Ascent into the preliminary Himalayan region. October 2017
Vistas of snow caped peaks contrasts with a previous visit to Manali. The town was then covered in a carpet of snow, though its brightly colored dwellings and orchards this time round. Tiny flags hang off buildings, fluttering, as a signature of Buddhist influences in the region.
Shops close for the season in Old Manali as the temperature drops. The folding bike is for up to 15km, but to go further, I hired a 350 Royal Enfield.
Also there are walking trails to neighboring villages with interesting histories like the one that became the residence of a famous Russian Artist.
At the top end of Old Manlai there's remnants of traditional dwellings which are precariously juxtaposed amidst the gradual development of apartment block styled structures