(Not) Doing the homework
Last December, me and my friend Eeshan went on the search of snow. We zeroed in on Jibhi, a quaint village on the periphery of the Great Himalayan National Park. We had a couple of days, bus tickets to Aut, no hotel bookings, a few places such as Jalori pass in our minds but our plans were vague at best. This was unchartered territory for me. I tend to plan my trips to the minute details. But this time around, I only had a very rough sketch. In a way it was liberating and like we found out later, we can't plan for the mountains, the weather, and the snow anyway.
A less than perfect start
On the first day, a cloudy gloomy day in the middle of December, we landed at a small town called Aut, on the Chandigarh to Shimla highway following an overnight bus journey. The less I say about that bus journey, the better. It involved major issues- I lost my tripod during a midnight bus change, the place where the bus halted for dinner was ridiculously expensive (especially when you are on a shoestring budget anyway), and the bus was not the most comfortable and definitely was at least 3 hours late even if you make allowances for the mountainous roads. But I was not going to let it ruin my mood and I let the saga of losing my tripod slip into the back of my mind.