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Old 18th June 2010, 17:07   #1
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Default 1715 Kms on Manza QJD-Delhi-Manali-Rohtang-Jalandhar-Delhi! A family holiday!

Hi Friends

This is my very first travelogue ever. Please bear with my plain writing.
Sharing a recent family holiday in Manali-Rohtang.

Starting from: Dwarka, New Delhi
Going towards: Manali-Rohtang
Occupants: 5 (My wife, mom, nephew neice and me of course)

After so many iffs and buts and planning and re-planning, we finally left Delhi for Manali-Rohtang on Friday 11th
June.

Following was the plan for Day 1.

Leave Delhi by around 3.30 am
Halt at Karnal for breakfast
Reach Ropar by around 9.00 am via Banur-Kharar route and pick up my nephew and niece from Ropar bus stand (they were coming from Jalandhar)
Head towards Kiratpur Sahib and leave towards Swarghat by 11am max.
Lunch at Bilaspur by 1.30 pm

Reach Mandi by 4pm
Reach Bhuntar by 6pm
Reach Manali by 7.30pm

Now here goes the actuals:

Left Delhi in the wee hours by 3.30am

Beast ready to take on the road.
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Beast's rear full of luggage.
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Sunshine at Karnal.
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Yours Truly
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Roadside fields on way to Banur
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Banur Road
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Just after crossing Banur towards Kharar, road was completely closed due to construction.
Tried to take a detour towards Kharar through villages and founded ourselves behind this (reminded me of a program on Jalandhar doordarshan "Mera Pind Mera Khet")
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Anyways, now had to take route of Zirakhpur and Chandigarh to reach Ropar.
Some chandigarh road shots.
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My nephew and neice reached Ropar bus stand by 9.30am and I reached there by 10am.
Closed Banur-Khara road cost us a good 1 hour.

Immediately left Ropar towards Kiratpur Sahib Gurudwara. Reached Gurdwar around 11am. Some pics of gurudwara below.
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Old 18th June 2010, 17:54   #2
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Reached Bilaspur around 1.50pm and had lunch at HPTDC River view restaurant.
Some pics of the view from the restaurant.
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Some shots near Pandoh Dam
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Thereafter reached mandi at 4.35pm and took a brief tea-break.
Reached Bhuntar by 6.40pm, some shots of bridge and road at Bhuntar going towards Kullu and Manali.
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Touched Manali green tax barrier at 8.05pm and went straight towards hotel.

Coming soon Day 2!
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Very nice pictures. How did the car treat you?

Your pics refreshed some old memories. I am actually from Patiala but in Delhi for last 10 years. When in college in Patiala, we travelled to many of these places (on scooters/ bikes then).

Cheers!
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Nice pictures. Please post more, waiting for Day 2
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Very nice pictures. How did the car treat you?

Your pics refreshed some old memories. I am actually from Patiala but in Delhi for last 10 years. When in college in Patiala, we travelled to many of these places (on scooters/ bikes then).

Cheers!
The Car handled pretty well on hills.

However, had to adjust my gear shift timings a bit.
Majority of the time I was between 2nd and 3rd gear. Average speed on hills I would say was around 40km/h. The turbo at second gear really helps to climb up the road

While on my way to Rohtang, there was a hairpin bend. Just after the bend, the road or should I say the pile of mud slush was there. Almost every car passing through that slush was getting stuck, people were getting out of car and driver was pushing real hard on 1st gear to get out of slush but very few could get through on their own, passerbys had to help by pushing the cars.

My Manza did get stuck in that slush, but all 5 of us remained in the car. I shifted to first gear, kept the clutch pressed and revved. As soon as rev was near 3000 mark, I let the clutch go a bit and there we were crossing the mud slush like a cake walk .

I just loved the grunt coming out of the engine at that time.

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Your pics refreshed some old memories. I am actually from Patiala but in Delhi for last 10 years. When in college in Patiala, we travelled to many of these places (on scooters/ bikes then).

Cheers!
I am actually from Jalandhar, in Delhi for past 8 months, was in Mumbai earlier for 2.5 years

Its a dream for me to visit these places on a bike!
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Nice pictures. Please post more, waiting for Day 2
Sorry about the delay. Here it comes
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Default Day 2- In Manali

After a long journey on Day 1, no one from the family got up before 11am on Day2

After leaving the hotel, we decided to check out Manali town and Hadimba temple (I visited manali during my school days, so had a fair bit of idea about manali). One thing which struck me as soon as we touched Mall road that finding a parking space is gonna be a big task, mall road was jam packed and surrounding area was full of vehicles. Finally was able to spot a paid parking near Hadimba temple. So went on to visit hadimba temple first.

Some shots of hadimba temple
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The entire Gang!
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After visiting Hadimba, we decided to check out the mall road.
Some shots of the manali mall road.
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Had a nice continental lunch at Chopsticks restaurant on mall road. Nice interiors, good food

We then went on to the Van Vihar near mall road and decided to go uptill Beas river bank. Did some fun activities near river bank.

Here I am trying my hand at archery
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Going for river crossing. Confirmed twice from the instructor there whether its safe for someone with my weight
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After all this activity, went back to hotel and enjoy a nice room service dinner.

Coming soon Day 3!
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Nice travelogue good pictures hope the road conditions were good from Chandigarh to Manali
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Amit - I spotted your car on NH1 on 9th afternoon. Nice ride you have mate. Please check the post below:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post2538261 (Team-BHP Stickers are here! Post sightings & pics of them on your car)
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Nice travelog, good to see a fellow Manza posting a trip log
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