We woke up at around 7 in the morning to find clear skies and bright sunshine welcoming us. Joy filled our hearts and we started getting ready for the day. Suddenly we noticed snow everywhere, not in kasol but on all mountains surrounding it, view from rooms has changed completely to snow filled mountains. But sun was bright so was our hearts, and we kicked start our bikes and started our journey to manikaran and tosh.
Manikaran: as usual was divine, it was our second time there but still the stories and mysterious of the holy place never stop us from surprising. The hot water spring, the shiv mandir and gurdwara everything together, existing peacefully with each other.
After all darshans our empty stomachs were calling for guru ka langar. As we sat there on floor, we got our plate full of kadhi and chawals and believe me i can't explain how tasty the kadhi was. I haven't tasted anything sooo tasty in a while. I recommend anyone going to kasol to atleast have a meal at langar in manikaran.
To Tosh: with our tummies full and heart filled with gratitude from this holy place, we kick started our bikes towards tosh. We had a word with some fellow travellers a day before and they told us that tosh is completely filled with snow and is all white. None of us has ever experienced snow therefore we had this curiosity and excitement building with in us. Road towards tosh was filled with melted water from snow and roads were in very bad condition. Melting snow made drive towards tosh very difficult but we were stopping from nothing. After crossing many puddles and water filled potholes (read craters) we reached pulga dam. And we got first sight of snow from upclose. Our excitement was surreal. After a quick snow fight we left for tosh. Believe me road just got worse. There was literally no road and whatever was left was filled with "khichad" but we completed our last stretch to tosh.
Tosh was actually filled with snow but most part of it was melting this means more khichad. We crossed the famous tosh bridge and started our walk towards the famous cafes of tosh. Walkway towards these place was filled with snow of atleast 2-3 feets, after slipping a few times we reached the tosh's view point. Believe me all the disgust feeling of mud, pain from slipping and anything negative for tosh just left us, the view from there was mesmerizing. We haven't saw anything this beautiful in a long time. We sat there for a while clicked a few pictures, took a snap from my Polaroid to save that landscape for myself for forever.
We started our trek towards the famous cafes of tosh, after reaching the top we had many options to choose from "cafe pink Floyd" to "cafe 360" and "cafe boom shankar". After a good argument we finalized going to Pink Floyd. There is no problem in this world that you can't forget with a glass of watermelon juice there. It was really really refreshing. The view from window was awesome ( as expected). After a quick smoke up we decided to chill for sometime there only before we start again for our ride way back. After an hour or so we decided to go back to tosh as sun was coming down and these roads were not good for driving in dark. Ride way back was pretty comfortable and uneventful except a quick stop for a JCB who was clearing the landslide.
We reached back to kasol by 5:30 in evening. We immediately parked our bikes and went to our secret trek in jungle again to have some solitude time and a good smoke up. So we started again accompanied by friendly pack of dogs. We sat there for a good an hour or two, nobody was willing to leave but darkness and fear of unknown in jungle made us force our feets back to kasol. We decided to stroll around in market and have an early dinner. All of us were keen on trying cafe sunshine there (have been in cafe sunshine in arambol, goa and it was awesome) , must visit for anyone with good taste in food and music. All of the staff there was so friendly. We didn't realised how time flew with awesome food and great company. At last we decided to go back to our rooms. I fell on my bed as soon as we reached the hotel. I slept immediately, but before that heard these two idiots were up for some mischief.