is great, and the crisp, cool mountain air is
enough to get you into paradise itself. Besides
having an amazingly brilliant driveway, Solang
also boasts of having some of Himachal’s
best ski slopes. The two and a half kilometer
slope starts off gently from a flat ground.
You can laze around in this part and check out
the slope at close quarters. If you are a seasoned
veteran, you can catch the ski lift part of
the way, hike up the rest, and then whiz down
at mind-bending speed. At the base of the slope
is Solang village, where you can see a number
of locals looking on in amused indulgence. You
never know who you might bump into here - some
of the kids here are national level ski champs.
Little to one side of the main slope is where
you can stop for a bite between runs.
A recent sporting craze to
have hit this area is snowboarding and the locals are catching on fast. Solang
is a popular place even during the summer after
the snow has melted. There is always a lot to
do here besides relaxing. The base of Solang
is given over to horse riding, with a number
of ponies to choose from.
Those in search of solitude
can go on a hike beside the slope, along the
Beas river right up to Beas Kund, the source
of the river. After the monsoons are over in
October, Solang becomes the prime paragliding country,
and the adventurous ones can take turns running
down the slopes and go sky borne on a parachute.
The Solang Nullah, along with
the villages of Palchan and Kothi, is located
at different points at the head of the Kullu
Valley. The Manali-Rohtang road splits into
two here - one taking off for Kothi and the
Rohtang pass and the other taking off for Solang,
about five kilometres away. For accommodation,
there are heated dormitories in Bukhari. Many
tourists descend upon the Nullah, and a whole
number of noodle and boiled egg joints spring
up overnight to cater to this crowd.