The next morning we checked out of the hotel, had breakfast at the same dhaba near the bus stand and started inquiring about how we can reach Dalhousie since the route had cleared up a bit. We spoke to a few taxi drivers and one of them agreed to take us to Dalhousie bus stand for ₹250 per person, we shared the taxi with one other traveller going on the same route.
The drive of the valley till Dalhousie was breath taking, I had never seen something so beautiful before. We crossed the Dalhousie Canntonment on our way. It took us about 20-25 minutes to reach Dalhousie bus stand.
In Dalhousie we had our booking for the stay in Zostel but unfortunately due to heavy snowfall in the previous days the route till Zostel was closed and we had to cancel the booking. We started talking with the locals so that they could suggest us some decent places under budget. Eventually we again turned to the OYO app for booking another hotel. We finally decided on OYO 3153 Sagrika Resort which was under our budget after all the OYO discounts and the wizard membership.
The resort was 1km away from the bus stand but we had to hike with our luggage and in snow so it took us around an hour to reach the resort. We stopped at several other hotels and resorts to enquire about the stay on our way, but there was no luck. We crossed Subhash Chowk which is a landmark of the city. We finally reached the resort and checked in. Our resort was towards an extreme end and there were no more resorts or hotels after that. The view was everything I could've asked for and more.
After freshening up and having a bite to eat, we took off to explore the city. We literally had to wear 4-5 layers to fight the cold. We hiked till Subhash Chowk and asked the locals about the near by places we could visit. Then we started trekking to Gandhi Chowk from the Tibetan Lhasa Market route. The chowk was around 1.7 kms from the resort. The whole route was covered with snow and there was literally no soul around except for the 2 of us. Enjoying the peace and beauty of the nature we finally reached Gandhi chowk market after trekking for about 45 minutes.
Due to the snowfall almost everything was closed only, apart from a few shops and a couple of cafes. The whole city was on power cut and there was hardly any electricity anywhere. Luckily our resort had electricity but when we were outside whenever we got a chance we used to put our phones and power banks on charge.
After roaming around the closed market for a while we decided to go to a cafe and sit for a while. We went to Mongas Cafe near the chowk only. The cafe had no electricity. The people there arranged for an angithi for us to warm ourselves. One thing we noticed by this time was that the people were extremely friendly and very helpful.
At the cafe we ordered Hot apple tea which was amazing, along with ginger honey tea and chicken pasta. The food was really good specially after a long hike. We sat there for a couple of hours and spoke to the people of the cafe since there were literally no other tourists or travellers around. We decided to start walking back before it got dark.
We reached Subhash chowk and roamed around for a while there and then went back to the resort and had dinner there itself.