Every year Our College, School of Fashion Technology takes us to a national trip and an international trip. For this year’s national trip they took us to Chandigarh-Shimla-Manali with Veena world.
Day 1: 15-Feb-2016, Pune -Delhi – Chandigarh. All the students and teachers were asked to meet at Pune Domestic Airport in the morning. Our flight departure was at 11:30 AM and arrival time to Delhi was 1:00 PM. On Arrival to Delhi after lunch we left for to Chandigarh. We reached Chandigarh at around 9:30. We checked in to hotel Golden Plaza, had dinner, discussed next day’s schedule and slept.
Day 2: 16-Feb-2016, Chandigarh. We visited Rose Garden, Sukhana Lake, and Rock Garden.
After the breakfast, we checked out from the hotel and left for Sukhana Lake. Sukhana Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhana is that it is a manmade lake. It is a 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958. It was done by damming the Sukhana Choe, which is a seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills.
After the Sukhana Lake we left for Rock Garden. Chandigarh rock garden is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste. The garden houses sculptures made by using a variety of different discarded waste materials like frames, mudguards, forks, handle bars, metal wires, play marbles, porcelain, auto parts, broken bangles etc.
After Rock garden we headed to the beautiful Rose Garden. Named after India’s former President, Zakir Hussain, this beautiful garden was set up in 1967 with the support of Chandigarh’s first Chief Commissioner, late Dr M S Randhawa. Chandigarh rose garden contains more than 17,000 plants. There are nearly 1,600 varieties of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres. Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the gorgeous roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be spotted here are bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. Rose garden serves as the venue for hosting the annual festival of gardens, a major cultural event of the city.
After Rose garden we all had lunch and continued our journey to Shimla. We reached Shimla at around 8:00 PM. We all had dinner, discussed next day’s schedule and slept.
Day 3: 17-Feb-2016, Shimla. We explored the city of Shimla.
We visited Kufri zoo.
After lunch, we headed for the famous Mall Road of Shimla.
We did a lot of shopping there. We also visited the church.
At night, Vina World surprised us with a DJ party.
Day 4: We left for Manali enjoying a scenic drive through Pandoh Dam and Kullu Valley. En route we visited Kullu Shawl Factory.
The very ancient Vashisht temple is in old Manali, about 6 Kms from Manali. It is a calm village presently busy with many shops selling mostly pure wool clothes and beautiful cafes.
Vashisht was named after Rishi Vashisht one of the seven sages of Hindu. Legend has it that the saddened Rishi Vashisht after learning that his children were killed by Vishwamitra tried to commit suicide. But the river refused to kill him. The river was therefore named as Vipasha which literally means ‘freedom from bondage’. It was later shortened to Beas River. He began mediating and vowed to start his life anew. The Vashisht temple which exists even today is believed to be more than 4000 years.
There’s also another ancient stone temple known as Rama Temple adjacent to the Vashisht Temple. Vashisht village is an important Hindu Pilgrimage center.
Vashisht offers an excellent view of the Beas River and the Old Manali. The river valley spread below at sunset gives and excellent sight and great for Photography.
Hot water springs are part of the temple area. Separate enclosures are kept for ladies and gents to have a dip in the hot water springs
ROHTANG PASS POINT (GULABA)
Then we proceeded for Rohtang point. We enjoyed spectacular drive towards Rohtang snow point. Rohtang pass is 51 km away from Manali. This pass is not accessible for almost 8 months in a year as it is covered by snow. We visited the snow point on Rohtang road (Gulaba), which has been permitted by the Border Security Force.
At night we were entertained by the amazing performance by Himachali Folk Dancers.
Day 6: 20-Feb-2016, Manali – Solang Valley.
Solang (Valley) drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is a side valley at the top of the Kullu valley in 14 km northwest of the resort town Manali on the way to Rohtang pass, and is known for its summer and winter sport conditions. The sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, and skating.
Later after lunch, we left for Manali Mall Road for shopping.
At night we enjoyed an amazing DJ night at the hotel.
Day 7: 21-Feb-2016, Manali – Chandigarh.
We left for Chandigarh – the capital of Punjab and Haryana. Stayed there for a night and left for Delhi the next day.
Day 8: 22-Feb-2016, Chandigarh – Delhi – Departure to hometown (Pune)
We left for Delhi early morning to catch our flight for Pune. In evening we departed from Delhi to Pune and reached Pune two and half hours.
We thank our college and Veena world for such an amazing trip. We came back with beautiful memories.