So welcome along to my Heavenly Manali – Winter Trip – Day 2 experience. Read about day 1 here. The snowfall from Solang Valley has descended down to Manali town and there was heavy snowfall the previous night. I felt the chill from within my room and for once I wished the snowfall stopped. But then I slept anyway and woke up to another murky morning. Having wet my jacket yesterday which wasn’t totally dry in the morning, I did not want this dark and cloudy weather to continue. But that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.
The day’s plan was to cover Naggar castle, one monastery and Jana waterfall along with Kullu Valley. So after all the hopes for sun withered away, it was time to leave in the rain. I hated the idea of getting wet again but it’s part of the experience and I went along. Soon the cab arrived and I was on my way. It is about 40kms away from Manali and in a not so distant past, Kullu also received snow, but it doesn’t anymore. Naggar Castle is an artistic monument which also has a hotel and restaurant inside along with a temple. The architecture is pretty and the monument is well maintained. It was the official seat of kings for centuries. was built by Raja Sidh Singh more than 500 years ago. According to a legend, he used stones from the abandoned palace (Gardhak) of Rana Bhonsal to build the castle. (Src: Wikipedia).
To be honest, I wasn’t really enjoying the rain and somehow wanted to end the day tour short. My jacket was wet again and it’s very uncomfortable in cold weather. So next I went to Jana waterfall, which was about an hour from the palace. It is a famous tourist destination as and I saw a few people climbing up the rocks up the waterfall. I tried to go for a short while and then lost my way. The rocks had become very slippery due to constant rain so I decided to track back and return. It must be a different experience in a different weather, but rain continued to play spoilsport.
Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery
Next, we visited the Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery, one of the biggest you will find in Kullu. Truly beautiful, and the scenes from this place are fantastic. I walked the campus and clicked a few pictures, saw the classrooms and hostels for students. After that, it was time for the next destination.
On the way back to the hotel, we halted near the Kullu River rafting point. I sat by the riverside on the stones for a long time and clicked a few pictures and tried a few more things with the camera which didn’t work out. It was the best time of the day, with no rain and slow breeze was blowing. Hearing the River Beas flow gives an amazing peace of mind and I wish I could have stayed there forever but it’s not possible, is it? Had to finally leave but was glad that this happened because it made my day whole lot better. I was no more sulking at the weather.
So it was all in all an okay experience with the highlight coming right at the end. That also marked the end of my car expeditions and next day onwards it will be all walk.