2014, Third Year College Trip to Manali, Couldn't go. 2015, Second time After College and Before my First Job, my friend asked me to join but again didn't joined because of the same reason as at first time, Financial Issue.
Now in Oct'18 when I left my Job after 3 years, I made my mind and planned with my friend this trip and all I can say is it was amazing. Also, this was my first destination in Himachal Pradesh. I have never visited Himachal before.
18th Oct'2018. Packed my Bag with clothes, Tripod, Headphones and left Home at around 5. I booked the tickets a day before and the pick up point mentioned was Civil Lines at 6:10 PM. I texted my friends and asked them to meet me at Civil Lines Metro Station around 5:30 PM. Boarded from Patel Nagar Metro Station and De-Boarded at Civil Lines, met my friends and took a rickshaw to the address mentioned in the ticket, but according to rickshaw drivers all buses to Manali starts from Majnu ka Tilla. So we were confused and scared of missing the bus on time, and we called the concerned person whose number was mentioned in ticket and he confirmed to board from Majnu ka Tilla. We reached there and called the same person for the status and we waited for around 1 hour as the bus was running late. That was kind a relief. Till the time we bought some food/snacks in case the driver doesn't stop for dinner. We boarded the bus around 7 and settled at our seats. Talking, Munching and after a Little Nap, it was 12 and the driver was still moving. We assumed the bus will now stop in the morning for breakfast but around 12:45 he stopped at some Dhaba when everyone was almost slept. Finally we had our dinner, I slept in Bus.
Day 2, It was beautiful Morning as we were in the middle of the mountains moving in circular and zigzag way. Around 9 AM, Bus stopped for breakfast from where the view was river flowing between the mountains as in the image. We got fresh, brushed our teeth with our fingers and believe me such things brings joy and keeps us in reality that we are actually on a vacation. We had our breakfast, Aloo Parantha standing at the back of that cafe where the view of the above image was clear and one could just close eyes and feel the wind flowing at peace. Now the last stop was Manali and in maps it was showing 3 and a half hours. Enjoying the view outside, talking and after a little nap we reached a place few Kms from Manali. We took Cab from there as there is no other option to reach Manali. Luckily our Hotel was not so far and we reached there though we missed the check-in time which was 1 PM. So, basically it took around 15 Hours to reach Manali.
NOTE: Nowadays most Volvo buses stops few Kms before Manali due to bad roads and landslide in rainy season.