Managing a short winter break of 4 days, we eloped into the hills, and this time it was Manali! My husband had done an extensive research of the hotels and home stays in and around Manali. So after rating the top 4 of our options on 3 major parameters: 1. Look & Feel 2. Location (optimal distance from the Mall road) 3. Value for money, we settled for the Mary's Cottage on Hidamba Road. It was a beautiful wooden home stay located 2 km away from the Mall Road, on the higher and peaceful altitudes of Hadimba Road.
This time since the distance from Delhi was more than 450km, we decided to go by HRTC Volvo. We left from Dwarka , Delhi for ISBT Kashmiri Gate and made ourselves comfortable in the Volvo. It started sharp at 8:00 pm, irrespective of the low occupancy. During the journey , we were missing our usual pit-stops on the GT karnal highway. The bus driver zoomed past all good restaurants of Murthal and stopped for dinner very late at around 10:30 pm at a low standard hotel. This was definitely a turn off, as we were not very happy with the gentry at the hotel, nor the vibrancy of the place. After this halt for dinner, there was no further halt and straight away we reached Manali next day at 8:30 am. We missed out on all the views of the hills as it was dark outside all throughout. So this was a learning as to never again travel in Volvo for the Hills as all our favorite pits stops and valley views got a miss!