A memorable trip with friends….

Last summer vacations I visited Kulu and Manali along with my friends. Kulu is a beautiful valley full of lush green trees, apple orchards and forests. Manali was full of ice packed mountains. Kulu and Manali was about forty kilometres away from each other. In Kulu we visited River Beas, Rupi Palace, Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Jagannath Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Great Himalayan National Park, Kasidhar and Deo Tibba. At Great Himalayan National Park we saw more that 180 species of animals and mammals. Another place we visited was Roerich Art Gallery where we saw paintings and sculptures of Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. We also did many adventurous sports like skiing, mountaineering, trekking. Kullu was a beautiful destination and it was provided with the gift of nature.

The road trip from Kullu to Manali was interesting. We all sang, dance, played dumb-charades and cards, ate, talked, cracked jokes and slept on the way. It was a one night drive. Next morning we reached Manali.

Manali was truly heaven. Scenery was magnificent with snow acting as cherry on the cake. We played snow fight, made snow man, did trekking, mountaineering, skiing, paragliding and river rafting there. We visited old Manali village, Vashishtha Temple, Hadimba Temple, Jogini Falls, Solang Valley, Van Vihar, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art and Manali Sanctuary. Jogini falls were situated near Vashishtha Temple and were mesmerizing. The water was crystal clear and had greenery all around. It was coming step wise from rocky landscape. Manali Sanctuary was a little world of animals on its own. We saw many animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Flying Fox, Stripped Hyena, Himalayan Tahr, Indian Hare, Barking Deer, Kashmir flying Squirrels and many more. There were trees which adorned its beauty. They were Deodar, Kail, Maple, Walnut and Horse chestnut. The weather was pleasant with breeze blowing around. We camped near the riverside instead of staying in hotel and got engaged in various things like folk music, folk dance, colours, enjoyment and mouth watering delicacies.

This trip showed me that the cultures in this world are unlimited and even a lifetime is less to know them all. This seven days trip made me realise the beauty of nature and its worth. I will never forget this trip and will always cherish its memories.

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