Mountains, fresh air, high altitude, and even Hotels made of wood. I immediately fell in love when I came to Manali, and I absolutely love it here. I just feel like I arrived in a kind of Switzerland where you can smell Dosa and chicken masala on every corner.
Manali is only 450 km away from Delhi, but it takes an exhausting 17 hours bus to reach the town in the mountains. The roads are bad, and the journey isn’t comfortable at all. I took the day bus instead of the night bus. In my opinion, the day bus is better because you can see the mountains and the views are amazing the further you drive up the hills. Secondly, you only loose one day instead of 2 days (One day waiting for the bus and the other day death tired because you didn’t sleep). I took the HRTC bus, which left at 7 in the morning and arrived just before midnight in Manali. But after that, I had a nice bed and a proper sleep.
All of the stress from the bus was gone the other morning when I woke up and looked out of the window. Manali is already at 2000 meters, and the surrounding mountains are gigantic. In the distance, I can even see some remaining snow. I walked outside, and the temperature was perfect, around 20 degrees in the morning and not more than 25 midday. Not too cold but also not too hot so you can walk around relaxed. And there is the fresh air; it’s a blessing after I spend two months in big polluted cities.
Manali has just this lovely charm of a small mountain town, but then it’s in the middle of India which makes it so unique. When you walk around the narrow streets you always get a glimpse of the majestic mountains and the green scenery around, but at the same time you smell the Indian food from every corner, and people horn at you when you – that’s when you get remembered that you’re in India, not Switzerland.
The town is very touristic and full of hotels, but if you go outside the primary season, you can enjoy cheap hotel deals and fewer tourists.
In the following days, the adventure finally starts again, and I’m so excited. Mountain biking, hiking, and a motorbike tour are on my program. I can’t wait to tell you about it.
- Total countries I visited until now: 40
- Planes: 25
- Busses: 49
- Trains: 19
- Boats: 24
- Km driving: 8000
- Km running: 3206