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.