Manali – Backpackers Paradise
One of the most affordable hill stations in India. Manali is ideal for backpackers and budget travellers. Surrounded by snow-clad peaks and dense cedar forests. It is a quaint hill town that is home to a surfeit of budget stays. A few charming attractions, and a variety of cafes and restaurants, and has great options for those who’re on a shoestring budget. A getaway to this hill station is not very expensive on the pocket, just keep a few days handy to fully experience the hill town has to offer.
Buses are available to reach any part of Himachal from Jammu. There is virtually bus to everywhere from Pathankot or Jammu to any place in Himachal. Bus at 5:30 PM in the evening is preferable as it reaches Manali next morning by 7:00 AM. My friend Charles was due to come after a day. So thought of paying Hadimba temple a Visit. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in town. Constructed in the 16th century, the temple is at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Manali’s “Mall Road”.
Temple is Surrounded by the wooded deodar forests and looks beauitful, which attracts a huge number of tourists to visit the pilgrim spot in Manali. The Hadimba Devi Temple in Manali was constructed in the year 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh. The unique architecture of the temple incorporates the styling of the Pagoda, or the Buddhist place of worship with wood carvings.
Got a little friend, thought of getting the picture clicked.
Post visiting Hadimba my stomach started screaming for some delicious food. Decided to have lunch on the roof top restaurant “Big Fish” which offers fresh and delicious food. The view of the mountains is beautiful, and this is probably the restaurant with the best view!
Big Fish Cafe
Big Fish is a restaurant, cafe, and meeting place located in the shanty (local word for peaceful) village of Vashisht. Held by 3 Indian guys who have traveled the world , they will make you feel just like home. They serve a variety of continental and Indian food, and their specialty. If the local fish wish they get fresh from the river just down the valley.
They can help you organize waterfall sightseeing, trekking, etc, and you can also use their kitchen to cook your own local food if you like!
The sun was coming down faster than I anticipated. I head back to my crash site to rejuvenate my energetic soul for the next morning, when I would head to Kasol with my friends.