Shimla Kullu Manali 2015 | Day 4 : snowboarding in Solang Valley

    sunrise view from my hotel

    40 minutes ride from Manali town to Solang Valley

    gate of the house in the Hollywood movie Bang Bang

    heavy snowfall for 48 hours a few days back

    Solang Valley

    had a chance to try snowboarding for the first time , of which i have
    missed last time in Gulmarg  , Kashmir ( click here )
    costs me Rs1300 for one day snowboard rental.

    young kids taking skiing course from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering , Manali

    ropeway / gondola ride to 3200m asl.
    costs Rs500 per head.


    Junction of Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass.
    Rohtang Pass , a high mountain road in the Zanskar Range of the Himalaya
    located at Indo-Tibetan junction leads to Leh , Ladakh in the state of
    Jammu and Kashmir.
    Like the Sonamarg and Kargil in Kashmir , Rohtang Pass remain closed in
    winter from December to April due to heavy snow up to 30ft of powder.
    during summer , this road will open , and a popular route for
    Royal Enfield bikers to ride from Manali to Leh , Ladakh .

    Tata Nano trying to climb the mountain road

    traffic congestion due to damaged road during winter , and
    narrow road that can accomodate only one vehicle width at some places.
    during peak season from June to September , the congestion will be worse
    due to more vehicle using the road , sometimes up to 2000 cars per day
    as told by my driver.

    prayer at Beas River. quite difficult to find mosque in this region
    of the Himalaya , unlike Srinagar Kashmir.

    street food at night at Tibet Market near the Tibetan Monastery

    a piece of trout costs Rs200

    our hotel held a surprise candlelight dinner for all of us tonight

    day 4 : Solang Valley , Manali

    Shimla , Kullu and Manali
    Himachal Pradesh , India
    2nd to 9th February 2015

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