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An October 2012 trip to Manali by koshkha

Sun Park Resort Photo, Manali, India More Photos
Quote: We spent two days and three nights in the small Himachal Pradesh town of Manali

Rohtang Pass

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Attraction | "On Top of the World - Looking Down on Creation"

Rohtang Pass Photo, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Back to the car and we set off for the top, bouncing and screeching up the road until we eventually came to the pass. A weary sense of ‘Is that it?’ came over us both. A few scruffy stalls selling food and drink, a few warmly dressed people roasting corns on the cob and a massive number of sturdy but well-kept ponies waiting for business. The horse men swooped, we were offered a crazy price and so we waved them away and headed off to take some photographs looking back into the valley from which we’d come. It soon became apparent that it was pretty stupid to have driven all the way up to the pass and then not have gone the final distance to the top to get the best views. The pathways looked treacherou...Read More

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Rohtang Pass
connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahul and Spiti valleys
Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh

An Introduction to Manali

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You don’t go to Manali by accident; you have to really want to go there and make quite a lot of effort to do so. By car, it’s a full two days driving from Delhi assuming you only drive during the daytime when the light is good. You really wouldn’t want to take your chances on India’s Himalayan roads after dark. Actually if I’m honest, you don’t want to drive on any of India’s roads after dark. On the first day of our trip we drove (or rather I should say ‘were driven’) from Delhi to Shimla and then a couple of days later we took the road from Shimla to Delhi.If time is tight and money no problem, you could take a flight. There is a small airport nearby which has connections with Indian Air...Read More

Sun Park Resort

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Hotel | "Cold Hotel, Warm Staff - Part One"

Sun Park Resort Photo, Manali, India
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Manali is not the sort of place you find yourself in accidentally. It's so cut off from the rest of the world that you have to make a very conscious decision to go there. In our case it was a two day drive from Delhi and one of the highlights of our trip to Himachal Pradesh. We drove one day to Shimla, spent two nights there and then headed on to Manali. After an eight hour drive from Shimla to Manali we were happy to eventually arrive at the hotel but perhaps slightly disappointed when we realised that the company who’d arranged our itinerary had succeeded – yet again – in putting us in a hotel which was quite a long way from the action. The town of Manali sits in a high altitude river va...Read More

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Sun Park Resort
Left Bank of River Beas
Manali, India 175131

Sun Park Resort

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Hotel | "Cold Hotel, Warm Staff - Part Two"

Sun Park Resort Photo, Manali, India
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Room 204 was on the corner of the building with a balcony overlooking the car park (not so exciting) and enormous windows overlooking the hills (and the previously mentioned slum and piles of mud). I was really happy to have a view and we spent a lot of time enjoying it. The room was large and had clearly been recently redecorated with a rather distinctive style which mimicked something the Changing Rooms television show might have churned out in the mid 80’s. Outrageously flouncy curtains with swags, tails and tassels? Check. Single wall with ‘feature’ wall paper? Check. Ridiculously dark lampshades on the bedside lights through which light could barely fight its way out? Check. Only one available el...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2013

Sun Park Resort
Left Bank of River Beas
Manali, India 175131

Leh Manali Highway / National Highway 21

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Attraction | "The Road to Rohtang"

Leh Manali Highway / National Highway 21 Photo, Himachal Pradesh, India
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I suspect there is a primitive human instinct that drives (many of) us to want to get to the top of big things. If there’s a mountain, we want to climb it – or better still be driven in comfort to the top of it. If there’s a tall building, we want to have our photographs taken standing on the top with big cheesy grins on our faces. The higher we get, the greater the pleasure we have by looking down on the rest of creation. It’s as if we’re on a mission to defy gravity by getting as high as we possible can. During our trip to Himachal Pradesh in the Indian Himalaya in November 2012, we booked a made-to-measure 11 day tour with a driver and accommodation and one of the places I was most loo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2013

Leh Manali Highway / National Highway 21
Leh-manali Highway
Himachal, India