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Shooting Point Manali Address: Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, 175131, India

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Monday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
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Given the fact that Manali is one of the most picturesque places and one of the most visited hill stations in North India, it would not hurt to mention that it is also one of the favorite places, that is used as shooting point for movie makers to shoot here (especially Bollywood movies) due of the scenic backdrop and natural beauty that Manali offers.

Apart from all places in Manali, the route junction from Palchan village to Kothi village on the Manali-Rohtang-Leh highway is called ‘The Shooting Point’ of Manali. Both villages are 2 – 2.5 kilometers apart from each other. Out of these two villages, Kothi is mostly used as a major shooting point due to its location, being away from the usual tourist destinations.

Ample number of Bollywood movies like Krishh, Henna, Maa Tujhe Salaam and Veer-Zaara have been shot in Kothi including many other movies that have featured Kothi. The snow-capped Himalayan peaks with lush green verdant landscape that is often home to grazing sheep makes the surrounding extremely scenic. There is also a café on the route between Palchan and Kothi which is named Bollywood Café where you can enjoy the view between sips of tea or coffee.

About Kothi village - Shooting Point Manali

Located at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, at the foothills of Rohtang, Kothi village appears like nature’s bowl if seen from a bird’s eye view. It is surrounded by mountains of the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Greater Himalayan ranges on all sides, This village is a landing destination for paragliders who fly from Solang valley.

The village is located approximately 13 kilometers from Manali center on the Manali – Rohtang- Leh highway, just after Palchan. The quaint little Himalayan hamlet is a must visit for anyone who wishes to spend some time away from the hustle of usual tourist landmarks plus, the views are simply mesmerizing. Kothi is also used as a camping place for trekkers trekking towards Rohtang Pass.

There is a steep deep gorge in the village, a highlight of the place and the river Beas runs through this gorge. Although Beas runs through the entire Kullu Manali, what stands out at Kothi is the depth of the gorge through which the river runs.

All these reasons put together, Kothi is therefore the favorite feature of several Bollywood movies and hence is named as the Shooting Point of Manali.

Activities to do in Kothi village - Shooting Point Manali

If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can use Kothi as your base village and go for a trek to Rohtang Pass since the hiking route offers some of the best and extremely scenic views. The next destination from Kothi is Marhi, another scenic village located at a distance of 9 kilometers from Kothi.

The hike from Marhi leads to Rohtang Pass via Rahni Nalla, a route that stretches for 6 kilometers. The trek can be completed in 2 days with amazing views with apple orchards, pine and deodar forests enroute.

Best Time to visit Shooting Point Manali

The village is accessible all year around however, it is recommended to visit Kothi between October and June. July to September are monsoon months and it is suggested to avoid that period as there are frequent occurrences of landslides in the region.

October to March are winter months. If you are someone who enjoys snowy landscapes, you may opt to visit between December to March when the entire village turns white. Summer arrives between April to June and its lush green vistas all around, best for you if you enjoy living in the green landscapes.

How to reach Shooting Point Manali

Kothi village is easily accessible from Manali by road. You may rent a cab from top car rental companies in Manali to reach Kothi. If you are traveling on a budget, you may hop on to the state run buses that run on the Manali – Leh highway as buses often stop here.

If you are more into adventure, you may also opt to trek from Manali to Kothi by following the route through Goshal – Barua – Solang Valley – Kothi.

To reach till Manali from other parts of the country:

By Air: The nearest airport to Manali is the Kullu Manali airport at Bhuntar, 50 kilometers from Manali. From Bhuntar, you would need to hire a private cab to reach Manali. Shared cabs are also available between Bhuntar and Manali. If you are planning to go to Kothi directly, without staying in Manali, you may directly reach Kothi.

The other airports with better connectivity to Manali are Delhi and Chandigarh. You would need to cover the distance between Delhi and Manali or Chandigarh and Manali via road after landing into both cities.

By Train: There is no direct railway head in Manali. There is only a toy train line between Shimla and Kalka. One has to reach Shimla and travel by road to Manali, which can be covered in 6 – 8 hours.

By Road: You may either rent a cab or drive your own vehicle from Delhi or Chandigarh up to Manali, stay and rest a while in Manali and continue onward journey to Kothi the next day. You may also cover the distance by bus. There are frequent bus services by HRTC between Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Manali and Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) to Manali. Depending on your affordability, you may choose from state run buses or private Volvos from Delhi or Chandigarh.

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