I was not going to waste my two day leave in any case and celebrating it solo again which may look cool in travel blogs,but in reality it sucks. When you see bunch of frirnds chilling together or some couple doing PDA , it kills you deep inside. So I was very sure that I won't ruin my new year eve this time and make it happening at any case.
Though Baddi has direct buses to Manali , but I was hell excited and didn't even wanted to spend 2 hours in bus stand , so I took bus to nalagarh then from.nalagarh to swaraghat , then from swaraghat to bilaspur, from bilaspur to mandi , mandi to kullu and finally kullu to old manali at 3:30 am after changing 6 buses . It was winter of 29th december in old manali and despite layering upto more than 6 layers , I was shivering badly.temperature was in minus around -3℃. I had tea and marched towards my hotel in old manali .
Old Manali is charm. No rush of Mall road , no loud punjabi songs, no traffic of cars, no tourist crowd, it's calm, old, peaceful and beautiful.
So 30th as first day of trip we quickly covered hidimba temple,solang valley, done horse riding there , which was super fun and headed towards gulaba .
Gulaba came as surprise to my one day trip at over crowded and rated Manali.
If you love Trek and if you can Trek , trek to highest point where we also found some ice apparently and had some really great moments there around bonfire.
Traffic Jam in hill stations is unavoidable that too in peak seasons like new year, but we were lucky enough , our driver knew other route . Rest of the evening I spent in Mall road wandering, shopping collecting souvenirs, and eating local Tibetan delicacies like momos ,thupka .