Cycling from Manali to Solang valley | Video by @place_time_continuum
We had heard a lot about Solang valley and how skying was hugely popular there. We didn't sky but making-snowballs-and-throwing-at-each-other was immensely fun.
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.
Travelling solo is about look deep down to yourself and become a better version of yourself but in the more literal sense, it’s not a solo travelling at all. When you travel solo, you meet co travellers and get to know their stories from across the world. Then, you are not solo at all. However, the idea is solo travelling is pretty good as you meet strangers who may stick around for a while then you are solo travelling again. Starting from the scratch and ready to meet new strangers a head and adapt yourself to these new changes. In Himalayas, even if you all by yourself trekking on those deserted trails you would still find these humble Himalayan dogs who would become your companion along your path. Similarly, I found him who became my companion at the very first sight on my way down to Solang valley from Beas Kund. I am sure, Most of you can definitely relate to my experience. 😊