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Travel Blogs from Manali
... 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) ...
... curry. They offered us. I could not resist and ate the chicken. It was the first homemade chicken that I loved. Had we been there longer, they would have offered us whisky. I don't know why but the awesome combination of whisky and chicken bonds a group of friends and strangers.
We were running late and to avoid traffic we wasted no more time and headed back. There was traffic already, we were afraid that we may have to walk a long way to hotel. But ...
... down before sunset. We had a moment of frustration and defeat, we had come so far and yet had so far to go. The decent was difficult and we ended up having cold, wet, snowy feet, but we all made it down safe and sound with a little daylight to spare. It was a great adventure and we were all happy to have climbed as far as we did.
We spent our final day/night in Sangla because we had an early bus to catch to Shimla the next day. It was a rainy day, but we hiked ...
We now visit a Hindu temple and ashram called Chinmaya Ashram, or Sandeepany Himalayas, of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission (a Hindu spiritual organisation ...
... is nothing to do, I rise early and jump the bus back down to Keylong.
I end up being interviewed in Keylong on my return but this time it’s by the local TV crew along with ‘Shamsha’ from the commissioner’s office for being the first tourist into the area this year. They’re delighted that I’m here and want to know all about me and what I think of Keylong and the surrounding area, although slightly embarrassed I get through ...