After spending countless nights inside four walls, we decided to head out to experience the perpetual beauty of one of the most treasured hill stations in India. Rich with diversity both in flora and fauna, Manali is termed as the valley of Gods. One step into it and its magic will transcend you into another realm.
Manali becomes much more picturesque during winters. Thousands of visitors flock each year to witness and enjoy the fresh snowfall. Although Rohtang pass was unreachable due to heavy snowfall, we thoroughly enjoyed snow in Solang valley.
While tracing the ancient roots of Mahabharata times, we trekked to Hidimba devi temple. The entire compound was swarming up with tourists to get a glimpse of Goddess Hidimba, while locals were trying to allure them to buy 'sasta kesar' or to have a pic with their fluffy bunnies, Goats and Yaks. Nyinmapa Monastery nestled at the heart of City area is another beautiful and peaceful establishment. I got to meet a kid who was doing cycling stunts. Fortunately, he was not camera shy and gave me few good poses to click.
Over the years, Manali's mall road has been commercialized and tailored per tourist needs. Having all sorts of food delicacies from south indian dosa to amritsari jalebi and banarsi paan, it knows how to satiate a foody's desires. Shops of local handicraft items, shawls, and other winter clothing, always have something unique to offer to its visitors. Riverside Restaurants, pubs and cafes with mountain views and bonfire are truly delightful for spending an evening with your friends or loved ones.
Manali is truly a beautiful place which still kept its magic alive even after being a hottest destination all across the year. Hope this love affair will continue with the valley of Gods in upcoming years too.