18th May’ 18
The sky is a beautiful blue today with several clouds accentuating the view. The sun has risen and illuminates the perfect shade of every tree. The clouds are scattered like white cotton candy. When sunlight filters through them, they shine like marble. We’ll soon be leaving after breakfast.
Leaving for Manali. It is a very long road journey. It is drizzling. Hope the weather is good otherwise we won’t be able to enjoy. Distance from Shimla to Manali is approximately 268 km. It is a long 13 to 14 hours journey with some sightseeing spots in between.
A palette of fluffy white swirling with blue
A fiery bloom on magnanimous green askew
A faded purple petal peeks in laze
Through unkempt, unfiltered mantis vague
Warm coloured flowers huddle close,
And a hue of bold orange obscures the natural repose
A rapport of white temples and pop shades of concrete
Unbloomed yellow buds live in unknown discreet
Dried and rusty golden brown leaves kowtow,
Pink, red and green flags guide cars with an unstable bow
Grey gravel cascades
Sea green cacti protrudes the sand unfazed
Withered brown branches regret solitude
Black tyres interspersed with sand interlude
A lake curves and deviates
And silver poles; asymmetry, seem to deprecate.
Muddy mountain charges like a bull ballistic,
Yellow and green moss floats languid and static.
Stalactites and stalagmites grey
Traverse the black tunnel astray
A white caravan composed of vapour
Elopes to the sanctuary of tree pilgrims; which towards the sky taper
Crescent silver moon watches over silhouettes abound,
And green river follows; an onomatopoeic sound.
A beautiful chaos of colour coronates nature,
A pandemonium of hues and shades; an indecipherable nomenclature.
We almost reach Kullu. On the way, we got down at a few places. We saw the Pandoh Dam on our way. We got down at a point where we could take picturesque pictures of the Beas River. Beas river flows right from the Rohtang Pass which is actually more farther than Manali. Rohtang Pass is 13,000 km high. The Beas river follows us everywhere. There were big rocks and white sand on the banks of the river. Later we went on a very narrow wooden bridge. The view was beautiful. We paid our respects at a temple and later proceeded to Manali.
It’s evening and it’s amazing. There are many houses and they glitter in the twilight. The Beas river flows downwards but occasionally, when an opposite stream occurs, it causes a mini typhoon in the river. The houses are on both sides of the river bank. When houses hide behind the trees, the lights over them twinkle. The moon is crescent, surrounded with stars. Sometimes, a bridge arches over the river. It’s a dreamy scene. The air is so cold that I have to shut the window. It’s like something right out of the movies. Several mountains overlap each other. And even as a person who loves playing with words, the beauty is impossible to describe.
We went out for a walk after dinner. There was a chill in the air. It was almost 9°C while going to bed. With anticipation of seeing snow the next morning, we slept.
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