Showing posts from July, 2011

Shimla – HP

Reached Shimla HP at about 6:15 pm, it was extremely difficult to find a Budget hotel after spending about 35-40 mins with our luggage we settled for Hotel – Vatika @ INR 350 which is below the market area of Manali, about 15 mins walk. The hotel was undoubtedly the worst budget hotel we stayed in the mattress below the sheets had stains there was graffiti inside the cupboard doors, the wiring for the mains in the rest room was exposed, since it was a question of one night so we decided to tough it out. The next day Sep’28 we explored the area near the Shimla market also called as the Mall, visited the Trishul bakery for some tasty treats, the Rendezvous Bar and the Christ Church near the Ridge, unfortunately it was closed at the time, it is the second oldest church in Northern India. This was the only place during our journey that we spotted a pizza shop; the area is very similar to the Fort area in Mumbai in terms of Architecture and people density.

Manali – HP - Videos

Hotel Vijayant @ INR 300 per day

                                          Hidimba Devi Temple

Manali Sanctuary - Funny News
Local School Kids - Manali
Cannabis Plants - Manali
Stone Tree - Manali
Tibetan Monastery - Manali
Yak Near Rohtang Pass
Sheep Shearing near Rohtang Pass
Bad Roads on the way to Rohtang Pass
Paragliding Rohtang
 Funny Interview "In Search of Ice" Rohtang Pass
                                             Funny Interview "Gupt Zaga" Rohtang Pass

Manali – HP

Reached Manali - HP at 5:30 pm after a few attempts we finally found a budget Hotel – Vijayant @ INR 300 per day, the room had a good view of the market area of Manali, there is SBI ATM near the strip.
Sep’23 we trekked about 2km from the Manali market to Hidimba Devi Temple which is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Hidimbi Devi, sister of Hidimba, who was a character in the Indian epic, Mahabharata, The temple is surrounded by a cedar forest at the foot of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is built over a huge rock jutting out of the ground, which was worshiped as an image of the deity. The structure was built in the year 1553.

About 1.5 km from Hidimba Temple we reached the interiors of the sanctuary, on the way up the hill there are apple plantations and small huts along with cement houses, overall the hike was refreshing since the way to Hidimba Temple was toxic due to traffic and narrow roads.
Sep’24 we trekked about ½ km to the river bank temple which is just behind the Manali bus…