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Old 27th January 2011, 22:26   #16
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Nice snaps Guru! Brings back memories but i have seen the same streets without the snow cover.
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Old 31st January 2011, 12:39   #17
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The journey to Manikaran was tiresome mostly because we were cramped at the back seat of Qualis for more than 3 hours on the bumpy roads.
But all the fatigue were long forgotten when we saw the beautiful Manikaran Gurudwara and it's Sulpherous hot water spring.

The place looked so pristine and beautiful.

There were many people bathing in the hot water spring. Itís said that the hot water spring has medicinal values.We did not venture out for a bath but we did wash our hands and faces in the hot water spring.

Another thing commendable is the food at the langar. It was basic but so satisfying! Also, they served food all day long.

We offered our help of what little amount we could for this noble cause.
The return journey was not so enjoyable as we were tired and wanted to reach the hotel as soon as possible.

Tomorrow, we were going to Solang valley. We were excited and nervous at the same time


Beautiful hot water pond at Manikaran :

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My attempt at macro shot :

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Pathway to the Gurudwara :

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Hot water river (not sure what name ) besides the Gurudwara :

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If you look closely at the snap, you can see the brown sulpher deposit

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Steam rising from the hot water spring

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Dome of Gurudwara :

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Bridge across the river :

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Surrounded by snow clad mountains :

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A Lotus structure bang in the middle of the pond :

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Close shot of the dome :

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Old 3rd February 2011, 15:34   #18
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Day - 4: Solang Valley

There was lot of snow in Manali and we had seen a whole Mini HP bus slide and lose traction on the slippery Manali roads.
We enquired at the taxi union and they said 600/- for an ALTO and 1500/- for a gypsy.
Since we were skeptical about the road condition, we opted for the Gypsy (Better safe than sorry).
Thank god we opted for Gypsy. Later, we could see a lot of cars struggling to climb the road to Solang valley.

The sun was shining bright and the weather was clear.
The Gypsy guy stopped at a snow suite rental shop (I'm guessing his friends) and we bought a full suite complete with the shoes and gloves for 350/- each.

We had started rather early 9:00 AM and reached Solang valley quickly ( very less traffic).
It seemed like we were the first tourist to arrive at Solang that day.
It had snowed the night before and the snow looked so fresh and white with very less footprints or ski marks.
Also, there was hardly any crowd

We wandered around for a few minutes, soaked in the beauty and headed for the cable car - the Gondola.( No crowd, no waiting)
It's worth a ride in the cable car. The top of the valley was to say the least - AMAZING!!!!

Did I mention there was not a single soul at the top ?
We enjoyed some tranquility and then fooled around in the snow .
Tried horribly to make a snow angel, but the damn snow suite wouldnít let me !

Some snaps :

The Gypsy we rented :

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Way to Sonalg Valley :

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More snaps of Sonalg Valley and cable car to come.
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Old 3rd February 2011, 15:58   #19
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Nice pictures nimbleguru. Did you come across those guys trying to sell some 'fur'? I guess its called 'chinku' . Btw, it has definitely snowed a lot more than the previous year.
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Old 3rd February 2011, 17:56   #20
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@aviorp : Thanks. Oh, now I understood what 'chinku' is all about.
All along the way these salesman were just coming up to me and murmuring 'chinku'.We never really wanted to buy anything and never bothered.

Yes, Even the locals were telling that this year they have already received a lot of snow.

The cable car ride is worth the money you spend.
It's like our own version of switzerland.
Besides the cable car or the "gondola" looked like they were made in Germany ( I could see lot of instructions in German and English)

Base house of the cable car :

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Angora rabbit - Holy smokes its the size of a lamb !
All I can think of is the line from the movie Despicable me
"It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die"

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A sweet Manali Local lady who cajoled us into wearing the traditional dress for 100/- :

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View from the cable car :

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Cable car or Gondola

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I could feel the thin atmosphere :

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What the..

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Unspoiled snow at the top :

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A Pizza place on top ! ( work in progress )

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More shots of the beautiful white valley :

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Beautiful Photos. Did the Gypsy tackle the snowy route comfortably? Any anxious moments?
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Old 7th February 2011, 17:12   #22
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@ajay0612 : Gypsy rode very well, not a single anxious moment ! We did the right decision of hiring a Gypsy.

Next day we visited Hidamba temple and by 3:30 PM we were at the HRTC bus stop at Manali road for our return journey to Delhi.

We were supposed to reach Delhi by 7:00 AM next day, but to our surprise and misery we reached Delhi at 5:00 AM!!
We had our fligh to Bangalore at 3:00 PM and we had almost 8 hours to kill at Delhi airport.

One thing I'd like to mention here about Delhi airport is , that food is terribly expensive.

Since we had 8 hrs at our leisure, we practically checked out each and every stall at the airport (including one medical stall ).

Sadly, we realized that our beautiful journey had come to its end. Those blissful 4/5 days will be ever etched in our memory.

Manali is B-E-A-U-tifully blessed! Truly!

Until next time folks..

Last of my pics set :

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Hidimba Temple :

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Delhi Domestic Airport :

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COSTA costs a lot ! 95 bucks for a lousy coffee !
Coffee tasted exactly like the one we have at our office
( similar to the CCD vending machine at our office..nothing special )

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Old 7th February 2011, 20:04   #23
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The places you visited compensates nicely for missing the Swiss tour except the cleanliness factor. Manali looks over crowded & chaotic but the cable car place is really nice.

From the pictures of the road it seems that a four wheel drive is a must in these parts. Gypsis will be needed forever in these areas.

You had mentioned taking Delhi Police taxi from airport earlier, is it something operated directly by the DP or ex cops.

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A vow travelogue with vow pictures and vow narration - and you say your writing is boring!!
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Dude nice pics and travelogue...reading your post was like Deja Vu !! We were in Manali 3rd Week of Jan. Check out my pics:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...l-pradesh.html (Soujourn in the Snow! (Himachal Pradesh))
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@San Phrangmung : Indeed, it's a very good substitute for swiz.
Maybe because the snow had covered most of Manali, we did not find it THAT shabby.

Our Hotel receptionist was saying that these Gypsy guys make the most in these 3 to 4 months when it snows to the core.

I donít think the Delhi Police taxi service is operated by ex cops. Better if we ask any Dilli-walla's.

@mallumowgli : You are too kind. Thank you.

@NIP : Actually had followed your thread regularly. Snaps are lovely.
Please do upload more pics, if you have.
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I'm not sure where we stopped later on in the night, but there was a buffet dinner for Rs 130/-.The bus kept on stopping at regular intervals during our journey. I was half asleep and did not notice anything.
This should be "New World" restaurant at Karnal byepass (120 kms away from Delhi). Volvo buses from Himachal and Haryana roadways stop at this restaurant only and restaurant serve buffet only. Corruption in transport department can not be denied.


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@San Phrangmung : I don’t think the Delhi Police taxi service is operated by ex cops. Better if we ask any Dilli-walla's.
It is not Delhi Police Taxi Service, it is Pre Paid taxi service which is being operated by Delhi Traffic Police. There are counters (taxi or auto rickshaw) on all the airports, railway stations and also in the main markets. Delhi Traffic police does it to control the menace of the drivers as well as provide security to the commuters.

By the way, this was a good travelogue with amazing narration and photographs.

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My parents & a lot of relatives live in Kullu. I have been to these places a lot of time but never realised that they were so beautiful. I think you captured the valley better than a professional photographer. And luckily you got good sunshine with snow to get the wow factor. Amazing photographs !! I have bought my first SLR Nikon D3100, I will try my hand when I will visit my parents.

Overall, its nice to read your trip was in a way equivalent to Swiss trip
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Thanks, Nimbleguru, for taking all of us there along with you. The snow is, as you have mentioned, pretty heavy this year. I believe even less elevated places like Narkanda are completely swamped in snow even now. Need to head there over the weekend, I guess!! Being in Delhi helps.



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@San Phrangmung : Indeed, it's a very good substitute for swiz.
Maybe because the snow had covered most of Manali, we did not find it THAT shabby.

Our Hotel receptionist was saying that these Gypsy guys make the most in these 3 to 4 months when it snows to the core.

I donít think the Delhi Police taxi service is operated by ex cops. Better if we ask any Dilli-walla's.

@mallumowgli : You are too kind. Thank you.

@NIP : Actually had followed your thread regularly. Snaps are lovely.
Please do upload more pics, if you have.
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@Irish : Thank you for the details. Itís helpful.

@erohit : Indeed we were lucky to get a good sunshine and it was gratifying. Thanks for your kind words.

@rajeevn: It was my pleasure. Thank you.
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