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HIMACHAL PRADESH –SOLANG VALLEY


Solang Nala (Valley) derives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang Pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing.
Giant slopes of lawn comprise Solang Valley and provide its reputation as a popular ski resort. A few ski agencies offering courses and equipment reside here and operate only during winters. Snow melts during the summer months starting May and skiing is then replaced by zorbing (a giant ball with room for 2 people which is rolled down a 200 metre hill), paragliding, parachuting and horse riding. A ropeway was recently opened.[1] Going to the summit can be possible by ATVs, Ropeway or Climbing (Trekking)

Para Gliding

Riding the warm thermal currents of the air is perhaps the closest man has ever come to sailing Para-Gliding the skies as free as a bird. Almost at will, you dip and wheel high over the hills and valleys. Bir-Billing in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh is one of the best paragliding site. para-gliding is also possible at other places in the state. Places where para-gliding is done are - Bundla Dhar near Bilaspur, Solang valley near Manali in the Kullu district.

Day Hikes

Just about every destination in Himachal offers the possibility of day hikes where you may leave in the morning and return by evening. Shorter walks are also possible in practically every place. These may not require the elaborate gear of longer treks but certain basic things may be kept in mind—wear a comfortable pair of shoes and if you are taking one of the more rugged paths, then something with a good grip on the ankles is recommended. Carry some water and a little snack. An umbrella or raincoat should also be carried -especially during the monsoons. Also be prepared for little drop in temperature after sundown and wear or carry suitable clothes. Sunscreen lotion, dark glasses and headgear are optional.

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