Take a road trip from Delhi to Manali.
Karnal: Once you've left Delhi, take the Grand Trunk Road. Chase a peacock breathless in Murthal, and head on from there up towards Karnal. Make your own paranthas in Karnal, visit the Karna lake if time permits.
Chandigarh: Once you've reached Ambala, head on north towards Chandigarh from Ropar Road. Chandigarh has 13 beautiful gardens to choose from, offering serenity to travelers.
Mandi: Head on towards Mandi, a picturesque location, surrounded by pine trees with the Beas Valley on one side. But save your breath for the peaks in Manali, which is just about 100 kms away.