Jan 5, 2018
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A short trip to Manali

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Sometimes when you are hit by the monotony of the daily routine and a sudden urge to break shackles perturbs your sense of freedom. That impulse had taken over my brain and I knew I had to go somewhere. The Diwali festive season was lingering around and any plans with my friends just seemed impossible.

I had to take up the challenge and it was decided I was travelling all alone to the beautiful mountains of Manali. Commute from Delhi to Manali is simple and easy , I took the Himachal Road transport buses which are very comfy and timely. Early morning I opened my eyes and I could sense the calm around with the beautiful scenery around me. Finally I was at Manali and as soon as you step down from the bus the whiff of fresh air soothes your nerves and I knew that very moment how much I needed this.

Manali during seasons is a crowded place but Diwali lingering there weren’t many tourists and looked just perfect. As my trip was Adhoc I had not booked any hotels in advance so went looking for some decent hotels. On the main road itself you will find many hotels but they might not suit everyone’s taste, finally found one with a beautiful view from the room and they gave a complete package with Rohtang , solang valley and few more places tour through the 2 days I planned for.

Day 1: After Breakfast and some rest took the Taxi provided in the package to some places around.  Vashist Village was my first stop. The place is famous for a local temple which has a colourful architecture and revered by the locals most tourist who come to Manali visit the temple. The place is also surrounded by small local shops and one can get a good bargain. One also find many shops renting bikes for a local trip or if you have greated plans to take off to Leh. Solang valley was our next stop and WOW , this takes your breath away , Its picturesque , serene and one may reminiscence the meadows from those romantic movies shot in Switzerland. Though I was there during the  Autumn season and the greenery was fading but my enthusiasm had just begun to peak. Being an adventure lover the place offered a variety of adventure and sports activities  like Zorbing , Para gliding and few more. Para gliding was always on my bucket list and I had to try it out , I spoke to my taxi driver about it  and he told me that if I really wanted to do then I should try it at Marhi  one of the stops to Rohtang it is more adventurous and fun.

The adventurous Bug bit me and the next morning I left early for Rohtang and on my way back I would do paragliding. Rohtang I snow white dream and mesmerizing , Luckily there were very limited people when I visited and I could enjoy my time I snowland and don’t forget to relish the evergreen Maggi on the snowy mountains. Now what I was more excited about was paragliding.

Soon I was at Marhi and the one peak into the deep beautiful valley and your heart would give a thud an how to dive in that valley paragliding but who would want to miss a chance. One will always be nervous the first time he jumps and so was I. I suited my self up and my guts and I was in the air and believe me those moments in the air are reminiscent of your child hood memories when one wanted to have wings and fly. I safely landed somewhere down my cab was waiting there once you complete that constant smile on your face is enough to make you believe how magical that moment was. On my back to Manali stopped near the river banks to have a cup of tea just beside the flowing river , coming from Delhi never knew Tranquility Tea were the best companions I had met. Soon I was at Manali went to my hotel and dozed off. Now for all those non veg  food lovers do try Trout one the delicacies of Himalayan river and for more adventure seeking you can try river rafting but its no where close to the fun doing at Rishikesh. Enjoyed the next day at local sites relaxing , Eating , chatting , thinking , retrospection , introspecting  you know it’s just the magic of the place. Do visit but only when not crowded.


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