I reached Bhuntar in the morning around 8.30 am. It was a long journey way back from delhi and quite thoughtful trip one can have as I was travelling alone. Lots of thoughts were jammed in my head which could only be clear out if I can spend some time in Himachal... Choosing a destination is always a challenge for me when it comes to Himachal Pradesh.
This time I choose or it's better to say the place called me was Manikaran, in Kullu district.
I quickly rent a scooty from Bhuntar rather taking a cab or a local bus. 600 INR a day for a scooty rent was a great deal at that time.
I had a scooty ride from Bhuntar and then as the destination was clear , I was heading to Manikaran.
Manikaran has a deep place in my heart. Being a place dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, this place and the stories have always attracted me. I took a nice budget hotel which was having its own hot spring place which can be used by an individual for an hour for 60 INR. The name of the guest house was Sharma Guest house. The name fascinated me because I have the same last surname Sharma. After relaxing and having a joint, I took a bath in the hot water spring and it was a pleasure indeed for my body. Natural sauna at 60 INR. Clean water and place, I was in a state of trance.
Loving the every moment the hot water was touching my body. All aches were gone and now I was fresh and ready to explore Manikaran in a new way.
I took my scooty out went to Kasol which was like 3 km away from Manikaran. I was roaming and feeling the cool breeze when I was driving the scooty up in the hills. It felt awesome. Roaming here and there for a while I needed a plan. My girlfriend and friends were coming and they were about to reach Bhuntar around midnight. I had plenty of time with me. There was a bustle in my head what to do. Should I go to Old Manali now and tell my friends to meet me there or I should ask my girl to meet me at Bhuntar and stay for a night in Manikaran. Confused and then suddenly I realised what about telling my friends to meet me at Manikaran. They agreed. I had around 5 hrs which I can invest in exploring a new place. Having a scooty was a boon trust me. All I need to do was self start the scooter and explore. I went to Chowhaki in the evening which is a small isolated village on the route to Malana Village. I told one of my local friend from Himachal to meet me and show me a camping site where I can camp one night when the weather is fine and the stars are clear. We had a good time. Smoking some joints and having a word about work. Camping in the valley. They gave me some stuff as a bday gift or gesture. I started my scooter and started heading to Manikaran where I had to wait for my friends. On the route I came across a Policeman who was doing his duty. He checked me for a while and then said sir you are good to go. Mixed feelings were there in my head but things were sorted automatically. Driving back to Manikaran, I had some rest and waiting for my friends to come. We gonna stay in Manikaran and let's see how the trip goes further.
In the end.. Happy Birthday to me. 🙂😁😄😃