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Travelling for free from Delhi to popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh

Well, one can reach places by hitchhiking.  Did you know this? They say, by tradition when one solicits a ride by standing on the edge of the road, from the traffic moving by making a gesture like- one's thumb extended/upwards, it's called hitchhiking. This reminds me of the hitchhiking technique shown in Pooja Bhatt and Aamir Khan starrer " Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" in the year 1991. I won't recommend Pooja Bhat style of hitchhiking.  😄 This was some fun intended! Hitchhiking from Delhi to Manali or any tourist destination in Himachal is not all that difficult. The best part of this route is the heavy traffic on this route. The route, at least, up to Chandigarh is flooded with many options from cars, tempos, lorries, tractors etc. One might face problems beyond Chandigarh. Here are some of the hitchhikers audio-visuals to get inspired from- 1st - Shubham Kumar,a  young boy from a normal background, who  visited 18 countries in a span of just 2 years. His story is
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Food & Beverages that you must enjoy while on a trip to Himachal

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Shimla Struggling To Find Her Soul- The Tourists & The Buzz

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Are You Planning to Visit Himachal Pradesh Around 16th APRIL 2021 Onwards Then You Must Read This.

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Stay in Victorian & Scottish Cottages of Shimla British Resort

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About 'Nati' - A popular Folk Dance of Himachal & how to learn 'Nati" ?

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