A shrine that does not accept physical and monetary offerings from the visitors is unusually clean, but not calm. Because the visitors come to Anjani Mahadev on foot, horses, or modern polluting Powersports 4-wheelers even during autumn when it’s partly brown and partly green. Some thrill seekers, especially snow lovers, even visit during December when the sky wraps Solang earth in new moist white fabric. The fabric feeds the water table. The fabric lets earthy wombs rest.
A dedicated 2-kilometer-long track connects Solang and Anjani so that thrill seekers could get a high, nature lovers could communicate with nature, and pilgrims could communicate with the deities easily.
The nature surprises all three categories of the visitors during winter when a tall and big snow shivling forms at Anjani. That is why it is sometimes called the Amarnath of Kullu. But the layers of snow covering the track and the neighborhood make the walk difficult and demanding. The sharp icicles hanging from the huge rocks sheltering the shrine complex add up to both beauty and danger.
Anjani Mahadev Trail in Autumn: A Photo Story
(Photography in November 2016)
Bus schedule and the fare as of November 2016
• Manali ISBT – Solang buses start at 6:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 2:00 pm.
• Solang – Manali buses start at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
• Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus fare amounts to INR 17 per passenger. Carry change otherwise you will end up paying INR 20, three rupees extra per passenger (about 18% extra).
An auto rickshaw takes INR 300 for one side trip, i.e. Manali – Solang (as of November 2016).
3 Means to Visit Anjani
1. An hour’s walk at leisure pace
2. Official rate for a horse ride is INR 550. But the horsemen ask for INR 750. Do bargain.
3. The 4-wheeler ride to Anjani costs INR 1,200 for two (As of November 2016).