Finding an implant dentist!
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Leaving Keylong, we boarded a bus very early in the morning, and low and behold, the window to the left of us, just infront of where we were sitting, was missing! The boys sat next to it were suffering from bad karma after skipping the queue for the previous nights bus ticket, despite protests from the ticket queue! I asked the conductor where the window was, he said it wasn't a problem. Yes, it was a problem, but he couldn't give two hoots! It was 4am and freezing!
So the ride to Manali was cold and after only three hours we were just 40 miles away from our destination, but the next 40 miles took another four hours. Strangely, we were at the wrong end of a popular tourist destination. For as far as the eye could see from our vantage point at the top of a mountain, we could see a line of white cars zig zagging their way down the hill towards Manali. We were passing a popular snow tourist attraction, for those Indian tourists who have never seen snow before. One can zorb, sledge and ski. The only problem getting down was that the track was only the width of one car, and we were a wide bus trying to make our way down. After stopping and starting, we slowly made our way south and after lunchtime we were in Manali.
A short tuk tuk ride took us to Vashisht. One could stay in Old Manali or Dungri, but we chose Vashisht. The road leading the way from south of the small town to the very top was closed for reconstruction, so we carried our heavy bags to the top and found a very cheap and cheerful guesthouse to base ourselves in.
Manali is famous and popular for it's adventure sports, it also, luckily for me, houses one of only two implant dental surgeons in the whole of the north of India. I soon made an appointment, and the next day, after taking strong anti biotics, having my gum cauterized, the abutment to my implant tightened and my crown stuck back in place, I was fixed! The anti biotics were so strong that one afternoon I fainted in the bathroom, but survived unharmed!
Over the course of a few days, we ate at some delicious restaurants, I walked to Old Manali to explore and visited the Dungri temple.
Manali was extremely busy most of the time, and it was a good place for us to rewind after the terrifying experience travelling fro Leh and was a good stop off place on our way to Rishikesh.
Our next destination was to be Shimla, although this again would take a whole day of travelling. We were slowly getting tired of the long journeys, mainly due to the steep inclines or declines we were having to incorporate into the adventure.
Next stop, Shimla.
Thanks again to Sonja for sharing some of her pictures.