My ‘With Family’ story of a near perfect Hill station !

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"The Impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of Life “ – Agnes Repplier

Thinking of vacations, the very first words that come to fore are Hill stations & beaches. And it goes without saying that in the scorching heat of north India with mercury touching as high as 47 deg., Hills are default choice as a breather.

Photo of My ‘With Family’ story of a near perfect Hill station ! 1/1 by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

However, problem with Hill stations is that by the time we are 30 , most of us already have had enough trips of such terrains – some with family, other with friends. So a thought that almost always crosses the mind while planning a hill vacation now is that all hill stations are just the same, yes always beautiful beyond doubt but eventually the same everywhere – rivers ,peaks, greenery, nature ,wildlife etc. Even though you never feel bad once you reach there, but at the planning stage, the idea of visiting a domestic Hill station no more excites many including myself.

Hence, having seen the likes of some of the popular hill stations of North India – Shimla,Kufri,Mussorie,Mcleodganj,parwanoo etc, repetitively , I was little reluctant to visit another one however after series of discussions with Nishtha ,my lovely wife, we zeroed in to this one and left for another chilled break.

The Journey

After exploring , we got to know that a direct flight to our desired hill station will commence only after few months & only option to reach there is via Bus .Accordingly, we reached the City Beautiful – Chandigarh, at around 8:00 p.m. and left for our destination in the routine Volvo bus run by Himachal Pradesh Government. To my surprise, it was extremely neat & clean seats were comfortable with proper leg room & cooling was fine too. My Indian friends would easily understand why I am mentioning these basic things which are anyways supposed to be this way only.

Anyways, after a long overnight & tiresome journey of almost 10 hours, we reached our destination early morning but not before Yuvi ,my 5 year old son, had asked the same question at least 20-30 times – kb pahunchenge ?? (When will we reach?)

The Hill Station itself

By now, most of you must have guessed the subject place hence visited but for the balance few friends, let the mystery continue for few more seconds.

As we got off from the bus, the whole fatigue and uneasiness due to lack of proper sleep last night just got vanished. There was something in that cool morning breeze that all 3 of us felt so energetic within minutes of us reaching there. Yuvi in particular got super excited as he jumped like a kangaroo for good 1-2 minutes.

The moment you reach there, you realize that this one is truly a hill station in all sense and not just for the heck of it. The freezing temperature ,the pines , the steep slopes, the terrace farming , the attire of locals & the kids around – the whole of the ambiance was like a beautiful painting coming to life.

Ladies & Gentleman, unfolding the suspense , Manali in Himachal Pradesh is the protagonist here.

Day 1

Never ever had I thought that I will be writing this for Manali since it’s not an exotic or a dream destination at all & it was not even that far from the places I have resided at since childhood, but now that I have been there, I can very easily say that it’s one of the best Hill stations ,at least those of North India – fun, adventure, nature, serenity , scenic locations & good food-all available in abundance.

Photographs of some of the 'Must Visit' spots or the 'Must Do' activities at Manali will probably better reinforce my claims & sum up what all we did during our stay there :

Imbibing the divine feel of Manali at the famous Hidimba Temple :

Photo of Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

Anjani Mahadev temple is worth a visit too , for besides a beautiful temple, it houses a wonderful waterfall at it's back.

Crossing the river Beas :

Photo of Manali Club House, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Day 2

Engrossed by the whole ambiance at Solang Valley:

Photo of Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

Adrenalin Rush pumping with The Alternative Terrain Biking :

Photo of The Alternate Terrain, Patlikuhl, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of The Alternate Terrain, Patlikuhl, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of The Alternate Terrain, Patlikuhl, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Day 3

Getting ready for the Para Gliding at a height of 8000 ft :

Photo of Paragliding Manali, Dobhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi
Photo of Mall Road, Dhungri Village, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

A glance at some casual moments captured,before we conclude :

Photo of My ‘With Family’ story of a near perfect Hill station ! by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

The obvious needs no evidence & hence I need not write any further how much we enjoyed there.

A special mention of the resort we stayed at – The Anantmaya Resort.

Photo of The Anantmaya Resort, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Inside Out with Rahul Yuvi

I chose this particular resort based on its great ranking & reviews online and we had a lovely time there with great food & even better hospitality .

#Travelling Tips : Make sure your timing of visiting Manali is right. Avoid peak holiday seasons as it gets really crowded then. Have a look at weather forecast too .And hot water springs can easily be given a miss for it's just the play of Sulphur.

Actually it was one of those vacations where everything ranging from weather to various add ons just seemed to fall in place all by themselves.But believe me, Manali won’t disappoint you.

I hope you found this Travelogue worth a read. Would love to hear your thoughts on my story in the comments below !

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