Manali with Shoja and Ropar(7 Nights)

Chandigarh, Shoja, Manali, Ropar, Chandigarh

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Photos Courtesy Nitin Kirloskar
Temple on Mall Road
River Beas
View from Manali
Wooden Bridge
View from Solang
Solang Valley
Rohtang Pass in Summer
Bird watching in Shoja
Views and Bird watching at one go
At a view point after Walking around Shoja
Walking around Shoja
Shoja Views
Cultural performance at Shoja
Shoja Activities at Banjara Retreat

Manali with Shoja and Ropar is an itinerary where one combines experiential and active holiday destinations of Shoja and Ropar with Manali, premier Himalayan destination of North India.


Shoja(2) - Manali(3) - Ropar(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Chandigarh - Shoja. Walks around Shoja.
  • Day-2 Walks around Shoja
  • Day-3 Shoja - Manali. Visits around Manali.
  • Day-4 Rohtang Excursion. Solang Valley Adventure.
  • Day-5 Manikaran or Jana Waterfalls Excursion
  • Day-6 Raison - Ropar
  • Day-7 Around Ropar / Excursions / Picnic / Walks / treks etc.
  • Day-8 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), Atal Tunnel (28.00 kms), Jana Waterfall (30.00 kms), Rohtang Pass (40.00 kms), Manikaran Sahib (80.00 kms)

Ropar - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib (40.00 kms), Naina Devi Temple (63.00 kms), Gobind Sagar Dam (76.00 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
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking to further experience Himachal area, its heritage and craft may opt for Pragpur for a couple of days between Manali and Ropar.

  • Chandigarh to Shoja -262 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Ropar -255 kms (7 hrs)
  • Ropar to Chandigarh -44 kms (1 hrs)

Chandigarh - Shoja(2) - Manali(3) - Ropar(2) - Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Chandigarh - Shoja. Walks around Shoja. Travel to Shoja (8500 ft asl, 260 kms - 7 hrs). Evening walk around Shoja, time permitting or just enjoy stunning views (Himalayan views on a clear day).

Day-2 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-3 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-4 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-5 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-6 Raison - Ropar Proceed to Ropar (Bharatgarh Fort) (260 kms - 6.5 hrs). Time permitting visit villages around the area.

Day-7 Around Ropar / Excursions / Picnic / Walks / treks etc. Visit Anandpur Sahib Gurdwara (20 kms) and Naina Devi Temple (43 kms) and Bhakra Nangal dam (55 kms) OR can explore fishing, bird watching, walks and forest treks around the area or spend a day with a picnic hamper on an island on Sutlej river.

Day-8 Departure Travel to Chandigarh (60 - 80 kms - 1.5 hours) and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Ropar :

  • Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib - Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib in Anandpur Sahib is the holy place where the 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was cremated in 1675

  • Naina Devi Temple - Naina Devi Temple is situated on a hilltop at about 60 kms North of Chandigarh overlooking the Gobind Sagar lake. The temple is connected with National Highway No. 21 and accessible via a cable car ride from the base point. Naina Devi Temple is significant regionally and is a well visited temple throughout the year. Naina Devi Temple is also widely regarded as one of the Shakti Peetha.

  • Gobind Sagar Dam - Gobind Sagar is a man-made reservoir situated in Bilaspur District of Himachal Pradesh. One of the worlds highest gravity dams, the Bhakra dam rises nearly 225.5 m above its lowest foundations. In October and November, when the water level of the reservoir is high, a series of regattas are also organised by the Tourism and Civil Aviation department. Water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water scooter racing are popular water sports activities during this period.Major attractions of the lake include ferry rides and water sports like speedboating. Gobind Sagar was declared as a water fowl refuge in 1962 and is good for fishing.

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

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.

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.

Ropar - Ropar lies only 50 kms from Chandigarh. The major pilgrimage destinations in Ropar comprise Naina Devi, Anandpur Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib (16 kms). The famous Bhakra dam in Nangal lies on the boundary with the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh.

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  • Chandigarh to Shoja -262 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Ropar -255 kms (7 hrs)
  • Ropar to Chandigarh -44 kms (1 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

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 Shoja -262 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Shoja to Manali -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Manali to Ropar -255 kms (7 hrs)
  • Ropar to Chandigarh -44 kms (1 hrs)

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This is excellent Summer itinerary for guests looking for nothing but experience and avoid touristy places like Shimla and transit stays in big cities (e.g. Chandigarh).

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