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I got up at 5 in the morning and I wasn’t happy. I did not want to leave that beautiful place. Our flight to delhi was at 6:30AM and capt. Upul had arranged for a jeep to drop us. We got ready in time and met our jeep driver Ranjith Mehra, bid adieu to all army men, Tarun(our sahayak) and capt Upul and left the place with a heavy heart.

Leh Airport

Leh Airport

The Leh airport(Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ) is a small and pretty airport. It’s one of the highest airport in the world at 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above mean sea level. It works only from morning 6AM to 9AM everyday for 5-6 months in a year. Only 3 planes take off from this airport. One each from the Kingfisher, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. We reached as early as possible and asked for window seats. We could finally bag 3 window seats and boarded kingfisher’s small 120 seater plane.

Bird's eye view of sakti village

Bird's eye view of sakti village


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Hide and seek with clouds

Hide and seek with clouds


If you are flying back I advice you to request for a window seat. It offers a breath taking view of the mighty Himalayas with all its flamboyance. Numerous glaciers, snow capped mountains appear as minnows playing hide and seek with the ocean of clouds. We landed at IndiraGhandi International Airport at around 8:30AM. I felt the heat wave hit me soon I came out of the plane. We had our Paaji Balbir Singh’s taxi booked before and he was waiting for us at the airport. We drove straight to SBI holiday home where we had a cottage reserved for us. We got freshened up and went to a friend’s place for lunch. We realized the low altitude effect when the tasty lunch was kept in front of us. The amount of food we ate in one lunch was equal to the total food we had during our stay in Kashmir!
Akshardham

Akshardham

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple


Musical fountain

Musical fountain


Akshardham_fountain (cout. Wiki)

Akshardham_fountain (cout. Wiki)


We had Akshardham in our must visit list. So we decided to spend the evening at this place. It is no doubtedly one of the most beautiful man made structure. It has taken 5 years and numerous man hours of work to construct this marvel. No cameras, phones and metallic objects(not even waist belt) are allowed inside the premises. Even the Taj could not create a kind of mesmerizing effect this temple imposed on me. We took the complete show ticket and went to the main temple. This temple(beemed world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple) is built in memory of Bhagvan Swaminarayan. After visiting the main temple, we attended the robotics show, Imax theatre show and a boat ride named Sanskruti Vihar that explains India’s rich cultural heritage and technological achievements. There is a huge pure vegetarian food stall which caters variety of food items. The main temple closes at 6PM and Musical fountain show starts at 6:30PM. DO NOT MISS IT!. The famous Mysore KRS musical fountain doesn’t even come close to its beauty, variety, color and grandeur. The show is based on spiritual theme and carries it of very well. After the show, we went back to guest house.

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Nubra guest house

Nubra guest house


There was absolute silence. My peaceful sleep was disturbed by my cell phone alarm. It was 3AM. Yes, I was sleeping in our guesthouse at an army camp in Leh. It was my responsibility to wake up everyone else so that we can be ready by 4AM. After quick ablutions we were ready by 4:15 as we heard LangChung honking his scorpio. We hit the highway in no time with the army clearance arranged at all check posts.
Road to Pangong tso

Road to Pangong tso


Why did we leave so early? There was a reason. We had decided to visit Pangong Tso – One of the most beautiful lakes on earth. As elders say, the most beautiful of the things are not easily accessible. The road to the lake crosses a few streams and it has to be crossed very early in the morning and come back before 10 AM. The water levels increase due to melting of snow in the day time making it impossible to cross it. If we are stuck on the other side, we’ll have to spend rest of the day and night by the lakeside.

Langchung making the road!

Langchung making the road!


This is what happens if you dont have an SUV

This is what happens if you dont have an SUV


We were happy to be there on time but on seeing the stone clad river bed we felt it would take a hummer to cross it. But all it took was none other than the confident LangChung and his impressive scorpio to do it. He asked us to get down and cross the river bed on foot and arranged the small rocks and stones so that the vehicle could pass. He then drove the vehicle in what could be –the best scorpio Ad- style. We caught a glimpse of the lake from a kilometer but the view on reaching the lake bed really pleased us.
Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso


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Pangong tso


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Cout. Wiki

Cout. Wiki


Pangang Tso Panorama cout.Wiki

Pangang Tso Panorama cout.Wiki


It was a never seen before beauty of the lake with the entire spectrum of light sketched on its surface by the just born sun. The reflection of those huge mountains in the lake and fresh oxygen annihilated all our tiredness and sleep. Only 1/4th of the lake belongs to India and 3/4th of it belongs to China. On the lakeside there is a small check post and a shop – The last shop of India where you can purchase clothing and a few antique pieces. We roamed around the place until Langchung threatened us that we’ll have to spend rest of the day and night here if we do not leave immediately.
Chang La

Chang La


The Himalayan Marmot

The Himalayan Marmot


On our way back, after crossing the river bed, we stopped at many places and I caught a Himalayan Marmot in my camera. We stopped at Chang La where the visitors will be greeted with tea by the Army people. One of my friends threw up again! Believe me if not acclimatized properly, AMS can hit you anytime. We reached Leh at around noon and bid goodbye to Lang Chung Tsering promising him our return to the place again.

After a good lunch and sleep, I went around the city of Leh the same evening with one of my friends. Roamed around it’s famous bazaars, antique showrooms, cloth street, vegetable market. The people are extremely friendly and soft spoken. Be cautious when you are trying to buy antique show pieces or the famous kashmiri tea makers. It is advised to go with a trustable localitie for any kind of shopping. One can avail the extremely cheap shared cab facility to reach any place within Leh. We took a drop in one of those till the airport and walked back to our guest house. We packed our bags and talked to Capt. Upul and thanked him for all his hospitality before retiring to bed.

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Good morning Diskit!, I said as I woke up and opened the door of my 2nd floor room at hotel ‘Guest house’. I then realized that the place I was staying was like a Buddhist monastery located beside the river and Diskit’s famous desert. Jumping jack (as referred in my previous post) was waiting below looking up right towards me! I asked him “Garam paani milega? “ for which he replied “das minute saab mil jaayega” and hopped inside the kitchen. We were more than happy to have got warm water for bath. We had tea, settled our bill and left the place.

Hunder

Hunder


Bactrian camels(Double humped camels)

Bactrian camels(Double humped camels)


Camel trek

Camel trek


Hunder – according to me is the only place on earth where you can find desert, river, snow, storms, rain, small streams, cultivated land, village, mountains, forest, natural gardens and the world famous endangered species – Bactrian camel(Double humped camel) all at one place. This is no less than heaven. We stopped at a place and roamed around in the desert taking photos waiting for the camels to come around with their guardians. The camels came at around 9:30 AM. We took a long ride on them.
Diskit Gompa

Diskit Gompa


Prayer hall -Diskit gompa

Prayer hall -Diskit gompa


New Diskit gompa

New Diskit gompa


We then returned to Diskit to visit the famous Diskit gompa – One of the few Tibetan state of the arts martial arts’ school. We also met a kannada speaking monk who showed us around and explained us how much it costs them to run this school and shortage of funds. We contributed an ant’s bit for a cause and bid bye bye.
Gateway of Nubra

Gateway of Nubra


Jai ho!

Jai ho!


We traced back our route – North Pullu, Kardung La, South Pullu, Leh. We again stopped at Kardung La, took a few photos with the army men and roamed around for a while. We reached Leh army camp at around 6PM and rest of the evening was spent watching tom and jerry at our guest house.

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Gateway to Nubra

Gateway to Nubra

Nubra Valley is about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, India. This is where Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. We were exited to go to that place. We left Army camp at Leh by 7AM and proceeded towards Nubra valley. We met the first check post at South Pullu. There were two check posts – One from the District police and the other from the Indian Army. The police did not allow us to pass the check post even after telling it is an army vehicle. They needed written permission from the army as per the direct orders from SP. We called up captain Upul and instructions walked up to the army check post where he called on the secure line and authenticated our permission. It was nice to be inside the army bunker sitting beside a heater and watching the working of capacitor charged phone like secure equipment.

Kardung La

Kardung La


Kardung La top

Kardung La top


After passing the check post and an hour’s drive, we reached Kardung La – The highest motorable road on the planet. Just before this place we pass through a gateway like rock called Gateway to Nubra. It was freezing cold there and clouds passing over even threw a few hailstones at us. There were a few Bike enthusiasts who were congratulating themselves upon their successful voyage to the so called ‘Biker’s Mecca’. This place is secured by the army and there is a communication tower too. No one can leave this place without his/her photo in front of the stone slab that declares its altitude – 18340 ft!
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The descent to great valley of Nubra starts soon after passing the kardung la. The Nubra Valley had blown the beauty of my previous sights right out of the water. All the adjectives in the dictionary cannot do justice, and my attempts to capture the tiniest bit of its essence on camera have so far proved futile. I can only suggest you come and see for yourself. We passed through small streams flowing across the road. All along the road there were cheesy saftey slogans like “If married, divorce speed”, “If you sleep, your family will weep”, “Be gentle on my curves”, “Feel the curves but don’t hug them”, “Check your nerve on my curve”, “Mountains are pleasure if you drive with leisure”,”It’s not a rally, enjoy the valley” and my favourite, “Love thy neighbour but not while driving”! 🙂 .
North Pullu

North Pullu


We passed through another check post at North Pullu – Infact they were waiting for an army vehicle with us to pass the point. The garden like Kardung village is 45 minute drive from North Pullu. We stopped at a small hotel – the only hotel – for some tea and snacks. Two of my friends fell sick and threw up because of altitude.
Left to Diskit, Right to Panamik

Left to Diskit, Right to Panamik


road to Paradise (Siachen)

road to Paradise (Siachen)


Spot the car - Siachan river bed

Spot the car - Siachan river bed

After an hour’s drive we reached the Nubra desert. It is a desert located in the middle of mammoth mountains. The road forks here. One road leads to Diskit and hunder and another straight road bisects the white desert and continues towards Panamik. We took the panamik road and stopped in the middle of the desert to enjoy the view around and take a few snaps. The road to panamik passes through wonderful gardens of Sumer village. Panamik is located just 40kms from Siachen base camp and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is not that good a tourist place since the springs were no good compared to the ones at Manikaran. On our way back we stopped at a place 8km from Sumer and began our trek. We crossed the Siachan riverbed – we had great time and fun crossing that river – and saw a hill standing in between us and our destiny – the green lake. After trekking filled with numerous breaks we reached the lake, of course took some photos, rested for a while and returned via the same route back to our car.
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Green Lake

Green Lake


We crossed Sumer at out 4 PM and got stuck at a traffic jam 8KM ahead. Traffic jam?! At 17000ft above sea level?! Hold on. There was this army truck which had met with an accident and had blocked the only possible route connecting Panamik to the civilized world. We had to wait for more than 2 hours until army rescue truck came and cleared the road. There are a few good – made for tourists – hotels at Sumer where we could have stayed. It is a strict no no to travel in Nubra after 6:30PM (Due to various reasons – winds, snowfall, landslides, extreme temperatures). Since there were many vehicles waiting waiting with us all the while, we decided to head towards Diskit. This was a rare experience and one of the most wonderful rides of my life. Our “Schumacher of Ladakh” Langchung knew this route at the back of his mind and was driving at 60kmph along perfectly blind curves masked completely by darkness and dusty wind. The road edged hill on one side and a welcome freefall awaiting on the otherside. His drive seemed as if the road is being formed exactly in the direction where he commands our scorpio as we could not see anything 2 meters ahead of us. We reached Diskit by 8PM and LangChung drove us to a pretty good lodge named ‘GuestHouse’ where we had dinner( soup, tea, noodles and bread) and retired for the day. (Before I forget – there was this guy named Jack whom we named jumping jack was jumping all around us like a Allauddin’s Geni waiting for our requests. He was very funny.)

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Leh City

Leh City


Leh - No less than a garden

Leh - No less than a garden


A small green sophesticated house right in the middle of a beautiful valley formed by sun lit golden brown Himalayas. I was sleeping in a cozy bed covered in my mammoth rug. Someone calls “Saab utho chaai lo”. Hmmm was I dreaming? NOP, it was for real! we were woken up by Tarun who had brought a flask of chai. I woke up and went outside to with a hot cup of tea. It feels good to enjoy your tea gazing at the scenary you had just dreamt of. Tarun even brought a few buckets of warm water to bath (In army there is no concept of hot water bathing even at freezing cold) and bread-jam for breakfast. We met capt. Pranav Upul, who was in charge 422 army regiment and had made all the arrangements for our stay. He was an extremely polite and friendly macho man in his early thirties and was guarded by two army men. We had decided to do some local sight seeing for the day and left the camp in a scorpio with our guide cum driver Lang Chung Tsering.
Magnetic hill

Magnetic hill


We left the army camp and after travelling for half an hour clicking photos and discussing the monstors’ beauty, Lang Chung stopped the car right in the middle of the road and pointed us to the board planted next to the highway. The board read “THE MAGNETIC HILL” . The driver explained the nature’s setup. The road is straight but slightly goes uphill. There is a huge mountain facing the road some kilometers away. On parking the vehicle in neutral gear at a marked spot on the road, the mountain pulls the car towards it! Ripley’s believe it or not! It is a huge magnet. We saw the car moving uphill on its own and couldn’t believe our eyes!
Indus Zhanskar confluence

Indus Zhanskar confluence


Gurudwara Pathar sahib

Gurudwara Pathar sahib


stone thrown by demon

stone thrown by demon


Our next stop was at the Indus – Zhanskar confluence. The color palette formed at the confluence due to the difference in color of both the rivers along with native soil is spectacular to view. The next stop was at Pathar Sahib Gurudwara which is situated 25km from Leh on Leh-Kargil highway 12000ft above sea level. It was built in 1517 to commemorate the visit of GuruNanak Dev. It is a pretty religious place where we had free coffee. There is a sacred stone inside this gurudwara which is believed to be the rock thrown by daemon towards the guru. From there we came to the Spituk gompa .

Location: Approximately 8 km from Leh
Belongs To: First to Kadampa School and later to Tsongkhapa Order
Founded By: Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od
Founded In: 11th Century
Attractions: Gustor Festival

Spitik Gompa

Spitik Gompa


Spitik means Exemplary. Inside the monastery, the main statue is that of lord Buddha. It also contains a collection of ancient masks, antique arms, and sacred idols. Once can see bird’s eye view of the Leh airport from this place. (Note: Photography of airport from this place is prohibited! Do not even try.)
Shanti stupa

Shanti stupa

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We were in no mood to eat anything at lunch time and hence decided to visit the famous Shanti Stupa. The Shanti Stupa is located on a ridge at about 2 km from Leh in a village called Changspa. This monument of world peace was constructed by a Japanese organisation. This offers spectacular views of the town, sunrise and sunset. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. We were luky to catch the glimpse of mountains playing hide and seek with dark clouds pouring on them.
Leh Palace

Leh Palace


Lang Chung drove us to Leh Palace located on a small hill at the heart of Leh. The ancient palace, a ruin, is completely made of sand with numerous small windows and doors. One can feel as if he is exploring a huge cave with numerous hidden routes.

We came back to the army guesthouse and spent the rest of the evening watching Wimbledon finals between Federer and Nadal, Formula One Raceday and Asia Cup.

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The much anticipated journey of our trip – Manali to leh drive – started with the entry of Bittu bai. Annavru’s relative and since he was very small built we named him sannavru !. We started our journey by 5AM with a bad coffee treat from annavru. We bid goodbye to him and promised to meet him the next time we visit Manali. He asked us to call him and inform soon we reach our destiny.

Manali-Leh

Manali-Leh


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The way from manali to leh is one of the most fascinating routes and travelers’ paradise. This route is called Biker’s mecca. Every adventure biker’s biggest dream. The journey is divided into 3 parts. Manali – Rothaang pass, Rothang pass- sarchu, sarchu – leh. Only the first part is accessible through out the year. If there is heavy snowfall it is not possible to go up till rothang. The later two parts are accessible only between mid july-mid September when the snow melts. The route till rothang pass is full of snow and cloud clad mountains, water falls and streams. The road is very narrow with a thousand feet drop on one side and steep hill on another side. We found many streams crossing the roads. We stopped at a place called “Maddi” for breakfast. It is a small village with a few dhabas located at almost a no man’s land on top of a mountain. The density of air had already reduced and one of my friends fell sick and developed severe headache.

Maddi

Maddi

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Rothang top

Rothang top

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Dare not refill here!

Dare not refill here!

We then reached Rothang pass. It is located at about 16000 ft above sea level and one of the most beautiful places of himachal Pradesh. “Rothang” means “pile of dead bodies” and “pass” means “valley”. In the past this was the only route that connected a part of china to India and its terrible weather used to kill many travelers and hence the name “Valley of the dead”. This place is covered with snow most of the year and is accessible for only 3 months an year. This is one of the most photogenic places of Himachal. After a brief photo session we continued via Keylong and stopped at a place called “Darcha”(28 km from keylong) for lunch. The menu had noodles and bread-jam. Do REMEMBER to refuel your vehicle here. There are no fuel stations for the next 380 kms!

 

 

Keylong to Sarchu route:

Sarchu

 

Killing Sarai

20km

Baralachala

13km

Surajtal

3km

Zingzingbar

19km

Patsio

6km

Darcha

19km

Jispa

5km

Stingri

18km

Keylong

7km

 

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Sissu falls

Sissu falls

Darcha-Sarchu (84 km):
After Darcha, we were greeted by a small yet posh village called “Sissu”. The entire village of sissu was buried due to a land slide during 1960s which killed everyone except a few who has rebuilt this village to its past glory. The view from this village is very pleasing as it is entirely surrounded by mammoth mountains, a huge waterfall, a lake and garden like fields.
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Suraj taal

Suraj taal

Then comes a small lake called Suraj Tal – The birth place of the river Bhaga. The water in the lake is very pure and the reflection of blue skies and snow clad mountains is mesmerizing. A couple of kilometers ahead is the famous Bara-lacha-la (also known as Bara-lacha Pass, el. 4890 m./16,040 ft.) – one of the highest motorable passes in the world. We took a few photos of this place and headed to a small village of 20 people called Bharathpur where we had evening tea. Finally we came to Sarchu at around 6PM. Once can find many tents put up for visitors on one side of the highway. We got down at the very first one, negotiated the price(800 per tent) and dumped our bags inside. The evening walk at Sarchu was made memorable by panoramic view of a vast plain land walled by mammoth mountains painted with million colors by the setting Sun. A few fell prey to AMS and hence slept in the tents while rest of us walked till the trench where we could see the river Indus. Mercury drops below zero once night sets in and we were forced to stay inside the tent. It even rained chickens and piglets during night  Even though one won’t feel very cold inside; acclimatization is difficult due to low oxygen levels.
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Baralacha La

Baralacha La

Sarchu – Pang: (Next day )
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Jammu and Kashmir border is just 2KM from Sarchu. The drive from here is exiting as well as horrible (because of bad road). We pass through Nakula(15500 ft) and Lachungla(16500 ft) passes. One get to see a few army camps on the way. This route goes alongside river Indus till Pang. We stopped at Pang for lunch. Pang is again a small village with a few(5-6) tents. Every tent is hotel which serves tea, noodles, bread, chips and a few other things. The grocery for this village is supplied by the army vehicles which pass by.

Pang-Tanglang la – Leh:
Half an hour after we left Pang, we were almost asleep and suddenly our bittu bhai accelerated the vehicle like an F1 car. We woke up by this sudden change of pace and to our astonishment there lay a long stretch of straight muddy road that bisected a huge plain land that seemed like the biggest playground on Earth. We stopped the car in the middle of the stretch and got down to take photos. The deserted snow capped mountains looked like jam packed audience cheering us with their silence.

F1 track at 17000ft

F1 track at 17000ft


Tanglang La

Tanglang La


Pepped up by the view, we raced ahead to the other end of the track leaving behind a long trail of dusty cloud. We passed through the Tanglang La pass, the second highest motorable road in the world(approx.17800 ft). After a car wash at a small village Upshi we slept throughout the drive and woke up only when we were on the outskirts of Leh. We drove to “Leh 422-Army camp” where Our stay arrangements had been made by the Army at one of their guest house. The guest house was named “Nubra” and had a beautiful view of Leh and airport. We were greeted by subeidar Ranbir Singh who arranged for our medical check up. Evening tea and dinner was taken care of by our appointed sahayak Tarun. We spend rest of the time watching TV or roaming around within the Army camp.

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View from our cottage

View from our cottage


As usual I got up earlier than others and as I opened the window screens the view of the snow capped mountains gave me a pleasant surprise. We had not noticed any snow covered mountain the previous day as it was late in the evening by the time we reached Manali. Below, in the garden of the holiday home there were numerous apple trees with lovely apples. Amazed with the view I woke up all my friends in no time.
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It was 9’0 clock before we got ready and Annavru was in time to pick us up. We went to the same hotel Natraj for breakfast and had decent grilled sandwiches before leaving to the river rafting camp. We reached the rafting camp by 10:30( it is on the banks of river Beas,35 kms from Manali on way to kullu). There were two kinds of rafting rides – short and long( 300 and 500 per head respectively). We decided to take the short ride. We then realized that we have left all the money in the car which was parked quite far. Annavru was back in action drawing out numerous 1000 rupee notes and offered us 2 of them to pay for our ride!! We accepted the generous offer and decided to pay him later. We got in to the safety jackets and gave our cameras to Annavru to take some pics. It was a 3km ride in the violent Beas and we had a real good fun. By the time we reached our destination rocketing in the river we were surprised to see annavru waiting at the other bank with the camera! We dried ourselves at the banks and got in to the car.
Rafting at Beas

Rafting at Beas


We then stopped at a hotel River View for lunch. We ordered a few things and while waiting we learned that Annavru was inside the kitchen taking personal care for the food being prepared! Amazing guy.. We then went to the famous Namdhari’s for shopping. Known by its brand, it is one of the most famous shopping destinations at kullu-manali.

After shopping for more than an hour( well yes we did buy so many clothing – for ourselves and family back at home) when we were about to leave in our car a disaster struck. When our car was taking a reverse turn it was hit sideways by a lorry. The impact was so strong that the entire door and sides of the car were ripped off. We were still in a shock when the lorry went on to hit another lorry right in front of it and all 3 vehicles came to a stop. Annavru was hurt and lost to see his dear car in such a state. The traffic came to a halt on both sides and police were summoned. There was a fierce fight between the two lorry drivers but annavru interestingly maintained his calm. Police came and summoned the lorry owners and annavru’s boss and everyone decided to discuss and settle the matter. By that time the traffic was jammed for miles on both sides and police had tough time clearing it. Finally after being slapped(the best live slap I’ve ever seen J ) by annavru’s boss the offending lorry driver agreed his mistake and confessed that his lorry had no breaks. His owner agreed to pay some ransom. By then Annavru went and arranged for some cold drinks for us! His boss apologized to us for the trouble and gave a false invite to his house for a lunch the next day. We finally left the place by 7:30 stopped at Hotel Natraj on the way for dinner and reached the holiday home by 9PM. Annavru promised to come back the next morning with another car and take us around.

The next morning we got up very late as annavru had told he’ll be coming a little late. We noticed that the previous day’s incident were in all the news papers with our mention as the tourists from Bangalore! Annavru came in his friend’s Tata Sumo at 10:30 and we went to hotel Natraj(Again :-() for a brunch( breakfast cum lunch). We then went to the famous Hadimba temple. The temple looks like an antic artifact placed at the centre of a beautiful park. The temple’s door is very small and the interior is like a gufa(cave).Here we got to see the locals in their traditional costume. The place looked as if there was a multi cultural/lingual/national gathering as we could see people from various places of India/world. Very nearby there is a huge Gatotkach tree to which people pray. At this place one can find numerous local people trying to sell herbal medicines to improve fertility and also kesar.. I don’t think it’s a wise idea to fall prey to them.

Hadimba Temple

Hadimba Temple


From the Hadimba temple we went to a place called vasist which is famous for its hot springs. There is a temple at this place which multiple pools which are filled by the hot springs. Even the wash taps provided there supply hot water from these springs.

From vasist we went to a place called Buddha Gufa which is located at the centre of the town. It is a small yet beautiful monestry. Here Annavru treated us with a manali special tasty dish called MOMO( veg momo).

The next place to visit is the Central park. It is a small part located at the centre of the town and in winter season it is very famous for its snow capped trees and views. There is even a small pool with a few peddling boats. The park edges with the banks of the river Beas and its an ideal place for newly wed 😉

We then had dinner at a hotel called Aashiana. Pretty decent one with weird food combos. Their menu had “plane dosa”, “chile bear”, “chinnes”, “edli” etc..! Spelling mistakes are very common. (I don’t know if their dictionary itself is different). Manali is very famous for its apple juice. There are a few factories on the way from simla to manali where we can drop by and have apple juice. We did buy a few bottles of concentrated apple juice mix at a shop to take back home. We came back to Holiday home and packed all our stuff, had bath as we had to leav very early the next day.

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