Day 0: Reaching Delhi
The bus reached Chandigarh early in the morning. The cab driver was supposed to pick up from there, and would be there with us for the next 10 days till Manali. Initially, he went to another bus stop. He was speaking too fast, and we couldn't understand him properly. After few phone calls, he could come to where we were. At last, we were at out gate, and he came to the in gate somehow.
I was surprised to see the city laid out as a perfect grid with square blocks, and then realized it is one of the characteristics of a planned city. Very excited to have started the journey in which we would see greens, whites, browns and whatever colors that mountains could offer. Soon after we were on the Ghat roads of the Shivalik range, the lower Himalayas. The weather was very misty.
We stopped on our way for a quick tea stop. What else can we ask for in cold weather! There were a couple of dogs outside, and there were not like the ones that we normally encounter as they were huge. As we continued our journey, the mountains became higher and higher. Slowly sun started coming out of the thick fog, and it appeared like moon.