On the way, we stopped for river-rafting near Kullu village. There are a lot of shops/people there on both side of the roads who offered adventure sports like river-rafting, para-gliding etc.
The one we choose was suggested by our driver. Our driver, Suresh-ji, happened to be driving in Manali-Shimla for as long as 20 years. Naturally he knows a lot of people there. He is very soft-spoken and all of his suggestions were on point and perfect.
We and our trip were blessed to have such a person driving us and guiding us all along the trip.
River-Rafting @ Kullu:
River-rafting was an awesome experience. I was the only member in our gang who had prior river-rafting experience. I did it before at Coorg.
The water was super cold, but still we jumped in twice for little swimming breaks.
The river was smooth enough as the ice only started melting at this time of year (March end) and monsoons haven't started yet.
Our guide/instructor was much knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what he does.
Apparently they get 2-3 months break each year from July to September, basically the monsoon season. He uses this tie to trek to high mountains and had a lot to share.
He also informed us about characteristics and deadliness of various river currents.
River rafting costed us 6000 for 5 people and 500 more for video recording on a go-pro. Apparently one needs to hire the full boat and boat can fit 6 people at max. And the costing is always per boat not by head-count. But you can always do a little bargain.
Later we did a little shopping at a local garments shop near Kullu (again suggested by our trusted driver).
The shop was very welcoming and prices were reasonable. As we all were bachelors and men, they helped us pick shawls/strolls for our mothers/girl-friends with much patience, often having to describe which is for which purpose etc.
(P.S - Ladies for whom we had shopped, loved the products)
We caught a glimpse of Kullu town as we drove through towards Manali. Kullu is a 'cute' little town, with a vast field right in the middle of it. The view of the valley from there was awesome.
Would love to plan a stay there in my future visits.