We booked a taxi from Shimla to Manali which stayed with us for next 4 days and took as back to Shimla. The Vishal Taxi Union, located right beside the Lift, agreed to provide us a taxi at a reasonable rate. It is suggested to start the journey early in the morning because it takes the entire day and traffic jams are very common there. The HPTDC Volvo bus is also a very good option but in our case, we wanted a bit more flexibility because of the kid.
The journey was vis Darlaghat, Barmana, Sundernagar, Mandi, Pandoh, Kullu. Many may argue if pre-winter is the ideal season to visit this place because there are not many snow-capped peaks around and also the cities are yet to see the season's first snowfall but in my opinion, the beauty of the green hills is no less than the snows. We were totally mesmerized by the view of the mountains, the waterfalls, and the rivers. This will certainly remain as one of the most scenic journeys in my life.