Manali – Manali is among the most famous tourist destination of India and globally. Packed with honeymoon couples, old and young, adventurers, the town infrastructure is crumbling, as it cannot take the rush of four-wheel drives anymore. Honking cars all over, the town was not designed for such a massive rush of tourists. We were too tired to explore any hotel in old Manali so booked ourselves at Mall road, next to the bus stand. Evening was spent exploring the Old town cafes and restaurants. Old Manali is a major attraction point for foreigners and foodies. The best cafes in town are in this area. Further up lies the famous Manu Temple in the Manali village. Manu Temple and Manali is associated with the Vaivsat Manu himself who had carried the seeds of creation in the Ark during the great deluge and it is believed that the boat may would has rested somewhere in this region.
Next day we had to return to Delhi by the HRTC evening bus. We spent the day shopping and exploring different temple sites. We had tasty and heartful breakfast at 'Cafe Amigos & German Bakery'. The Bhutti Weavers Co-op Society Ltd. close to Mall road is a good place to shop for traditional Kullu products. We went hiking upto Dungri Village to visit the famous Hidimba Mata Mandir, Gatothkach mandir, Shiva temple and later to the Manu Mandir in the Manali village. Manali is a spiritual place and due its remoteness was the abode of many Rishi's associated with Hinduism through the different Yuga's. If the state government can regulate the traffic and the flow of cars and tourists in this area than it will continue to inspire generation of travelers. With the hope of coming back in a lean season, we bid farewell to Manali and boarded the bus for Delhi.