Travel Blogs from Manali
The weather in Tamil Nadu was getting rather wet and I don't mean like UK wet, this was rain like the ocean poured through a sieve. So we headed over to the slightly dryer state of Kerala on the west coast. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum for short) is the capital of Kerala but is much more relaxed and less crowded than the other cities we have …
... only 2 cars and 4 bikes were in front if us, so the slip must have only happened less than 30 mins before we arrived. After the dozer had pushed most of the rubble off the edge and down into the valley below, the waiting bikes were able to slowly bounce our way through - it was going to take longer to get it shape for cars to cross. The next stretch of 40 K's were the best of the trip so far - long windy sections , some tight turns but ...
... mud and populated with hundreds if road workers toiling in the rain. Now, near the end of the season, the road had tarmac (blacktop) on it and was mostly dry. Within a couple hours I was at the top of the pass and found it to be desolate and devoid of humans. I found a couple locals to take my photo at the pass. It was gorgeous up there!
Day 1: The jeeps arrived early on Friday morning to take us from the Zarim Hotel to the starting point of our trek, Jagatsukh. I liked the jeeps. They reminded me of one of the missions on the play station war game Call of Duty, expecting at some point we'd be ambushed or taken down by some missile loaded helicopter. That would’ve been a twist of events for the trip.
In effect, what lay before our eyes ...
... steep mountain jungle with only enough level plateau for an apple orchard with rows 7 trees wide. The cabin sits in the middle of that orchard. Isolated in 3 directions, the West provides an exquisite view of Manali valley far below and 14,000 ft peaks on the other side. Far from vehicle access, the dominant sound that will serenade me for the next 90 days is the rushing water from the fast flowing and trout filled mountain brook in a gorge to the side.
The cabin is ...
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