Jayant is jovial at all times. We all enjoyed his gags till we reached Karnal and after few inane words we all took little sleep till we reached Kiratpur (at around 6 AM).
ACC cement factory, in Bilaspur, appeared as if it’s a kind of nuclear plant – Aman laughed when Mayank said this. We stoptook our B’fast at Mayur restraint. If you started off like ours, then do take your B’fast at Mayur Restaurant (it is after HPMC fruit juice plant near Sundar Nagar). RV got excited when we get to Himalayan hoof at Pandoh.
As we moved on towards Kullu, we didn’t felt cold as we expected. Cool breeze started as we approached Manali, just 45 Km from Kullu. In Kullu, procure the eminent Kullu shawls. It was 2 PM by the time we reached Manali – named after Manu and means adobe of Manu. Amazingly, but disappointedly Aman asked if we reached Manali? We were not shivering yet.
We started searching room downwards from Nehru chowk and got a decently good dual room for Rs 400 at hotel Vijayant. Without delay, we left to the ancient cave
We had our dinner at Adarsh restaurant (fairly good food, but best if we are to compare it with other hotels which we tried for rest of our stay at Manali).
Apr 29: Rohtang
We left towards Rohtang at 12 noon. It’s a 40 Km stretch till Beas Naala – the source of River Beas and we managed to go till this place only, as Army restricts civilians’ incursion thereafter until road is clear. Start off early otherwise the single road will be heavily congested.
Skiing, rolling and tube skating were the best tricks we all enjoyed. The climate is highly unpredictable. Moment we reached and left Vyaas Naala, conditions were totally changed. Half heartedly, we left this fantastic place at 7. Return trip was easy as all others have already left and the road was clear.
We ended up at a restaurant (couldn’t remember the name, but it was near to Mayur restaurant). We ordered Gujrati and Punjabi thali – none of which had a good taste. With his hilarious jokes, Jayant besieged the entire milieu. RV added aroma to it. With all laughing and fighting, we slept at 3 in crack of dawn. So this was our first day at Manali. Full of joy.
We had planned to visit the valley. It is 15 Km away from Manali on the same way as Rohtang, but beware to take the left turn. Solang looks more like a fair ground in between deodar trees.
To enjoy para-gliding, you have to climb the little slant hill. The panoramic view of Solang comes from top and especially during para-gliding. Aman and Mayank, being the daring ones, tried out
None of us will forget the lesson learnt from a juggler. He was same as in GURU. There were three strikers, all were colored downside – two were black and one was red. But the tricky part was when he changes the color by just pressing it. We lost Rs 5000 to him. But we learnt a wonderful lesson from him. At the side of this man, I saw a signpost portraying Rohtang tunnel. 10.5 Km long, which is
As we all were moving back to Manali, somebody asked a local about any other place we could visit here. It was our treat of the day. In addition to the immaculate beauty, Solang Valley occludes ‘Anjani Mahadev’. We rambled towards Anjani Mahadev temple, just 4 Km away. To our surprise the temple was covered with lot of snow around it. Ladders were covered with snow. Quickly and enthusiastically we climbed the way. The very redolence of spiritualism was intoxicating. Two saints told us about the place. Anjani Mahadev was founded by Baba Prakesh Puri ji Maharaj, 20 years ago when he found ice-made shivlangam (35-40fts high). Most electrifying view was when we saw water falling from 300 ft height onto shivalingm. It is supposed that mother of lord Hanuman, Anjani worshipped here. We had exquisite photography. The amusing part was the dive by Aman while crossing the gorge. So, if you ever plan to visit Manali, situated in North
As we approached Manali back, we planned to play, and moved towards Club House (move right when going towards Hadimba temple). Club House was created 10 years ago by Sports ministry of Himachal which hosts both indoor and outdoor games, and charge a fair amount too.
It was too tiring a day. We went to Mayur restaurant and everybody enjoyed dinner there. By the time we reach the room back everybody wanted to sleep, but we decided to return to
Our trip was full of chatter, I would rather say.
May 2: Welcome back to