Actor Mahie Gill loves Manali for the scenic beauty, the apple wine, Pashmina shawls and other handicrafts that are available aplenty, the drive to the Rohtang Pass, and the mouth-watering local dishes. She visits Manali with a bunch of friends, and shares with us her experience
She says that “A holiday, to me, translates into a place where I can relax. I’m passionate about travelling.”
Q: Who accompanied you on this trip?
Mahie Gill: I went to Manali with six of my friends. We could be together after a very long time.
Q: Where did you stay?
Mahie Gill: We stayed at cottage belonging to one of my friends, and the scenery all around was breathtaking.
Q: Did you meet any interesting people?
Mahie Gill: Since I was with my close friends, I didn’t get enough time to interact with people. But the cook at the cottage became a good friend. He used to dish out excellent meals for us.
Q: Did you do any shopping?
Mahie Gill: I bought some excellent apple wine and two Pashmina shawls. The region has a rich tradition of handicrafts and handlooms, and shopping in Manali is an experience in itself. Woolen garments are widely available; you may choose from handmade pullovers, local tweeds and rugs. Tibetan handicrafts have found their way into the markets. When you are shopping in Manali, look out for interesting curios, antiques and knick-knacks for your home, and for souvenirs.
Q: Any Sightseeing recommendations?
Mahie Gill: Since I’m a mountain person through and through, I would recommend driving down to the Rohtang Pass. You must also visit the Hidimba Devi Temple, and relax by the river flowing next to it. It’s an ideal picnic spot. At Model Town, the Tibetan Monastery is a major attraction. It has a good collection of Tibetan paintings as well as Tibetan handicrafts.
Q: Any travel tips?
Mahie Gill: You should travel light. Carry a pair of comfortable shoes and clothes if you want to go trekking. And pack some woollens, though you can shop for some here.
Q: What have you learnt?
Mahie Gill: I have been an avid traveller, and I have learnt that doing some research about the place you plan to visit, is always helpful. Learn about the culture of the place by interacting with the locals. Try out the local food as it is the best way to know more about the region you’re visiting.
Q: You’d love to visit?
Mahie Gill: I would love to see Srinagar because I have heard it’s stunning. I would also like to see Darjeeling and Sikkim.