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At an ancient shrine near a temple in Old Manali,

After a 10 hour bus journey from Dharamsala, I finally made it to Manali - we got there about 6.30am and the views were amazing all the way, watching the sunrise on the coach going through the mountains.

A taxi driver recommended a place to stay called Manu Guesthouse, situated in Old Manali - I fully recommend it, it's only 150 rupees a night, with on suite bathroom and lovely people working there! That day I visited an old temple called The Dunghri Temple. I met a girl called Tatiana, and we agreed to go trekking the following day up a mountain to get some good photos. That evening we went to meet some people in the 3rd Eye Cafe.

At 6.

The beautiful Manali Valley from the mountain we climbed
30am on Tues, we set off. Not too well prepared I will admit. It was an amazing experience though, we scaled rock faces, climbed down waterfalls, up steep slopes and along mountain passes. When he had ggone 6 hours, we decided to head back to avoid being caught out in the dark. The most amazing thing was this dog followed us from the beginning, right through to 7pm when we got back into Old Manali - like our little guardian angel. I will admit, we ran out of water at 1pm, had to drink from streams, and ran out of food as we had only taken a paket of crackers, and also didn't take sunblock. Ended up with minor sunstroke, severe blisters, dehydration that felt like the mother of all hangovers!! Lesson learnt!

On Wednesday went to Vashisht to the hot springs (not as romantic as I thought) basically a bath tub in a temple shared with everyone else, and they only change the water once a day! Spent a few days sight seeing, and booked my ticket for Simla - leaving Friday with Shirley.

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At an ancient shrine near a temple…
At an ancient shrine near a templ…
The beautiful Manali Valley from t…
The beautiful Manali Valley from …
A view of the Himalayas from our t…
A view of the Himalayas from our …
Gorgeous mountain view, worth the …
Gorgeous mountain view, worth the…
One of the steep rock faces we cli…
One of the steep rock faces we cl…
Feeling on top of the world. Half …
Feeling on top of the world. Half…
Me and Manali Jnr on the rock ledge
Me and Manali Jnr on the rock ledge
Our lovely guide - we called him M…
Our lovely guide - we called him …
The rock where we stood earlier po…
The rock where we stood earlier p…
Sun is setting from the cafe in Ol…
Sun is setting from the cafe in O…
The river at Old Manali
The river at Old Manali
Lovely woods, you can find walking…
Lovely woods, you can find walkin…
Shopping in New Manali - spices st…
Shopping in New Manali - spices s…
New Manali - rickshaw stands
New Manali - rickshaw stands
Cows mucnching from the bins, whil…
Cows mucnching from the bins, whi…
Shops in new manali
Shops in new manali
Shop keeper in New Manali
Shop keeper in New Manali
A funny road sign in vashisht
A funny road sign in vashisht
3rd Eye cafe in Vashisht with some…
3rd Eye cafe in Vashisht with som…
Snakes and cold drinks?
Snakes and cold drinks?
A woman in traditional Himalayan d…
A woman in traditional Himalayan …
An old temple we visited
An old temple we visited
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photo by: debrasiegel