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Be warned, the following blog is a bit on the negative side...so turn away those who are not interested! However if you keep reading, you will see how even in the worst situation, the good of people can really amaze you! There is hope for mankind after all. So turns out that our exciting plan to get us out of Shimla and into Rajestan was not going to turn out as we expected. Cue the worst day to date of our tour. Of our time in Shimla it seemed ...
... rocky pathway. We slipped and scrambled our way up, each step uncertain as we hoped the rocks would be steady enough. We got to a point, sweaty and out of breath...now seriously doubting ourselves...and thought maybe we should have followed the hostel owners advice. We made the decision to turn back. A little ways down the path we came across some locals. We asked a local woman who worked in the orchards which way it was to Solang Valley. We were in luck, she was heading that way! ...
... the road we passed large tents at the side of the road with music playing and often a preacher delivering his message over a public address system. They try to wave us in as we go past. Some of the guys we've passed have been on motorbikes, two or three on a bike, with orange flags attached to their bikes. We came upon a huge traffic jam which fortunately we were able to cruise past on the bikes. At the head of the jam there were the remains of a ...
... major maintenance without any form of hazard warning. No orange cones, no warning triangles, no man waving a red flag as in South Africa! Also a horse and foal standing in the middle of the fast lane, half a dozen motorcyclists proceeding in the wrong direction, one in the fast lane, a bus going on the wrong direction in the slow lane, most trucks with a top speed of about 45kph keeping firmly in the fast lane. We turn off onto a ...
... back to the land of Mosquitos again. So after a grueling ride in a mini-van, which only broke down once!, we arrived in Manali.
In Manali you know you're shifting from the Buddhist north to Hindu India. Player flags and gompas start giving way to Hindu shrines and temples. But with the Tibetan refugees, the area is still a mix of religion and culture. I planned on doing a trek from Manali, but after several days I was unable to find trekking partners. It was the end ...