If something Good happens, Travel to Celebrate..If something Bad happens, Travel to Forget it...If nothing happens, Travel so that something happens..
After the last Goa trip, we decided to plan for another girls only trip..Now the search hunt started. 25 year age is the most prettiest and adventureous age in your life i would say! You have a job in your hand(eventhough you didnt like it, afterall we are financially independent), You have got a wonderful gang of friends to roam around..You can make anything happen if you try..
No responsibilites..No strings attached..Totally enjoying the freedom of air you have. Living with your friends is such an amazing joyful life..Cracking jokes all the time, having fun, movies, small outings,cooking experiments, birthday celebrations, shoppings, music etc..They are really a second family to us..
Finally me and flatmates strictly engaged in Trip search..and we finally chose Manali..Now We researched for many trip sites but the package price they provide was too costly and we had only 5 days in our hand...So finally we decided to book package via MakeIndiaJourney..We contacted them and booked for the package. Package amount is 27000 for 4 people.
We booked our flight tickets (Air India @ 9.30pm from Kochi to Delhi and Indigo @ 6.30 from Delhi to Kochi, To and Fro Rs.12353 INR per head). For us it took around 35k totally per head for the whole trip including flight + package (including stay) + shopping + adventureous sports. So save atleast 35k..
Mesmerized by the beauty of Manali in pictures, we all were super excited and waiting for the big day. Finally the most awaited day is here....July 29th wednesday 2016..Yo..Manali dreams are going to fulill..Only a couple of hours remaining between us and Manali..We packed our bags with tshirts, jeans, sweaters, caps, glasses, enough biscuits and other eatables, id prrofs, flight ticktets etc...We are a gang of 4 people including my 2 flatmates and my office friend..
Yeah so we reach kochi airport by around 8pm and entered flight at around 9.30pm.AirIndia took only 3 hrs excatly to reach Delhi Airport..Late night Dinner they served was kinda yummy maybe bcoz we all were starving.
Reached Delhi Airport by around 12.30am.. 'MakeInidaJourney' had arranged a cab and driver throughout our trip..And they gave the cab driver details on day before travel day..We contacted the driver and he picked us from airport by around 5am on 30th..So from 12.30am to 5am, we simply spent the time in airport..At 5.30am he came and we entered the cab. It will take around 580km from Delhi to Manali via NH44 road. When we had conversation with driver, he seems to be soo quiet..He was not at all answering to our curious questions and his voice was not audible and clear to me..I really felt angry and got sad..Oh God..This is the one with which we gonna travel for the next few days?!!
Day 1: Road Travel : Delhi- Haryana- Chandigarh- Punjab- Kullu- Manali
Our Journey started at 5.30am and by around 7am the driver stopped at one Haveli on the roadside in Haryana and told us to have breakfast and also to give the package cash of around Rs. 5000 INR to him(This 5k was included in package and should be given to driver). After receiving the cash he seemed to be happy. Dont know why he was behaving very indifferently.
Bitten by the hunger, we went to that Haveli and had Tea and Dosa. It was really costly there and Dosa didnt satisfied my taste buds.
Again we continued our journey..We started playing songs in our mobiles to break the silence in the car. When we went to Goa last time, the cab driver was soo good and he was explaining alot about Goa history and about Local things. It really feels good to hear and explore the things in a place from the locals itself. You will get a lot of information. But this driver, he was soo damn strange. Grr..!
We went via Haryana, Punjab, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Chandigarh..One should really know driving while you drove across Himachal Pradesh..Road is soo dangerous and many curves and turns everywhere. We had lunch from one Dhaba in Sundar Nagar. One thing to be noted is that you can find only Dhabas everywhere. After Lunch, again we continued our journey and we were taking shifts regarding sitting in front seat in cab since the driver already made rule that 'Those who sit in front seat is not allowed to sleep'. Stupid!
After lunch it was my turn to sit in front and continued our journey..Somewhere between Mandi and Kullu, the road issoo bad..And there is one tunnel where you will pass though..I was partially sleepy and suddenly i felt like light was gone and then I understood that we were going inside tunnel road :D That was coool..And at around 6pm we passed kullu.
On the way, we could see a board with 'River Rafting' and we stopped there and enquired about the same. The man at the counter told Rafting will start at mrng 8.30am-5.30pm and its closed for that day. So we told him we will come back on Sunday for doing Rafting. He said its Rs.500 INR for per person for 3km rafting. We decided to do it once we return back from Manali on Sunday..
And we continued the jouney....At one police checking point in Manali, some ladies approached us for selling many fruits..We bought blueberries and almond fruit..I was tasting it for the first time and was sooo fresh and tasty...each box cost Rs. 10 only..And Finally we Reached our Hotel Him Regency in Manali by around 8pm.
The hotel was around 500m from Mall Road which is the main shopping destination in Manali. We checked in and went to sleep. It was really tiring day..Whole day travel..I must say this - Copy films or good songs to your mobile and take laptop with you if possible to kill time for this longg drive.
Since the driver told that he wont drive us to Rohtang Pass(Thank God, we were damn bored with him), he made arrangements for another driver to drove us to Rohtang Pass(Here totally we paid 6000 for new driver for 1 day charge and snowdress). We wake up at 6am in morning and had breakfast from the hotel itself(3 day Breakfast and 3 day Dinner was free in the hotel). The new driver came and started jouney to the dream place Rohtang Pass. He stopped the cab at one snow dress shop and we all got inside this snow dress..Different colours are there and we can choose from that..I choose pink purple mix coloured snowdress and we bought boots, gloves and glasses which costs around 2100. Dont forget to take these boots, gloves and glasses once you come back from Rohtang.
We had tea from one opposite shop nearby snowdress shop and continued our journey.
This driver played some superrbb Hindi songs of Atif Aslam and others and the journey to Rohtang Top was soo awesome.
As we go up the mountains, Cold wind was blowing..Cool climate, enchanting sceneries...Glacing mountains which glaces when the sunlight strikes the snow..Mesmerized by the beautiful sceneries I felt soo peaceful...No worries..No Tensions..Calm Mind...The Real Voyage of Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes , but in having new eyes..Suddenly Driver showed us one spot where 'Yeh Ishq Haayee' song from 'Jab we Met' was shoot. I was wondered seeing it because in the song you could see snow walls on both sides of road and here there was no snow wall.
We clicked soo many pics and videos of all these valleys. Really wished that my eyes could have the recording power so that i can rewind whenever I want. Your cameras will be in busy mode while you pass these valleys. I could see many sceneries which I had seen in pics only..Really this drive to the top is always a feast for your eyes..Finally we reached the destination Rohtang Top. Driver bro told if we come by December - February time you can see the snow capped mountains everywhere. We walked towards Rohtang Top. It was soo slippery and slanting. There was snow there and becareful while walking..Otherwise you will slip. We made snowballs and threw each other and had fun there. It was scary when you slip in ice since it was slanting there. But the view was soo superb..Simply sit on the snow..Breath peacefully..Let your mind free from everything.. Enjoy the real beauty of nature...
While we where mesmerised by the beauty of mountains, suddenly the Driver bro brought a DSLR cam with him and he took many pics of us..And we paid Rs.50 for each pic(hardcopy+softcopy, I took 19 pics).
After spending enough time there, we retuned back to cab. He told if you go straight further and drove down the valley, you will reach some junction and from there the Leh-Ladakh road starts. (Leh- Ladakh is ma another dream destination).
We came down the valley and he stopped at one spot and told us to trek down that place and at the bottom end we will find a cab and should get shifted to that cab since the one we were travelling should go up the valley again with some other people. So we left the snowdress and gloves in that car(Dont leave boots, gloves and glasses there, we paid for it, take it with you..we forget abt it and we couldnt take it with us :( ). And we treked down towards the new cab. That treking was also cool. We got inside the new car and started the return journey. We stopped in between and click many pics.
Finally at Manali town, we paid for pics clicked in DSLR cam and a photographer man brought that hardcopies and softcopies to our Hotel. We reached hotel at 3pm and slept for sometime and then walked towards the Mall Road.
Mall Road is the main shopping destination in Manali. You can see multiple shops selling sweatshirts, jackets, kashmiri shawls, silver jewellery...And on road side shops, i bought 2 shawls with 100 rs each..It was soo cheap..Beware when you buy from Big Shops because they increase the cost for these shawls. So better to buy shawls from roadside itself. Also, we saw one Monastry there...But since it was evening time and little bit dark , we couldnt go inside....Also, you can see stalls with name embedded show case items where you can write your name in a painted wood .