After a long 3 hour delay of bus travel, I was welcomed by the resort town- Manali, Himachal Pradesh by an astonishing view of its mighty mountains. Manali, is one of the most sought after hill station in India. It had just snowed the day before and I was welcomed by a fresh patch of snow almost everywhere I laid my eyes. From vehicles to walkways every inch of the land was covered in a fresh layer of snow. Needless to say, the opening act in Manali soothed my inner self. After a quick refreshment in the backpacking headquarters in Old Manali, I headed out for the first spot in my list- Solang Valley. The routes were just alluring and the climate was lovely. After a while, there was heavy traffic and the vehicle could no longer move forward. So I hiked the rest of the way through snow. The snow maniac in me leapt out and after numerous snow fights and photo sessions and fun I reached the valley. How will a snow walk be completed without a mention of hot momos and Maggi that help us to stand the chill? There are various activities in Solang including paragliding. One could bargain and get a decent deal if interested. I left for my hostel at dawn. Staffs of Backpacking headquarters, Old Manali, have been lovely and very helpful in exploring Manali. The pet dog there, Cherry, was just months old and was my entertainment for the night. Leaving the crowd at Solang aside, my first day in snow was nothing short than perfect.