Dhungri Van Vihar – Best Spot for Nature Lovers and Picnickers in Manali


Situated in the Kullu district in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Manali, which is counted among the most preferred tourist destinations of India, is blessed with an array of points of interest. The Dhungri Van Vihar (Manali Sanctuary or Manali Nature Park), which is perfect for picnickers and nature lovers, is the main one of them in the charming hill station of Manali, the ‘Valley of the Gods’.

Dhungri Van Vihar (Manali Sanctuary / Manali Nature Park)   

Regarded as one of the charming wildlife sanctuaries in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Manali Sanctuary, which begins approx 2 km from Manali, is perfect for nature lovers coming to Manali. Being the catchment of Manalsu Khad, this amazing wildlife sanctuary, which covers its area of approx 31.8sq km, owns a charming path starting from the log huts of Manali and Dhungri Temple / Hadimba Temple and passing through the thick woods of Maple, Walnut, Horse Chestnut, Kail, cedar (Deodar).

By taking a stroll and / or the night stay in the tents at the Gallant thatch or Lambadug in the woods of this charming wildlife sanctuary, you can get the memorable experience of the tour. During the tour of the Manali Nature Park, the enthusiastic but enduring visitors can get the romantic attraction of the alpine lush green meadows and glaciers beyond Galant thatch.

Considered as one of the most frequented protected areas of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Dhungri Van Vihar is perfect for picnic lovers and nature lovers. Renowned for its calm and soothing surroundings, this charming wildlife sanctuary welcome a great number of vacationers and picnickers each year. Being the best draw, especially for family members and kids, the Dhungri Van Vihar has a small pool and a number of swings. In the pool of the Manali Nature Park, a paddle boat ride can also be enjoyed. A traditional Himalayan art museum can also be visited within the forest of the Manali Nature Park.


Counted among the most visited points of interest in Manali, the Dhungri Van Vihar, which is situated suitably along the Mall Road, is enriched with several cedar (Deodar) trees providing shade to the entire region. The well laid paths of this wildlife sanctuary are suitable for taking a refreshing and long stroll amidst the lush greenery.

Being far from the hustle bustle of the busy market of the Manali hill town, the Dhungri Van Vihar or the Manali Sanctuary, which is the conserved piece of land maintained by the government authorities, owns the huge woods region with a children’s park endowed with slides, swings, and a small artificial pond for boating. Being suitable for rejuvenation and relaxation, the Dhungri Van Vihar, which offers its visitors a warm afternoon enjoyment of the soft chirping of birds, and the chance of taking a luxurious walk amidst nature.

In case of being in the mood for a little adventure, the visitors could also proceed to the rocks along the Beas River and take the enjoyment of a few moments of serenity and peace. In case of managing to be here in the evening, visitors could capture some fascinating glimpses of the setting sun with the tremendous mountains offering the suitable backdrop. By taking out a few minutes from the jam enriched vacation, visitors can make their way to the natural haven of the Manali Nature Park.

Being a municipal garden, the Dhungri Van Vihar, which is located opposite the Tibetan Market along the Mall Road, has a man made lake (pool) within it perfect for taking the enjoyment of boating. Sandwiched between road to Manali and the Beas River, the Manali Nature Park is perfect for nature lovers.



Fauna of the Manali Sanctuary

Some of the common beast to be found here are Monal, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Leopard and Brown Bear. In summers, you can view the herds of Ibex migrating in the glacier zone.

In this amazing wildlife sanctuary, you can also get the chance of exploring some of the most common animals such as Himalayan Palm Civet, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Goral, Stripped Hyena, Flying Fox, Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten, Indian Hare, Himalayan Tahr, Serow, and Kashmir Flying Squirrel.

Flora of the Manali Sanctuary

Maple, Walnut, Horse Chestnut, Kail, and Cedar (Deodar)

For Children

In the Manali Nature Park, kids can indulge in games or take the enjoyment of riding the swings. They would surely get the excitement of the boat ride.

Photography Opportunity

Because of having its location amidst the green ambience, this charming wildlife sanctuary, which is a perfect hangout for both tourists and locals, offers its visitors the chance of capturing candid photos of the friends and families taking the enjoyment of various activities. Here, you can also catch the calm ambiance enriched with natural charm.


The Manali Nature Park is provided with wooden as well concrete benches for the convenience of its visitors.     


This area was listed as a wildlife sanctuary on the 26th of February, 1954 A.D., under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act of 1933 A.D.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this amazing wildlife sanctuary is from October to February.


The Manali Sanctuary, which is located in the Dhungri Van Vihar (forest park land), can be explored by paying a holy visit to the Hadimba Temple, the archaeological heritage of Manali. Nestled amidst the tall forest of Deodar (cedar) trees along the national highway close to the Dhungri Village, the Dhungri Van Vihar is perfect for nature lovers. Due to having its location near the Beas River, the Manali Nature Park offers its visitors the chance of hearing the melody of the flowing water of the river amidst the serenity of the woods. In fact, it proves itself a breathtaking experience for all the visitors.


Main Points

Function: – Sanctuary

Type: – Wildlife Sanctuary

Declared on: – 26th of February, 1954 A.D., under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act of 1933 A.D.

Total Area: – approx 31.8sq km

Location (Address of Venue)

NH 21, Dhungri Van Vihar (Forest Park Land) near the Dhungri Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh-175131

Opening Hours

08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. (in the Summer months from 1st of March to 30th of September)

08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (in the Winter months from 1st of October to 30th of February)

Time Required for Visiting: – 2 Hours approx

Entry / Entrance / Admission Fee / Charge

INR (Indian Rupees) 20.00 per head (Visitor Type: Both Indian and Foreigner)

Boating Fee: – INR 30.00 (duration 15 minutes)


On the basis of the things mentioned above, it can be surely said that the Dhungri Van Vihar (Manali Sanctuary / Manali Nature Park) is perfect for those who come to Manali to take the fine glimpse of nature and for taking the enjoyment of the picnic along with their beloved. If you are also desirous of taking the enjoyment of this this charming nature park, you can Book Cheapest Holiday Packages to Manali, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India. Being affordable to the budget for all types of people, all of these holiday packages can also be customized according to the demand of the clients.

To know more about the tour package, visit us online at: www.manalivolvopackages.org. It is expected that by paying a visit to the Manali Nature Park, you would get the breathtaking glimpse of nature. If you are a lover of nature and / or picnic, you must choose this wildlife sanctuary, perfect for your unlimited fun of the tour and for spending your quality time along with your beloved and the family members.


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