Manali Experience: As the title says, a worthy place to visit in December. A picture perfect destination. My visit was in late December (Christmas week). It was none other than heaven. Perfect icy white mountain, -9deg. temperature at night. Perfect for my kind of snap-seeker, nature-lover and solemn like person.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight-seeings, I was lucky enough to see all, even Rohtang pass also for some extent. Main attractions are Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. Others are Hidimba Temple, Manu Temple, Vashishth hot-springs, King's Palace, Museum, Thousands years old Shiv Temple and Mall-Road. Actually I was lucky to have had very good local driver who took me to the small-small places which are not actually called attractions but really worth to see.
Do large bargain shopping from Mall-Road. They are very expensive. For, ex. for handgloves, he said Rs.375 first and finally gave me in Rs.100.
Activities & things to do: One obvious activity is skiing at Rohtang Pass usually. They charge heavy for kit and instructor. Other activities are River crossing and other river adventure activities.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Best way to reach is, drop yourself in Chandigarh first and then have a personal cab for whole tour. It takes time though (mostly 10 hours for safe driving).
Tips & warnings - 1)have cash in pocket cause very few ATMs that too on Mall-Road only. 2)Beware of road-side guides.Never ever hire them. 3)Have healthy breakfast, cause at sight-seeings, only eatable food you get is Maggi noodles. (its lovely, but, to eat hot Maggi in cool temp) 4)have hotel close to Mall-Road so you can enjoy night life at Manali.
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