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... of the goddess Jwalamukhi. the temple is believed to have nine permanent flames named after the goddesses- Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi. Besides, there are Gorakh Dibbi, Chaturbhuj temple and many small shrines situated in ...
... green valley where Manali is. The valley reminds me of views I have seen in Switzerland. The consequence of the mass exodus is a road that is horribly jammed with traffic, and our 10-hour drive turns into a 14-hour drive. It has all been thrilling, but exhausting. We grab a quick dinner at the hotel and retire to our rooms to enjoy the wireless internet, which we've been missing for about a week ...
... 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) ...
... it and look out across the valley and despite signs saying no entry, I couldn't resist (sorry mum)! John got charmed on the streets by cobra snakes. The guys were super chill and even while the cobras were attacking them they just laughed saying 'it is safe', then afterwards wanted more money because their job 'it is very dangerous'. I didn't get near them. Then most nights we would sit for a drink/dinner and watch the 'Bollywood' Yaks come ...
... of the smooth sandy hills around us. Hasid insisted I take numerous photos of the beauty and so I did. None of which sufficed.
Dark skin, slanted eyed, nothing like the Indians I have seen until now. We passed through tiny villages, little gardens and several herds of either cows, sheep ...