Manali for me was the most awaited journey of lifetime. Being from delhi and as an avid traveller I somehow never got a chance to travel manali. But one fine summer I finally got this chance. An over night bus journey took us from Delhi to manali. The feeling you get when you reach the destination. The feeling you get when Mountains surround you. I had such kind of happy and satisfactory feeling.
Manali is BIG. It literary is as compared to other hill stations. It has two parts new manali and old Manali. I stayed in old Manali and fell in love with it instantly. It was so beautiful and peaceful; you wouldn’t want to come back.
Due to lack of availability of rooms, we had to stay in Backpackers hostel, as rooms weren’t available anywhere else. Initially I was not really sure about the hostel because honestly I haven’t experienced it in India and wasn’t really convinced about it. But then there was no choice left and we had to stay somewhere , so we booked our rooms and let me tell you it was the best decision ever made. The place was really cool and everything there was perfect. The backpackers hostel was located at the top point of old Manali. So everday travelling was a bit difficult but who cares if your walking midst lush green trees and woods.
I was glad to be away from all the chaos and hurly-burly. The mall road was thronged and over peopled. Personally I wouldn’t suggest the month of June to travel especially if you are planning to stay in new manali.
Otherwise, Manali has too much to offer you. Be it a beautiful view or delectable, mouth-watering food or exhilarating Adventure sports. We were really excited for rafting and for which my friends and i went to Kullu (Our taxi-driver took us). Its few kilometers away from manali and hub for adventure sports. Rafting is always a thrilling experience. I am scared of water and being a non-swimmer, it becomes difficult to convince yourself but I end up doing that always and yeah I loved it this time as well. There is paragliding as well but couldn’t do it because it was closed due to weather conditions. Manali for me had little glimpse of Srinagar. There are also little cute cafes across the river. There is rohtang pass and solang valley, which takes half day each to travel. The road to solang valley from Manali took an hour to reach .