Manali - My Favourite Things
Drive to Manali -
Travelling to Manali has to be among my favourite things in the world and I have been up there both by Air and Road. While Buntar airport seems to be shut nowadays and the convenience of flying to Manali has been denied the road has improved dramatically over the last two decades. The drive to Manali was an epic journey and now it’s a breeze. An experienced driver in a good vehicle (such a seasoned Sardarjee in an Innova) can do the drive to Manali in 11 hours including two short breaks. I have driven this road comfortably in my Santro (with family) in 15 hours with a break for the wife to buy shawls in Bhutico. I remember it used to take two hours plus just to drive from Kullu to Manali, now it’s an hour in the local bus which stops everywhere.
Food in Manali –
Chandra passMany things move a destination from being a good place to visit to a great place to go to time and time again. I never tire of Manali because of the culinary delight it is. Great Food in Manali is a given and trying to list down a few here will be going a grave injustice to so many others but what the H#LL! The reader needs to be aware that this list is order agnostic and random and it comes with a statutory warning “NON VEG”.
Adventure in Manali –
Chandra passThere are many reasons of go to Manali and as mentioned earlier just the drive to get here is an adventure. Manali is in fact the adventure sports capital of Himanchal. Located about 3 km up on the left bank of river Beas in the direction of Kullu, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, organises basic & advance training courses in trekking, mountaineering, skiing and water sports. Top quality skiing and trekking gear can be hired here by booking in advance. This institute produces quality young men and women who then go on to become guides who operate the various adventure activities in the Manali region.
By Rajesh Baruah
Best SeasonSep - June
LANGUAGESPahari, Hindi, English