I was planning for a week long road trip to Mount Abu-Udaipur in December'14 end but due to leave issues this trip was rescheduled to second week of this month. Me and my wifey was all set to start for this trip on 6th of Dec but due to some urgent work at office trip was postponed to 7th Dec'14, something stuck my mind overnight and I changed my plan, we started our journey to hills with only one thing in head "Snowfall" with this word only one place hit my mind "Manali". Day-1 & 2
Date of Journey: 7-12-2014
Start time: 4:50 AM from Dwarka New Delhi
End time: 4:00 PM at Manali HPTDC Hotel Beas
Total time: 10 Hrs 50 Minutes
Breaks: Two numbers 30 minutes each
Route taken: New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Shambhu Barrier- Kharar - Rupnagar - Kiratpur Sahib - Swarghat - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali
Even with short notice of time we managed to pack our bags just in nick of time and started our week long road trip to Manali-Kullu-Shimla, with no booking in hand and no plan whatsoever we headed towards beautiful hills of Himachal. Our first break was at Sukhdev Dhaba for breakfast and second break was at Hotel highway treat near Sunder Nagar.
Road condition from Janakpuri District to mukarba chowk was pathetic due to ongoing flyover construction work, from Mukarba chowk to Shambhu barrier road was fantastic with few diversions en-route due to ongoing flyover construction work, from Shambhu barrier to Kharar road was narrow and slow, from Kharar to Kiratpur Sahib road was superb and fast, from Kiratpur Sahib to Bilaspur drive was painful due to numerous potholes and heavy truck traffic of ACC plant, after Sunder Nagar onwards road condition changed dramatically and was quite fast, from Kullu to Manali route was most scenic and again fast due to newly laid tarmac.
Found HPTDC hotel Beas along highway it has it's own private parking, nothing much to write about this budget hotel, this hotel is at walking distance from Manali mall road and had small rooms with balcony facing river Beas.
On Day-1 evening we strolled around Mall road Manali in the evening and booked HPTDC tourist bus ticket to Rohtang pass for Day-2. Why Bus? due to bad weather condition forecast of Rohtang and advice of Hotel staff. To start with please find pics from Day-1 below:
Odo reading at the start of this trip Our first break at Sukhdev Dhaba Murthal for breakfast Mukarba chowk to Shambhu barrier road was fantastic with few diversions en-route due to ongoing flyover construction work Kiratpur Sahib to Bilaspur drive was painful due to numerous potholes and heavy truck traffic of ACC plant Second break was at Hotel highway treat near Sunder Nagar. Maggi breaks usually are quite refreshing for me on my long drives After crossing Aut you will find these blissful road Explorer-1 enjoying this beautiful drive along with us, our faithful companion Mesmerising view of river Beas which travel along with us most of the time Kullu to Manali route was most scenic and again fast due to newly laid tarmac