A vacation trip to Manali…

It is time for me and my better-half to spend only for each other. After several days of sleepless nights filled with mundane chores and responsibilities, we had chosen to take a vacation break to Manali, Himachal Pradesh. We were seen off from Chennai by my parents and her father at the airport. On 13th morning, our flight (SpiceJet) took us from Chennai domestic airport to New Delhi. Our bus to Manali was only in the evening and hence we had some time to checkin at a hotel, relax ourselves.

We had an interesting development in getting the bus. The Makemytrip provided address was incorrect and hence we had to roam around the streets to locate the petrol bunk where the tourism bus would come and pick us. Makemytrip customer service was hopeless. The worst irresponsible answer I could get was ‘Sorry. We can not help locate the bus for you’. Again there were two buses and it was a bit of tough moments to find out the list among the crew and boarding the bus.

The bus started around 5.30 PM and after a bit of travel we had quick bites of dinner near a Punjabi dhaba en route. Towards morning, as Manali was nearing, we could feel the pinch of cold waves greeting us.  My sweetie had little trouble in managing through the sharp bends. I really wonder how come those Sardarji drivers are so versatile in getting that much speed in driving on those treacherous and sharp ghat roads. The bus reached Manali around 8.30 PM and our hotel cab came there to pick us up.

The next day we had a series of tourist spot visits in Manali like

  1. Hidimba Temple (Mahabharat Hidimba)
  2. Hot water spring
  3. Rohtang Pass
  4. A few Manali parks and shopping areas.
On 14th night we started back to New Delhi by bus and we were dropped in the bus stand by the hotel bus. After reaching New Delhi since again we had five hours for the flight we checked in to a hotel in Paharganj area, had some quick breakfasts there. We decided to have a trip to Karolbagh. A sad thing happened here.  A Keralite devil from Chennai was continuously giving missed calls to me and distracted me.  Lavy almost got disturbed and it took a bit of me to get her calm down from that disturbance.
Around 5.30 we started to New Delhi Airport to board our flight to Chennai en route Pune. In Pune again at 11.30 the flight had a technical snag and we had to de-board and board twice the flights. After fun-filled and adventure-filled journey we reached Chennai safely around 1 AM.
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