This is one place that should definitely be on your bucket list. We decided to go Manali in July end, which is a monsoon time but that was unplanned trip and rains made it more adventurous. It was raining heavily in Delhi however we left for our journey to the hills. Manali’s is still one of the coolest places to visit. An exciting and beautiful long journey to make by road is from Delhi to Kasol to Manali. Escaping from the mad traffic and pollution of Delhi to the serene peaceful place that Manali is, the trip is unforgettable and enlightening at the same time.The driving distance from Delhi to Manali is nearly 600km one sided, so you have to be mentally prepared for that first. Fortunately, I was not the one who was driving the car whole journey, It was my friend. Going by car is a lot more fun, and an adventure in itself. It was a long long hill drive and in such perfect conditions of roads. The 3km long tunnel, happened to be just few kms away from there. 3Km sounded way too long in reading but didn’t last for long and then it was sudden light over eyes once it was over. River banks were now together us for most part of journey till Manali. Once you reach Bhuntar, you find two ways. One leads to Kasaul, and the other leads to Manali. We decided to stay at Kasol for first day as it was long hectic drive from Delhi after halting at Murthal in midway. We stayed Kasol for one day and went for near by trekking and roam at Kasol’s famous local market and cafes. We had breakfast at Little Italy, Kasol. Kasol is also called Mini Israel of India as you will be seeing lots of Israel people there. In the night we decided to go Manali, and headed to Old Manali in the night. We reached Old Manali around 11pm. I would recommend best stay in old manali is Whispering Inn. I personally love this hotel for stay. Next day, in the morning, view from the balcony of my room is like, the mountain slopes, with spell-binding views, charming streams, fairy-tale-like fog surrounding little hidden cottages and a lingering scent of pines and freshness. Nevertheless, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. After having breakfast, we headed for sight seeing, Old Manali has swaying eucalyptus, lovely roads, sweet little eateries, small kitschy market places, and cafes that serve your favourite continental food at unbelievably low prices, the serenity of Old Manali is only disturbed by twittering birds and the sound of the gushing waters of the Kullu River. Monsoons in Manali can be tricky as the region experiences heavy rainfall, which can also sometimes lead to landslides. But considering a lot of tourists don’t prefer to travel during this time, the prices of hotels tend to drop. Next day we returned to Delhi via Chandigarh route. Again back to Delhi’s humid weather though I love my Delhi but this trip was unforgettable. Naturally, nothing can beat the road journeys.
See the journey through my Pictures,