Zero temperature and fresh snowy terrains seemed like a good place to begin my first ever experience with skiing at winter sports at Manali. I always had a notion that uphill of Himachal bestrode intrepid medieval pilgrims. This trivial thought of mine was changed when I visited the most mysterious and romantic place called
Manali. My partner lives for the thrills and is always up for a rugged adventure. As for me I always dreamt of traveling around, but never thought I would receive calling from the treacherous yet tenacious mountains. Now I come to think of my previous vacations without him, all I can recollect is shopping sprees, eating joints, luxury, spa and the list goes on. Last week he surprises me with an envelope saying “I have found my adventure in life and that’s cherishing each new day with you, this Valentine’s Day I want to give you a glimpse of adventure filled with thrill on the winding white slopes of Manali.” I was totally wooed by the breathtaking invitation. He told me every thing was planned and booked, all i had to do was bring the loving me to experience an escapade of lifetime.
We left from Delhi at night and reached Shimla early morning. We stayed for a day in Shimla because I wanted to visit the famous Mall Road. Next day early morning we boarded a car to Manali. We headed to the place less traveled where winding roads, cool breeze and scent of pine wafting along us. The lush slopes were covered with fresh snow fall. As we reached at a knoll for a cup
of tea the wild landscapes of Himachal seemed utterly dramatic, vibrant and breathtaking. The mountains, cliffs, endless snow creates such spectacular scenery capable enough to amazes even those thick-skinned urban enthusiasts insensitive to the nature’s charm. We reached late night to our destined hotel. We booked our hotel near to the venue of winter carnival being held in Manali. We were informed next morning that winter skiing carnival will start a bit late due to intermittent snowfall at Solang.
We were suggested to take a beginners lesson as I never really felt snow and
ice before. We stated the learning process and rented some equipment. I had never received such free fall in my life ever before, so did he. I can say for me that I had a fabulous time though the free falls were embarrassing. I had an arm looking out for me, each time I splayed. The winter sports of Manali were inaugurated and over 250 people from across the country came to participate. We spent entire two day Skiing. I liked the skiing even though it was crowded because I got to spend the most precious time, with him. My partner is just fantastic. He is such an adventurous person and is up for anything. We were laughing, falling and he got me onto a couple of runs that were way above my skill level. It must be said i never thought this would bring out the best in us.
The next two days, as planned by him we spent it on nature gazing, relaxing by the fire, snowflakes blowing across our faces, fast-food picnic on a snow dust hills, lake view from one side of the mountain, champagne and boxes of gourmet chocolate the list goes on and on. I had a fabulous weekend and a great valentine’s day. Trust me people don’t have to blow a small fortune on a vacation to some faraway high lavish places. Himachal Pradesh is loaded with affordable, adventurous, amorous weekend escapes for lovers.