This was my first trip as a lone soul and it was exhilarating. It was a 9 day trip with 2 days in traveling. going in train and coming back in air. Since it was a back pack trip, I got the whole trip within 17,000 Rs. Including everything. started from Amritsar, Dalhousie, Khajjiar, mcleod (2 days), Manali (2 days), Delhi and back to Mumbai. Look forward to all the local things and try and get a taste of it whether its food or local wearings (atleast visit) culture, traveling method, stay etc. This will give you the real opportunity to explore that place rather than staying in a comfy cozy Ac hotel and enjoying on you bed with food. There is a LOT... a lot of variety of food out there. specially in Mc leod. If you can walk down the Jogiwara road, there is an aesome joint on the right side while going. Attached to it is a tattoo parlour. it has graphiti made on it. they serve the best thukpa soup and green tea at a good quantity with minimal rates. Other best thing to try on road side is Laphing. its a smooth white yello and cheesy pieces mixed with their famous red chilly chutney (**spicy). While visiting dalhousie please confirm the timing of the buses for the departure the other day. also specially for khajjiar. there are just two buses in the whole day. there is a lot of info to give.. but the best would be if you can check on WIKITRAVEL. yes.. it exist. many of them haven't heard of it.
but check it.