The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
Day 5 Shimla to Manali road trip
Through the winding roads that are coiled around the mountains like snake we travel 265Km to reach Manali. The best thing about making the journey in car is that you can pull over as many times you want to and not miss anything on the way.
Following along the river Beas we reach manali at nightfall. Checked into Hotel Beas near the Manali Mall.
Day 6 Manali City Tour
The next day we started out for the city tour, few temples, forest and the Malani mall.
I found some beautiful place to get lost.I literally fell in love with this forest. The gigantic deodars reaching up to meet the sky. and blocking out the sun. Theses ancient forest will transport you to through time, where the concrete jungle has not spreads it’s roots .
Day 7 Rotang Pass and Solang Valley
We started early from our hotel to Rotang. Rotang means pile of corpses named so due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass. Not very encouraging is it.
It was cold but we did not find much snow, rather we trekked though the barren lands and explored the terrain. This was the first time I have climbed an altitude of 13500ft, never been so high up before.
Rotang pass connects kullu valley with lahaul and spiti Valley that leads to picturesque leh. An adventure for another time.
What really pissed me off was the plastic littering the valley , inspite of guards handing over bags at the check points to bring back the trash. The landscape was dotted with empty plastic bottles and snacks packets which were too heavy for the owners to carry back to vehicle.
Solang valley was a feast to the eyes and the crisp mountains air was very refreshing.Trees of every colour dotted the valley from one end to the other.
Paragliding and ropeway were quite popular among the tourist.
Day 8 Kasol , Manikaran
kasol the land of hippies and hot spring and the enchanting parvati valley.
The name manikaran was derived from the legend of Shiva and Parvati. Both the hindu and sikh have claimed the location as holly. The guruduara built near the hot spring has bathing facilities for the travelers.
The food for the langhar at guruduara was cooked on the boiling waters of the hot spring at the Shiva temple. Rice ans lentils were boiled on the waters as hot as 98 degree C.
Day 9 Kullu and Nagar
Roerich Museum sat upon the hill and caught the interest of few travelers. It’s worth a visit if you are interested in history and culture. Away from the city crowds and popular destination that are buzzing with tourist.
Nicholas Roerich mainly known for his beautiful paintings and his long expedition to Tibet was a man of many talents and mysteries.
To be continued….