I remember my Manali trip from back in 2018. What a trip that was! I love winters, and indeed, what better way to experience it than the Winters in Himachal.
“The snow had covered everything it touched. Bare trees glowed with white snow perched on its branches. The city looked like it was covered with a blanket of snow”.We have been locked inside for quite some time now, due to the pandemic. Our travel plans are on hold indefinitely and well, so is the world. Travel plans ruined for all the wrong reasons. However, there’s one day I can remember where my plans were wrecked for all the right ones, my Manali trip.
It was a short trip that lasted around a week, right at the end of 2018. I had planned on a lot of exciting activities and was vlogging daily. I had a whole list of things to do in Manali.
However, they got derailed by the BEST gift I got in 2018 – snowfall. By day 2, I got to experience the best of weather. It had started snowing! It was an experience like nothing else. Soft, white snow over this beautiful city was a sight to behold. The excitement was quite evident in the vlogs that followed.
The snow had changed the landscape overnight. It had settled in and made itself comfortable on rooftops, roads and even on the tables and chairs outside our hotel. I woke up that day quite excited to film the sunrise at Rohtang Pass and then visit the Solang Pass – but that clearly wasn’t going to happen. It had snowed quite a lot which made the roads slippery. However, I was glad I got to stay in.
The snow had covered everything it touched. Bare trees glowed with white snow perched on their branches. Snow covered the entire city like a blanket. Every shot we took that day seemed like a winter wonderland. It was an ethereal experience, and on cold days I think about that soft snow I held in my palms that day.
As the day passed by, it just kept getting better. We got a lot of work done, enjoying the picturesque view from our hotel room and later headed out to explore the city. We were hunting around for a sunset point until a few friendly locals helped us out.
As the sun went down, the temperatures kept dipping – until it was about -8 degrees when we reached Café 1947. This is one of my top 5 cafes in Manali – it has seats right next to the gushing river! The café has a chill vibe – and I’d recommend you pay a visit to this spot! In all, the day was quite exciting even though it didn’t go according to plan. A derail isn’t necessarily bad, especially when it looks so picturesque!
A trip to Manali is a great weekend getaway if you’re from Delhi. Firstly, there are several buses available from Delhi to Manali at a moment’s notice. Secondly, Delhi to Manali flights are quite frequent too, but you will need to catch a taxi or bus from Manali’s closest airport, Bhuntar.
However, for those considering trains, Manali does not have a train station in town. You will need to catch a train to Chandigarh. The journey from Chandigarh to Manali will require a bus or taxi. But there’s no need to worry! Being a popular tourist destination, it will be a breeze to travel the distance from Chandigarh to Manali.
Winter season from October to February is the best time to enjoy a trip to Manali. The weather is unlike any other, and if you’re lucky enough, you can experience snowfall as well.