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Manali: A short guide to run away from adulting

Updated: Jan 26, 2021

Zoya Akhter


Nothing bums you out more on a Thursday than realizing that it’s just Tuesday. My 9-5 job plus the three hours of daily commute plus home chores, further exacerbated by my keto diet had me so exhausted. I was never more in need of a holiday. Equally exhausted with his hectic work hours, my husband and I decided to plan a quick weekend getaway. The point of this trip was to take a complete break from adulting and do whatever what we felt like. For anyone living in the NCR region, there’s plenty of options for a short weekend trip. Most popular one among them being the quaint, little city of Manali. We did not have to discuss a lot before settling for Manali:

It was the perfect option for a quick escapade because unlike big cities there isn't a million things you feel obliged to do, without feeling like you've missed out a lot. Plus, at that point we were also very fascinated with Ronnie & Barty's vlogs (if you haven’t checked them out. You must. They’re easily one of the best vloggers in India)

How to Get There: By Air: There’s an airport in Bhuntar just about 50kms from Manali. You can either take a cab or a bus from here to Manali.

By Bus: This route is well connected and there are plenty of buses that go to Manali.

Drive: Depending on where you’re starting from and how adventurous you are, you can also drive to Manali.

Since we wanted a no-hassle, no-plan trip we booked early morning flights ticket from Delhi to Kullu and took a cab from the Bhuntar airport to Manali.

Touch Down Coming from the worlds most polluted city, Kullu literally was a breath of fresh air!

The driver dropped us at the foot of Mall Street and told us our Airbnb was all the way up. Walking up the narrow, elevated road, took longer than it should have, not only because of the climb uphill but also because we kept stopping to admire the gorgeous city . With the beautiful ice-capped mountains and the stunning colours of the leaves it was hard not to stop to click a million pictures.