My brother, few of his classmates, and I decided to welcome this year with a trip to Manali and experience the cold winters of North India. The trek was organised by Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) and lasted 4 days (Jan 4 – 8). This was a mellow trek and the sights were incredible. There were snow covered mountains in all directions (Foothills of Himalayas) , the days were pleasant and the nights, freezing! Let me tell you more about it through my pictures.
The Red Fort in Old Delhi
The Indian flag flying high in Central Park, Delhi.
Delhi covered in fog at 9 am
The International Youth hostel at Manali
View around the hostel at Manali
One house stands alone amidst leafless trees
Had we been here a week early, the entire region would have been filled with snow.
The days were pleasant despite the harsh sun.
Looks like a wasted garden, but I’m sure they’ll be colourful once again soon.
I wish to trek there some day in the near future
The tree that lived alone.
The Dogs here are extremely friendly. They jog along by your side throughout the trek, and expect nothing in return.
My brother and his friends contemplating about snow balls.
My brother, his friends and I (Family Portrait).
Trees awaiting change.
The descent (Photo – Kaushik)
The long and winding road (Photo – Kaushik)
Hachiko keeping me company (Photo – Kaushik)
Smiles and frowns (Photo – Kaushik)
Serious snow balling happened here. (photo – Kaushik)
Guardian of the mountains
Buddhist prayer flags
Sunset in Manali
Huge statue of Lord Shiva at the Gurudwara in Manikaran. The fumes in the image is from the hot water spring below the statue. The water is so hot that rice and channa are cooked here.
View from one of the hotels in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.
View from the museum window at Dharamsala
The cemetery at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.
Somewhere in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala
Back to International Youth Hostel, Delhi, and then to Bangalore.