Solang should always make it to the top of your places to visit when in Manali list. The valley presents one with some stunning views of snow covered mountains, glaciers and dense forests. If you are game for some adventure sports then please try paragliding or skiing when you are here. If you decide to bring along the kids, they can indulge in horse riding or zorbing to keep themselves busy here. The place is filled with spots that are ideal for picnics, so one should pack a basket and go on one. Solang is dotted with shops that sell delicious local food to satiate the hunger pangs.
Koksar Bus Stop
We passsed through some of most picturesque surroundings that I have seen in all of my Himalayan adventures so far. As we passed from Manali to Chandrataal through Rohtang and Kuksar(spent one night at Kuksar and hence had to take a small detour), we gradually witnessed the change in hue and terrain of the majestic Himalayas. The colourful rhodendrons, the spiralling riverways and the imposing mountains kept us high in our spirits as we crossed one of the most difficult Himalayan roads that lies in India.
We woke up early morning and after breakfast, we left at sharp 8 am for the Snow Point. The Snow Point typically varies from season to season, the point upto which the roads are cleared off and are accessible. Ours Snow Point was that of the Gulaba Camp, the base camp of the Bhrigu Lake trek. Since, it was a high altitude point, and wind was blowing at greater speeds, our driver suggested to rent some clothes for Gulaba. We paid around 500 bucks each for the dress. They do not bargain.. sigh. Gulaba Camp snow point lies midway between Manali and Rohtang La on The Leh-Manali Highway. The road is well maintained and provide breathtaking views of the valley as we go upwards.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali hosts a 21-day basic skiing course at the skiing centre in Solang Valley.Maximum capacity: 15 participantsClick here to contact.Read more: Mountains calling: Trek inside the glory of nature – Beas kund by Pradeep Choudhary.