Day 8 (Manali-Somewhere before Rohtang)
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
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|Route in red|
First day at Manali and it was freezing cold. I would not move from from the bed and be in my cacoon of blankets.
But Darshan was up early and took a stroll alone. Then I joined him to have a morning tea in cold Manali. It was 10-15ºC on the weather forecast.
We head back to the hotel and got ready for our day.
First thing to do on day one Manali was getting 2 Royal Enfields for our extra passengers from Shimla and also the ride up to Rohtang pass. This is because the obvious 150 cc Impulse bike won’t be powerful enough to handle two people at once. It would be slow and hard on the bike. And also to ride my first RE experience.
Joined by Amit’s friends in Manali, we head to Hardev Motors. They rent bikes to willing bikers for their harsh journey deep into the Himalayas and also conduct multiple yearly trips in 4 months span.
Then we head back down towards Solan pass. A tourist spot for skiing in Manali during winter. During summer and spring its all muddy and green giving space for zorbing, horse riding and paragliding.
|Solan Valley, cable car for skiing in winter|
By night fall, went back to the hotel. Manali town was a 10 minute walk from our hotel.
|Not used to this cold weather|
|Bushy happy dog|
|Being himachali but failed|
After playing with the dogs(but not me) we retire to our beds to rest for our ride tomorrow ascending to the heavens.