Holiday Inn Manali
Travel Blogs from Manali
Rather than weaving in and out of other vehicles the journey consisted of an uphill struggle weaving in and out of potholes... Quite surprised the tuk tuk didn't turtle...great fun though!
Our home for the next two nights was a quaint little guest house tucked away at the top of Old Manali aka a chilled retreat. The location was perfect being surrounded by beautiful scenery, quirky cafés and mellow bars.
First on the agenda was ...
... by side. There were rich looking houses and hovels hanging on the side of the road. Neat designs and ****,all jumbled up. Soon enough that was mostly behind and we were once more cruising along the side of the gorge. I was starting to wonder where we could ever camp as the valley was just a vee, hundreds of feet deep. Then suddenly the road dipped to river level and there were our tents being set up on a tiny patch of gravel/sandbar grassed over and supporting three cows. Now,there ...
... around was perfect for throwing the frisbee.
Our cooks, Jogu and Sanu, held down the fort for us while we were higher up in the mountains. And, while we were in base camp ...
... but not without a few good slams! Happy with our efforts we retreated to camp for a delicious meal and some scotch to warm the belly. The next day the guys made us a packed lunch and sent us on our way to hike to the top, 4200m. Walking in the snow for 3 hours was exhausting, but so worth it when we got to the beautiful Brighu Lake and could soak up the sweet views over the Himalayas again. Then the best part...going down! We strapped in on a ...
... in the background. It is more like travelling around Switzerland or the French Alps, however, there are always plenty of reminders that we are still in India. We're even getting used to the cold, or maybe we’re just feeling the benefit of the warm clothing we invested in.
We left Shimla on 10th January having fallen in love with the place. Like most of the towns in this area it is built ...
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- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed