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The Ice Age: Part 3

Mandakini Gupta

Updated: December 29, 2007, 1:35 PM IST
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Ever thought of dunking your head inside a deep freezer, well, this was something close to that. Just that I wasn't comfortably numb. I was flying high. Driving up to Solang, the enchanting snow kingdom in the heart of the cold up in Himachal, will send a rush of blood to any self-respecting metro tenant's head. At 8,500 feet above sea level, Solang is a melting pot that is surrounded by rugged peak from all corners.

After driving for 12 hours from Delhi (well it is actually a 10 hour drive but we lost our way due to the snow) Solang looked like a setting for a "'tis was a cold, dark, windy night" sort of story.

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We reached when the first whiff of snowstorm of the season hit the quaint little town. Winter of discontent? No way. A spectacular drama was unfolding right in front of me. The mountains were at their thrilling best, playing hide and seek with black, menacing dark storm clouds.

But the second the weather cleared the next morning, I headed to the slopes for a ski session. Interestingly, every second local here is either a ski instructor or a paraglider. All the more reason for any virgin skier to give the sport a fair shot. Ok, fine the first time you wear the skis, you'll feel like a duck with oversized feet. But, hey, cut yourself some slack and don't fret if you don't get to ski as you see 'em roll down the slopes on ESPN.

Once you get the hang of the sport, just let yourself ride down the slope. And trust me, it feels like you are child who just discovered how to walk. But if you really want to get your motor running, hop onto a snow scooter and allow the wind to cut your face.

Here's the great thing about mountains. You can jump around all you want all day but once the sun sets, there's nothing to do except pamper yourself. Come on, lets admit it, no much how much adventure I crave, I still need a heater and hot water at night. And the Solang Valley resort is perfect for energizing your body. The Resort boasts of beautiful views from every room. So if you don't want to get out of the warmth of your duvet, you can still enjoy the spectacular scenery. Grab a book from the quaint little bookshelf in the lobby sit by the fire with wonderful hot cuppa. Sigh. Life is good.

DETAILS

Solang Valley

Distance from Delhi - 583 Kms
Distance from Manali - 13 Kms

Places to stay
Solang Valley Resorts

Tariff per night : 4500 to 9500

Contact: www.solangvalleyresorts.com

Things to do:
Skiing, Paragliding, Snow scooter, Eating at Manali

First Published: December 29, 2007, 1:35 PM IST

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