This a trip I made in December end. But never thought I'd be writing about it over here. But hey I ended up doing that. Thanks to Tripoto's email that I received for writing more about my experiences.
So the story starts as every other person living a normal life in Delhi. Getting tired of the job/college/work and trying to make some plans to the mountains. I was going through the same phase and hey, finally my friends agreed for a trip. It's been two days now and we are at the same topic, Shimla, nainital, Manali or where? Where to go? And finally we thought to leave day after tomorrow and we'll see.
The very next day as always, plan drops. But not from my side. I was now even more sure that I'll be going. Where? I had no idea. But yes, somewhere for sure. I started to pack my bags. Kept a really thick jacket, because it is December? And thought to leave. While my way to the bus stand, ISBT Kashmere Gate. I am searching all the places that I could possibly head to with my budget, and finally decided to go Manali. It's been really long that I've spent time in those cafe's.
I reached ISBT, took an ordinary bus which cost me around 600INR. And we left ISBT around 4:30 in the evening. Took some adequate stops and met a solo traveler at Chandigarh. As we started to share our stories about the F ups in our lives we started to gain more interests in talking😂. He was going to Tosh, obviously I don't need to mention for what. And neither he had to. We kept talking for some hours and he was telling me about his job since he was also an engineer and I was telling about my engineer to dancer story. After a while, he said goodbye at Bhuntar and we both kept our journey going on in opposite directions. I thought to sleep for a while and when I woke up, Manali was just 10 mins away.
It was 7 in the morning when I reached Manali and I had my booking done already at Backpacker Panda. And thought to navigate to it. It showed somewhere around Old Manali, and I kept on walking towards it. While on my way the battery drained out. And I didn't know where to go. I kept asking but no one was sure where it would be. I looked every single street in Old Manali but couldn't find it. So I thought to sit somewhere and charge my phone. After charging my phone I called their helpline number and asked for a location near by.
Honestly, when I reached Manali and i was finding for this place 'backpackers panda' as I booked it online on make my trip, I got really pissed because it is really away from the bus stand. And my phone didnt had enough battery to navigate to the location.
But yeah when I reached and I met with the staff and saw the location of the place. I was stunned. I was literally stunned for like two minutes.