Early morning walk

Did a trip with the family in Himachal over 4-days. Since my co-travellers were not accustomed to the kind of cold you are likely to experience in the north, the decision was made to play it safe and keep Kullu as the base. This opens up Manali, Kasol and Jalori as options within a 60 kilometer range and higher temperatures to keep things comfortable should the cold have a telling effect.

The route was the tried and tested NH1 – NH21 and the start from Delhi was made at the usual 2AM to beat the traffic. Return was re-routed via Shimla to bypass Chandigarh since India was playing Pakistan at Mohali that day. Rest of the journey can be seen through the pictures.

We stayed all four days at The SIlvermoon, Kullu. The hotel is an old ITDC property that is now operated by HPTDC. It is not in the best shape, but has only six rooms and they are humongous. When you are travelling with young children that becomes a major consideration. The staff is also one of the most helpful and friendliest I have ever seen during my travels.

The rates are as low as Rs 1500 per night, which is quite reasonable even if everything has a feeling of oldness to it in the hotel. They have requested for a renovation of the property and if that happens it will become a prime destination with a rate to boot. The location – a bit before you enter Kullu town, at Shastri Nagar – gives you a reasonably quiet experience while being at a walking distance from the main town.