Delhi - Manali
In the evening board the Manali bound A/c Volvo Coach. (580 Kms. / 12-13 Hrs.). Overnight on board.
On arrival in Manali check into the hotel. Day is free to relax. Post lunch visit to Hadimba Devi Temple , Club House, Vashist Bath and Tibetan Monastery. Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast visit to Solang Valley (15 Kms.), famous for its picturesque location and adventurous activities, enjoy lots of activities there i.e. River Crossing/ Rock Climbing/ Rappelling / Paragliding/ Mountain Bike/ Zorbing/ Hot Air Ballooning / Pony Riding/ Cable Car etc. (at your own cost). In the evening you can enjoy leisurely walks in pine forest along River Beas and enjoy picnic on riverside (at your own). Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
Early morning depart for full day excursion to Rohtang Pass (51 Km, 3 Hrs one side) (if weather permits). Rohtang Pass, at an altitude of more than 13000 feet, is the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti and Ladakh. Enjoy lots of adventurous activities there i.e. Skiing/ Snow Bike/ Pony Riding etc. (at your own cost). Enroute visit to Nehru Kund, Gulaba, Rahalla falls and Rani Nallah. Dinner & Overnight in the hotel.
Manali - Delhi
After breakfast day is free to stroll on the mall or for shopping. Afternoon board the New Delhi bound A/c Volvo Coach. (580 Kms. / 12-13 Hrs.). Overnight on board.
Manali according to legend, was born when the waters of the Great Deluge receded and the seventh Manu's ark came to rest on a billside in this valley. As the earth dried up there appeared a place of breathtaking beauty which was named after the great sage. Over the last decade Manali bas grown from an outback Himachal town to a busy tourist destination bustling with as many as 400 hotels. Surrounded by towering peaks at arms length, manali's major asset is its proximity to be snowline, never more than a few hours drive from the town, nestling at a comfortable 2,050 meters. It is the centre of a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and the base for numerous treks.
From Delhi to manali is 550 Kms and normally take 12 to 14 hours to cover this journey .A lot of tourists combine the holiday destinations of Shimla and Manali.
Shimla to Manali via Mandi There are three routes to acess Manali form Shimla. One route, all of 267 km which is rugged at times, involves a haul over the 10,000-foot-plus Jalori Pass.
By the other route, drive of 298 km, one has to across the steamy springs of Tattapani. The third rout, via Ghaggas and Sundernagar to Pandho is the one detailed below. All three routes, incidentally, are more or less similar.
Starting from Shimla, one touches Jutogh, 9 km away, Shallaghat at 34 km, Darlaghat 46 km, Chamakari Pul 54 km, Bhararighat 59 km, Namhol 64 km, Bharampukar 73 km, and Ghaggas Pul at 88 km.
From Shimla through Tutu there are a profusion of pine trees all around and all flattend ridge of Jabberhatti Airport, the airstrip in sight on the left side till Shallaghat.
As the road descends the vegetation changes from pine and cedar to chir forest and close-to-tropical greenery. Clumps of jacarandas come into view, followed by the swift-following Sutlej view, and national highway 21 from Ropar and which goes all the way to leh, at Ghaggas.
The road is narrow but blacktopped and level. Traffic is medium. Pay due attention to the blind turns and hairpins. En route, there is no shortage of road side restaurants serving excellent local food. Repair facilities and unleaded petrol and diesel can be obtained at Darlaghat and Beri. There is a Himachal Pradesh Tourism hotel at Darlaghat. From Ghaggas Pul 88 km, the road to Pandoh is through Barman 102 km, slapper 105 km. Sundernagar 121 km, Ner Chowk 130 km, Mandi 146 km, and finally Pandho at 165 km. The route from Pandho to Manali is: Aut 186 km, Bajaura 200 km, Bhuntar 234 km, Patlikuhl 236 km, and Manali 260 km. There is no shortage of attractive halting place en route. As the drive continuous through groves of silver oaks and multicoloured umbrellas indicating restaurants. Whitewater rafts add colour to the river's blue and white touches.
Bridges cross form Aut towared Sainj Valley, 14 km, and/or Jalori pass and from Bhuntar into Parvati Valley to Manikaran, 35 km away Bhuntar airport heaves into view and the crowed bazaar at Kullu is full of tempting shawls and other woolens.
After crossing Kullu the traffic flow is thick and traffic jams outside Manali are becoming a frequent occurrence one route to avoid these is to turn right over the bridge at Patlikuhl and approach the town from the left bank.
The road from Kullu was washed away flash floods in 1996 , but today its in a great condition , there are roadside restaurants at Aut, many of them offering Chinese, South Indian and Continental cuisines on both side of the road. Span resorts ,15 Km short of Manali, is a more expensive choice in terms of the hotel accommodation. Unleaded petrol is available at Aut, Bhuntar , Kullu Manali and repair shops at Kullu Patlikuhl, Manali.
Jagatsukh: 6 km. Originally known as Nast, was Capital of the Kullu for 10 generations. Famous for a shiva temple in Shikhara style and temples of Gayatri Devi and Devi Sharvali.
Vashisht: 3 km. A village on the banks of the Beas, known for hot springs and temple of Vashisht Rishi and Rama.
Kothi: 12 km. A picturesque spot. Rest house overlooks the narrow valley and offers view of mountains.
Rohtang Pass: 51 km. The Rohtang Pass (3,890 m) is the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys and the tribal region (the other being Shimla). With its snows Rohtang is a major tourist attraction. A 2-hour drive from Manali. Rohtang offers sledging, skiing, tobogganing and a chance to frolic in the snow. There are several dhabas offring basic food and drink on the pass. The road upto the pass opens only when the snow has melted (from June to October). There is no accommodation at Rohtang Pass.
On the road to Rohtang Pass is Nehru kund (6 km) which is a spring and is named after the late Jawaharlal Nehru. The Rahalla falls (16 km) are at 2,500 m.
Keylong: 117 km. A small town amidst fields of barley and buckwheat, keylong is headquarters of Lahaul Spiti district, surrounded by brown hills and white heights.
Kardung Monastery: overlooks keylong and is 3.5 km across the Bhaga river while Shashur Monastery is 1 km away.
Trilokinath and Udaypur: Two important Places of pilgrimage in Patten Valley of Lahaul. At trilokinath is a six-armed white marble image of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. Visitors will enjoy crossing the Chandra Bhaga river.
Solang Valley: 13 km. A valley between Manali and Kothi which offers view of glaciers and snowcapped mountains peaks. Good skiing slopes with an excellent lift. There is a Mountaineering Institute hostel here and Sloang is the venue of an annual winter carnival.
Himachal Tourism operates a club House (across Manalsu stream) in Manali with various indoor games and dining facilities for visitors.
Manali Tour Packages offers numerous opportunities for sports and adventure entertainment. Treks ranging from one-day walks to 23 days and with varying difficulty options are available to Zaskar, Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur and Parvati valley jeep safaris are possible over the high-altitude roads across spectacular passes to Leh, Spiti, Nubra. Winter and Summer skiing, rock climbing, camping, angling for troute, house riding safaris, white-water rafting, paragliding, anchored ballon rides etc are arranged by adventure/sports operators in and around the town. Skiing competition is held every year at Solang Valley in fabruary.
ShawIs, Local tweeds, caps, rugs (namdas), footwear, fresh fruit, natural oils (olive and almonds), woolen jackets and bamboo products.
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