Monday, March 31, 2014

A trip to Manali

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The first time that we visited Manali, Himachal Pradesh, was 11 years ago as newlyweds. I LOVED the place - the weather was pleasant, the crowd was less and apple trees were in full bloom. It was a dreamland. The same year my husband's colleagues planned a trip to Kullu and Manali and though we had visited it only a few months ago we didn't want to miss a second opportunity. Unfortunately the second trip was a great disappointment, it was exactly the opposite of what it was the first time. 

We made our third trip on the 26th of this month, this time with our son and my dad. If I rate this trip I would say it was somewhere between our 1st and 2nd. We were there for only 2 days and it was constantly drizzling both the days. On the first day we set about visiting a few temples and a Tibetan monastry. Because of the rain we just rushed about and could spend only a few minutes in each of these places.

 On the way we saw a local woman working on her loom.


The apple trees hadn't started blooming but we found one with beautiful blossoms outside a temple.  



There were plenty of shops selling knitted goods, but only very few with crocheted items.


There was yarn shopping too. I picked some random colors.

On the second day we went to Solang Valley. It was raining and all I wanted to do was stay buried under the quilt. Initially I refused to go and asked the rest of the 3 to make the trip without me but eventually relented and agreed to go.

Anyway I am happy that I went because otherwise I would have missed the actual snow fall. It started out light and became pretty heavy by the time we were prepared to leave.



After two days of enjoying the snow we are back again in Delhi where summer has just started and I am already dreading the heat and dust of Delhi's hot summer months.





15 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. When we went to Nepal for 10 days, if we had stayed inside because of the rain, we would never have seen anything. Unbeknownst to us, we planned the trip during monsoon season. But that didn't stop our tour guys from taking us around. They would give us rain ponchos and umbrellas and off we would go to visit temples and all sorts of places. Love seeing the woman working on her loom. And always nice to come home with some new yarns. Have a great week. Tammy

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  2. Oh how romantic going to back to visit where you were newly weds.The location looks truely breathtaking. What will you be making with all that beautiful yarn?

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  3. Hi Pradeepa!
    It is thrilling to see people to travel to the palces I have been to!
    We visited Manali nearly 3 years ago, with my an dmy husband's parents. It was wonderful there, though when we went it was summer there, but I enjoyed +25 so much! We also went to the same wooden temple there and saw the hot springs and people bathing there.
    I can udnerstand your dreading the coming heat, I am in the same state of mind presently. I think I have yarn of same cream color which is in your pic, it was from Vardhman, Brilon.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Nice place ! In summer, it must be something !
    Have a great day !
    Anna

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  5. In spite of the drizzle & snow -- it looks beautiful...and the yarn is truly delightful!

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  6. Those pretty mountains and evergreens look like they could be right here in British Columbia. Too bad you didn't have more time to visit. I bet there was lots more to see.

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  7. that first image is absolutely stunning. What a beautiful place

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  8. what an amazing place. I haven't been there but would love to visit it.

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  9. What lovely shots of this wonderful place.

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  10. That picture of the woman on her loom is so lovely.. Nice to see Manali through your lens ��

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  11. I love the images in this post.
    Manali was on our Honeymoon itinerary too but then it was not at its snowy best, then. :)

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  12. Beautiful shots.Happy to see Manali.

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