Hidden Gems of Manali | The Orchid Manali - a Boutique Hotel

Discover the Hidden Gems of Manali

misty mountains with trees and grasslands

Manali, a breathtaking hill station nestled in the majestic Himalayas, is renowned for its snow-covered peaks, vibrant culture, and adventurous activities. While popular attractions like Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, and Hadimba Temple draw large crowds, numerous offbeat places around Manali offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. In this blog, we'll uncover some of the hidden gems in Manali that you must explore on your next visit.

Gulaba Village

Nestled on the route to Rohtang Pass, Gulaba Village is a less crowded spot offering panoramic views of the surrounding snow-clad peaks and lush green meadows. It's a perfect place for those who want to experience the tranquillity and beauty of the Himalayas without the usual tourist rush.

mountains with snow and a village among the trees
a part of the boat on the lake

Bhrigu Lake

Situated at a height of over 14,000 feet, Bhrigu Lake is a beautiful high-altitude lake that offers a peaceful escape. The hike to the lake is a challenging yet scenic journey, rewarding trekkers with stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and the chance to spot rare Himalayan wildlife.

Jana Waterfall

Located in a quaint village called Jana, about 30 kilometres from Manali, Jana Waterfall is a hidden treasure. The trek to the waterfall takes you through apple orchards and traditional Himachali homes, offering a glimpse into the local lifestyle. The waterfall itself is a refreshing sight, and the local food served at the nearby dhabas is a must-try.

a small waterfall with rocks on the bottom and shallow water
a shallow river with rocks on the bottom and clear water and mountains in the vicinity

Kheerganga Trek

Although a bit challenging, the Kheerganga Trek is worth every effort. Starting from Barshaini, near Kasol, the trek takes you through dense forests, scenic villages, and natural hot springs. The trek ends at Kheerganga, where you can relax in the hot water spring and enjoy the magnificent view of the Parvati Valley.

Sethan Village

Sethan Village, situated about 12 kilometres from Manali, is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. Known for its winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, Sethan is also a great place to experience the undisturbed beauty of the Himalayas. The village offers stunning views of the Dhauladhar range and is less frequented by tourists, making it a perfect offbeat destination.

a valley between the mountains
large trees on the sides of a road and electric posts along the side of the road


Tucked away in the Kullu Valley, the retro village of Shoja is a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into the traditional Himachali way of life. Explore the charming wooden houses, visit local artisans, and immerse yourself in the serene natural surroundings.

After exploring the lesser-known beauties of Manali, come home to The Orchid Manali - a Boutique Hotel. Our hotel is designed to offer maximum comfort and top-notch amenities. Relax in elegantly furnished rooms, taste delicious dishes at our in-house restaurant, explore various activities, and indulge yourself with our indoor games.