The hills are calling ! By - Shubham Prajapati

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Day 1

We booked a traveller mini bus and left for Manali late at night from the capital city of India - NEW DELHI . We followed the NH-1 , which i feel is one of the best roadways that i have ever seen.  Early in the morning we crossed CHANDIGARH . And then around 7 am we stopped at a dhaba near ROPAR. After crossing ROPAR , the roads became steep but the scenery kept on amazing us as we ascended . After a long travel we reached MANDI , had our lunch there and moved ahead admist the beauty of nature . The green hills , the blue water and the bright skies were like a painkiller to the life we had in overcrowded cities. We reached KULLU at around 3 pm and saw the first glimpse of snow peaked mountains very far away from us. This was the first time I actually saw a snow peaked mountain from my naked eyes all white under my reach . I don't even remember when I was this happier before . We kept on moving and finally reached MANALI in the evening . And suddenly from the scorching heat of summers in NEW DELHI , there was a huge transition and we were shivering . We had done our hotel bookings before , so we went there , kept our luggages and decided to take rest . We had our dinner and slept.

Day 2

The plan was all set . We had to cover HIDIMBA DEVI TEMPLE and MANIKARAN by evening and then visit the famous MALL ROAD  by night. We got up early , had our breakfast in the hotel  by 8am and started the day trip . We had our mini bus so there was no issue of transportation. There was a lot of traffic so it took us a little long to reach HIDIMBA temple.We went inside to see an amazing view of a temple covered by woods from all sides . Now I realised why ROBERT FROST wrote a poem on woods . Indeed the woods were lovely , dark and deep . There were rabbits , yak which were like an attraction for the kids. Not very far away there was a MELA and i was able to capture a photo of giant wheel with the snow peaked mountains at the background. It was no less than heaven . Then we left for MANIKARAN.

We reached MANIKARAN by 1 . As it is located very high up in the hills we had to walk a long way up from the base where our mini bus stopped. MANIKARAN is famous for "hot spring" which is believed to cure all the tiredness and skin diseases of a person . We had a warm bath there where the outside temperature was about 10° Celcius. It was so refreshing. The view from the temple was astounding. We left MANIKARAN at 4 pm and reached our hotel by 5:30 .
Then we walked along the MALL ROAD , ate some delicious food and embraced the beauty of the place. On our way back we visited a nearby park covered with long skycatching trees and then returned back to our hotel.

Mela Near HIDIMBA TEMPLE

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Restaurant on way to MANIKARAN

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HIDIMBA TEMPLE

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Mall Road

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Day 3

It was the most awaiting day of the trip . We were going to ROHTANG PASS which is at about a height of 13000 feets . We took the warm clothes from a shop on the way .As we had visited MANALI in june which is considered to be the peak season for travellers , we were stuck in a long traffic because of starting late at around 8 am . If you ever visit MANALI in MAY-JUNE and plan to visit ROHTANG PASS , please make sure that you start your journey as early as possible at about 5 am in the morning so that you can avoid the traffic and even get ample amount of time to spend at the peak as the weather is considered to get worser by the evening . We were stuck in a heavy long traffic which cleared after GULABA check post. You can continue your journey to ROHTANG after GULABA check post only if you have the permit which needs to be issued earlier. We crossed the GULABA checkpost at about 12 noon. As we moved the road got steeper and steeper . We were ascending a mountain and everything around it looked so amazing that it can't be expressed and at the same time there was an inner fear as the road is one way and very dangerous. After a long drive we reached MARHI , we ate there and got refreshed. The fascinating thing was PARAGLIDING which was a heavenly experience although the cost per person is as high as 1300 rupees. After crossing MARHI we were exposed to the snow patches but the major attraction was still away. At around 2 am , we reached the top after a journey of 50kms which took about 8 long hours. It was bitterly cold and shivering was a compulsion . It's difficult for a person from plains to stay there for a long time . I had always dreamt of getting to the top of a snow peaked mountain since i was a kid . And I soon as I kept my boots on the snow , i was thrilled . I kept on climbing to the top , made snowballs , threw it all along , slided through the snow . Afterall , i had never been so happy before . There was nothing that could have stopped me . I felt as if there are no boundaries for the happiness that nature can provide to a man . "The best view comes after the hardest climb" . The mountains made my problems feel very small. It taught me many life lessons one ofwhich is you have to risk your life in order to reach the beautiful summit . It was 4pm and the weather started to tremble . The sunlight was lost and the rain started to pour . We had to descend back quickly . But all along the return journey to Manali , i was recollecting the memories of my journey and comparing it to my favourite movie "Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani" . We reached our hotel back at 9pm , tired but happy.

Rohtang Pass

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Travel map

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Day 4

The next day early in the morning we had our breakfast and it was scheduled to go back to NEW DELHI after completing the last activity of the tour that was RAFTING . So we stopped at KULLU , beside the BEAS river . The water was cold and pure crystal clean with a heavy flow . We had RAFTING and it was one of the best experiences i have ever had. We had our lunch , did some local shopping and headed to NEW DELHI and reached there at 5 am the next day.

The transition from CROWDED ,POLLUTED , NOISY plains to the SERENE , CLEAN , BEAUTIFUL mountains , it was overall an amazing experience which i won't ever forget. This journey shaped me into something new and changed my outlook of life completely .

Whenever you feel like life is getting difficult , always remember " THE HILLS ARE CALLING AND YOU MUST GO.🙂 "

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