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Nov 23, 2006 - Peace in the mountains

Overnight bus journeys are certainly not as pleasant as overnight train journeys, we'll leave it at that. We've arrived in Manali in the province of Himachal Pradesh in one of the more northern parts of India. We can see snowcapped mountains and it's bloody freezing!!! We're both nursing colds and we've come to the coldest part of India where they haven't heard of central heating... that was a smart move. Nevermind though, it's much nicer up here and much more relaxing; the people smile more and aren't pushy and there are beautiful old pine...

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Begbies on Tour

Jul 21, 2006 - Manali and journey to Kaza

B - so we reached Manali exhausted and went as quickly as we could - allowing for annoying touts and rickshaw drivers trying to rip us off - to the nearby village of Vashisht. Beautiful place, up in the hills above the Kullu valley, with views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. We were even nearer the high mountains here! It was also quite a traveller's hangout, with loads of places with cheesy names like 'World Peace cafe' which had american films on every night, munchies food like apple crumble and pizza and everyone seemed young...

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Apr 2, 2006 - India - Himalayas (Himachel Pradesh)

The trip from Delhi and through the mountains was long and harrowing! The first stop after ten hours of driving was Shimla. Another 8 hours through high-cliffed mountain curves with oncoming trucks and out of control tourist buses, and we arrived in Manali! What a beautiful place. Upon arrival, I booked my ticket for the way back by plane!!

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Sep 9, 2004 - Leh - Manali

I decided to take the bus back which was going to take 3 days, but goes through some amazing scenery. The bus left at 4.30am. I was told by the guesthouse owner that it would be light enough to walk to the bus station, but when I woke up it was still dark so I had to find my way out of the guesthouse and to the main road, which was through lots of dark side streets, in the total darkness! The first bus journey took 14 hours, and then we stopped for sleep at basic tent accomodation, there was 12 of us crammed in one tent, it only cost 50p...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Aug 28, 2004 - Manali

I arrived in Manali in the morning after a surprisingly comfortable 15 hour journey in a local bus. Unfortunately my bike had not enjoyed the same level of comfort: when it came down from the roof of the bus one of the brake levers had snapped, there was a dent in the frame and numerous scratches. Eventually this necessitated a trip back to Delhi to pick up some new brake levers (shipped from the UK). I had a few frustrating days in Manali before I realized that the brake levers could not be shipped there. Many years ago, when the locals...

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Genty's Asia - 2004