Travel Blogs from Manali
... We have passed lots of these petrol tankers, quite small relative to ours. Sometimes the road narrows to one lane where it is very steep and rocky so a queue forms. The trucks here must be so tough. Our next leg is quite high and there is a lot of snow melt coming off the mountains above us and running across the road. Two of these streams are particularly deep with a queue of bikes, cars and vans getting stuck. Two of our crew have unplanned swims but there are many ...
... temple next door, so I got to hear prayers and music blaring over load speakers (you could hear it across the river) from 9am to 9pm. Every day. Never thought Ild miss the mosque's call to prayer. It's shorter and generally more melodic.
Rishikesh is also one of the Hindus holy cities, so, as I also discovered, no meat or alcohol in town. Well, there was a place to get alcohol, like anywhere, if you know where to look. But no meat, which I don't like. I also ran into ...
... 3.500m, eased the pressure in her brain slightly.
Unfortunately the altitude combined with a virus picked up somewhere
or other left Donna in bed for her entire time in Leh.
Leh itself is a quite city. The surrounding
mountains made for picture perfect scenery and we visited a number
of Tibetan monasteries but after one two days we got back in the car
for the return journey to Manali. The return trip offered an equal
amount of awe and we ...
... highway that goes to Leh, some 480 kms from Manali.
Once we reached our destination, some 10 kms from Rohtang Pass, we alighted from the car and took to foot power to carry us the rest of the way. Since the altitude is high, oxygen deprivation is a known complaint. We had to rest for a few minutes, but in general we were fine.
At the base, it was tea time and a chance to sit and rest. There are many tents, ...
... man, the Dalai Lama. Wow, what a treat.
As we were in 'Tibet', well close enough, we were eager to try out the TIbetan cuisine. Centred around vegetarianism, we tried momos (steamed dumplings) and thanthuk (Tibetan noodle soup) which was a nice change from spicy Indian food.
As we were enjoying Tibetan food, we decided that our visit to McLeod Ganj was a good opportunity to take a Tibetan cooking class. Along with five of our fellow travellers from our tour, ...