Old Manali! The name sounds as archaic as the pronunciation and the place offers a perfect serene and tranquilÂ atmosphere for a retreat to the hills. This place is located three kilometers away from Manali. It has orchards andÂ old guest houses with wooden balconies and sandstone roofs.
The place is well known for its special attractions inÂ Himachal, temples and Buddhist monasteries. It also provides cheap food joints at places for tourists who want toÂ hold on to their purse strings tightly. We had hired a taxi to reach there. You can also avail the bus services available.
The best time to visit the place is between May and October. The adjoining places Solang valley and Hadimba templeÂ are among the special attractions in Himachal.
The guest houses with cafÃ© are important food joints and we had been to one called the Blue Elephant. The mainÂ road has the shops on both sides of it. Some of the cafes on slanting roads lead to the village. A lot of Hippies whoÂ move about in search of the special attractions in Himachal go there.
Apart from the hippies all other nationalitiesÂ meet here for these special attractions of Himachal Township. This is a place ideal for retirement into the bosomÂ of nature where time walks slowly. The guest houses are most wonderfully decorated with animal antlers, curtains,Â customersâ€™ drawings, and cafes that serve excellent Jewish, Spanish, Italian, Irish cuisines that are truly specialÂ attractions in Himachalâ€™s Old Manali. Apart from other beverages you would be serves marijuana with someÂ incentives to waiters. We loved some extra helping of the yak cheese available in some cafes.
One of the special attractions in Himachal is the place, where there is natural splendor everywhere and beautifulÂ guest houses with queer names. The roads lead to the orchards of apples and pears and you can hear the murmurÂ of the flowing river nearby.
You could also see the snow capped peaks at a distance from the balcony of the guestÂ house. It is an idyllic sylvan setting where you tend to lose yourself for ever. The locals live in thatched houses but itÂ is this lifestyle of the villages that attracted us mainly.
Old Manali noted as one of the places of special attractions in Himachal is a fifteen hour long drive from NewÂ Delhi. Friendly locals, apple orchards, tourists, the river Beas in full mirth is a wonderful way to spend your vacationÂ with.