Himachal Pradesh Journals

Manali to Dharamsala

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A travel journal to Himachal Pradesh by koshkha

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Quote: Our final day in Manali and on to Dharamsala

The road to Dharamsala

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We left our base at the Sun Park hotel in Manali to head off to Dharamsala but things started a little slowly. Our poor driver, Mr Singh, was late arriving because he’d been staying in a drivers’ hostel where there was no hot water in the morning because the cold night had frozen everything. We were due to leave at about 8.30 but finally hit the road closer to 9 o’clock. There’s no point stressing about such things when you’re surrounded by giant mountains and it’s the done thing to take your time. The first couple of hours of the journey were simply retracing our route from a few days earlier, heading back along Route 21 towards Mandi. Although we’d been there before, the route felt...Read More

Mall Road Manali

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Many Indian cities have a street called ‘Mall Road’ and Manali is no exception. I cannot be sure, but my assumption is that it’s a generic term referring to a pedestrian street with only very limited vehicular access. The most famous of the Mall Roads is in Shimla and has long been a place for promenading back and forth, looking in the shop windows, looking at other people and wearing your best clothes because other people will equally be looking at you. In Manali there is also a Mall Road but it’s rather more down to earth than Shimla’s namesake. For a start it lacks the ‘Little England’ rows of shops and civic buildings which echo the builders’ memories of life back home in the Home Counties of gent...Read More

Khyber

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Restaurant | "Up the Khyber"

Khyber Photo, Manali, India
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Our day of Manali tourism had started with some pretty intense sight-seeing. We’d been to two temples (one Hindu, one Buddhist) plus a museum and a park and we’d worked up quite an appetite and were keen to find somewhere to eat. We walked up the Mall Road all the way from the bottom to the top and when we reached the end, we came across the Khyber. One of the typical handicrafts of Manali is hand-painted wooden items, including lots of customised signs – things to hang on your door, house names, things with cheesy mottoes and so on. We decided to get one made for my sister and her partner because they have a canal boat and the style was like an Indian interpretation of traditional B...Read More

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Khyber
city centre
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

A Wedding in Vashisht - Maybe

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Watching the ceremony Photo, Manali, India
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After a long day of tourism, we were pretty much ready to head back to the hotel for a snooze but Mr Singh, our driver, had other instructions and wasn’t letting us go anywhere until he’d ticked off all the attractions on his list. The last of the day was to be the Vashista Temple. It’s located in the village of Vashisht just a few miles outside of the city upstream of Manali and on the opposite river bank. Getting there took about 15 minutes as we passed along winding narrow roads. We had no particular expectations but were surprised when we arrived in a bustling little place, stuffed with tourist taxis. Everywhere else that we’d been had been very quiet and in most places we were the onl...Read More

Vashishti Temple

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Attraction | "Would you have a bath at a temple?"

Vashishti Temple Photo, Manali, India
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Finding ourselves in the little village of Vashisht in search of the Vashishti temple, we got distracted for a while by a ceremony happening outside. When we realised that people might leave the ceremony and head into the temple, we decided to pop in first before the rush – or at least that’s what we hoped. We’d seen no more than a couple of people in either of the temples we’d visited earlier in the day but the area was very busy. Indian tourists hadn’t been very interested in the ceremony and when we had removed our shoes, we realised by the dozens of others lined up outside the temple that we were not going to be alone. There are three temple buildings in the village, two of them ...Read More

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Vashishti Temple
Vashisht Village
Manali, India