I have already published this travel experience @ igniteengineers. As digitravellers is a sister blog site of igniteengineers, I thought of republishing the experience under this site since the post suits the best to this platform.
Youth hosteling, which was started in Germany, is a movement which promotes “desire for adventure and the desire to make friends”. Youth hosteling has widespread network in 90 countries worldwide with more than 4000 unique hostels [source: YHAI official webpage]. YHAI (Youth Hostels Association of India) is the part of “Youth hosteling” in India. YHAI organizes and conducts several activities as – Trekking, Mountaineering, Nature Study, Family Camping, Sailing etc.
Continued from Manali Expedition (I) – From Delhi to Manali
We reached YHAI Manali hostel at around 10:30 am in the morning. The hostel is a nicely constructed 4 floors building. The main attraction of the hostel is its location. The hostel is situated in Prini village at the feet of the mountains, 4 km away from the rush of the Manali city center.
We entered the hostel, submitted our admit card, the medical certificates and two color passport size photographs each. We had been given our I-cards for the trekking program and allotted our rooms. The room allotted was a dormitory for 6 people. I was the last one to enter, so didn’t have the choice to choose the best place among the all .
A nice bath with cool Himalayan water released all the night journey stress. After the breakfast we had a walk with a girl named Aditi from Delhi, who came alone to enjoy the trip. It was nice to see that girls are taking interest to attend adventurous trekking programs alone. We came back to the hostel after a nice sun bath and then had the delicious lunch.
The food in YHAI was good, but the part I actually liked and admire about YHAI is their respect to time. Every thing was properly scheduled and they were stick to time. Co-ordination among the staffs and the the organizers were perfect. They are very much welcoming to the adventure but with proper rules and discipline. The orientation program has been scheduled to be held at after noon 3:30 pm. The objective of the orientation program was to get introduced with each other and to convey the safety messages, bicycle rules and some dos and don’ts.
The trekking group was having 29 members from different parts of India out of which 5 were girls. The trip manager Mr. Anil Kumar welcomed all of us to the “National Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition – Manali 2014″ and introduced us with many instructions. As this was a mountain biking expedition; so being familiar with the bicycle rules were must. The rules were confusing at that time. This was because of the 3 left gears and 7 right gears of the cycle which was forming 21 combinations of different gear system. Anyways from the instructions most of us decided to keep the gears at 2 and 2 until and unless it would be required to change or till the time we would be acquainted with the gear system.
After the orientation program the trekking kit has been provided to all of us. The kit was having 7 items including the trekking bag. The items were one helmet, one pair of knee guards, one pair of elbow guards, one pair of hand gloves, one YHAI jacket, one sleeping sheet and a trekking bag.
After the evening tea and snacks we had an evening walk. Around 8:00 pm all of us gathered in the dinning to have our dinner. Everyone had their own meal utensils and had to wash them by their own after the meal. YHAI trekking program was teaching us small basic things which we ignore in our busy life. We all were doing our work by ourselves with no pain but with pleasure.
After the dinner there was campfire from 9:00 pm. The campfire was inaugurated by lightening a candle by the group captain, the most talkative person Mr. Sanjay Tomar. The objective of the campfire was to create the opportunity to know each other better and to have some fun and discussion. We talked, discussed and laughed a lot. All the members of the group were dynamic and jolly in nature. Glass of milk had been offered after the campfire and the 1st day in YHAI was broke off with healthy experience and ignited energy for the happening on the next day.
Learning of the day: You meet different people from different places, talk with them, listen to them… You learn a lot