Far from the Maddening crowd, in the realms of Nature, surrounded by mountains lies an incredible holiday spot, We call it as "Manali". It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley.
Amazing Landscapes, flowing river, green mountains are a few to keep you enthralled during your road trip to Manali...also known as the "SWITZERLAND OF INDIA".
Whether it was the green waters of the rivers, eye catching hills or the 3 km. long tunnel, all of them kept us glued on our windows. We kept on moving and enjoying...
Manali is a small place with a few sight seeing options here, notable among them Hadimba temple and Maharishi Vashisht Temple. It is the experience and AURA of this place that sets it apart from other destinations in this region.
However Manali is the base for going to Rohtang Pass and further to Leh.
There are some things which you always desire, and Snowfall is one of them. It was November, but we got up to witness Snowfall. We were in for a heavenly experience.
Trees, Houses and ground covered with snow were simply irresistible to stay indoors.
Those are the moments which make life worthwhile". So guys Live Life to the fullest before it gets too late.We realized that local sightseeing was due, when our cab arrived. Though we did not wanted to stop the fun in the snow with the kids. However we started at 1:00AM for local sightseeing.
We saw a few tourists praying from outside and returning back. The snow had a terrifying effect on them. However we went inside without our shoes. Brains and feet were fighting out for moving fast or maintain a balance to avoid slipping. By the time they would have reached to a conclusion, we had performed the rituals and were out of the temple.
Seeing our flawless execution of this dare devil act, one of the couple let their feet come out of the shoes. However I am sure they will be cursing me for long as they slipped on the snow. Well no comments ....
The way fighter pilots prepare before every flight, same way with our spirits rejuvenated, we started for Hadimba Temple.
Instead of returning to our hotel we decided to get to the Mall. Every hill station in India has a Mall Road and Manali is no different. Artifacts sold by different shops exhibits ample glimpses of diversity of India culture. Laughing Buddha, Dragons' souvenirs, Lord Krishna pictures and masks used in South Indian dances, all at one place - that's what we call "UNITY in DIVERSITY"
Around 6:00 PM we have returned back to our hotel. It took us hardly half an hour to explore whole of Manali on foot and sight seeing, cool breezes were complimentary. Everyone who is coming here should not forget a walk after dinner. The experience will be worth relishing life long.
Adventure does not end here. Manali is also acclaimed for adventure sprts activities. One can indulge in River rafting, Paragliding, Trekking, camping and can learn mountaineering. For budding mountaineers there is a mountaineering institute too.
To return to Delhi, book a Volvo or take any state roadways bus. Prior booking is advised for both of the options. .
I do not have much words to describe the Aura of this place. To be honest you have to come here to feel yourself. In short a special place and a must visit for all.
Situated at a height of 6,398 ft and distance of 550 Km. from Delhi, Manali is a very popular hill station in Beas river valley. Going further ahead on Delhi- Manali road, one can drive till Leh, which is world's one of the best motoring roads on account of natural beauty. Isn't it enticing:
For me this is the best time to be in Manali (October- November), as you can go to Rohtang Pass. So guys, ready 1,2, 3.......Vroom, coz one snowfall and road to Rohtang will be closed. Would you like to miss the above road...
Permit is required to visit Rohtang and beyond, please use the link for applying and getting the permit: http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu. 400 Diesel vehicles and 600 Petrol vehicles are allowed during the day.