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Old 22nd December 2012, 12:36   #46
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Thank you sir for your reply. Sikkim is my Plan B in case I don't have access to Uttarakhand & particularly Harsil. The main main reason going in favour of UK is that I want to see the Ganges there. Not for religious reasons, but just out of curiosity. Have seen the Ganges in Kolkata, Patna, Varanasi but wanted to have a look at its origin. I think it should be a great experience. What can be better if if I can see some snow in the process!
Saket in that case come to this area around End May or early June. It would be more rewarding. For snow stick to your plan B. You will find each trip more fulfilling while keeping it simple and uncomplicated as to the ends sought to be achieved.
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Saket in that case come to this area around End May or early June. It would be more rewarding. For snow stick to your plan B. You will find each trip more fulfilling while keeping it simple and uncomplicated as to the ends sought to be achieved.
Thank you sir! I just booked my tickets to siliguri! Planned for Gangtok finally, & if possible will look into if I can visit Bhutan from there. Thanks a lot. Will surely post about my travel once I am back.

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Hello Friends

I visited Auli in February. Trip was purely to experience and learn Skiing.
Thanks for sharing those pictures, I was in Auli last week and can totally relate to the pictures you shared. My pictures will come up via. a travelogue in a week or two from now.

Update on Road Conditions

Delhi to Nainital : Pretty much a breeze

Nainital to Joshimath : This indeed was a challenge and now i know why many folks here thought its not a doable stretch. We did a very early morning start ( imagine doing that in 3C-4C temparatures) at 6:45am from Nainital and for the first two hours everyone of us in the car where freezing cold with our hands and feet numb.

I do not recall the exact route we have taken, will have to look at some of the road pictures we have taken to understand but, all i can say it was via. the Ranikhet and Gopeshwar route. Neither us nor our driver knew the route so we ended up taking a few wrong turns. out of the 300kms, I would say about 100kms there is practically no roads and we were averaging almost 15kms-20kms per hour on these roads.

Despite all these hurdles we reached our GMVN guest house in Joshimath at around 7:30pm

Joshimath to Auli (15kms) : This is a very narrow road with lots of snow on and side of the road, it took us an hour to get up to GMVN Auli due to getting stuck a couple of times with a truck coming from opposite side.

Auli to Syal Sur (130kms) : This was done through Auli-Joshimath-Helang-Gulabkoti-Pipalkoti-Mayasur-Bhimtalla-Rudraprayag-Syal Sur

We lost our route on this section also a couple of times as NOBODY has heard about Syal Sur......It was a tough time to get to GMVN guesthouse as none of the localities could guide us and as usual the GMVN numbers were not working.

However, this is an awesome place to stay

Chopta was flipped out of our itenary as all roads to it were closed due to snow.

Syal Sur to Kaudiyala (125kms) : This route was done via. Rudraprayag-Agastyamuni to Kaudiyala and the roads were quite decent considering it was all mountains and we must have covered this distance in 4.5 hours

Kaudiyala-Rishikesh-Haridwar-Delhi (285kms) : We started at 10am and reached home in evening around 7pm with a 2 hours break at Rishikesh. Horrible traffic on this route

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I am planning to do the same route in Feb 2016. My plan
Delhi-->Nainital-->Binsar-->Chopta-->Auli-->Rishikesh-->Delhi.

Can anyone advise me about self driving on these roads. I have roughly 70000 Km experience driving in and around Bangalore, Kolkata and also the hills of South India. I am planning to take a self drive Figo for this tour.

Off late I heard that Chopta might be closed due to snow conditions. Any latest reports?

By the way, I have 10 days to get this done
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