Manali was the ideal place to unwind after a torturous drive from Kaza. We found a decent hotel at a reasonable price and decided to spend two nights and a day here.
The Mall Road was a short walk away leading to leisurely strolls during the day and later in the evening.
Vashisth hot springs was a mandatory visit and we drove along the banks of the River Beas but not for a drink of coffee besides the flowing river.
We had lunch at the Mountain View Noodles and dinner at Chopsticks. Both had great ambience and the food was good.
At the early hour of 5.15am 0n 19th August 2021, we left Manali for the long drive to Delhi via Chandigarh.
It was raining and visibility low when we slammed into a boulder on the highway just outside Manali and the front bumper came loose. It didn’t create too much of difficulty and we could get repairs done at Bilaspur. Thankfully, all of us had seat belts on and avoided injury.
The road till Mandi, about 100 kms from Manali, was quite bad due to road repairs but improved after that.
We halted at Chandigarh for butter chicken and rotis at Pal Dhaba, a must do for Akshay, before driving on to Delhi. We reached back safely quite thrilled with the adventure and the much needed break.