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From Doon to Manali – Weekend Getaway!!

It was 25th March 2015. The journey began early morning from a School in Dehradoon, as Sashi, Shikhar tour representative, arrived with a bus to pick up 10 children and their school teacher. The excited children did not take much time at all to bid goodbyes to their parents and the school administration.

The first stop was at Paonta Sahib for a breakfast by the River. The kids were refuelled after the breakfast and filled the bus with buzzing energy. In no time, we arrived Chandigarh where we stopped for a mouthwatering lunch.

Our first overnight stay was at Sundernagar approx. 165 kms – 5 ½ hrs. drive from Chandigarh. Sundernagar means a “Beautiful Town” as the name depicts. This small town is an education hub, as it is home to many technical colleges of Himachal Pradesh and also has a manmade lake used to generate electricity from stored water. The evening here became pleasant as the sun went down.

The boys at Pandoh Dam

The boys at Pandoh Dam

Next morning, Manali was just a few hours away. The Beas River welcomed us into the lap of Himalayas. En-route we stopped at Pandoh Dam, an embankment dam on the Beas River to generate hydroelectric power. It was lovely to watch such majestic man-made creation making use of nature’s gift to give mankind a better life. The kids bombarded Sashi with questions about the dam, which he was more than delighted to answer.

After reaching Manali, the boys checked into their rooms and enjoyed lunch. Afterwards, they were taken to Hadimba Devi temple.

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali

Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali

It was a beautiful sight as hazy sunbeams passed through the long deodars, encircling the temple, reflected on the walls of the temple. We headed to Van Vihar where the kids enjoyed a quiet time away from the hustle of Manali town, sitting beside the Bear river, listening to the sounds of humming birds breaking the silence of woods. After spending some time by the river, we headed back to the town, where kids explored the markets and mall road in Manali.

Next day, the kids were up by 7am, thrilled for their day trip to Solang Valley. As we approached closer to the valley, the

Solang Valley, Manali

Solang Valley, Manali

sight of snow-clad mountains put a smile on everybody’s faces. Apple orchids on the way added the extra charm. And then, there was snow. The Solang valley was covered by almost 7-8 feet of snow. It was time for the kids to have some fun. Skiing, Snow scooter rides, paragliding, a pelothra of activities awaited for them. Sashi ensured that the boys stayed in the vicinity whilst having fun in the snow activities in Solang.

Morning we woke up to fresh snow on the mountains right in front of the hotel. Cool breeze whispered through the deodar trees directly into the rooms. Enjoying these refreshing views of Manali, after breakfast we headed back to Chandigarh for an overnight stay. Next day after a visit to Cactus & Rose Gardens of Chandigarh, we headed straight to Dehradoon.

This short and delightful Educational tour was a good mix of know how’s and fun activities. Be it 10 or 100, our team ensures that the school children who travel with us enjoy their tour as much as they learn through it.


Wishing to Explore Manali, Here are Some Tips to Enjoy the Best of it

The mesmerizing curvaceous valley of Manali has offered real visual treat to vacationist since ages. It has lofty Himalayan peaks capped with glossy snow covers in winter, picturesque landscapes, charming valley wrapped with colorful vegetation and meadows of flowers filling up the valley with their captivating fragrance, and much more. Manali is a complete tourist destination for the backpackers seeking to bask in the calmness and serenity of a hill station. No wonder, Kullu and Manali has been attracting thousands of tourists from all parts of the world every year. Regarded as the “Switzerland of India”, Manali boasts of some of the most cherishing scenic beauties, coupled with thrilling option of adventure sports and trekking. If you’re yet to explore this enthralling tourist spot in India, give Shikhar Travels the opportunity to make your stay there an immensely cozy and memorable experience.

However, touring these highly enigmatic hilly regions of Himalaya has never been a cake walk. You have to keep various things in mind in order to ensure safe and exciting touring for you and your family. There are a number of important precautions you ought to take before visiting places like Manali. Of all, physical fitness comes at the top. An excursion to hill places could turn into a nightmare if your body isn’t in a good state, especially if you plan to undertake adventure sports activities offered in Manali. These activities require sound physical and mental being. Along with the physical fitness, the route map you’d follow on these hilly terrains is also vital. However, this isn’t a big issue if you have a credible touring partner at your service.

Now let’s move on to the things you need to have in your rucksack. Always carry a fully-equipped first aid kit, which should have some basic medicines, bandages, antiseptic, among other necessities. Further, it’s always good to have a handy map of the place you’re visiting. It actually gives you an idea of the landscapes you’d get to see during your traveling course. Above all, just be prepared to get familiar with new cultures and lifestyles. There are several unexplored cultures nestling in the lap of Himalayan region and you’ll surely enjoy exploring them. In addition to being a hill station, Manali also has several religious spots. You can imagine the kind of mental composure and calmness you’d attain in performing meditation there. All in all, you’ll find Manali a wholesome destination!
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