Travel Blogs from Manali
Late afternoon we retreated to Nirvana cafe for a chai and token butter naan before heading to the Hangout for a pre dinner drink.
We then met the Aussies at The Lazy Dog for dinner where we enjoyed a range of cuisines from tandoori chicken to Thai red curry.
As the Hangout was just round the corner from the guest house we went for a night cap of local peach cider before hitting the sack glad to finally have a warm bed and a full nights rest ...
... four high passes, the highest one being over 17,500' above sea level. This is the second-highest "navigable" road in the world. Ill have to do a bit of carburetor adjustment to coerce my bike over that hill, but, fingers crossed, I should be in Leh in 4-5 days. After that, I'm hoping to cover some more ground in Kashmir, stopping in Kargil, Srinagar, Jammu, and, eventually, Dharmsala. After that, I'll gauge how excited I'll be about touring the lowlands ...
... would have been much higher
if I was behind the wheel but fortunately a skilled mountain driver
held that responsibility. He only really panicked me once and that
was when he reversed along a particularly narrow stretch of
particularly crumbling and unstable section of road beside a
particularly daunting cliff (to allow a bus to pass us). The scenery
on the road is consistently breath taking and if the scenery doesn't
take your breath ...
... the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital of Shimla. Manali is the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh.
One of the "to see" on our list was Rohtang Pass, so we organized, with the help of others, a trip up to the pass.
First things first was to get "suited up" for the high altitude and ...
... I can be so content by so little means. I don't feel I've made the greatest effort or sacrifice to be here and therefore to be this content or happy. And I have so little to rely upon here.
For dinner I order thali cooked by the women. I read the Drukpa book and feel totally relaxed (even more), similar to that moment back in Ladakh in the mountains. Although this time it's less of a high and more of a content, stable feeling.
When the thali arrives so does an ...
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