A Trip to Heaven of Himalayas – Bharti Chainani – Solo Traveler

Tell us something about yourself and your background

I am an entrepreneur by profession, working with an MNC as Finance Manager several Months back. Currently engaged in our start-up of E-commerce unit.

How many countries and Indian states have you travelled?

In India, I have travelled to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand & Punjab.
As far as foreign trips are concerned, I am yet to explore the beautiful globe.

Any interesting travel moment or incidence:
Not only a moment, but I would like to share the whole experience of my recent visit to Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

So, it was in December 2017 that I decided to go to the heaven of the Himachal.

It was an adventure & relaxation tour. So only 1 destination was to be covered, MANALI.

I was initially a bit afraid about the weather conditions, as the normal temperature during the daytime was around 4-5 degree & I not being habitual to such weather conditions was genuinely worried. After reaching the hotel, my fear proved to be a myth bubble. In fact I found the weather to be very blissful.

Day : 1 : I started with Hiking & a small trek in a group. Activities like rock climbing, zip line & rappelling were covered & to my surprise, I completed all of them, because I am a person who is quite afraid of heights. Undertaking and completing such activities raised the bars of my confidence. Also there happened an incident, when I barely escaped falling into a trench. I was in a complete state of shock for that moment. Thanks to the Activity Instructor, I am alive today. The feeling that you get while hiking in the forest where you don’t get to listen the noise of mad-city rush, but the chirping of birds & the soothing sound of flowing water was simply out of the world.

Day 2: The second day was reserved for some sight seeing. We headed to the beautiful Solang valley, & it was too mesmerising. Paragliding was again an adventure that was worth trying. To satisfy our tummy rats, we had some tasty Maggi & sprite; after all who can give a miss to this snack in such a cold weather.

Day 3: Here comes day 3, which was the most important because it involved food & shopping. Mall Road was the shopping destination. When it comes to shopping, you should pick the stuff that is not available in the place you stay. Like I picked for some Pashmina tops, Handmade soaps & perfumes, which were completely non-alcoholic. When it comes to food, I had option of lots of local dishes to satisfy our food cravings, but best amongst all was, Panipuri & Gulabjamun (Who can ignore them while shopping & wandering)

Day 4: River Rafting: Imagine, in a weather of 3-4 degree, the cold water of Beas river & river rafting. I was already getting chills, thinking about it, which made me back out for once from trying the sport. But it was the instructor who boosted my confidence & I finally decided to go for it. It was an experience worth remembering.

Most popular places to visit at the destination:

Solang Valley, River Rafting at Beas river, Bijli Mahadev Temple & you should also try trout fish if you are a non-vegetarian.

Tell us about your fears and anxieties when traversing solo. How you keep them at bay?
A lot of anxieties & fear are there in every individual when you travel solo, but you overcome them gradually, when you keep on exploring new places.

What’s your favourite travel quote?
Live life, Feel Life, Travel Life

What’s the strangest thing you tried on your travelling days?
I was stuck at the Airport, as I missed my flight, so all I had to do was spending whole night there. I slept on the floor, as I was getting sleepy. The next day when I had flight, to keep myself aware & awake, I kept on talking with various co-passengers at the airport waiting lobby.

Any travel tips for the readers?
When you travel solo, just keep yourself ready with the itinerary.Keep your self well immune and healthy.