#Me & #Manali – 2

Transit is way of life – a permanent one

Last time I wrote about Manali it actually wanted to write about Laddakh & Leh. Thinking about Manali makes me emotional I guess. Last time I went to Manali was for Cycling with in Manali and Manali was the base camp, however this time it was just transit, I had to reach Leh for another cycling expedition and I stayed in Manali for less then 24 hours.

The time one spends on #the #MALLROAD can give you an experience in itself and lessons as well. Talking about Mall Road, it has become fashionable name as most famous hill station has a Mall Road of their own. The trend originally started in Shimla and due to popularity of the road other towns in Himalayan region got one main road with same name.

During those hours, by the way hawkers approached tourist, I realised few things like:

Indian Men need “Shilajit” or Desi version of viagra

Indian Men definitely need this thing if they are with a girl roaming about Mall Road

Everybody must eat & shop

Consistent pestering of hawkers can be as irritating & tiring as dogs are for monkeys.

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Mall Road on a Rainy Day|Picture Courtesy: TripAdvisor

Passing time and observing around I happen to encounter couple of people playing musical instruments on road (which is not allow anymore for reasons best understood by Manali Police). Music was amazing and I stood there listening to them and in some time crowd gathered for the same. They kept playing & people kept listening peacefully. That was one of most peaceful road concert I have ever been part of.

I had made a mistake however which was to eat a sumptuous dinner and I was unaware to how was it a mistake till I boarded the mini bus that night round 2am for Leh. I threw each and every drop/morsel of fluid I might have had in my stomach in next few hours.

This visit made me see Manali I did not see last time, The one which tourist see as introduction, the one which makes you eat “softy” & buy “Shilajeet”. The one which is like  a mini carnival with all the colors scattered around. The one which is selling itself to survive that season. The one which sees much more Indian crowd then otherwise.

I bade my good bye for this one that night…. and boarded the bus for Leh.

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Sikkim & Bhutan – 13

So far we had reached Bhutan, finished formalities and paper works and had sumptuous Bhutanese Dinner 

Planning & Research Courtesy : Insignia

Next day we headed to bus stand at Phuntsoling and boarded a bus to Thimpu. I was surprised to see Toyota Coasters as mode of transport as these are reliable and fairly comfortable. Later during my time in Bhutan I realised Toyota is one of most dominating automotive brand in Bhutan especially in category of personal vehicle

We started to move towards Thimpu and shown our permits at appropriate places. I felt really comfortable the way Bhutanese treat Indians. We can use our own currency in mostly all denominations ( however it is not advisable to carry bills/ notes in 1000s).

Chitin Lam, we had our hotel on this road. There are many other hotel situated on the same road like Le Maridian etc.

Chhoten Lam, we had our hotel on this road. There are many other hotel situated on the same road like Le Meridian etc.

After reaching Thimpu our first priority was to check into a hotel and head out again for visiting the city, which did not came out to be very time consuming as Thimpu virtually has no traffic. We reached Norjin Lam in some 20mins and talked to couple of hotel receptions, checked out prices and asked for suitable one for us,which we settled in really quick.

We headed to Tashi Dzong which was not far away from our hotel, after resting for some time. Tashi Monastery is Magnificent fortress and depicts how closely Buddhism has been part of Bhutanese life. Buddhism has been integrated in administration of the country and government offices are being run from Dzong which is head quarter of religious and administrative authority in every district out of total 20 district of Bhutan. Tashi Dzong is one of top most authorities in country after the King himself.

We saw the Monastery for more then two hours and I was overwhelmed so grandeur and serenity it offers at the same time. Visitors are not allowed all parts of Dzong and one can only see main campus.

IMG_2449We came back from the Dzong and on the way back one see this local craft market where many kind of relics and handicrafts like bags, keychains etc. can be bought. We surfed this market and saw many Bhutanese articles and then concluded the day with dinner.

What more Bhutan offer you?

Keep watching this place and stay happy.

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Work in progress!!

Work in progress!!

This was one of many machines which had been parked along side the road on the way to  Zero point. BRO put their efforts in all the harshest condition to make it possible that our people ( Military & civilians can travel across the lengths and breadths of these mountains)

Hail BRO!!