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Solang should always make it to the top of your places to visit when in Manali list. The valley presents one with some stunning views of snow covered mountains, glaciers and dense forests. If you are game for some adventure sports then please try paragliding or skiing when you are here. If you decide to bring along the kids, they can indulge in horse riding or zorbing to keep themselves busy here. The place is filled with spots that are ideal for picnics, so one should pack a basket and go on one. Solang is dotted with shops that sell delicious local food to satiate the hunger pangs.
Known as snow point, for its surrounding view of snow capped mountains and glaciers. The destination in Himachal Pradesh for paragliding, zorbing, skiing or taking a ride on the 300m ski lift. If your hungry do not expect anything other than maggi and eggs/tea or coffee, with the other option of buying the retail chips and aerated drink bottles.
Solang valley offers the view of glaciers and snow capped mountains and peaks. Sking and Paragliding are two main activities are organised here. Apart from this many other adventure sports are available like Zorbing, Horse riding & Snow Motor Bikes riding etc.
You’ll grab on to your dear life as the cold wind attempts to freeze your face off on the rickety ATV that carries you to the Solang Valley. You’ll step onto that fresh layer of snow leave the first muddy footprints of the day if you are early enough. You’ll forget to feel cold and feel humbled and exhilarated as the mountains tower over you. Women adorned in Pattu (traditional dress of Manali) will huddle around you and ask you to pose like Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hain while they photograph you. Donkeys carrying huffing tourists are fed carrots by curious foreigners and first time skiers attempt to not embarrass themselves in Solang Valley. Honeymooners ask passers-by to take photographs of them and thrill-seeking adventurers scream themselves hoarse while paragliding. Solang Valley is the biggest tourist attraction in Manali and it has its reasons.
This place was probably the best in the whole trip.For someone whose not seen snow,me this place was heaven. The place is easily accessible and the only activities here are skiing and cable car. Either of em are over rated. What we did is we trekked towards the snow here towards the tree cover. There is a small stream passing through the valley and it makes for a good 3-4 trek.
Solang Valley is a small town in itself, crafted especially for the adventure-seeker. From its Gondolas to its ski slopes and the fast flowing rapids, there's no reason to not indulge. The adventure begins here!
Solang valley was scheduled on the second day with great enthusiast to enjoy the ice, to slide on Snow and to enjoy the adventures it holds. Beauty with adventure always makes me speechless, and Solang valley is the same. I know this is the thing made Solang Valley is one among biggest tourist attraction in Manali. Nothing to say about those giant slopes, they are to enjoy, not to explain.
Once the bike was hired, we headed for Solang Valley, keeping in view the time and distance. The uphill ride was quite an experience and the surroundings were spectacular. Even though it is famous for winter sports, summers too are equally captivating in this small but attractive resort town.
Being the Gentleman he was, he booked the day’s drive in a cab and we went all the way to Solang valley. The views were so picturesque, no amount of time seemed enough there. Since I was short on budget, I did not feel up for any adventure sports but he convinced me. I distinctly remember how he told me that what I’m really gonna remember about this trip is the things I do and the fun I experience, not the food, not the clothes, and not anything else. He also asked me to try and overcome my fear of heights. So we both agreed to try paragliding for which we first took a cable car up the hill and waited for our turn.
Almost after 4 days, she received a call from one of her nomad friends who insisted her to explore Solang valley and try doing snow trek to Anjani Mahadev. Upon insistence, she decided to get information about the place. With the help of few blogs, she learnt that Anjani Mahadev, famous for its natural icy formation of shivling also locally known as mini-Amarnath.
Paragliding in Solang Valley is an experience you absolutely cannot miss as you will literally be on cloud nine.
The day was half past, and we had to move to the adventurers' pilgrimage, The Solang Valley. Popularly known as The Adventure Valley, Solang provides numerous adventure activities like Paragliding, Skiing, Skate Boarding etc. However there is no snow in the month of April, so we were left only with Paragliding and Cable Car Ropeway.
Day 8 we wake up early in the morning had breakfast in hotel and headed to solang valley. (Note: Private vehicle is not Allowed you have to Hire Vehicle). A day before we already hired cab for solang valley cab driver is very nice and friendly his Name is Amit is localite. You can also hire him he's mobile no +919817186330. we Leave the manali in early morning for Solang valley. It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali . its favorite for adventure enthusiasts, Parachuting to paragliding, horse riding, fancy photography are the other attractions that keeps a tourist engaged and maintains a fair like atmosphere in the valley throughout the day. The best part about Solang Valley is that it is an all season place. Visiting Solang, hence depends on your purpose. (I Recommended when u go to solang valley u can rent Gears like Jackets, gloves and Ice skating Shoes) There is many shops on the route between Manali and Solang valley after lots of enjoyment we back to the town. After 2 hours of rest we headed Manu temple This magnificent temple is dedicated to the sage Manu, who is said to be the creator of the world and the writer of Manusmriti. The Manu Temple is located in old Manali, at a distance of three kilometers from the main market. Though this area is quite congested, the presence of the River Beas adds to its attraction. The temple is one of the prime attractions in Manali and is believed to be the same place where sage Manu meditated after stepping on earth. Than we are back to mall road and had a dinner after that back to hotel because next day we have to leave.
With the sky painted in cerulean blue and colourful paragliders joyfully gliding all around, this is a valley of absolute bliss. 14kms from Manali, away from the touristy chaos, on the western bank of Beas River, it’s a perfect spot to roll down the hill in an orb. Tents are available on rent during the summers, a perfect time to set your eyes at the apple orchards or view the valley 8500 ft above sea level from the ropeway.Best time to visit: December to February
I woke up to 7 degrees. The snow white mountains were turning golden and the view was just rejuvenating. The next in the list was Solang valley. We headed there and found out that it was tourist favorite spot. Too crowded. Not my place. Again we started hiking somewhere on the mountains to discover new valleys and we were successful in finding some.
The trek commenced from the silent village and it saw me fall down gathering energy supplement (which I dropped) within the first forty minutes. I was bruised a little bit but was seen by nobody by chance even in the group of seventeen as I landed in the middle of the lead group and the lag group. I hid my bruises and with firm determination continued the trek.
Hidimba Devi Temple
Located in the Old Manali region of Manali, this is the first temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is worshipped here in the form of Devi Shakti and this is a very popular temple of Himachal. The temple was built by Maharaja Bahadur Singh in the 16th Century to give respect to the wife of Bhima, the Pandava. It is said that Hidimbi, the brother of Hidimba agreed to marry anyone who could overpower her brother. Hidimba was known to be the strongest of all. Another legend says that once there was a fight between the Pandavas and Hidimba, in which Bhima, the strongest Pandava defeated and killed Hidimba who was from the demon clan. After this Hidimbi married Bhima and they had a son named Ghatotkach. When the Pandavas were returning from their exile, Hidimbi decided to stay back and start her meditation to gain ultimate power and get the position of a Goddess. The cave in which we find the temple today is said to be the same in which she had meditated. After her meditation she became an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The specialty of this temple is its pagoda styled 4-tiered roof and its beautiful wood carvings. The main festivals celebrated here are the Dusshera and Navaratri. There is another fair which is organized here during the month of May.
Hidimba, mother of Ghatotkach, wife of Bhim is worshipped here in their local tribal way. The stairs to temple were very slippery due to hardened snow. it took a little bit longer time to reach because of its slippery stairs and it was raining at that time.
Well the temple is within manali .The temple is very well maintained and is worth a visit if in manali.
Next was the Hidimba Devi Temple, a temple beyond religious boundaries, where people come with different reasons. Some with religious view, some for internal solace and many to enjoy the peace it has. Totally made up of wood with skulls of various animals on its wall are like Locating bloom.
The Hidimba Devi Temple.!!Hidimba temple is one of the most famous places in Manali and I can definitely say that its worth visiting this place.Of course it is exclusive but a bit time consuming as Goddess Hidimba handles a large assembly of devotees gathered to enter her home and get her blessings. It is surrounded with tall Deodar trees on a huge perimeter and hemmed by River Manalsu.There are many misconceptions about presence of wild animals in here ,but there aint any except a couple of local lady carried Rabbits.
How to Reach: Bus or taxi from ManaliMythology: This ancient temple in India is built around the cave wear rakshasi Hidimbi performed meditation. And don't freak out over a temple built for a rakshasi. The term 'rakshas' was used to define people living away from civilisation, in forests, leading a tribal life. Hidimbi would go on to marry Bheema (the Pandava) after he defeats her brother, Hidimba.
Today, after breakfast, visit the four and a half century old Hadimba Devi Temple, dedicated to the demon goddess Hadimba (an incarnation of Kali) and the Tibetan Monastery which houses several images of Lord Buddha and Tankha paintings. Later, visit the Solang Valley, a splendid valley between Solang village and Beas Kund. This valley offers breathtaking views of glaciers ,snow-capped mountains ,peaks and lush greenery of the dense forest. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Manali (B, D)
After booking a lodge in the vicinity of the Mall Road, we started our exploration from the most popular attraction in Manali, The Hidimba Devi Temple. Surrounded by a cedar covered forest, this is a place where people come to acquire religious solace.
After spending some leisure time at riverside we headed to Hadimba Devi temple. A trip to this North Indian hill station will always remain incomplete without visiting this famous site. This Goddess is the main deity of Dhungri region. The temple has a Pagoda shaped roof and walls engraved with various figures.
Leh Manali Highway
A highway in Northern India, it connects Leh in the Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kasmir with Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway remains open only for around four months during summer when the snow gets cleared and there is no fear of landslides. Again when winter arrives and there is snow all around, the highway remains no more motorable. At this time a part of the highway connects Zanskar in Ladakh to Lahaul and Spiti Valley in the Himachal Pradesh.
The most spectacular natural landscape that my eyes have ever seen. In Delhi, sitting on a rooftop as a neophyte, I heard several guru backpackers talking about this place. A phrase led me to make the trip: “It’s like being on the moon.” Really: if something looks like being on the moon on this planet Earth is this place. Oh well, also to be on Mars. The landscape is constantly changing and it’s SURREAL. I always sleep on buses or trains, but here I made every effort to stay awake during the 20 hours of journey (split in two days) because every 10 minutes the landscape changes. I took many photos, but the truth is that none of them do justice to it. I guess there are not cameras designed by humans that can capture such beauty. The cons: it is not only the second highest road in the world (5328m above sea level), but one of the most dangerous. There are parts that are not even a road anymore but muddy rivers that cross it. Many times there is only one lane and curves are so narrow, that suddenly you see in front of you an army truck. With cliffs on the other side, in such a case, good that heaven doesn’t seem to be far away from here…
The most dangerous road in India and one of the World’s deadliest road, Leh Manali Highway connects Leh in Ladakh to Manali through the most beautiful Lahaul and Spiti valley. Manali to Leh highway is 490 km long, with an elevation of more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet) along with highest at Tanglang La mountain pass, a stunning view of mountain ranges.
This road is by far the most dangerous, I have ridden a bike on. One could find all the extreme roads on this route. Be it good or Bad !! Check out the Video for all the details. I have tried to wrap everything in 4 mins compilation .People who have already been on a road trip to Leh can understand, how difficult it is to bring everything down to 4 mins :). But, I am quiet sure, most of the part is covered in the video. :) The route planned was Manali - Jispa - Sarchu - Leh - Khardungla - Pangong - Manali, but the landslides and fast flowing river streams forced us to halt for the night several times in the middle of nowhere. We had to halt at 'Debring' (Before Tanglangla Pass) on Day 2 because the river stream was too fast to cross (01:21). A motor biker named Adam Luc tried but nearly got washed away. We set off again on Day 3 , but just after crossing Tanglangla, had to halt again at 'Rumtse' because the road was eroded due to landslides (02:22). Situation got worse and increasing crowd started to get into fight with each other just for a phone call Home stating their safety. The reason behind this, there was only one army provided landline phone in the small village, and no mobile networks work all along the way. After waiting there for more than a Day, the decision we made was to leave our bikes there , and we trekked our way across the river.(02:34 - which proved to be good afterwards, because the news came that the road took 3 days to get fixed) Although it included some help from Indian Army and local guys, but after all, nothing could have stopped us from reaching the destination! And though this refrained us from completing the journey in the planned 7 days. But, proved to be added benefit. Because, the adventures also increased with the same proportion, crossing those landslides and river streams. ;)
We moved on to Manali - Sarchu Road which was an absolute delight. It was in outstanding condition with proper barricading. The mountains were carpeted in different shades of green and the peaks, covered with snow at places. No wonder, it is for these quaint surroundings, that Manali is often referred as mini Switzerland of India. Ten years back the road condition was certainly not as good as it is today. Moreover, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has now set up multiple check posts where tourists need to register for their journey. Considering the fatalities that often take place on this treacherous route, this is a highly welcoming move which helps BRO to reach out to tourists in distress. The check posts en route Rohtang Pass are well equipped with drinking water and makeshift restrooms which again adds to the merit of this stretch.
Manali-Leh road tripThis is the most epic road trip to be undertaken with your friends. The ultimate 20s road trip, the Manali-Leh highway is every bikers’ favourite route. Be it solo backpackers or a gang of friends, this is one trip you should take in your 20s.
Leh-Manali Highway, IndiaThe Leh-Manali Higway is located in North India and connects Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Although the road is only open between May and October, because heavy snowfall blocks the road the rest of the year, jot it down in your bucket list now! The road gives you mesmerizing views of the daunting Himalayas and if the journey doesn’t make you fall in love with the mountains, nothing will!
If you are a new rider and planning to have a road trip for the first time, let me tell you- this is one of the most arduous routes to attempt at the beginning. The whole trip includes at least 15 days to explore the region thoroughly. A rush can spoil everything. Manali, the name itself makes us envisage the beautiful mountain valleys covered in snow. Reaching there on a bike is like you have climbed Mount Everest (LOL). The Khardung La pass is considered to be a very tough one to perform the maneuvers, and hence, it is advisable to get a guide or complete the trip by joining a motorcycle tour.Bewitching Factor: Chilly mountain wind, thrilling paths, hurriedness, exotic landscape.Shimla-Spiti ValleyOne of the beautiful highways in India is the Shimla-Spiti valley beneath the mountain canyons of Himachal Pradesh. It looks like the valleys have draped the linen of clouds all around. The sight and sounds of nature can be savored with the thrilling experience of a bike ride. To get the best of experience with your dirt machine, start the journey from past Baspa, Kinnaur, Kalpa, and Kaza to end up at the valley.Bewitching Factor: The spell-bound valley, an insane ride, reaching the peak point.Bangalore-KannurKerala is the first choice for every vacation in India. Kannur is a destination there, which can be considered for a bike ride as the route is very long. Amidst the lush greenery, a sports beast can serve the best. Nagarhole and Tholpatty are required to be passed to reach Kuthuparamba via Manandvady. The entire aisle from scratch to the Kuthuparamba has scenic lakes at minor distances where you can take a pause and savor the beauty of panorama.Bewitching Factor: Delicious local cuisine centers in between the journey, mounted green cliffs.Pollachi-ChalakudyWhen it comes to South, the list never ends. Here's another destination from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, which is perfect for a bike journey with friends. Splendidly beautiful, the trail looks like a paradise during the monsoon. However, it may turn out to be risky as the wet areas may lead to accidents. With rain forests all over the place, this could become the coolest trip if you revel every single bit of it. To be precise, the path from Valparai to Athirapally is the best thing to explore on a bike.Bewitching Factor: Insanely green valley, roller-coaster ride would be too much fun, dams, and reserves on the way, certainly the best place for wildlife lovers.Siliguri-YuksomHeading towards the east, Darjeeling and Sikkim can not be skipped for a bike trip. Start your riding from Siliguri, a city which is situated on the Mahananda River banks and the foothills of Himalayas. Riding via Kalimpong is again something good, which can be done. Take your Royal Enfield and rush it on the Siliguri-Yuksom trail. Pelling and Gangtok will be great pit stops for a long time journey.Bewitching Factor: Mighty Himalayas, colorful scenery all around, gorgeous Kanchenjunga.Similar: Safety First: Motorcycle Riding Outfits from Head to ToeBhalupkong-TawangWhat is the meaning of a bike ride without challenges? Enjoyment is when you witness a daring route along with hilarious landscapes. Give a shot to Arunachal Pradesh to reach Tawang encountering various cultures and scenic beauties. There's a lot more to explore in the entire region with quite a good number of pit stops.Bewitching Factor: Snow covered terrains during November and December.Barmer-BikanerIf you consider deserts as one of the least amusing destinations in India, hold on a second!! We bet this would change your mind in a matter of minutes. Yes, riding via a desert could be a bit daunting, perhaps, it would generate thoughts about the damn hot weather. But, just stop thinking about the above factors for a moment. A bike trip in a desert will let you experience the rural culture of our country. Besides, at the end of the day, you'll feel like the ride was so serene and calm owing to the lack of population. Barmer-Bikaner highway is a free and uncongested route to be easily covered via a standard bike.Bewitching Factor: Indian Thar DesertGuwahati-Khasi HillsRiding on a damp surface always enhances the risk of accidents, however, it is too much fun as well. The Guwahati-Khasi hills is again a destination that must be checked in with a sports bike. Well, all this will let you undergo an amazing experience once the route from Shillong ends up to the Khasi Hills. Dotted with bridges and waterfalls, the east destination is great to have a perfect biking fun.Bewitching Factor: Waterfalls, living root bridges in NongriatRead Also: Most Comfortable Touring Adventure Motorcycles for Long Rides in IndiaMumbai-TrivandrumMumbai to Trivandrum, that too on a bike!! Sounds impractical. Isn't it? But, it is certainly one of the best rides to have. Normally, in a corporate sector, vacations are about to happen once in a blue moon. Still, if you get a chance to get a complete holiday for like 10-15 days, hit on this. From all the aforementioned, this is a little bit easier. The ride encompasses hot beaches of Goa, tourist friendly Cochin and Allepey are the places where you can halt your journey for a while.Bewitching factor: Riding past the coastline, an endless number of beaches.Delhi-MandawaDelhi-Mandawa highway would be best when you plan a ride at night and especially for long hours. Besides, there's a plus point for the history lovers as they will encounter the old monuments of India amidst the ancient tourist places. Taj mahal, one of the iconic erections in the country could be your stoppage for a while. Meanwhile, several forts between Agra and Jaipur might cheer you up and excite you to explore more about our culture.Bewitching Factor: Richness of historical forts and palaces, endless trail.
Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La, the world’s second highest motorable pass standing at 5280m before entering Manali. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac.
1. MANALI - LEH HIGHWAY
# Manali-Leh Highway : Riding in the Himalayas with snow covered and deserted sand mountains is everyone's dream and Manali-Leh Highway is the best place to fulfill this dream.
We would end up lastly by sharing a quote:"It's good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end"and what a peaceful last breath the man would breathe in the garb of heaven which man prays for... The mountains are calling, and you must go!
It is a place of great religious value to the Hindus and Sikhs because it houses the historical Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. The high point of this Gurudwara is, that it is situated on the banks of River Parvati. You can literally sense the tempestuous rage of the Parvati while standing atop the bridge connecting the Gurudwara.
It is a place of great religious value to the Hindus and Sikhs because it houses the historical Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara. The high point of this Gurudwara is, that it is situated on the banks of River Parvati. You can literally sense the tempestuous rage of the Parvati while standing atop the bridge connecting the Gurudwara.
Somebody there suggested that we must visit the Gurudwara which is just few steps away. It was quite confusing when we entered Gurudwara, so we went directly to the main praying hall, sat there for some time. While coming down, we saw the langar hall, we couldn’t resist so we sat down and had food. Rajma-chawal, kaddi, lauki ki sabzi and roti- I can totally vouch that this was the best food that we had in our entire travel!
Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu. The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.
I came back than visited Gurudwara Manikaran. Trust me the food of the Langar is the best specially the Curry, I had two big bowls:) . It was 4:20 in the evening I came back to the hotel. And my group was also returned from the trekking and we left to our next destination. The experience of that day will always be with me. The fragrance, the energy and memories will always be in me. Dear Friends, world is so big and beautiful but time is less. Go find your place, try to listen your heart, It will show you the right way always. Go meet the new people, make friends, and collect memories. It will make you refresh throughout your life. This post was originally published on Pooja The Wonderer.
The lake is situated at a height of 14100 feet. The time i reached the lake it was frozen and had more than 50ft of ice over it. Being said that, there was no disappointment on finding the lake frozen as the snowclad mountains were breathtaking and gave amazing scenic beauty. The snow made the climb a little difficult and strenous without proper equipments, but it was worth it.
The lake is situated at a height of 14100 feet. The time i reached the lake it was frozen and had more than 50ft of ice over it. Being said that, there was no disappointment on finding the lake frozen as the snowclad mountains were breathtaking and gave amazing scenic beauty. The snow made the climb a little difficult and strenous without proper equipments, but it was worth it.
The trek to Bhrigu Lake is famous for passing through India's most loved meadow of Bhrigu. Professional trekkers, who have seen the best of the Himalayas, claim that these Alpine meadows should be your motivation to do the trek.The starting point of the trek is Gulaba. From there you trek for four hours to reach Rola Kholi, a picturesque village, and then camp again at Pandu Ropa via Bhrigu Lake for the night. And then head to the last campsite at Vashisht or drive to Manali directly.
This spectacle of a lake sits tucked away towards the east of Rohtang Pass in Kullu Valley. The lake is named after the famous sage Maharshi Bhrigu, who meditated at this high altitude lake at 14,100ft above sea level. In the present days, it is a choicest destination for trekkers who wish to explore the pleasing isolated corners of the Himalayas.Check out the Team Trek Trails's journey to Bhrigu Lake.
Named after maharishi Bhrigu, most trekkers attempt this trek to get to the famous Bhrigu Lake. There's no denying that the Bhrigu Lake is definitely worth witnessing but the beautiful meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trek are the real deal. They stretch far and wide with the spellbinding sight of horses galloping and sheep grazing!Region: Himachal Pradesh | Highest Altitude: 14,009 ft | Difficulty: Moderate | Duration: 4 daysRead more about the Bhrigu Lake Trek here.
We were the last set of people who reached the lake. The air was getting thinner & we exactly hadn't taken a rich diet. Slight AMS had struck me. We reached @ 6.45 PM. The isolation, the silence & the beauty of the lake was mesmerising. I was here at last, I completed it. The feeling can't be described. You set your mind onto something & then you achieve it.
This was the provocative day. We all woke up around at 7:30 A.M. Unfortunately 4 out of 8 members were only fit to go to the top with other 4 trainers. This trekking was fully covered on snow. Around 8:30 A.M. after breakfast (tea and poha) we left for it. Our group (Thy Adventure) was the first to leave for Bhrigu Lake. After trekking for first few km's, we saw a beautiful snowfall. It was my first and best snowfall experience. Further after trekking quite a while we encountered a very heavy snowfall. The weather was windy like hell. Nothing was visible. The temperature was decreasing abruptly. We were at 13500 ft. Somehow we managed to cover ourselves under the pillar of rocks. It was getting very steep. Finally we reached our most awaited destination "BHRIGU LAKE" around at 10:45 A.M. The view was exceptional, spectacular. I was at 14500 ft. It was unbelievable. It was as beautiful as heaven. I was relaxed and quietly observing the nature , the snow and this astonishing frozen lake. It was remarkable. We enjoyed and played with snow and clicked some wonderful pictures. Around 12:00 P.M. we started returning to our camps. I think trekking down on snow is a lot difficult than trekking up. Further I got stuck in a single place. The snow was very slippery and it was very difficult to trek and a single mistake could lead me to the ditch. Trainers were constantly motivating and helping us. Then here comes the twist. The best and unexpected part about returning was sliding mountain by mountain. This shortens our distance and time. Somehow we managed and finally I saw a glance of campsite. It was quite a relief and boosts my confidence. Around 3:00 P.M. we reached our camps. We were all dead tired. And in half an hour we had to leave for Gulaba. It was challenging. We waved goodbye to this wonderful place at 3:45 P.M. Then trekking down in greenery and rocks was easy. We finally reached Gualaba around at 6:00 P.M. covering 30 km's of trekking in a single day. I think that was record breaking. Our winger was waiting down there. We were totally exhausted. Finally we departed for our base camps.
We had a great time sharing each others interests and went through the temple safari. We first visited the Manu temple which was the closest to Zostel. A ten minute walking ride took us to the footsteps of this small and peaceful venue. The road towards Manu temple is a bit steep so I avoided to carry much luggage except my DSLR.The name of this temple itself explains the importance it has got. It is basically a name of Hindu Saint after which Manali was first named or called as Manali.We made some good prayers and captured some of the top class architectures of the ancient times.
How to Reach: An auto ride away from Old Manali bridge, also an easy hike from there.Mythology: Of all the temples in India, this is the only one dedicated to Indian sage Manu, who, according to Hindu mythology, was the first man and with him came the civilisation. It is believed that Manu tied his boat to the Hampta mountain to protect the few species and humans he was saving from the Great Flood.
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Delhi to Narkanda (420 kms)Everyone was itching to escape the dreadful heat of Delhi and get some respite in the sedative ambiance of the hills. And hey presto, as soon as we entered the ghats, the weather turned misty and greeted us with incredible spectacle:Read More
Goodbyes are hard. In this case it was very hard. It was time to part ways with the fabulous Chapslee and we secretly wished for a cloud burst or a mini landslide so that we could avert our trip to Manali. Alas, we had to say bye to the most adorable resident dogs, the exemplary staff and this exclusive retreat and make way to the splendid Manali.
I settled for a short nap after whetting my appetite. I woke up to the sound of honking. I knew we had entered Shimla. Since Shimla was our halt before Manali, we decided to treat ourselves and stay in a heritage property, Chapslee Hotel. The lavish mansion where the Raja of Kapurthala's grandson still maintains a blue-blooded style of living, reeking of yore.
#coffeewithtripotoShimla (or Simla, as it was called by the British during the days of the Raj), once affectionately known as Chhota Vilayat or Little England. Today, is popular with the tourists for its historical buildings and monuments.The history of shimla is it`s biggest asset, helping it fetch endless numbers of tourists from all over the country and worldwide. Shimla was officially founded in 1864 and was built on top of seven hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill.Shimla was a paradise where most of the British officers and guests spent their summers, away from scorching sun in plains.It didn’t take much time before Shimla or Simla was declared centre of British colonial rule.The British were so charmed that they planned and built Shimla meticulously and adored it with historic buildings made in British architecture, like Town Hall, Christ Church, Gorton Castel, Viceregal Lodge (now Indian Institute of Advance Studies), the Willow Bank and so on.In 1906, to make Shimla easily accessible, British built what is known as an engineering marvel in the world- Kalka-Shimla Railway track, which consist of 102 tunnels (originally 107) and 806 bridges. It was also called the “British Jewel of the Orient”. The track was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.Present day administration of Shimla is still scavenging on the infrastructure British had built. The government could not add much as marvellous as these structures.Now, Shimla is a congested and crowded place like other cities. Leaking sewerage and water supply pipes, garbage either spread all over Shimla city or being burnt in open, wrecked roads and blocked, stinking drains, deforestation for over-construction of luxury apartments, resorts or commercial buildings etc. have become trademarks of it.But, you can seek some relief by time travelling into imperial Shimla. And one such place to do so in the lovely Aira Holme Estate, situated in close proximity to the strawberry hill.The house is said to be build by the Britishers and their influence can be easily spotted the moment you step in.and a link to reach the place is as folllow:https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/19002767?checkin=&checkout=&guests=1&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&location=shimla&s=tSNl0-xRDisclaimer:I am in no way rewarded to promote this place, i just happened to stay there and had a wonderful experience hence wanted to share it here.I feel lucky to have come across this place. i was awestruck the moment i walked into this this beautiful house and fell in love with its authenticity.The house is decorated very tastefully while maintaining its original historical charm. Its has a vintage glamour to itself.There is a huge and bright and colourful living area when you first walk in ,which is full of light and a lovely place to just sit and look at the rain or sunset, or to just catch up on some reading while you sip on some coffee.The bedrooms are classy and in sync with the tone of the house. I fell in love with the age old working fire place in the rooms, would love to visit the place in winter time and spend a night sleeping on a mattress on the floor curled up in a blanket in the warmth of the burning wood.The whole vibe of the house makes you feel as if you have travelled back in the time to the colonial age of wooden houses with attics. In fact the house is claimed to have been build 150 years ago. I personally have a thing for beautiful creations of both man and mother nature,so this house gave me just about everything that i was looking for, from the vintage decors to the beautiful lush green surroundings, the sound of monkeys running on the rooftops, one of the best sunset views in the entire shimla and much more. All that while being in such a close proximity to the city and all the facilities and yet successfully delivering the feeling of seclusion and solitude that we all so often desire on our vacations.
Day 2Shimla to Manali (250 kms)Good roads, serpentine curves, ethnic dhabas alongside roads and the enchanting beauty of the mountains give you the thrills as you ride through them. The tranquillity of the mountains just mesmerises you.
(1st Jan, 2017) : We got ready to head to our last and final destination, where we would spend the remaining days of the trip. My birthday was on the 2nd and what a better place to spend it in.I would not mention the bus ride this time. I think by this time, it had become routine. By the time we reached Shimla, the sun had set and we were getting ready to feel at home. The details of our accommodation are as follows:Accommodation: Hotel Chaman Palace (far from being a palace) https://www.hotelchamanpalaceshimla.com/Type – DescentFood – It is better to eat out, lot of places to explore.These few days were about exploring the best places to eat. Because that is all we did. I will be listing the best places to eat in order of quality.• Embassy Shimla – One of the best places to go to, if you are a fan of cakes. You’ll be relishing on some lip-smacking home-made cakes. The bakery-cum restaurant is managed sole by the members of the family; A mom – who bakes, A son – who manages the finances and is the face of the bakery and a father – who cooks and serves you at the restaurant. It will be a sin if you are in Shimla and do not try it. Please do go!
Our early morning bus moves on quaintly through the Shimla hills. The mood within the bus appears full of fatigue, with heads bobbing sideways rather than remaining straight upright. The conductor is sharp though, his hair has been well oiled, wearing a blue uniform and a navy blue scarf. It is not even 6 in the morning, but it is fairly bright, lifting the green hills around us. After getting some rest, the journey today has so much more optimism, conscious of the fact that we have survived our first day.The bus skips through the mountains, and with the morning progressing, more locals start boarding, dressed in woolen jackets and Pahari topis, bringing more liveliness with their friendly banter. The women were very fair with glowing red cheeks, but also possessed a slight gruffness in their manner of speaking. This is daily commute for most of them, heading towards apple orchards or fruit markets, which are dominant in this part of India. The apple trees that we see on the slopes have a covering of white nets to protect the small cherry-shaped young apples from hail, and possibly birds. I am told that these orchards are highly profitable - most money during demonetization in Himachal was collected not from the cities but from towns higher up, surrounding these apple orchards.
sitting on the lap of mighty himalayan range, Shimla is a well known destination of northern India. It is easily accessible from national capital region and hence rest of India. It was the summer capital of british emperors which is quite easily visible in architecture at each and every corner of this hill city. Capital city of northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh, is a popular summer destination., however hills unveil different colors during different seasons. I visited the place in summer when it was crowded, hot and looked more brown than white or green. On the other hand in February, hills became animated. It was covered with sheets of snow, roads were deserted and air was mist and cold. It was an entirely different place, which was more themed and composed.
Day 2 (Shimla- Peo)•Got little confused on places to visit next. Decided to do “Shimla darshan” for the day and figure out the bus timings and best route meanwhile.•Visited the infamous Mall Road and did a small trek to Jakhu Temple with a huge Lord Hanuman's sculpture. On the way down, visited Christ Church and Kali Bari Temple. Trust me, we are not that much of god-believing persons, but Shimla didn’t have much to offer in terms of travel.•Being a tea lover, “Pahadi Chai” at “Café Under Tree” at the mountain top compensated for lack of travelling spots.•Went to “Central Perk” café (rings a bell?) super-excitedly, however, the excitement was short lived on finding out that “Central Perk” was just in the name, but nowhere in its theme. However, the food and service was good.•Took HP Ordinary bus to Reckong Peo. The Last Seats. Hell of a bumpy ride it was. Immediate fall in temperature after 5-6 hours of travel forced us to add layers of clothes on us. Two narrow bridges on the way made the journey far more exciting (as we survived :P).
176 Kms from Manali
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized. It is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, but the city itself is not part of either state, being a union territory, i.e. administered directly by the central government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh, and Leisure Valley. Chandigarh as a perfect city with regards to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e-Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.Read More
We have started journey from Chandigarh to Delhi and heading heavy rainfall around 3 hours.heading up towards Delhi from Chandigarh, had been driving in heavy rainfall and blowing parking lights on the road and following the traffic rules, didn't over take any car.
So now, after dragging through Manali City till Mandi, we had light Dinner at around Midnight at a Dhaba of Day 8-Day 9, our Driver Virendra took some "Herbal Medicine" to stay awake all night so that he can drive, the reason we were going to Chandigarh was Virendra had to go to his home town in Jalandhar and Chandigarh would come in between so that is why, and then we marched there in our 4x4 Toyota Innova with speed not less than eighty at any point of time, in five hours we covered three hundred and fifty Kilometers and we were at Chandigarh, it was 6'O clock in the morning, we thanked Virendra for the awesome driving and his time, bid farewell to him, we weren't sleepy at all as we did slept for four hours in the cab, so we all decided to take a bus back to Delhi then and there, the ticket was of five-hundred and fifty rupees, and again in next four hours in the afternoon when we were in Delhi, we all were feeling the heat, we all were tanned, we all were full of contentment and emotions, we all smiled at each other saying this is not the end, we are again having this kind of adventure, and we four parted in our ways. it was heart throbbing. Finally i got back home Late Afternoon. :)
The A/C buses were all filled up for the night journey to Dharamshala from Chandigarh days before the trip. Fortunately we got the Non A/c Himachal roadways bus 11 pm time only because Pallav took a journey to the bus stand in the afternoon.Anyways we were off a company of six knowing so little about each other( two of them I had met just twice to discuss some things about the trip, one of them I had interacted with a little bit in the last year or so-tagged him along knowing he is a superlative trekker and he was showing enthusiasm to go on a trek, one of them I just met on the day-a friend of Pallav from school.We stopped in the middle of the night for the bus's arbitrary one stop and we didn't see Vishal(the superlative trekker) anymore that night. He had apparently taken the Volvo to Dharamshala. (one seat vacated)
Original postIt is 7 PM of a hazy Chandigarh evening. We have missed the last bus to Reckong Peo. Earlier, when we set out from Mumbai, the bus to Peo was the only part of our itinerary that we were sure of. Now, it felt like a round one knockout punch. The bus terminal meanwhile is frenetic, conductors are calling out loudly, empty buses roll in and leave the stand - overflowing with humans and all kinds of luggage. The confused noises and metallic smells are unmistakable.Meanwhile, I ask at the counter " Peo ke liye aur koi bus milegi? "" Nahi ji, subeh 4 baje ki sawari hai. Lekin 8 baje Rampur ke liye ek bus nikalti hai. Ya fir aap Shimla chale jao, 7:30 ki bus se "We stand besides the counter and implore - should we stay back in Chandigarh and wait till dawn? Or do we get started with our adventure and let the road take over our fates? On a trip, I always preferred getting on with it, not break the momentum, as if the greed of exploring took over, instinctively provoking me to wander off in search of new lands. And so I ask Swanand, my younger cousin and partner on this trip, to book two tickets to Shimla. It may happen that we will end up in Shimla, in dead of the night, looking out for a lodge to crash - but we shall manage. I feel bad for Swanand though, and a little concerned too for subjecting him to this ill planned itinerary in our first trip together.The evening sky glows in a shade of magenta. The pink light bounces off the concrete structure - making everything appear very beautiful. The dim yellows inside the bus provide a soothing contrast to the colours outside. The bus has now begun cruising along the streets of Chandigarh, passing through the towns of Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka. It is all uphill now. We start to leave the plains behind heading towards the lights that we can see at the top, higher up in the hills. I can feel my excitement - the trip has finally begun, slowly entering into the realm of the Himalayan kingdom. But with this excitement is also a tinge of nervousness, because, unlike any other trips I have done before, there's no one waiting for us at the end of the road.We arrive in Shimla by 12:30 in the night, much like two stranded souls waiting to be pounced upon by the predator guides of the night, looking to make a quick buck. They offer us free rides to hotels nearby, in an Alto which clearly has seen better days. We go up, then come down swirling crazily, the driver knows the lanes and gullies at the back of his hand. Even the basic rooms shown were far too expensive. Perhaps, it was the commission of all the touts in between that drove the prices through the roof. At the end though, we give in, no point in finding a room that was cheaper, if we do not get a chance to sleep at all.-
The route from Delhi to Chandigarh was not new to us (Me and my best man ;)), as we had traveled a couple of times earlier on the same roads. The bus took us nearly 6 hours to reach Chandigarh, as we got stuck on the roads during the wee hours. It was 1130 IST we reached Chandigarh.TIP: If going by this itinerary, make sure to board a bus from Delhi late night to avoid the wee hours traffic.We had already made our bookings with Awerides, a bike rental service located in Chandigarh Sector 42. Royal Enfield, Classic 350 it was! One of the most comfortable bikes to ride on the mountains (That's what he says ;))
This small compact neat and clean union territory is shared by both Punjab and Haryana as their capital. Surrounded by lakes,gardens and greenery all around, this city was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design.You can start your day with a sunrise by the Sukhna Lake followed by a visit to the Rock Garden and Parrot Sanctuary and Rose Garden. End it leisurely at the Leisure Valley.Sukhna Lake: Its a 3 km rain-fed lake with a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills.It is the venue for many festive celebrations with the Mango Festival held during the monsoons being the most popular one.
3-4 mths of research for planning a budgeted trip to Ladakh. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of a friend and owner of Skyriders Adventure. One can contact him on this number for any trip to the Himalayan range, Atul Jaiswal-9855085962. I will also like to add-on the cost reduced as we were 9 people.The journey started from Chandigarh. Mumbai to Chandigarh flight in the evening, touched down at 6.30 pm . As booked 3 mths prior it costed us Rs 6000. The same evening 10.30 pm HSRTC bus to Manali. Costing somewhere around Rs 800-900. The best mode of transport via roadways from Chandigarh.
74 Kms from Manali
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October
A kingdom that has risen above disasters like the 2010 cloudburst and is still able to magnetise a plethora of tourists and travellers every month to it, even when the mercury dips below sub-zero levels. This former capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh is chiefly dominated by the ruined Royal Palace of Leh and the eternally serene Pangong Tso, Tibetan for 'high grassland lake', which is spread for 134 km from India to China. If you're someone who loves travelling unconventionally and is interested in the lifestyle that thrives in this high altitude desert, you can stay with locals who have turned their homes into 'homestays' and are open to interacting with non-natives. For a more spiritual and mystical experience, one can also spend the night at monasteries such as Thiksey, Lamauru or the Hemis Monastery, where you will get a chance to interact with Lamas (Buddhist teachers) and learn all about their lives and what they preach. For more visual and audio insights and treats, one can attend the 6 day Ladakh festival, a multihued explosion of Ladakhi culture and tradition, celebrated annually in the month of September in Leh's villages. Leh can always keep you entertained, for instance, with trekking (frozen river trek to Chadar, Padam to Darcha trek), mountain biking, skiing, camel safari, paragliding and even having your car pulled uphill by the magnetic force at the Magnetic Hill. Foodies will get no better thrill than eating at the highest cafeteria in the world, Rinchen Cafeteria. Other popular cafes such as Gesmo, Nirvana Garden, Cafe Jeevan and Norlakh are a must to go to for their lip smacking Italian, Himalayan and local dishes.Read More
2. For majestic landscapes, head to Ladakh
One of the longest drive in the whole 15 days. The excitement to reach The Moon Land was too high yet a slight fear lingered in the mind as we had to cross 3 passes in one day. Will we be able to keep up with nature or not was a question. Starting from Zingzing Bar then Barlacha-La pass considered to be one of the dangerous pass on the way. Close to the pass is Suraj tal (lake). It falls before Sarchu. The panoramic view what starts at Jispa stays with one till Leh. Once you take a break at Sarchu to digest the view and the climatic change for your body.Next two high passes awaits Namkila and Lachalang -La pass. After this one reaches Pang. A tea time halt. Then the last pass one needs to pass through is Tanglang-La pass to reach Leh. The highest pass and second motor able in the world on the way. In Leh, we were put up in #Zaltak Homestay. Where we could relish on the farm food. Strategically placed, close to Leh market 10 mins walk. The cost is Rs 1200 per room. For booking please contact Mr Atul Jaiswal -9855085962
No matter where I go, Leh will be close to me and I would take it along with me everywhere craving for a experience similar. There was so much I missed to write. If you really call yourself a traveler, do visit Leh and your for Nature and Traveling will go stronger.
335kms …but it took 11 hours to reach leh because it’s the toughest road in the world! Or one can say not road…as no tar road is there…we left Jispa at 8 am out tempo traveller got some serious issue at 9 am so we had to change the car …2 hours got wasted there And we reached 10pm…almost all were not feeling well !Day 5,6,7- leh local sightseeing
Beautiful scenery is augmented by…Childhood dreams. Those locations that you have always admired as a young soul should be visited. Nothing feels better than heading to a place that is beautiful, and that reminds you of your past serenity. Next destination was something I always wanted in my life since my young days. That would that's gorgeous, adventurous thrilling Leh Ladakh. The trip unfolded so many amazing landscapes. I got to see sand dunes, rivers, forest, and high mountains at the same place. It was glorious and heavenly. We rode to the top of the world, having the highest motorable Road, Khardungla Pass and getting there isn't easy. However, #Travloncards made it possible for all of us, many thanks to the team!
Leh city has become a bit more commercialized than I'd have liked it to be, but hey that comes with the popularity I guess. It's a quaint little place situated amidst snow clad mountains and winding roads, straight out of a movie. Shanti Stupa, Thikse monastery and Leh market are the places to go to. Shanti Stupa is a white dome shaped monastery atop a small hill. The soothing sound of the drums coupled with the chiming of the bells and the view from the monastery grounds, provides unparalleled peace. The white stupa shines brilliantly at night, across the black horizon dotted with a million twinkling stars. Thikse monastery has a lot of drum shaped structures lined up along the stairs leading to the meaning prayer hall above. Buddhist culture involves rotating those drums in a particular direction for inner peace. There is a two floor big Buddha statue inside. The peace and tranquility that these places offer is what I love about this culture. Leh market is like any tourist market, nothing special. There is one place in particular that I love, Gizmo, it is a cute multi cuisine restaurant in the center of the market. The food there is mouth watering, especially the mint flavored mock tails, yak cheese sandwich and the chocolate cake. Yummm!!
We found our first petrol bunk after nearly 400kms in LEH. After that we decided to head towards Pangong Tso lake, we were still carrying luggage on our bikes. After around 30kms there was some road repair which was going on so we had to take some diversion which was steep uphill with loose sand.
234 Kms from Manali
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, Dehradun is in the Doon Valley perched the foothills of the Himalayas. Nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west, it is well-connected and in proximity to the Himalayan tourist destinations of Mussoorie, Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. Dehradun is the base camp for undertaking trekking expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. High-quality trekking gear like rucksacks, gloves, boots, tents, etc can be bought from shops in the thriving Moti bazaar. All items are mostly made locally and the shops also supply material to the Indian army that has its primary training center in Dehradun. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for delectable Mughlai dishes. Dehradun tourism has also gained importance because of the trekking activities which are carried out in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Read More
158 Kms from Manali
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July
Scenic and serene, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most unexplored places in Himachal. Passing through serpentine roads, refreshing, lush greenery, the district is a delight to explore. Though travellers looking to enjoy a luxurious holiday may not have a great time here. Kalpa is the first village that greets you when you enter Kinnaur. Reckong Peo, Nako and Sangla Valley are some of the villages and valleys that make up Kinnaur district. A journey to Kinnaur is marked with adventure and also an unpredictability that comes from travelling so high up in the mountains. The people in all the villages are very warm and welcoming and are open to sharing their way of life with travellers. Do plan a long trip here, since Kinnaur district can easily take up to 2 weeks and it's best not to hurry your way through this spellbinding valley.Read More
The picturesque Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur with its bountiful Apple Orchards is known for rich tribal culture and traditions. There is a local tradition to welcome the guests with a garland of dry fruits and a round Kinnauri cap with green flap. It's also known for legally brewing two popular drinks, 'angoori' and 'ghanti'.Where to Stay:Rattan Cottage:A hidden-rural homestay in the picturesque Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district some 275 km from Shimla. The host also participates in the apple fest to showcase his orchard.Address: Village & P.O. Sangla, Tehsil Sangla ,District KinnaurPhone: 0-098052536
But one last visit will do!The road journey was super exciting. But I just wanted a little more scenery to enjoy! Thus next, we headed to the Himalayas again to uniquely end 2016! It was a perfect place to get away from the city for a while. So I decided to celebrate New Year's eve at Kinnaur, famous for sacred Kinner Kailash high range mountains which is home of the Lord Shiva.
The Hindustan-Tibet road or the NH5 to Chhitkul is precarious and can easily shake even the strongest of the hearts. The landslide prone roads are not smooth all the way as a national highway is supposed to be, mere 3m wide, and Satluj River by the side, the ride scared even our expert driver. Our driver had to drink a bit during the dinner time and only then he could drive fearlessly in the night at around 12 am and onwards.Now was our final battle with the roads.
Kinnaur has for centuries been a major trans-Himalayan corridor. Merchants travelling between China and the Punjabi plains passed through on the Hindustan–Tibet caravan route, stretches of which are still used by villagers and trekkers. The bulk of the traffic that lumbers east towards the frontier, however, uses the newer NH-22, which veers north into Spiti just short of the ascent to Shipki La pass, on the Chinese border, which remains closed.
A small video of our trip through Shimla-Narkanda-Sangla-Reckong Peo and Kalpa which we completed in under Rs 7000 for 10 days from Mumbai with food travel and Stay.
Their family was kind enough to let me know of the bus options and booked a bus to Reckong Peo ( head quarters of Kinnaur district).So, on sunday at 13.30 hours was the bus from Kullu to Reckong Peo( its about 16 hour journey so the bus tentatively reaches around 5.30am the next day ). Off course I was a bit scared because I was going to head out alone and this was supposed to be a group trip and I was heading out solo...Well..You gotta do what you gotta do ...the adventurous side in me overtook the fear and inhibitions in me and prayed to the Divine for guidance!
Mystery Door to Heaven, May be. These pretty things never fail to surprise you. You ask for Sunshine, they'll give you Rains. Isn't it? These clouds are like gift wraps for Himalayas. I will wrap you up and who make most effort to see you, I will open it for them. Probably ???? #meandmycrazythoughts----Well, I was quite fascinated with the name of these roads and I wanted to click each and every such passages on the road. But it wasn't as easy as I was travelling by bus. Still managed pretty well by peeping out from the window and clicking. Many more to come.
There is a temple situated named Taranda Temple. Every vehicle crossing this route offers prayer before proceeding ahead. People here believe that if they do not follow this ritual they will get stuck in the route. And who wants to get stuck in the most deadliest of path with no network and people around. So do the necessary and proceed.
Kinnaur: This corner of Himachal Pradesh is not just known for the best apples in India but also for the hidden corners around the Kinnaur District that make for a great exploration hub. Visit the caves of Tabo, the quaint village of Nako and the nearby town of Kalpa.Kinnaur makes for a great road trip destination for travellers from Delhi reaching Kinnaur via Shimla. Buses and taxis are also available from Shimla and Rampur. You can also reach Kinnaur from Manali via Spiti.Read More: The Mystical Land, Kinnaur by Sachinder S. Rathore
267 Kms from Manali
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which means the pool of nectar, is derived from the pool that surrounds the Golden Temple. Though the city is quite congested, it has an air of spirituality and a heart to it. The stunning complex of the Golden Temple, with the Central Sikh Museum, will surround you with a spiritual energy that is hard to shake off. The gurdwara is located at the nucleus of the lake, which glitters like gold after the sun goes down. At every corner you’ll find devotees who have volunteered for either cooking or cleaning the premise. Eat a free meal at the dining hall and make sure you don’t waste any food. The Jallianwala Bagh, from the pages of history, comes to life here. The complex, where around 1500 people were massacred, still has bullet marks all over it. A peek into the well, inside which hundreds jumped to save their lives, is sure to leave you feeling uncomfortable. An hour away from the city is the Wagah Border, where the gates divide Pakistan and India. An evening parade, held before sunset every day, is an experience worth savouring. Amritsar remains incomplete without the lassi with heaps of malai, available almost everywhere. There are endless options to stay in the city but if you want to splurge, consider the Green Acres Haveli and Country Inn Hotels and Resorts.Read More
Getting aroundThe gateways to the Buddhist Circuit are Varanasi and Lucknow. The quickest convenient cost effective way to travel on this circuit is in a private vehicle with a guide, and only travel Delhi to Varanasi or vice versa by flight or overnight train. However you can also do this journey using local bus and train services. The entire sector is well aligned to the needs of pilgrims and tourists from around the world. Most material and religious needs will be well served.What to see and do - The ItineraryDay to day descriptions provide some background of why we do what we do each day. However please do research in detail before taking this itinerary, one of the most fascinating journeys of India.
AmritsarAn important city of Punjab. It is also the centre of Sikhism and the site of the Sikh’s principal place of worshipHow to reachThe Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, about 11 km. from town, is connected by domestic flights to Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh.Amritsar is connected by direct trains to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Nagpur, Calcutta and Chandigarh.Bus services also connect Amritsar with most north Indian towns, including Chandigarh (235 Kms), Delhi (450 Kms),What to do
From defining historical monuments to the streets of Amritsar, there is so much to do, love and experience in Punjab that every trip delayed to this state is a loss. Kick-start your journey through this city of religion and celebration with Cox & Kings.
5) Chandigarh - AmritsarMake a visit to India's one of the most well planned cities-Chandigarh. The city is beautiful and highly enjoyable. Everyone I ask says Chandigarh is a gem. Don't stop yourself here. Head over to Amritsar and visit the beautiful Golden Temple, India Pakistan border and feel the patriotism in your blood this Independence Day. Spend a day with soldiers and give them the respect they deserve.
Chandigarh to Amritsar is 230Kms and takes 4-5 Hours by car. You can start very early in the morning from Chandigarh to reach Amritsar by breakfast time and to have ample time to explore the city within a day.Apart from its famous Golden Temple, the city holds a rich history of Indian Independence.Start with Jallianwala Bagh, the iconic garden where the tragic Amritsar massacre took place in the British Era. The garden is very near to Golden Temple(almost within the same complex). So you can pay a visit to the famous Golden Temple consecutively.
We all have that travel bug inside us and most of the people I have come across, the one thing which is common- “travel more, spend less”. The pleasure of visiting a new place without spending much is second to none. The other thing which is common between my fellow citizens is that they don’t have enough leaves so the weekend breaks becomes the new found best friend.Amritsar can be easily visited on weekends. We (group of 5 friends) travelled to Amritsar from New Delhi. It’s an overnight journey. There are several trains and buses between the Capital city to Golden city. Trains are more convenient, of course for the most obvious reasons. In case you are visiting the city only for a day, make sure you book a train which reaches Amritsar early morning. (as early as possible)We had planned the trip only for a day. We went straight to the Golden temple by taking a shared auto.The auto dropped us right outside the temple and charged us Rs. 35 per person (30 mins from railway station). We walked inside the temple complex with our luggage and went to their bathing area (free of cost). There was separate bathing area for men and women and is clean and well maintained but crowded. Cleanliness is maintained by volunteers.If you are staying overnight in Amritsar, it is highly recommended to stay in hotels which are close to the Golden temple. The range of these hotels varies (from Rs. 500 to 3000) and it’s up to the individual’s choice. But make it a point to get refreshed quickly and leave for the Golden temple.We kept our luggage in the luggage room (free of cost) and footwear in jora ghar (shoe stands) and entered the temple complex. An artificial stream was flowing to wash one’s feet before entering. Make sure to cover your head properly before entering the holy complex. Anyone can take a dip in the holy sarovar but use of soap or shampoo is not allowed. It’s believed that one gets cured of the diseases by taking a bath in the sarovar. As soon as we entered, the grandness of the temple bowled us over. The temple has gold work done on major part of it including the dome. The carving work done on the walls is amazing.The katha and kirtan at the temple was melodious. It took us approx. 3 hours to get the darshan. There are separate queues for women with toddlers. Unlike other temples in India, the volunteers don't pester you to go out once you enter the Sanctum Sanctorum. The kadha Prasad is offered with cupped hands and it is touched with the tip of krippan before it is distributed.It was almost lunch time when we moved out of the temple complex and headed towards the langar hall. We were to astonished to see hundreds of volunteers working there. The food served was fresh and hot, excellent Kheer, and a special mention of the unique way of serving drinking water. Everything was systematic and neat and clean. If you are not having the lunch there, still it’s a must to go and see the Langar area because you will be amazed how common people are providing their services to do activities like cutting vegetables, making rotis, washing used plates. Everything is very systematic. A perfect example of team work. (CEOs/Managers go have a look).We then covered Jallianwala Bagh (India’s bloody past) which is mere 5 mins walk from the Golden temple. In the center there is a memorial tower. It is difficult to think how, from a lane where three people can’t walk side by side, one man managed to perpetrate a massacre. It infuses patriotism in andreminded us of sacrifices made by our ancestors to win Independence. Once we were out of Jallianwala bagh, we found lot of taxi and auto owners asking for Wagah border. They take you on a sharing basis for Rs. 120 per person to and fro. Try to take comfortable seats in auto as its almost an hour drive but the condition of the road is good. (No point of doing advance booking)Make it a point to reach Wagah Border by 2 pm or let’s say as early as possible but be ready to wait for approx. 3-4 hours before the ceremony starts. But it’s still advisable if you want to sit and watch the entire ceremony. The place was excessively crowded plus a big queue for security check. We didn’t carry anything and it was such a relief because nothing (Nothing means nothing- no chips, popcorn, ladies handbag, camera cover, etc. Only water, wallets, sunglasses, cameras are allowed) is allowed inside and then you have to keep your stuff in road side vendor locker for which again you have to stand in queue.We reached in nick of time and occupied seat which gave okay view but we still felt lucky because there was humongous crowd standing and forced to watch the border parade on the big screens installed there instead of live.The retreat ceremony is for 45 minutes which includes the closing of international gates and the lowering of the flag. The atmosphere was simply electric. The crowd modified into a hooting cheerleader. Passion and patriotism was at all-time high. The moment became so live and full of energy. People danced on some of the famous patriotic numbers. Children also get a chance to take the flag and run.The auto dropped us at the same place and we decided to do some shopping. We went to Hall market which lies in the way to the Golden temple. Patiala salwar and jootis were exceptionally beautiful and cheap. We found handicrafts like phulkari and shops of weaponry like swords and krippan and other souvenirs in abundance. Later, we went back to the Golden temple and collected our luggage and had our dinner at one of the local dhabas. (within city limits non-veg food isn’t available). Don’t miss out the famous Amritsari Kulcha and Punjabi lassi (a giant glass with malai on top). We missed on sarson ka saag as its mostly available in winters.
So it all started 3 years back when I planned a trip to explore the beauty of Amritsar.I was accompanied with one of my friend from South India (Malhar Ashrit) who always wanted to travel to this place, but had a budget constraint.So was that a big deal, NO.I booked the tickets in sleeper class coach of Indian railways for 280 bucks from Delhi to Amritsar. Train departed around 7:30 pm from Nizammudin, Delhi and reached Amritsar around 4 30 Am.There' s always a free bus service available to golden temple from Amritsar railway station. But, you need to stand in a big queue. Since, we wanted to save money, we waited for some 10-15 min for the bus to arrive and got a seat as well. The journey took us around 15 mins to reach Golden Temple (Free of cost service).The Golden temple provides you accommodation at a cheaper cost, but check-in time for it is 12 noon. We did not wanted to waste any time, took a lodge outside the Golden temple area to fresh-up and keeping the luggage, paid 200 bugs.( You can easily get cheap accommodation in-around the place).
4. Experience the Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah BorderPlan a place to visit near Delhi on weekends to the Wagah Border to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony. A local transport service from Amritsar will take you to Attari. Easy connectivity make Wagah Border one of the cheapest places to visit near Delhi. Avoid booking local taxis if you are on a strict budget. Remember to be seated not later than 3pm for the 4pm ceremony. Choose tourist guesthouses for the cheapest deal.
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