After 6 long years, I embarked on a whirlwind trip to Manikaran in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. How I wish I had my husband back in town, sitting down next to me; wrapping me up in his sweater, amidst the romantic ambiance of the winter wonderland! Nevertheless, the trip saw me and my mom cherish in the nature’s lap of elegant beauty.
Manikaran had been my mom’s favorite destination back then when we used to live in Himachal. And, I wanted to walk her back down the lane of those nostalgic memories. With just a 13k bank balance, I was kicked up to venture back down the memory lane with my mom! But, to our surprise, the travel hardly costed us half of my savings. Here is our itinerary!
Before starting on my venture, I booked a room at Hotel Pratap in Mandi via MakeMyTrip for a short sojourn. The rooms were priced at 1200 rupees on the website (still, economical than the rest!)
DAY 1 - THE ROAD TRIP FROM PINJOR TO BILASPUR
Delighted as we’ve always been, my mom and I boarded a bus from Pinjor to Baddi for a mere 30 rupees. Since, we’d just planned on a 3 day trip, we immediately mounted on another 60 rupee trip from Baddi to Swarghat. This stopover destination hosts the most significant temple of the Hindus – The Naina Devi Temple of Goddess Parvati! Perched atop a hill, I and my mom had the time of our lives, trekking up the majestic hill, overlooking the Govind Sagar Lake!