Hello my WordPress family!! *waving both my hands*
Thank you for all the wonderful wishes. And yes, I did have an awesome weekend!
This post is gonna be fairly long but I will try to insert more pictures and less blabbing, so you can have a great time reading about my wonderful trip to Manali! So, get yourself comfortable, maybe make a cup of coffee or tea, whichever you prefer, and let’s explore MANALI!!
We left at around 8 in the morning on 2nd October, Friday that is, in a hired taxi. The journey was tedious! I literally felt nauseous and was even thinking of coming back. It was just too much. The roads were all messed up. Construction going on everywhere. And that driver wasn’t stopping anywhere!! I would’ve thrown up in the car!
Anyhow, we reached Manali at around 7 in the evening, SAFELY 😀
By that time, it was all dark and hence we couldn’t see anything from our hotel balcony.
And then, mum and I went for a little walk nearby our hotel.
Then, we had dinner and went to sleep as everybody was BLOODY tired! Fun started the next day. The moment I opened my eyes, this was the view!! Spectacular!
I opened my eyes, and when I saw this, I was literally like, “What the F@$*”!! Then I put on my jacket and rushed to the balcony. The view was gorgeous!! And yes, I had my phone with me at each moment because I wanted you guys to enjoy it as well!!
I seriously want my each morning to be this beautiful! Spellbound!!
After getting ready, we headed to the Mall road to get some breakfast. Seriously guys, I had the worst idli-sambhar ever! We had all our meals at the Mall road and we tried every restaurant, but the food wasn’t good at all. And yes, I did take some pictures of the Mall road 🙂
After breakfast, we rushed to find a taxi which would take us to the famous Rohtang Pass (because one has to get a special pass for own car made one or two days beforehand). The ride to Rohtang Pass was one of the best I have ever experienced. I had my phone in my hand and all I was doing was click, click and click!
There was a traffic jam some 3 kilometers away from the toll plaza. So my mum, dad and I decided to walk a little (but we ended up walking up all the way to the toll plaza itself!).
There was this policeman checking the passes of all the cars going to Rohtang Pass. He was so good-looking. I literally pleaded my mum to click my picture with him but she did not!! Well, I had to get a picture of him so I clicked a sly one 😀
I mean, just look at him and appreciate the fact how ‘Akshay Kumar types’ he looked! *Forever engraved in my heart*
There were some waterfalls here and there, too.
And of course, some more of the Mother Nature 🙂
So, after some three hour journey, we reached here 🙂
Strong, cold winds blowing, a serene lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains; the scenic beauty of Rohtang Pass is to die for!! It was so cold that we couldn’t feel even an ounce of the warmth of sun (which was out in its full glory!). But of course, we had to get some good pictures! My dad clicked this one 🙂 My flimsy frame against the mighty mountains; an uncanny combo 🙂
The cold took the hell out of us and as soon as we reached Mall road, we had a hot cup of coffee!
And the cafe had a winsome charm so I couldn’t resist to click this picture.
When women are in a market, how can they resist shopping??!! Mum and I explored this market on Mall road.
There was this one shop apparently selling Kashmiri suits. The guy lured my mum to buy some suits with very intricate thread-work. We sat there to see if he had something different than what we get in Ludhiana. As he was talking, I asked him where he was originally from. He said, “Aap guess kijiye.” (First you guess). I said, “Kashmir”. He said, “Yes. Aur aap kahan se hain?” (Yes, and where are you from?). I told him I’m from Ludhiana. He said, “Ludhiana me kahan se?” (Which place in Ludhiana are you from?). I thought what would he know about Ludhiana. But he went on to say that am I from Mochpura or Chaura Bazaar? My mum and I were stunned! How did this guy know about all these places? So my mum said that it meant that he got this stuff from Ludhiana (Ludhiana is a winter wonderland for all the hosiery retailers because all the woolen clothes are made here). The guy replied that he only got the shawls from Ludhiana 😀 And it was enough for us to understand that he was selling ‘Made in Ludhiana’ clothes in Manali to two Ludhianvis 😀 And yes, we didn’t buy anything from there!
My brother and I were in mood to get some chicken and we found this.
We ordered a plate of Chicken tikka and, though, it looked yummy, it was one of the worst chicken tikkas I’ve ever had!
It was watery and very hard to chew. Non-vegetarians will get what I’m saying!
So, after spending some more time on Mall road, we had dinner, which was pathetic as well. I’m telling you guys, it is near to impossible to find good food on Mall road!
The next morning was just as beautiful. I could see the mountains covered with clouds and later we found out that it had rained in Rohtang Pass! We were lucky to visit it just a day before. Our hotel was just five minutes away from the famous Vashisht temple. This temple has natural, sulphur infused hot water coming from the mountains.
We quickly paid obeisance and rushed to Hadimba temple. Hadimba was the wife of Bhim. The temple was located at such a beautiful place! Super long trees surrounding the temple reminded me of Ooty, my favorite hill-station in India. And by the way, it is the same temple where Ranbir and Deepika’s ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ was shot at!
The temple was a wooden marvel! I loved the ornate work on the temple walls and pillars.
After that, we again headed to the Mall road to get breakfast. This time though, it was YUM!! Name of the restaurant was ‘Dawat’ and I ordered Chicken sandwich and omelette. It was the yummiest meal of the trip! Though, I didn’t touch this cabbage thingy on plate.
After a hearty meal, my mum and I went to this shop selling natural fruit sweets. We got a lot of stuff from there. But yesterday when I was eating the amla candy, I saw the packaging and it was manufactured in Patiala 😀 BUMMER 😀
And that was our Manali trip! We took a detour to Mani Karan, the place where Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam unites 🙂
And if you can see the hot water oozing out of the rocks just beneath the main temple. Nature’s wonder!!
Just a few months ago, a huge rock fell on the rooms meant for the pilgrims and killed some of them.
We were looking at how the rock fell diagonally and wrecked the building!
We were meant to stay there for a night but my brother wasn’t feeling well and hence we had to cut short our trip. The drive back home was dangerous because a. the roads were quite risky and b. our driver was reckless!!
The trip ended on a sad note because a street dog came under our car. We were startled. His shrieks are still reverberating in my mind.. Though it was around 1:30 a.m. and the driver was on the wheel since 11 a.m. and he was bound to feel dizzy and tired. Maybe that’s the reason I got that perturbing dream?
Anyhow, thank you for all the love you guys showed to my Amritsar travelogue 🙂 I hope you guys enjoyed the Manali trip as much as I did 🙂
(All pictures clicked from my Sony Xperia Z2)