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... of Temples. We visit the most ancient and oldest existing Shiva temples at Baijnath, which date back to the early 9th century. We continue driving to Taragarh where, after a long day of driving, we check in for two nights at the Palace. It was the summer palace of the last maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir, and is now run as a hotel by his son. (All ...
Due to our very late arrival yesterday, we take a lazy morning and postpone one visit to tomorrow. Departure is at the lazy hour of 9:30am today, and we only visit sights in the old section of Manali. Who knew about this place? It is a backpacker and ganja paradise, with pot growing on the street and people sidling up to you as you walk, asking if you want to smoke. Lots of dreadlocks and tattoo parlors ...
... making their way downhill, on their way to lower climes (Punjab or lower HP) for the winter. Huge herds of sheep filed around us like air over an airfoil. We hiked for two days, up-valley, through open, huge expanses - with nothing barring our advance besides the occasional rock fence to find our way through.
Day 42 - Day 50 After yet another long (9hr) overnight bus, we arrived at 5am to the popular hill station of Manali. We headed to Old Manali for our best chance at cheap backpackers accom but nothing was open - unusual. Bleary eyed and badly wanting a shower we accepted (for once) the first plee from a hotel tout and hit the sack immediately before exploring the town. Old Manali is just one main street that winds it's way up a hill lined with loads ...
... regardless. It was probably a good place for Leah to stop because the rest of the mountain required a lot more bouldering, and climbing some rather large rock faces. It was that or trudge through waist deep snow. We plowed on and were disappointed when the 3:00 alarm sounded. It looked like we still had at least 1.5 hours to the top (if it was actually the top we were seeing). Time was not on our side, we had to make our way back to Leah, and we were cutting it close ...