional in skiing! There are quite a few skiing institutes as well in Solang who can guide/teach you to become a professional in skiing.
Apart from skiing, Solang Valley also has Paragliding, where visitors can get a birds’ eye view of the whole valley. Visitors can go for small fly, medium fly or long fly, depending on their convenience and budget. Solang Valley also provides options for zorbing, horse riding, yak riding and other things that can attract you. You can also go on a ropeway/cable car which will give you equally spectacular view of the surroundings.
What time to visit?
Activities at Solang Valley starts as early as 7 AM. That is the best time to reach Solang Valley and get involved in the activities you prefer. It starts getting crowded after 11 AM and by lunch time, it is usually very very crowded. If you are a beginner in skiing, then you may have a tough time finding space to ski. You should also watch out for the paragliders, as it may land on you 🙂 I could witness several times when people called out at others to make way for the paraglide to land 🙂
When to visit?
Solang Valley is a treat to the eyes in every season. While in winter, you get to see the beauty of the snow capped mountains, during the other seasons, you can see the landscape change to lush greenery, with tall green trees all round. The activities that are organized would still remain during other seasons (except skiing as there would be no snow, and paragliding may not be organized during monsoon) and visitors can still enjoy having a nice time at Solang Valley. For you want to experience snow during the off-season, you can plan to visit Rohtang Pass, which is just about 45 km and experience snow all through the year! The season other than winter is also a good time to explore the surrounding places. Several organizers arrange for treks/hikes during this season (May to November) with Solang Valley is the starting point to many of them.
Where to stay?
- Few resorts/camps at Solang
|From||Distance (in km)|
|Rohtang Pass||45 (Road closed during winter)|
|Shimla / Dharamshala||260|