Diwali is the Hindu new year and while there weren't any big fireworks on display in Manali, there were plenty of small ones banging off the whole night making a riotous racket throughout the town. If a bomb had gone off no one'da known.
Me getting scared shitless when the little firecracker made a very unexpected and very big noise. I felt like a war journalist getting too close to a bomb suddenly going off.
Donkeys are a bit confusticated from all the commotion
A man jumps out of the way as a firecracker goes off
I saw one guy limping away after he was too careless with his fireworks. It was total madness. One group of kids were shooting bottle rockets through the streets.
Bottle rocket goes skyward
Some people were dropping lit fireworks from the roofs of buildings and many people had fires on their roofs and were shooting fireworks skyward.
Where is the adult supervision? There was none to be found, just chaos.
I'm really surprised there weren't more injuries. I nearly got hit by a bottle rocket flying along, bouncing off the street, like a rogue, unguided missile.
The unruliness continues the day after.... Here a donkey eats celebratory flowers off of a taxi. Will the madness ever cease?
So not sure my next destination. I guess I'm gonna skip Daharm Salah for now as well as doing another trek. We were thinking of doing a longer trek in Pin Parbati valley, skpping the pass, just because Andrew says it's very beautiful. But perhaps it's time to move on, in which case I'll finally be coming to Varanasi Nori! Nori, how was the Diwali celebration in Varanasi?