2014, Third Year College Trip to Manali, Couldn't go.
2015, Second time After College and Before my First Job, my friend asked me to join but again didn't joined due to some reason.
This time 2018 when I left my Job after 3 years, I made my mind and planned this second trip of the year as well as my second visit to any in Himachal.
18th Oct'2018. Packed my Bag with clothes, Tripod, Headphones and left Home at around 5. Booked the tickets a day before is risky task as you never know you will get the tickets or not and even if you get then it might be very costly. Texted the details to my friends and met them at boarding point, and according to rickshaw drivers all buses to Himachal starts from Majnu ka Tilla which is true. We bought some food/snacks in case the driver doesn't stop for dinner. We boarded the bus around 7 and settled at our seats. Talking, Munching and after a Little Nap, it was 12 and the driver was still moving. We assumed the bus will now stop in the morning for breakfast but around 12:45 he stopped at some Dhaba when everyone was almost slept. Finally we had our dinner after which everyone slept.
Day 2, It was beautiful Morning as we were in the middle of the mountains moving in circular and zigzag way. Around 9 AM, Bus stopped for breakfast from where the view was river flowing between the mountains as in the image. We got fresh, brushed our teeth with our fingers and believe me such things brings joy and keeps us in reality that we are actually on a vacation. We had our breakfast, Aloo Parantha standing at the back of that cafe where the view of the above image was clear and one could just close eyes and feel the wind flowing at peace. Now the last stop was Manali and in maps it was showing 3 and a half hours. Enjoying the view outside, talking and after a little nap we reached a place few Kms from Manali. We took Cab from there as there is no other option to reach Manali. Luckily our Hotel was not so far and we reached there though we missed the check-in time which was 1 PM. So, basically it took around 15 Hours to reach Manali.
NOTE: Nowadays most Volvo buses stops few Kms before Manali due to bad roads and landslide in rainy season.