Manali is a popular hill station. So much so, it is a pain to come here during long weekends and during school holidays. The roads get choked with vehicles coming from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Serpentine traffic jams are common during this time. The roads inside the lovely town gets crowded.
While Manali is the best example of how a lovely hill town can be made into a disaster – others being Shimla, Mussorie, Darjeeling, Ooty and Kodaikanal – it is still a charming place. The mountains are magnificent. The people of Himachal are still innocent and nice. There are number of lovely places toe explore apart from touristy places like Rohtang. It is a trekkers paradise with number of lovely treks that can be done from here.
We are writing his from Manali. We are here not see Manali but on our way to participate in Great Himalayan Runners festival. We are running between Manali and Leh. Taking part in 14 KM category. We are spending few days in Manali and surroundings to acclimatize ourselves. In the course of our acclimatization process we went for a lovely trek in the morning today.
Here are some pictures from Manali. You can see how beautiful this part of the country is! Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.
Go to Manali. Go when there is no rush. Go during weekdays. Go during off-season. It is lovely. Do explore around it. It is still beautiful.