Solang should always make it to the top of your places to visit when in Manali list. The valley presents one with some stunning views of snow covered mountains, glaciers and dense forests. If you are game for some adventure sports then please try paragliding or skiing when you are here. If you decide to bring along the kids, they can indulge in horse riding or zorbing to keep themselves busy here. The place is filled with spots that are ideal for picnics, so one should pack a basket and go on one. Solang is dotted with shops that sell delicious local food to satiate the hunger pangs.
This Ladakh-like terrain, nestled in high Himalayan mountains is another Tibetan Buddhist-culture influenced land. Often referred to as the 'Middle Land', the valley is home – and proudly so – to some of the oldest monasteries in the world. With very few tourists having the courage to tread to this remote valley and even fewer villages scattered in this jagged terrain, Spiti retains its picturesque landscape. Prospering in absolute silence, the valley can be approached from Manali via Kunzum Pass from mid-June to mid-October, or by road through Shimla-Kinnaur Valley a.k.a. Hindustan–Tibet Highway, which stays open all round the year – except when it is temporarily closed down during snowfall in winters or landslides during monsoons.
If you are looking for solitude out in the wilderness, this is where you need to be. The water can be bone chilling. This is a perfect spot for relaxation in the wild. The non-concrete paths and the forests around the valley makes it one of the most scenic wonders of India. The valley is known for trout fishing. Spend some time here and you might just get lucky with a brown or rainbow trout. A trek around this place and you may be greeted by some waterfall. This is truly a paradise.
One of the most picturesque places in Himachal, this place dates back to centuries ago. The Main influence here is of the Buddhist and this is evident from the style of buildings and the monasteries around. The Dhauladhar Range adds to the greenery and natural beauty quotient of this place. The major attractions here are temples like Bajreshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi, Baijnath Shiv temple and Jwala Devi ji. You can also shop for handicrafts here which found prominence during the rule of the British Empire. The handicrafts include wood carved items and shawls mostly.
Dainkund Peak -NOW THAT'S WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT "MOUNTAIN CHARM". We reached Dainkund Peak by 10:30 am , just 15 mins ride from our hotel. ; as an old saying in ancient days Mata(Goddess) protecting the entire valley from witches.It's a trekking (almost took 2 hrs), leading to Pohlani Mata Devi temple at the top of the peak Dainkund Peak known to be highest peak in Dalhousie. Its best place to view the entire valley, if lucky one can view Khajjiar toooo from the peak ; though the day we visited it was quite a fogging day. Trekking started with quite a number of steps making our heart beats faster, but all our efforts paid off. As we were approaching the peak to the temple the weather became cold; we could actually see the fog moving from down to up to the hill, making the temple disappeared in fog. Did the darshan(Worshiped Goddess) and climbed to the peak for more surprises............... :) I wish I had more time in hand to praise this endless and timeless beauty.One is left with this beautiful smile................. a beautiful memory :)
Waking up on time is really easy when you are parked on a national highway.With trucks serving as our alarm’s we were up by 6.Waking up to clean and crisp mountain air was a worthy treat.We had parked in front of a tea stall the previous night and the guy was eager for us to move and vacate his spot.Our tea was ready even before we got off the car. With a warm cuppa in our tummy’s we were ready to leave much to the chaiwallah’s delight. Next stop was Shimla for some breakfast and clean toilets. We were in Shimla in no time, and stopped at the Holiday Home hotel which is a flagship hotel of Himachal tourism. The food was really good and the toilets were clean. With our tummies tight and eyes bright we started towards Narkanda. The drive to Narkanda from Shimla was splendid, the roads were smooth and the view was remarkable. The route took us through the blissful towns of Kufri and Fagu. With the clouds hanging low over the cliffs, the temperature was dropping. Lush green mountains and the clean grey roads added to the magnificence, thanks to the much anticipated drizzle. Narkanda is a small town and serves as base for a lot of people traveling to Kinnaur and Spiti. The town was bustling and people were tanking up and gathering supplies. We met a group of people from Denmark who were doing the same circuit as us on Enfields. After discussing the route and munching on some snacks we were off again. The road towards Sangla was less road and more stones, with tunnelling work in progress we were soon back on the Indian roads we are so used to. We managed to reach Wangdu dam by 9.30pm and made our way through complete darkness and muddy roads to a small town by the Sutlej called Tapri (2100m). Tapri has a few hotels and one big forest guest house. The guest house was booked and we settled for small place by the name of hotel pagmarang bar. The ‘BAR’ part played a vital role in the selection process. Rooms were basic and clean and the management was friendly. We headed to the bar and got down to business. The food was good specially the Chinese and the helpings plentiful. Snug, tipsy and well fed we finally called it a night. Accommodation for the night: Hotel Pagramang Bar. Room rent per night ~700 INR Distance covered: 200km Tip of the day: Try not to drive after sundown unless you are Batman
This is the highest motorable road in the Kunzum Range and serves as an entrance to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. There is also the temple of Kunjum Devi here which is popular and the Goddess is said to be the guardian of this pass. People from all parts of the world who come here seek blessings from the Goddess. The Chandratal Lake is also nearby. The Bara- Sigri glacier, which is the second largest glacier is a part of this pass. Above all the spectacular views of the snow capped mountains are what serve as bliss to the eyes.