MANALI ITINERARY: 6 DAYS AND 5 NIGHTS

October 18, 2019 at 11:01 pm |

Manali.

 

A place that I have been hearing of since childhood, always referred to as Kulu-Manali which led my younger self to believe it was one single place, but it’s obviously not. Manali is an hour ride from Kulu.

 

While preparing our Manali trip itinerary, we, of course, researched treks that we can go for. Now, I am not a pro, but the Triund experience last year was so incredible and extraordinary, that I jumped on the wagon the moment Harsh mentioned trekking.

 

We zeroed in on Chandra Taal trek and prepped ourselves appropriately, which meant an obligatory visit to Decathlon.

 

Once in Manali, we were informed that Chandra Taal was closed to tourists owing to heavy snowfall, and that brought in an immediate change of plans.
Here is our revised but equally ambitious and fun itinerary.

 

The easiest way to reach Manali is from Delhi. You can either opt for a bus (both HRTC and private deluxe buses are available) or take a flight from Delhi to Kulu (Bhuntar airport) and then travel to Manali by road.
We took an AC HRTC bus from Delhi which cost around INR 1600 per person, and the travel time is around 15 hrs.

 

I talked about my bus experience last year here.

 

Now, the itinerary:

 

Day 1

  • Reach Manali in the morning, check-in at your hotel, have a hearty breakfast, freshen up and leave to explore the town.
  • Start from Mall Road
  • Mall Road is a nice place to hang out, chill, observe people, and shop.
  • Don’t forget to try the famous 6 in 1 softy.
  • Visit Van Vihar National Park and get a chance to play with adorable furry bunnies.
  • Have lunch at the Chopsticks restaurant in Mall Road (Mutton momos are highly recommended)
  • Visit the Monastery which is at a walking distance from the Mall Road
  • Plop your butt at Cafe 1947 for the rest of the evening with a tall glass of hot chocolate
  • Retire to your hotel early. You need the rest.

 

Day 2

  • Wake up early and leave for Kasol
  • You will either get a bus till Kulu or direct till Bhuntar
  • We got a bus for Kulu for around INR 70 per head
  • From Kulu, we got a bus to Kasol for around INR 140 per person
  • If you are in the mood to explore more, go to Barshaini directly which is another hour from Kasol.
  • At Kasol, opt for one of the riverside camps. Its an experience of a lifetime.
  • We stayed at Himalayan River Site Camps. They charged us INR 1500 for a tent with attached washroom. They also have provisions for tents with a common washroom.
  • Explore the small soulful town of Kasol that day. Walk to the market and have dinner at Evergreen Cafe. (I highly recommend their Lamb Tikka and Chef’s special lamb)
  • Retire to your camp for the night. Ask the owner to light a bonfire and share his adventure stories; he is quite friendly.

 

Day 3

  • Wake up early and head for Chalal village. Its a 1.5 Km walk by the banks of Parvati river.
  • The walk is beautiful but you need to start early if you want solitude and not cross paths with a lot of people.
  • We reached Chalal village in 45 minutes and went to Rakha House. The owner is a sweet lady and she rents out rooms as well for approx INR 500/night.
  • Have a leisurely breakfast of homemade parathas, Maggi and chai and just take the view in.
  • Walk back to Kasol once done and check out from the camp.
  • Have a hearty meal at Evergreen Cafe, chill for some time and head back to Manali

 

Day 4

  • Wake up, have a good breakfast and leave for Rohtang
  • I would suggest booking a cab for Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley
  • They charge a bomb during peak season, but in off-season INR 2500-3000 would be the rate.
  • Manali to Rohtang will approximately take you 3.5 – 4 hours.
  • On the way to Rohtang, there are various shops that will provide you with warm bodysuits, woollen socks, and gumboots on rent.
  • They charge INR 250 for bodysuit and gumboots each and INR 50 for socks.
  • You can also buy those socks (recommended) for INR 150 for two pairs.
  • Spend some time in Rohtang and then visit Solang Valley if you have the energy. We didn’t.

 

Day 5

  • For breakfast, visit Fat Plate cafe today
  • Freshen up and leave for Vashisht
  • Visit the Vashisht temple and take a dip at their hot spring and calm your nerves
  • Start your trek towards Jogni Falls
  • Its a fairly do-able 2.5 Km trek surrounded by lush greenery and the sound of the falls reverberating through you
  • It took us 1 hour 45 minutes to reach the top and the view made every drop of sweat absolutely worth it.
  • Spend some quality time there and then walk down
  • Visit the local shops in Vahisht, spend some time at one of the cafes, have pomegranate juice and then go back
  • Visit Johnson’s Cafe in Old Manali for dinner

 

 

Day 6

  • Check out from your hotel
  • Visit Old Manali and have lunch at Drifter’s Cafe
  • Walk down the roads of Old Manali, visit the shops and take in the flavour of Manali that is predominant in Old Manali
  • Catch your bus in the evening and reach Delhi next morning

 

This is it from my end.

We prefer being travelers more than being tourists.
My detailed experience blog is coming soon.

 

For more information, kindly leave your queries in the comments section or send me a mail at deb.debasri2@gmail.com

 

Also, I would love to see your Manali pictures and hear about your experience as well.
Tag me or let’s just get in touch and share stories.

 

 

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