Manali with Shoghi and Shoja(8 Nights)

Chandigarh, Shoghi, Shoja, Manali, Chandigarh

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Hadimba Temple
View of River Beas
Temple on Mall Road
River Beas
View from Manali
Wooden Bridge
View from Solang
Rohtang Pass in Summer
Shoja Views
Shoghi Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 3 August 2010)

Manali with Shoghi and Shoja is a popular summer itinerary for guests who is looking to mix off-beat elements of Himachal along with the most visited and scenic destination of Himachal Pradesh i.e. Manali.


Shoghi(2) - Shoja(2) - Manali(3) - Chandigarh(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive Chandigarh - Shoghi. Nature walk in evening.
  • Day-2 Activiites in and around Shoghi
  • Day-3 Shoghi - Shoja. Walks around Shoja.
  • Day-4 Walks around Shoja
  • Day-5 Shoja - Manali. Visits around Manali.
  • Day-6 Rohtang Excursion. Solang Valley Adventure.
  • Day-7 Manikaran or Jana Waterfalls Excursion
  • Day-8 Manali - Chandigarh
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Manali - Hadimba Temple (0.50 kms), Vashisht Hot Springs (2.00 kms), Manu Temple (3.00 kms), Arjun Gufa (5.00 kms), Solang Valley Ropeway ride (15.00 kms), Skiing in Solang Valley (15.00 kms), Atal Tunnel (28.00 kms), Jana Waterfall (30.00 kms), Rohtang Pass (40.00 kms), Fun Skiing at Rohtang (40.00 kms), Manikaran Sahib (80.00 kms)

Shoja - Waterfall Point (1.00 kms), Serolsar Lake (6.00 kms), Raghupur Fort (6.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chandigarh Departure - Chandigarh
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

To ease difficulty of long travel at the end and maintain overall leisurely pace of itinerary, guests can add one or two night at Ropar (Bharatgarh Fort) instead of Chandigarh.

  • Chandigarh to Shoghi -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shoghi to Shoja -157 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)

Chandigarh - Shoghi(2) - Shoja(2) - Manali(3) - Chandigarh(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive Chandigarh - Shoghi. Nature walk in evening. Arrive Chandigarh and proceed to Shoghi (105 kms - 3.5 hrs). Time permitting opt for evening nature walk enroute spotting several species of flora and fauna (birds, barking deer, mountain goats etc.)

Day-2 Activiites in and around Shoghi Those interested in adventure can opt for activities such as Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Valley Crossing, Forest treks etc OR Guests interested in walking there are several walking trails of varying difficulty and duration 1-2 hours, half day, full day, night walks, walks along the World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Train track OR Those who just want to relax can enjoy nature and green backdrop.

Day-3 Shoghi - Shoja. Walks around Shoja. Proceed to Shoja (8500 ft asl, 158 kms - 5 hrs) via Jalori pass. Evening walk around Shoja, time permitting or just enjoy stunning views (Himalayan views on a clear day).

Day-4 Walks around Shoja Guests have option to take walks around the area. Options here are Serolsar Lake (5 kms - half day), Waterfall point (2 hour walk), Raghupur Fort (6 kms - half day) etc.

Day-5 Shoja - Manali. Visits around Manali. Proceed to Manali (6500+ ft asl, 115 kms - 3.5 hours). Afternoon visit to local sightseeing options such as Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot water springs, Manu Temple and Arjun Gufa.

Day-6 Rohtang Excursion. Solang Valley Adventure. Half-day excursion to Rohtang Pass (42 kms - 12000+ ft asl). Rohtang pass is one area where one may get snow in Summer. Guests enjoy snow experience (Rohtang Pass need permits as limited number of vehicles are allowed for a visit). Altenratively you may plan an excursion to Lahaul area across the renowned Atal Tunnel. On the way back visit Solang Valley, hub of adventure sports in Manali such as Paragliding, Zorbing etc. Solang Valley turns into a Ski resort in Winter.

Day-7 Manikaran or Jana Waterfalls Excursion  Day excursion to Kullu Valley and Manikaran hotwater springs / Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara (80+ kms one way from Manali) or visit Jana waterfalls, a perennial waterfall at 40 kms from Manali (Jana waterfall is perennial and it is recommended to also have lunch at one of the Dhabas around here).

Day-8 Manali - Chandigarh Proceed to Chandigarh (292 kms - 8 hrs). Reach by evening.

Day-9 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Manali :

  • Hadimba Temple -

    1533 Hadimba Temple, also known as Dhoongri Temple, is an ancient temple situated in Manali.

  • Vashisht Hot Springs - Vashisht is a small village on the banks of Beas River, the village is famous for its hot springs and temples.

  • Manu Temple - Manu temple at Manali is believed to be the only temple in India of Sage Manu (Manu Rishi).

  • Arjun Gufa - Arjun Gufa is situated near Prini village and is around 5 km from Manali. The cave lies on the left bank of Beas River. Legend has it that Arjuna (central character of the Mahabharata mythology) prayed here.

  • Solang Valley Ropeway ride - 15 kms from Manali town centre is Sollang nullah, a hub for a range of adventure activities all round the year (Skiing in Winter and Paragliding / Zorbing etc. in Summer). Ropeway here is popular for some stunning views of the area.

  • Skiing in Solang Valley - Solang Valley, 15 kms from Manali town is home to skiing in Winter. Ski lifts have been setup in 2011 for organised skiing.

  • Atal Tunnel - Atal Tunnel is a tunnel built under the Rohtang Pass on the Leh-Manali Highway. It is historic as it cuts down the distance between Manali to Leh by 50 kms and makes Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh accessible all round the year. Atal Tunnel is the longest high altitude tunnel of its kind in the world and has become a major touirst attraction eversince its opened and therefore must visit for all travellers.

  • Jana Waterfall - 40 kms from Manali, off Naggar road is village Jana. The waterfall is perennial and one also enjoys local cuisine served by Dhabas around here.

  • Rohtang Pass - 40 kms from Manali is Rohtang Pass, one that takes guests into Lahaul and Spiti valley. Rohtang Pass is open June - Sept. However tourists travel upto base of the Pass till Kothi (16 kms) and a bit beyond to enjoy snow experience that includes a bit of sliding and fun playing with snow. This area is extremely touristy in high season and often seas heavy traffic jams.

  • Fun Skiing at Rohtang - Rohtang Pass is an area where guests get to feel snow and play with it almost all round the year except a few months in monsoon (July-Sept). There is fun skiing, sliding, playing with snow and a kind of touristy carnival atmosphere around during summer season. While Rohtang may be 40 kms from Manali, guests dont always go all the way up and start as soon as they reach snowline which could vary in diff season (During Winter it snows in Manali itself, not requiring guests to really head for Rohtang)

  • Manikaran Sahib - Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is commemorates the visit of Guru Nanak Dev to this area. It is a major Pilgrim centre for Sikh pilgrims arriving from all over from North India.

Shoja :

  • Waterfall Point - Waterfall Point is nature at a distance of approximately one kilometre walk from Shoja

  • Serolsar Lake - Serolsar Lake is a beautiful lake, situated at a distance of around 5 km from the Jalori pass in Shoja. This lake is approachable via a walk from Shoja.

  • Raghupur Fort - Raghupur Fort was built at 11000 ft asl and has a small pond within its premises. Raghupur Fort is approached via a trek from Shoja.

Destination Overview

Shoghi - Shoghi is a wooded area 15 kms before Shimla. There are couple of adventure / nature oriented resorts here that are good for guests who want to do nothing of touristy Shimla and want to be by the nature.

Shoja - Shoja (or called Sohja or Sojha) is a Himalayan hamlet (8500 ft asl) 5 kms short of Jalori Pass. The area is blessed with exceptional Himalayan beauty and is excellent for walks, treks, bird watching and a nature centric experience.

Manali - Manali (7000 ft) is a major hill station and a preferred Ex-Chandigarh weekend Getaway and a destination for Honeymooners, adventure lovers.

Chandigarh - Chandigarh is a major business centre and hub for Software, IT and ITES companies. Chandigarh is a tourist destination being a transit point for guests on Delhi - Manali route and an access point to visit neighboring hills of Himachal Pradesh and hill station of Shimla.

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  • Chandigarh to Shoghi -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shoghi to Shoja -157 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Shoghi Experience

Shoghi (5000+ ft asl) is a wooded area 15 kms before Shimla. There are couple of adventure / more

Summer in Manali

Manali (6000+ ft asl) is the most visited getaway and premier holiday destination in Himachal more

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  • Chandigarh to Shoghi -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shoghi to Shoja -157 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Chandigarh -292 kms (8 hrs)

Expert Speak

This is an ex-Chandigarh itinerary for those who simply wish to avoid crowded and touristy Shimla and instead mix a Manali visit with off-beat destinations of Shoghi and Shoja.

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