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ravinderkumarsi Manali - A travel report by Ravi
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Indian Paradise-01

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Kullu-Manali is located in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh ,and it is one of the most famous and beautiful tourist place specially in summer season.main attraction is the Himalayan beauty with river beas flowing through the valley.

beas river along the manali road
beas river along the manali road
Kullu-Manali is hill station located at more than 6200feet,surrounded by the mighty snowy Himalayas with river Beas flowing with singing sound along the side of Kullu-Manali path ,with lush greenery.Manali is quite and calm and beautiful. I travelled this place in april 2003 by bus from Delhi which took me around 13 hrs to reach the Kullu-Manali.We went via Chandigarh ,Ropar,Bilaspur,Sund-ernagar,Mandi. There is not much interesting for me at Kullu and I liked Manali a lot. I booked a room in a resort which is abt 13 kms before Manali which was a BIG MISTAKE as I always have to hire a taxi to and fro to Manali from resort,and also I was not able to have a night look of manali town.It was very chill in the evening and I didnt have sweater or jacket and I had to purchase from Manali itself.
I went to Marrhi and it was snowy there and lots of people have gathered there to have a real taste of walking on snow.

Favourite spots:
manu temple in old manali
manu temple in old manali
This was a nice journey with steep and zig zag roads ,I didnt find much interesting spots at Kullu which is very croudy and noicey,since I was not aware of the difference between Kullu and Manali before there fore I thought that Kullu will be also full of show and greenery ,but it was not like that.Manali is really a paradise with cool and calm atmosphere surrounded by deodar trees ,lots of apple farms and flowers garden on the way to manali and snowy mountains and ofcourse river Bias flowing right in the heart of Manali.My fav spots were : Kothi(12kms from manali),Van vihar which is a mini forset of deodar trees almost making it impossible for sun rays to come ,lots of monkeys there which I enjoyed,Tibet market is there in heart of Manali with a Tibetan Monastery and many things I purchased from there ,Rohtang pass,Marrhi ,Jagatsukh Temple,Naggar Castle,Hidimba Temple is really a marvelous temple ,it is only one of its kind in world,Beas kund,Manu temple in old Manali.

What's really great:
It was summer season when I went to Manali but it was very chill there , I liked the typical houses of old Manali.Manu temple,Hidimba temple,Tibetan market,Marrhi,Van vihar,and of course the beauty of Manali.People are very soft and co operative here.when I reached my resort it was afternoon ,so I had lunch and then had some rest at span resort which is below the Manali town,in evening I went out of hotel and started walking and was glad to see the old and typical houses of Manali which is made up of wood and stone,and apple farms ,almost each house was surrounded by lush greenery.
I had hot tea and some snaks in a local tea shop and had a nice chat with local people, came to know from them that due to excessive cutting of forest and construction work the weather of manali is deteriorating,any way in evening I could feel the clouds passing by me and it was really a great thing which I cannt forget ever.
At snow point , it was also a new experience for me to play and enjoy

road side view of kullu manai
road side view of kullu manai
Whole route from Mandi to manali is very pictureque,I loved the apple trees and farm land at Manali route.
When I went to my resort I heard the running water sound of the river Beas and could not stop from going near the river .I touched the water and it was freezing and flow was soo fast that I didnt dare to get into it any more and came back to my room .
the peace and tranquility I was looking for ,I could really get at Manali ,evening at Manali is soo cool and calm that I felt that I am in heaven,I forgotten all my sorrow and past for these days when I was at Manali.But I will recomend all people to stay at Manali itself
as nothing much in Kullu to see.Also learn to bargain things there.

span resort
span resort
I stayed at span resort ,it is about 13 kms before Manali,the resort is very beautiful and loacted beside the Beas with half of its portion across the river connected by a small bridge.The charegs were high but nice place to stay.Since it is quite away from Manali I will not prefer to stay there ,rather i will take a hotel in heart of manali where rates are nominal.So better to take hotel at Manali town .
Hotels like ambassador,holiday inn are there ,one can easily get the rooms and no need to book rooms in advance.

I didn't find any club there ,it may be there but I dont have any idea about it.

I dont know abt it ,but almost all hotels and resort have their own pubs and bar


Other recommendations:
In Manali it is better to walk nearby and have a close look of mountain and glacier points ..first time I saw glaciers .

Published on Wednesday August 4th, 2004

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Sat, Dec 31 2005 - 09:28 PM rating by isaacmolina

Very good report!
And thanks for your comments on my Toledo picture.

Mon, Nov 21 2005 - 04:03 PM rating by alemala

i liked your report of Manali. I really would like to go to India some time!

Tue, Aug 23 2005 - 05:59 AM rating by dipaks

Best tourist places of India. I like it much more. I have some friends also in manali, they say me its a great place. Thanks ravi.....

Fri, Aug 12 2005 - 05:05 PM rating by akhila

Very detailed report. We would love to go there sometime.

Fri, Dec 31 2004 - 09:33 AM rating by davidx

You really make me want to see it!

Sun, Oct 24 2004 - 01:05 AM rating by gloriajames

almost thought u meant manila ... until i looked again! jejejejeee... wonderfully written and thanks for sharing this place with us.
hope to see more reports on india from u.. am planning to visit north india and kashmir with my mum probably sometime next year.
speak soon,

Mon, Oct 18 2004 - 01:47 AM rating by picasso

Hi Rav, just finished reading your report about Manali.What a picturesque place
With a beautiful river Beas.The scenery reminds me some parts of California
Greatly written, was very interesting for me to read.

Keep it up Rav.

Best wishes to you.


Tue, Sep 21 2004 - 08:54 AM rating by rangutan

Great report and nicelly written, I must go back to some of my reports and do the same, like you suggested. Thanks. India being half way between our two homes in Munich and Batangas, im sure we will be stopping there (Air India) one day instead of flying over it (Emerates Air)!

Mon, Sep 06 2004 - 11:39 PM rating by fieryfox

Hi Ravi,
I really enjoyed reading your report. Please keep up the Good work! Great pictures too! India has such lovely landscapes!

Kind regards.

Fri, Aug 20 2004 - 02:00 AM rating by esfahani

Why you been leaving one of the most exciting places in the world, varanasi to climb up to manali ???
Have a nice day and try to report once about your homeplace...

Mon, Aug 16 2004 - 08:08 PM rating by meghan

Hello this is a lovely description of a place that sounds very beautiful. Thank you for your report I hope that one day I will be able to travel to Manali and appreciate it's beauty.

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