Kulu, Manali - 2 day itinerary 

Tripoto
7th Apr 2017

Detailed itinerary to Kulu Manali

Photo of Kulu, Manali - 2 day itinerary by vinay sindhe
Day 1

For all the people who are from south India the idea of witnessing snow fall, throwing snow balls at your buddies and just lying on vast carpets of snow is surely on everyone's bucket list. During the summer of 2017 it was time to strike a few things of that list. Unlike my previous trips this was a 'planned to the last detail' trip.

Kulu, Manali is a high altitude snow clad summer destination in the Himalayas. Its popular for the numerous treks through the valleys, honeymoon retreats, backpacking journeys, skiing and river rafting.

The outline:

1. Bangalore to Chandigarh by flight.

2. Chandigarh to Manali via taxi --> cost about 5000. We were 4 of us, so it was a good deal.

3. Two days in Kulu, Manali.

4. Manali to Chandigarh by overnight bus.

5. Chandigarh to Bangalore by flight

Day 1: Chandigarh to Manali by road

We landed in Chandigarh around 11 am and boarded the pre booked taxi. The journey is around 8-10 hrs by decent driving. The roads are were in good condition and weather was beginning to get cold as we approached Manali. Before we reached our destination at 10 pm, on the way we found plenty of places to eat by and also enjoy some good scenery close to Manali.

Photo of Chandigarh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Chandigarh, India by vinay sindhe

Stay at Manali:

We had booked a lovely place called Thomas Villa, which is close to Hidimba temple. The rooms were clean and spacious, staff were courteous and breakfast was complementary. We had dinner at a nearby place and settled in for the cold night.

Photo of Hotel Thomas Villa, Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Day 2

View from the hotel

Photo of Hotel Thomas Villa, Simsa Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

Day 2: Hidimba Temple, Solang valley and Tibetian monestry.

The morning began with lip smacking breakfast with 3 or 4 options to choose from. The hotel guy suggested us a taxi service who would take us around Kulu and Manali for 2 days and promised to take us around all the prominent places. The cost was around 6000 rs. which was a complete steal. The driver's facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/rakesh.sharma.5667901. I would highly recommend Rakesh, he was truely helpful and courteous.

Hidimba temple.

This ancient cave temple surrounded by forest dates back to 16th century where goddess Hidimba, wife of Bhim, is worshiped. This is same place where a song sequence from Jab we met was shot.

Photo of Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

Solang Valley

Due to our bad luck Rohtang pass was not yet open from the heavy snow fall of winter season, so we had to settle for Solang valley. This is a cute little valley where there was lots of snow and few snow related activities. To reach the valley from the road we had to do a small trek of 45 min. It was a bit tiring due to the rocky terrain but the destination was totally worth it.

Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

A small tip from my side. Skiing is like riding a bicycle, if one doesn't know how to ride he cannot learn how to ride in 1 hour. That was the same case with us. No matter what we did we always landed on our backs in barely 5 feet.

Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

Maggie - mountain recipe

Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang Valley, Burwa, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

Once we got down from the valley we headed for a beautiful meadow like place quite near by. This is the place where wallpapers are made. The small boulders over fresh grass, the flowing river against the setting sun made a perfect place to look back on the day.

Photo of Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

That is where we will construct our house

Photo of Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Day 3

Day 3: Kullu - Paragliding, river rafting and monastry visit.

The next day we headed out to Kulu for some high octane paragliding and river rafting. The cost of paragliding is around 5000 INR and that of river rafting is 4000 per head with go pro footage.

Once our adrenaline returned to its normal levels it was time for more sightseeing. We wrapped up our holiday by paying a visit to a nearby Tibatian monastery and a small waterfall.

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe

Overall the sequence of our activities was well in place. The mornings were dedicated to high energy level activities while evenings were laid back to soak in the events of the day. On the way back to our hotel in Manali our driver took us to a small restaurant whose setting was straight out of a fairy tale movie. We sat next to a flowing river against mountain backdrop in the twilight hour. We gazed at the rising moon over some laughs and delicious fish fry. This is was the perfect end to our trip.

Photo of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India by vinay sindhe
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