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Solang Valley, the adventure place

Height: Around 8000 feet
Closed place: Manali (13 km away)

Solang is a place where you go to for enjoying nature, as well as for getting some great adventure sports. If you are the adventurous sort, then the Solang valley is a great place to go to. Solang is about 1 hours drive from Manali; 13 km northwest of Manali and famous for its 300-meter ski lift. Popularly known as ‘snow point’, the valley has an extensive view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. It is a place where you get away from the city life, where there are mountains, dense forests and snowcapped peaks, and all of them seemingly your next door neighbours. In a city, with the pollution, you hardly get to see the night sky, but in a place such as Solang, the lights of a hundred thousand stars switch on automatically at nightfall. As for enjoying yourself, the towering cliffs challenge you to heights where only eagles dare.
Solang Valley itself offers some spectacular views of the famous peaks in the Kullu valley. The Solang Valley has some lush meadows, totally green and very natural. In addition, nearby is the 3963-metre high Patalsu peak from where great views of the surrounding mountain peaks can be had.
Solang is the venue of national level skiing competitions and the major attraction is the Winter Carnival held around the middle of February. The Winter Games are organised by Himachal Pradesh Government through the training institutes in collaboration with the Indian Olympic Association and the Winter Games Federation of India.
For the beginners, Solang is an ideal skiing spot with introductory slopes and ski lifts. Its ski slopes offers a paradise for skiers and offers unexpected excitement with smooth-curved ridges and gentle gradients. You get to meet people who are great at skiing, and who are provide you great training. Cross- country skiing is also practiced here. You can also do snow-boarding. These are winter sports and the best months are January-March though some years there is adequate snow till mid-April. The season then begins again in November-December. Solang has a great atmosphere and you get to know many of India’s top skiers. But there is only one slope and the ski lift is not as efficient as the one in Auli.
Ballooning can also be done in Solang Valley and the best season during summer. The cliffs offer some great chances for other adventure sports such as hang gliding and para gliding, an adventure that provides thrills. The best time to go far paragliding is from May till September as the conditions are suitable and fair winds are with you. And of course, Solang forms an integral part of many treks.
Apart from skiing, the Solang resort offers an array of special snow sports, snow sledges and snow scooters for children and women and those on the 800m-long ski run.

Map to Manali (close to Solang)

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One Adventure sports link:
One week ski course by Mystic Himalayan Trails (link)

Domestic Airport: Kullu Bhunter Airport 49 km. From Bhuntar one can hire a taxi or bus.
Railway Station: The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar which is about 135 km from Manali and about 95-km from Kullu. Chandigarh Railway Station 320 km is the nearest broad gauge station.
International Airport: New Delhi International Airport – 570 km

Places to stay:
– Solang Valley Resort (link)
– Snow Nest
Hotel Iceland, Sollang Valley, Village Solang, PO Palchan 175103, Tehsil Manali, Himachal Pradesh, Tel: 91-1902-256008 Cell:91- 98160-6508

Good reviews:
AmitBhatnagar.com (link to article)
Review on the TripAdvisor Site (link to article)

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