This was how it looked from where we had our Maggi!
After a good tiring but refreshing journey, we reached Manali!!! The beautiful Apple Cedar cottage in Old Manali was our home for 2 days. White holy Himalayas view on the backside and chilly Beas river flowing on the front, the location of my stay was really peaceful and hip!
The next day, we were out on the streets exploring Manali. Unlike the last time I went there, it was way too crowded, but then, maybe it was because it was the New Year time. Anyway, we wandered on the Mall road to have my forever favorite Tibetan Noodle Soup - Thukpa at the famous Chopsticks Restaurant.
After a good, what we Indians like to say, "paet-puja" (filling our tummies with food real good), we went to Hidimba Devi Temple in Manali.
The Beautiful Hidimba Devi Temple
Reminded me of "shaadi is dal-chawal for pachaas saal till you die" (A long marriage is like eating same food forever till the day you die) dialogue from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Something for my Instagram aesthetics.
After seeking the blessing of Hidimba Devi, we got back to our beautiful Apple Cedar Cottages and slept for a while.
It was 2 in the afternoon, I remember, and we again went off to wander in the streets of Old Manali. We found a little 3 kms uphill trek to Manu Temple and decided to go for it, and damn! The sight from up there!!
We could see the holy Himalayas all decked up in white snow, in all its glory.
Not sharing the chilldhood picture here but it looked somewhat like this.
We left the temple around 3 pm and reached Manali around 7pm. Now, you might wonder, what took us this long? Afterall, it was just a mere 14 kms. TRAFFIC!
Because it was flooded with tourism (us being a part of that flood)!
It looked something like this that night.
That night we had our dinner in Cafe 1947, it was time to welcome the new year!
The entire mall road was in a party mode with people out on the streets dancing and singing there hearts out! But unlike them, we had a quiet and a peaceful new year. We went back to the cottage, enjoyed a good bonfire and helped my brother click pictures of the stars.
Next day, it was time to bid a farewell to Manali and get back to the city life! (sigh)
On our way back, we decided to pay a quick visit to Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib in Manikaran near Kasol.