While exploring the area I met a 4W cab driver who asked me if am interested to go to Solang. I took the cab for Rs1200 after bargaining a lot. Solang was a very nice and of course much colder place. I tried to walk up to the place where para sailing was being done.
After coming back from solang I spent rest of the day in shopping at mall road. Bargaining was the key skill which helped me there.
Next day I checked out of hotel and kept my luggage at the counter to collect in the evening. I walked up to Hidimba temple and explored places around walking.
In evening I took a shared cab who charged me Rs100 till Green Tech Barrier from where I was supposed to take my return bus. Return bus was Himalayan Nomad Rs1200. It too stopped at a hotel which was overpriced and had no other option. Overall the bus was good which left at 6 PM and dropped me at Kashmere Gate in Delhi at 6 AM.
All buses charge Rs10-20 per luggage while boarding. At least I have noticed for private buses.
One need to bargain for practically everything there as they quote much higher price, from cab, jackets to maggi
Better to stay in a hotel near mall road so that all other options are always open. Taking a hotel far will restrict your movement and involve additional costs in transportation
Carry thermal innerwear, rubber/trek shoes, hand gloves, jackets with leather or waterproof material, caps which can cover ears, sunglasses especially with UV protection, sunscreen, moisturizer, medicines. If you are planning to go to Solang/rohtang plan your snow sports there. It's not so great at other places. Roads will be slippery, very very slippery. Be mindful of the steps and vehicles.
This post was originally published on Wanderer Experience.