Whispering Valley Resorts
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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 ...
... 8221; there for breakfast and left again for our destination. And one thing more, Aloo paranthas in north are unrivaled, the taste, the aroma, couldn't get more, I know it’s a redundant fact, but still worth mentioning.
Soon, after we took a mysterious turn from Kullu-Manali national highway (it took almost 15 minutes and lot of arguments between us to figure out that particular turn), we were 40 Kms away from Kasol. On this highway, we ...
... 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 ...
... freezing temperatures we shared in a bonfire, and I discovered each had sought refuge in India at a very young age. One of the men, at the request of his mother, had participated in a 26 day journey at the age of 7 to escape Tibet, leaving all that he knew behind with hopes of a promising future. I was taken aback by how emotionally strong each of them were and realized they have made peace with their reality, and that which they cannot control. ...