Solang Valley which is 14 km northwest of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India, has a very picturesque view of the snow capped Himalayan mountains & glaciers. It has a very good sporting activities both in summer & winter. In summer (May - Nov) horse riding, paragliding, zorbing (a giant ball with room for 2 people rolling down a 200 meter hill), trekking can be done. In winter the valley is fully covered by snow, so sports like skiing, snowboard, .. can be done. The winter & skii suite can be rented on the way to Solang Valley from Manali. Winter suit will cost around 300 Rs. & skii suit with a trainer will cost around 1k Rs.
Atop one of the mountains in Solang Valley
Don't miss the 300 meter rope way to the top of the hill, its a very scenic ride. You can also get down on top of the hill, spend some time to have a very beautiful view of the fresh snow covered mountains. Most of the time there will be a snow fall on top of the hill, so you can get a feel of a very fresh snow. Where ever you see its full of snow with oak & pine trees covered by snow. Cost of the round trip ride of this rope way is 400/- Rs. Its really worth spending 400 bucks for such a scenic view. To spend more time over there you can go to the top of the hill a little early & come back late. There is a coffee shop on top of the hill. The last ride back to the base is around 5:30 pm (depends on the season).
A Coffee shop on top of the hill
Before going to Solang Valley, have enough food in Manali town itself, coz there are no restaurants in Solang Valley. But you can find shops serving maggi & tea/coffee.
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