It was 8 p.m and my train had just arrived at it's destination, Chandigarh. I was hungry after a 20 hours journey and was tired of sitting and lying down. I am an athlete. We like activity. Unless I get up early in the morning and run for 5 Kms I can't digest my early morning breakfast. As soon I walked towards the gate of the station, I was surrounded by agents and drivers offering to take me to my destination or to a hotel. Bit first I wanted to eat. I found the waiting room, sat down and took out the food parcel my mom had prepared for me. I needed to save money wherever possible, and spending 200-300 bucks on food this early was not what I had in mind. Moreover what could be better than home made food.
After having my dinner, I found an auto wallah and had to pay him 150 Rs to drop me to the Chandigarh Bus Station where I would catch the Bus to Manali, my ultimate destination.
I called Harry and asked him about the bus timings and other information which I would need to get to his home in Shuru, Manali. Harry is the owner of Hampton Homes, a home stay in Manali. I had made contact with Harry on couchsurfing, meanwhile searching for cheap hotels and homestays on different websites. On booking.com I had come across Hampton Homes, which cost 3200 Rs for 5 day stay and included breakfast. It was on my mind but I hadn't decided if I was going to stay there for sure. But when I contacted Harry and found out that he was the owner, I booked it immediately. It was pure coincidence, but worked out just fine.