Summer was peaking. The addicts were hot and bothered. Decisions were made. Manali it was!
We, the coffee addicts, reached the beautiful, scenic hill station on a Friday afternoon. Having decided to spend our long weekend with the best of friends to enjoy the best of times.
A must see, scenic beautiful nine hour car drive, funny car games, endless cups of black coffee and a landslide later, we hit Old Manali, a lot of locals shouting about Hadimba Temple and the GPS dying. Manali, we were finally there!
Of course we decided to start the weekend right with food! We stuffed our faces at a pretty riverside cafe called ‘Cafe 1947‘ and proceeded to go out on a stroll around Old Manali.
After getting changed, we left for an adrenaline rush via quad biking experience at The Alternate Terrain where we drove on the trail by the riverbed of Beas. We later spent the evening playing table tennis at cafe attached.
Back at Old Manali, we found home at a quaint cafe called Drifters. Food and games ensued! And that one game of Ludo got intense lol!
Another place we were introduced to by our lovely Kuber Malik, Instagram @malikkuber, was the Dylan’s Bakery (a special thank you to our patient tour guide and amazing photographer). Also, the cookies deserve a special mention. If love was a cookie, it would be a freshly baked Dylan’s cookie. Sorry for no pictures, the cookies were eaten by all depraved souls in less than 5 minutes!
Next up not to miss, the Sunday roast at Martin’s. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Apple picking, getting others to do our slimey dirty work, this is fun activity that makes you enjoy the beautiful Martin’s property, the weather and the terrain. Love!
Then, a brunch at Johnson’s cafe, sitting in the lovely property, delicious food a beautiful view and good conversation, the simple pleasures of life don’t get any better.
Trekking the Nature trail! Or all of Manali, you choose.
Drinks at any of the cafe’s or bars such as The Lazy Dog, La Plage, Hangout for an open air bar are amongst the many options in Old Manali
Walking the mall road..Explore! Little coffee shops, souvenir shops and fun art shops add to the culture and experience of the quintessential hill station vibe.
We got hippie braids done with fun charms at a local barber shop, got chatting as usual, and he told us about amazing knots and braiding techniques.
Well there you have it. That just about sums up our three days in Manali. We learnt new things, met new people, enjoyed new things! The best three days in forever!
Hope you love Manali the way we loved it! Comment below to let us know what you loved best about our trip and if you think we missed out on something!
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