After breakfast, it was time to say bye bye to beautiful Parvati Valley. We boarded a bus to Manali, distance is only 80kms but due to curvy roads it takes more than 4 hours to reach Manali. You can opt for private bus, HRTC buses or even cabs to reach Manali.
We almost had half of the day to explore Manali.
We checked in into a hotel near mall road, that costs us Rs.1000 for 3 people. We explored Mall road, hidimba temple and nearby monasteries but to be honest, Manali is nothing when you have explored Magical Parvati valley. I felt Manali a bit crowded and overrated.
We had already started planning next day to explore nearby points by bike.
So next day we hired a bike and directly headed towards Gulaba(30kms for Manali) and that was very wise decision. You have to travel via Leh-Manali highway to reach Gulaba. In Winter, it feels like the surrounding is blessed with extra beauty. Beautiful glaciers, curvey roads and chilling cold weather was enough to make that ride extra enjoyable.
It was not permitted to go beyond Gulaba as roads to Rohtang remain closed till early summer.
If you are seeking for some photographs then you can definitely get your best shots at this place.
Also when you're at mountains, never forget to have Maggie and momos(there's something special in the Maggie served in mountains).
We had bikes and that benefited us to explore more places, we covered few of the monasteries, manu temple and finally reached back Manali by the evening and it was our time to bid farewell to our week long trip.
We boarded a bus back to Delhi in the evening and this time a private volvo (costs around 1000 for manali to Delhi trip).
With all the happy memories we completed our journey back home.
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