When I visited Manali for the first time (sometime back in 2012) I’d no idea about what to expect too. I stayed in the crowded city-centre and covered the frequented highlights like Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley. Later, as I quit my job and became a full-time travel photographer/writer, and ended up in Manali a few more times than I desired, I found out that there are enough offbeat places in under 15km from Manali that were unknown to the world, and one such place is the Buddhist town of Sethan.
I happened to visit Sethan about one and a half years ago when the idea of trying snowboarding in the Himalayas struck my mind. A quick search on the internet and I found that Pir Panjal range near Sethan is considered to be one of the best places in Indian Himalayas to try backcountry snowboarding. Attracted to the idea, I immediately booked a night bus from New Delhi and reached Sethan the following morning.
The original plan, however, was to stay for a few days, try a bit of snowboarding and return. But it turned out that Sethan wasn’t a place I would want to leave in just a few days. My first time in Sethan and I happened to stay for nearly 15 days, exploring the nearby trekking routes, soaking in all the beauty that this tiny little town had to offer, and meeting happy locals around the area. During the next 16 (until May 2016, today) I visited Sethan at least once every three months – only to finally realise that this is the place I would like to start with my first hospitality venture: A Camping Site!