A trip to Rohtang Top
It was the last day of our trip. We started early to visit the Rohtang Pass as the morning was cloudy and the temperature was chill. As we already got to know that it was snowing at Rohtang, so we all were excited and in a hurry to reach the top. We stopped once at a roadside shop to rent some woollens to cope up with the biting cold at the top and continued the journey.
Experience the fall colour
A couple of hours into the journey and we found ourselves in a fairyland. The trees on either side of the roads took the myriad colours of red, yellow, golden brown. It was looking spectacular. Later I got to know that deciduous trees during fall season take fall foliage by which every leaf of the trees takes the beautiful fall colours. That was the first time I witnessed the true beauty of fall colour in the Himalayas.
Encounter the Snowfall
Soon we reached Rohtang Top. As I stepped out of the car, I found myself in the middle of the whitewash wonderland. The outside was freezing cold but the beauty was bewitchingly beautiful. The ground, slopes, peaks everything was covered with a blanket of milky white snow. Except for a few tourists and a herd of ponies, the top was almost empty. Not that this was the first time I was seeing the snow or snow-covered land but it was after a long gap of almost two years and it made me joyous. We were walking ahead along the snowy road while admiring the unspoiled beauty of mother nature.
And then, all of a sudden, small snowflakes started coming down from the sky. The snow was floating in the air just like a feather. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. It was so soft to touch. I was staring in awe. It seemed I was watching a scene straight out of the Movie. It kept coming down and rested on the outer surface of my long winter coat and soon melted into the water droplet. That was my first encounter with the snowfall. It was something so beautiful that I had never seen before and it was one of those magical moments that turned into a memory for a lifetime.
The fall was continuing, so I just put the umbrella on my head and strolling around. Suddenly I saw a few Quad Bike at a distance. And my roommate and I decided to take an adventurous ride.
Enjoy Quad Bike ride
The Quad Bike is a type of recreational three-seater vehicle that could be a ride on a snow-covered road. It is a total fun activity. It could be ride alone but we prefer to sit at the backseat. It was a 20 minutes trip. We headed towards the top while it was still snowing. The snowflakes hit the face and the glasses. Nothing could be seen properly. I had to remove the spectacles to look around. We were going through the fog. the visibility was as low as a couple of feet. It was an awesome experience. A few minutes into the journey, it started snowing heavily. The large flakes of snows started hitting the open surface of the face tremendously, so we headed back. Riding this bike along the snow-covered path through the snowfall was another lifetime experience. I think it was the best thing that I did on this trip.
If you are in Rohtang top during winter never miss this bike ride. It was a unique experience and quite thrilling too. Then we started getting down and reached the hotel before lunchtime. The evening was free, we took a stroll at the mall road again.