By the time we freshened up, it was already afternoon. We then went down and talked to the guys staying at the hostel, pretty chill. A huge realization hit me, people here hugged and welcomed us. While living through the pandemic, I had started to think that this kind of warm welcome would take years to return. But that's not true in the mountains, I got to know that there are no Covid-19 cases in Old Manali. People here have experienced the repercussions of nationwide lockdown, they keep precautions, but they're not scared to death like the people in urban cities.
Old Manali Market & Food
Old Manali is settled on a steep slope, so if you're planning to stay over here, borrow a little stamina from the pahadis (people of mountains). There aren't a whole lot of shops over here, but you'll find the best cafes and hostels here. We walked till the bridge and along the river, and had an amazing Chocolate Croissant at this little German Bakery.