Some photos from Manali and surroundings

The patterns and the beauty -- reminds me of Bharathi and his wish "We shall wander on the silver snow peaks"

The patterns and the beauty -- reminds me of Bharathi and his wish "We shall wander on the silver snow peaks"

Not for nothing is it known to be the walking spot of the gods

Not for nothing is it known to be the walking spot of the gods

On the way to Sirsai: the place is full of such picture perfect spots

On the way to Sirsai: the place is full of such picture perfect spots

Water falls while descending from Rohatang Pass

Water falls while descending from Rohatang Pass
In the Deodar woods, stands a nice wooden structure

In the Deodar woods, stands a nice wooden structure

The 12th century temple for Gauri Shankar near Sirsai

The 12th century temple for Gauri Shankar near Sirsai

In Delhi, if you ask anybody about a trip to some hill station during summer, the invariable answer that you would get is “But this is the season; all of Delhi will be there”. In spite of such advice, we decided to spend a few days in Manali, and we are glad that we did. The bad news is that it indeed is true — almost all of Delhi was in Manali. But, the good news is that it still is possible to find not so crowded spots if you are a bit adventurous and are willing to explore; if you are lucky, like we were, you might even end up in spot at which, for about a kilometre radius, you will be the only tourist!

We had fun time doing small treks– treks that you can do with a two-and-a-half–years old — like the small ascension to the Hidamba Mata temple, or walking in Old Manali market, Manu temple and its surroundings. For the first time, we spotted two birds (golden, so to speak) — the Golden Eagle (while coming down from Rohtang Pass — a huge group of crows were trying to chase the big bird away), and a golden-billed blue magpie (near a shrubbery just next to a village on the way from Manali to Sirsai).

One good lesson from the vacation: wikitravel is great and all their recommendations are of very high quality — this is the second time I realise that I would have missed some great places but for wikitravel.

6 Responses to “Some photos from Manali and surroundings”

  1. Fëanor Says:

    When I went to Rohtang in 1993, there was still a glacier there, albeit heavily polluted with smoke and oil detritus from the fires in Kuwait. Lots of drunken Delhiites abounded as well. But the treks in the foothills of the Himalayas were awesome. Did you try out the rice beer? Good stuff!

    • Guru Says:

      Dear Feanor,

      Yes! Rohtang pass is crowded, and quite dirty — one reason why I did not upload any of my pictures from the pass itself. But, the treks, as you say, were awesome. And, unfortunately, I did give the rice beer a miss,

  2. coolnik Says:

    Beautiful pictures!!

    I am glad that you got to step out–that too in regions that are so breathtakingly beautiful.

    I really miss Himalayas. When I was 16, we did a long (~12 days) trek in Garhwal region–I still remember all of it.

    • Guru Says:

      Dear Coolnik,

      Thanks; and, yes — places like that can have such an effect; I also distinctly remember my first trekking trip in Manalai, and this time, I could locate all the places without asking anybody for directions!

  3. coolnik Says:

    Oops, M-dash does not work, it turned out to be a N-dash!

  4. shivani goyal Says:

    it is so nice place, i want to come in this city.

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