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... to the local temple (Manu). It was only a very short walk up, nothing like what we'd been used to, so our inner trekker ventured onwards until we stumbled across a beautiful apple orchard. (Sadly the apples weren't quite within our grasp...)
Having ventured far enough the path disappeared so we retraced our steps back to Old Manali. Becca spotted some traditional weavers on the way back down and we were invited in to learn about the process of crafting ...
... pop-pee-pull. But she said that she dreamed about rainbows - and Kuala Lumpur! (They had recently spent a night in Kuala Lumpur on their way back from their recent vacation in Bali.)
I also went around the neighborhood taking some photos, some at the request of a couple of my students. For example, Maew wanted to see the Chennai beach, and Pai, as mentioned before, wanted to see some examples of the local architecture. You can see these in the photo ...
... and upon our return to Manali, after Leh, we stayed in Babul's
camp. Babul's family have a small camp site by the river with some
hotel rooms also. We ate with both Babul's and Rishi's familes a
number of times. It was very refreshing to see a nice calm family
orientated side of India.
After our second night in Manali we hit the road
for a two day drive to Leh (on the aptly named Leh-Menali highway)
with Babul's cousin (also not a real cousin) ...
... it and look out across the valley and despite signs saying no entry, I couldn't resist (sorry mum)! John got charmed on the streets by cobra snakes. The guys were super chill and even while the cobras were attacking them they just laughed saying 'it is safe', then afterwards wanted more money because their job 'it is very dangerous'. I didn't get near them. Then most nights we would sit for a drink/dinner and watch the 'Bollywood' Yaks come ...
... get around. It was a government bus, so I guess they test their drivers fully. I was thankful for this when every so often I looked down the cliff every and saw a destroyed goods carrier.
There wasn't much to do on the bus (reading was impossible due to the bumps), so I mainly took some pictures and read. I'll post them here. Unfortunately, I don't know the names of any town or river, but they are pretty nonetheless. We arrived in Manali on schedule around 1 pm.