"....naseebwalo ko hi himachal milta hai..." - said a pahaadi cabbie Sharmaji, who rode us from Manikaran to Tosh when we asked him that, doesn't he get bored of living in the hills all the time? it's only by the end of my Himachal Trip that I could totally feel as to why he said so. Indeed, naseebwalo ko hi himachal milta hai..
First things first, I did this trip super cheap. Rupees 13.5k for 5 places in 6 days, and it was the best trip ever.
However rich you are, no amount of money can buy you the cheap thrills, you get by travelling super cheap. You end up getting as close to the soul of the place, if you try to get rid of your paraphernalia of 'i-wants' and 'i-cants' while on a trip. It was only through this trip I realized the importance of having travel buddies who share the same travel goals as you do and how this synthesis of such travel buddies helps you grow as a traveler.
4 friends on a usual Sunday afternoon happened to check the flight tickets to Chandigarh which was only 5.8k return and the sheer in-expense of the ticket made us book it the same very same day without even figuring out where we would go from Chandigarh.
Had heard alot of Parvati Valley since its quite a hub for travelers in their 20's for obvious reasons, and we started our research on that right away not for those obvious reasons and then as they say travel begins not on the day you start your journey to a particular place, but right from the day you start planning it, we started travelling for months in our head for a one week journey that we were looking forward to.
As much as spontaneity and surprises are fun while on a trip, a little reading up and knowing about the placed you are visiting, ends up making things rather cooler.