We were lucky to witness the fresh snowfall during evening when small snow flakes started to shower from sky which disappeared after it collided with us. Gradually, these flakes got settled on the leaves and branches of the tree painting them into white from green. It snowed for whole night and the temperature reached -8 degree Celsius during night. Next morning when we woke up, Manali that we saw on the arrival had turned into a snow paradise. For the first time in life I realized why heaven and fairies are always depicted with color white. Gazing around my hotel made me realized how heaven would look like. In-front of my hotel was a river flowing, behind which was a snow covered mountain. Next to the house was a apple orchid covered with a white sheet of snow all over the tress and grass. I finally took my camera and stepped into the paradise so that I could freeze some memories of my first snowfall.
Of all the trips I made to Manali this one was the most memorable for me. Strolling around the Old Manali among wooden houses , amazing cafes and with a view of snow peak mountains gives you a feeling of Nomad. Snowfall gives you a feeling of nostalgia. It appears to be a place of its own which welcomes you as whole. The warmth and gentleness of locals is another best thing you will experience here.
Time for visit for snowfall: Dec- Jan
Cost of stay : It costed us Rs 1000 per night for a room at Bhoomi Holiday Homes (Compass Cottage)
Tips : Carry light luggage with you, as you might have to walk because of narrow and snow covered lanes. If possible wear non - skid shoes.