Day1: Rohtang trip - The best plans slould be kept early during the trip.
The sun was spreading its rays from behind the mountains, the city was just starting to come to life. The moment seemed like the whole world to us. It was an amazing way to begin the day.
Well-defined snow capped peaks were there to welcome us and the meandering clear waters of Beas river were there for our company. On the other side are Deodar and Pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards.
Limits of vision were the mountains only and nothing else. As it is said Human will to triumph is above all, we stopped at a place full of eateries.
Marhi" and like everywhere else view from this point was staggering brilliant, barren mountains were incomparable.
We had to stop for 15-20 minutes due to some blasting work being carried out by Border Roads organization.
Everyone was hiring horses to go up the distance which was hardly 2 Km. Though a little skeptical, I asked Pooja about covering the distance on foot. It was overjoyous to listen "YES" from Pooja, between yes and no, we decided to move on for the summit. She was brave enough to start trekking, though I was too much concerned for her. All my trekking experience was coming handy, like take small steps, have little water.
Snow at the top was calling us and Step by step we kept on moving and it did not took long to reach the summit, with snow everywhere around. Rightly said "View from the top is what makes the journey of 1000 steps so exhilarating". A sense of Deja Vu ---
First in the list was Maharishi Vashisht Temple, it was a small but impressive temple. We were in for another surprise, as there was snow all around the floor and we were supposed to cross it barefooted. Isn't it Enticing Guys...?
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. In Delhi half an hour we end up spending only in waiting/ traffic jams.
Day 3: Return Journey
We have already booked a Volvo for return journey. A quiet walk at the Mall and heart full of special memories, we returned back.
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...