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Jul 7, 2012 - Manali

7-7 Wiki Info Manali Link To Manali Photos Slept quite well, Bon had difficulty changing position with her shoulder but otherwise we were glad we paid the extra 500 rupees for accommodations and dinner/breakfast. I took a hot shower which they provided in the hotel which was most welcome. Before we were on the road 3 min we were stopped 10 min or more by an Army convoy of 50+ personnel carriers coming from the direction of Manali. The roads have been 50:50 paved with the rest 'under construction' which mans diversions, potholes, washouts,...

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Sep 26, 2009 - Manali

9:00 p.m. minivan from McLeod Ganj to Manali. Eight seater, with only myself and a shaved-headed Russian lady on the bus, so we could each stretch out over a few seats and try to sleep as we bounced along. Arrived Manali 5:00 a.m., in the dark, stumbled into a hotel and crashed for a few hours. Manali seems to be a vacation town and transport hub. There are lots of Indian tourists here either on holiday or in transit from other locations through Manali back to Delhi. The town is surrounded by hills and can be used as a center for trekking,...

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Asia Journey

Jul 25, 2009 - Vashist

If you're not into getting stoned, there isn't really a whole lot to do in Vashist, so you start to get into a routine to wile away your time. For me, this means heading into 'town' to a Tibetan restaurant for breakfast and to read the Times Of India, an hour or two of internet, taking a dip in the hot springs at the temple and then you're already in the afternoon, just in time for a chill out on the balcony with the Maltesers. From here, you can see the small houses that dot the hillside on the other side of the valley and the snow covered...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Jul 20, 2009 - Chilling out in Vashist

Whilst sitting down on the balcony with the other people from the guesthouse, taking in the view (see picture), I suddenly notice that they're speaking in a language and way that is very familiar, and then it dawns on me; they're Maltese! It takes a while for this to sink in, as most of the people I've met couldn't even find Malta on a map, and suddenly here I am in a place, where, if I shut my eyes, could be Gudja town square. There are about nine of them, travelling around India together, taking in all that India, and particular Manali,...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Jul 18, 2009 - Manali

Get the 06.30 bus to Manali on a wet and overcast day and soon were slowly wending our way up to the RohtingLa pass, literally into the clouds, with visibility down to 10 metres at places. Petrol tankers and trucks carrying building supplies emerge from the mist, staggering forward through a road as muddy as a winter rugby pitch as we switch back and forth towards the pass. We cross over without too much trouble and trundle through a yellow-tented town, where Indian daytrippers from Manali clad in garishly coloured furs and jumpsuits hired...

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Jul 13, 2009 - Manali

Manali was one of our most 'relaxing' stops on this trip. There is not much to do in this tourist filled town and so you pretty much have to make your own fun. We originally planned to go rafting but it had rained all night and so the water level was too high. We cried. Pascal and Sameer raced across the river suspended by a rope. PASCAL WON THE RACE. We walked around, met people and just did our thing. Basically, we relaxed for the first time.

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I Love India 2009

Jun 17, 2009 - Driving the Leh-Manali Highway - Day 1 - Mired in Traffic at the Rohtang Pass

Our 485 kilometer road trip to Leh in Ladakh on the Leh-Manali highway, renown as one of the world’s most scenic roadways, got off to a slow start today when traffic came to a standstill on our ascent of the Rohtang Pass after we had been on the road for only about 1½ hours. The Rohtang Pass leads out of the Kullu Valley and to the Chandra Valley, but this windy, narrow and in parts dilapidated stretch of the Leh-Manali highway going up to the Rohtang Pass becomes a real-life nightmare when inclement weather mixes with large numbers of...

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Break From the Law

Jun 16, 2009 - Organizing Our Road Trip to Ladakh

The monsoon allegedly begins in Himachal Pradesh in mid-June, and true to form, today we had a cold intermittent rain for most of the day. It would drizzle, then it would pour, and then it would drizzle again. Today's crummy weather provided an added impetus for us to organize our trip to Ladakh. This afternoon we booked a Toyota jeep and a driver for our multiday jeep trip to Leh, the capital of the Ladakh region, on the storied Leh-Manali highway. The drive from Manali to Leh on the Leh-Manali highway is widely considered to rank among...

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Break From the Law

Jun 15, 2009 - Checking out Manali

This morning we visited several local tour operators in an effort to arrange a longer high altitude trek in the vicinity of Manali in Himachal Pradesh, of which there are many. To our great disappointment, we discovered that owing to late snowfalls, all of the high altitude passes in the region remain closed. As a result, any trekking here is currently confined to more localized low altitude treks which do not offer the magnificent scenery of high altitude vistas. As a result, we are modifying our plans slightly. We had planned to spend...

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Break From the Law

Jun 8, 2008 - Manali

I tried to write last night but I couldn't, I was in shock, speechless or typeless. I wasn't really looking forward to Manali as I was expecting it still to be full of droves of Israeli groups but I was wrong, there isn't an Issy in sight. The warning signs started a long way out from Manali, before Kullu 50km away, large hotel resort complexes by the side of the road and billboards for resorts in Manali. From the outskirts of town it was just unbelievable, huge multi-story hotels, fleets of tour buses, and a traffic jam of private jeeps. I...

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May 14, 2008 - Manali

Manali is India's adventure capital of the north where the nouveau riche can splash their cash on white water rafting (everywhere), paragliding (a couple of operators and some mad enthusiasts), skiing (very optimistic as there was very little snow, but still they tried), and a host of other heart stopping activities. For me Manali was all about learning to ride an Enfield and riding into the hills. I didnt take to the Enfield at all well, the one I hired was far too tempremental and I just wasnt an experienced enough rider, so it was...

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Where's Malcolm?

Sep 25, 2007 - Chilled Manali

Hey everyone! Hope alls well! We are in the northest point of our journey in india in a loverly chilled out town called Manali! We arrived here after anouther rollercoster of a bus journey which took about ten hours. Loz had a bit of a panic at Shimla bus station cuz first of all some guy spilt steaming hot sugary tea all over her foot and then we had to put our bags on the roof of the bus! She was really unsure that they would stay on considering the roads we were travelling on! Steve was happy though cause he got to climb on the roof of...

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