Ridding out to Rathang and then Palampur

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Day 190 Wed 17th May 2006
Ridding out to Rathang and then Palampur

What a day!!! It really was a mission-and-a-half. We were up at 7am this morning, the main reason for that was probably the fact that it was freezing cold last night! In our wisdom we decided to ride out into the mountains to a place far, far, away called Rathang. It's supposed to be the place to go according to everyone we had talked to, so after breakfast we set of on the long, windy, scary, rough-as-hell road! Everyone else we came across were going up there in cars, and it didn't take long to figure out why! It was bloody cold and the roads were a mess! (see pics) we went along this road up the mountain for a good couple of hours and it didn't look we were getting anywhere near the destination. We stopped at one point for some much needed HOT tea, and decided it was best we headed back to Manali. We could have carried on, but there really wasn't any point, we had got as far as we had wanted to go and we had a long trip ahead of us in the opposite direction. We stopped near this so-called waterfall, so we stopped for pictures then made our way back to Manali. On the way back we got to see some amazing views of the area and I managed to get some pictures of a horse that had just given birth. It was a very beautiful place, but we were not prepared for the cold at all, and that made all the difference. On the way back down we decided to take a short cut, that was fun!!! (see vid).

We got back to Manali for around 11am and went back to the same restaurant as last night for Paranthey. After a delicious breakfast we went back up the river for a go on the 'zip-line'. Gagan and Kaka didn't want to get anywhere near the water (as usual) so it was up to Soma and myself to show them how it's done! (see pics) The water was freezing cold but it was good fun! How people bath in the river, I have no idea!!! Anyway after our little adrenalin rush we got on the bikes and rode out to Mandi. I think all the pressure of 'having a good time' really got to Kaka, the poor guy is just not used to it! He bailed out at Mandi and went home on the bus, so we were one man down. We had a change around a bit on the bikes, I took charge of Kaka's bike, while Soma and Gagan took over on the Bullet. Kaka left around 3pm and we then went onto Palampur.

It was another long & tiring ride up to Palampur, we didn't reach there till gone 9pm, but we saw some of the most amazing scenery along the way (see pics). Gagan was on a mission with the Bullet so they went ahead of me for a while. This was around sunset and I really wanted to stop somewhere to view it, so I did. I found the perfect place, it was this little grassy knoll to the side of the road, I went and sat at the top of the hill and saw the sunset. It was beautiful, as usual the pictures don't do it justice one little bit! I caught up with the guy's as we pulled into Palampur and we found a nice little hotel to stay at. We went out for a bite to eat before crashing out around 11pm. While we were out, there was a protest in the middle of the town by some Tibetan people. I couldn't figure out what they were protesting about, but in true Tibetan style, the protest was very peaceful, they were standing in the middle of the street with candles in there hands. I hope for their sake, what ever they were trying to say, was understood by the people of Palampur!
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