A break from work that released a whole new level of adventure and thrill-seeking in this charming couple. Read on as Ranjita and her husband travel on a 7 day/6 night trip to Himachal that took them straight to the snow clad mountains of Shimla, Manali, Kufri and Solang Valley.
Trip Duration: 7 days/ 6nights
Trip Cost: INR 20,000
Agent Name: Aryan Holiday
Month of Travel: February 2017
Both my husband and I wanted a break, and ultimately the job of booking a holiday came on me. It gave me the leverage to pick and chose the places I wanted to go to the most. I browsed on the internet and scanned through various holiday packages. Finally after a few days, I found a package on TravelTriangle that would cover the destinations I needed to visit.
Although it took two weeks of back and forth communication between me and the agency to book the package, but Pradeep helped us out in a very patient and calm manner to zero in on the destinations we wanted. Mr Pradeep kumar helped us a lot in choosing alternatives regarding stay, places, etc. Going on a week-long leave wasn’t that easy for us, as we both are working.
After the booking went through, our journey began to the scenic and romantic hills of Himachal. Laptops and files were brushed aside for the meanwhile, it was time for the much deserved break!
Day 1: We begin with Dilli Darshan
Before we even arrived in Delhi, our cab driver, Mr Deepak Narula was waiting for us. We checked into the Hotel Hill Palace. Due to the excitement of a new workspace, it diluted all the tiredness and quickly enough, we freshened up and left for the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib which was a really special place.
We were so impressed by seeing the arrangements at the Gurudwara, that it almost rendered both of us motionless for a few minutes. I found it to be a very noble cause of the seva- distributing Langer and kadhi( Prasad), arranging a vehicle for aged & specially abled people, and maintaining a pond and its cleanliness.
In the afternoon we moved on to India Gate. A feeling of patriotism filled within us upon seeing the Amar Jawan Jyoti and the names engraved of the fallen soldiers on India Gate.
We missed a visit to Akshardham due to shortage of time. Thereafter, we finished the day with some shopping in the evening and eventually boarding our Volvo from Rajghat and going on to our next destination in Himachal.
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Day 2: Manali- The timeless hill-station
As we arrived in Manali next morning, Mr Praveen (the assigned cab driver) was ready to pick us. We checked into the Hotel Ridge View. The view from our balcony, was really a beautiful view of the mountains from our room.
After unwinding a little at the hotel, we resumed sightseeing with Hadimba temple, Club House then Van Vihar. Contrary to popular tourist belief, I loved spending time at Van Vihar where one could easily get access to Beas river. I indulged into my usual habit have of dipping my legs in the water (as I also do in South Indian rivers).
It went unnoticed for the first few minutes, but eventually the harsh icy feeling took over my brain and almost commanded my body to pull my feet out of the water.
Post lunch, we visited a Buddhist monastery and roamed up and down the mall road at Manali keeping us busy till evening when we walked back to the hotel.
Day 3: Coursing through the tough white water rapids
After breakfast, we drove to the Kullu shawl factory where we seized the opportunity once again and lots of shopping was done. We bought stoles, scarves, sweaters and shawls.
The sun was bright, it was noon, and the weather was clear. The perfect time for getting adventurous. We did river rafting which was about an hour long enjoyment in the cold, fresh, pure water. For my husband and I, It was a dream come true to complete a rafting course with a well-trained team.
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Soon after, we moved to a small village called Kais where we saw a small though very pretty waterfall. There itself we had veg momos and Maggi. After having all that, we could taste a nice touch of Himachal in our everyday street food.
As we spent a lot of time at the shawl factory and river rafting, we missed the Art gallery. After sunset, our driver took us back to the hotel where we relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Day 4: Thrilling adventure activities at Solang valley
This was the best day of our trip to Himachal. We were scheduled to visit Solang Valley for some leisure and adventure activities like skiing, tube ride, yak riding, and motor biking. On all of these activities, we were accompanied by a guide cum photographer who was very friendly and it was because of him, the optimum utilization of time was possible.
After a round of tube riding, he conducted a photo session with us wearing traditional Himachali outfits in poses as suggested by the guide. Next up, my husband couldn’t wait to get his hands on a quad bike, which he would ride around in the snow. Then some leisure time was spent by both us where we reached end of the area where river was found.
As we were walking up a hill, we found a bigger slope to do a tube ride on. All it took was one glance at each other, and off we were walking towards the tube ride, which was much much better than the first one. Skiing was another adventure sports we experienced there. The learning curve in skiing is painful, but the vacation mood made it alright.
Wow! What a day that was. Adventure packed, thrilling, high on adrenaline, and fun filled till the very end. We returned tired and consumed in the evening, back to the hotel in Manali.
Day 5&6: The eternal glory of Shimla and Kufri
The next day, we checked out from Manali and boarded the bus to Shimla. The journey wasn’t one of my best moments as I suffer from motion sickness. Throughout the journey of 8 hours, I felt very uncomfortable and vomited a few times due to the zig zag road. To my relief, we finally reached Shimla and I couldn’t wait to get some rest and get back up healthy the next day.
Shimla is a well planned, clean and tourist friendly city. The next day, we missed the wax museum as we (read me) didn’t get ready early enough. We checked out of the hotel at 10 am and moved for Kufri. The small town is renowned for horse riding and reaching the town on horseback is a popular mode of transportation.
Other than horse riding, we also visited the telescope view and Nag Devta mandir. Surprisingly, Kufri has interesting street food as we chose to have a delicious spicy chana chat. Post lunch, we visited the zoo and relaxed bit at Café Lalit with a drink, as the walk was really tiresome.
On our way back, the view of the green valley was very beautiful. We were dropped back at Shimla, from where we were supposed to catch our bus to New Delhi. So, off we went on yet another overnight bus journey to wind up our trip to Himachal.
Day 7:Farewell to the north
Though the tour package ended as we reached New Delhi in the morning, we thought to utilize half-a-day leisure time for Delhi sightseeing again. The same cab driver Mr Deepak Narula was booked by us well in advance. He took us to visit the Birla mandir and Lotus temple.
In a nutshell – “Athithi devo bhava” was purely experienced throughout our trip to New Delhi and Himachal whether the reason may be Mr Pradeep Kumar, and Mr. Praveen Kumar in Manali, Mr Deepak Narula in New Delhi, or the Manali guide cum photographer, Kishore. I felt truly blessed to have an adventure filled break with my husband and would like to thank TravelTriangle for the smooth planning and coordination.
- The day spent at Solang Valley was by far the highlight of our trip to Himachal
- Missed visiting Manikaran due to shortage of time. Rohtang pass got skipped also as it was covered with snow
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