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Old 8th October 2013, 14:01   #16
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I think you'd have already started, but I have a question. Why do you want to go to Rohtang in this month? I don't think you'd see any snow there. Back from Leh last month via Rohtang. It was completely dry.

In one of your posts, I see you worrying about some hairpins. Man, you are going to Himalayas, what will you do on Chandigarh - Manali section? It's all hills and quite a few hairpins. It takes about 8-10 hrs to do this stretch.
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Old 8th October 2013, 17:19   #17
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Higher reaches did get snowfall 2 days back. So he just might be in luck if the weather pattern continues.
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Old 8th October 2013, 17:38   #18
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Rightly said Kala. Saw your post late. We took the Malavalli road which is narrow and bad.

We are going as per plan and is on our way to udaipur. We are taking a lunch break at subway somewhere after Bharuch.

More details coming up in the next post.
If you had just asked for it ! Alas...

Please take that route on the way back.

Hiriyur-Huliyar-Neligere-Nagamangala-Srirangapatna-T-Narasipura-Chamarajanagar-Sathyamangalam-Annur-Karumathamatham-Patti-Palladam-Pollachi-Kollengode-Alathur-Pazhyanur-Wadakkacherry-Trichur-Angamaly-Ernakulam.
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I think you'd have already started, but I have a question. Why do you want to go to Rohtang in this month? I don't think you'd see any snow there. Back from Leh last month via Rohtang. It was completely dry.

In one of your posts, I see you worrying about some hairpins. Man, you are going to Himalayas, what will you do on Chandigarh - Manali section? It's all hills and quite a few hairpins. It takes about 8-10 hrs to do this stretch.
We wanted to avoid hairpins if possible. Yeah in Himalayas no other option of course !
Luckily it snowed on the day we went to Rohtang and we had great fun driving in the snowfall.
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Great, nice to read that you enjoyed/enjoying the drive! Waiting to read the travelogue with tons of pics.
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Old 23rd October 2013, 15:55   #21
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Dear BHPians,

Here comes our trip report to Manali and Rohtang. Directly pasting the screenshots of the excel sheet that we maintained and our favorite picture from this trip.

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Thanks for all your help and encouragement in making this trip possible.

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Nice to meet three of you ! And liked the new way of writing travelogue, very crisp and clear. Hope you will share more pic, especially of that green-blue water filled dam.
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Old 24th October 2013, 13:00   #23
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Congrats on your long drive.These are memories which you can cherish all time. The picture of you two and the xuv looks great,you must have felt that there was nobody else in this world, other than you two.Drive safe.
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Hailing from Kochi, this is one trip that is on my to-do list (hoping it gets done someday, fingers crossed), and your travelogue is going to be my first stop when that day comes. Thanks for sharing!
Could you please write more about your trip specially with regard to the challenges that you might have faced. Also, looking forward to seeing more pictures of the XUV surrounded by snow on all sides!
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Hi All,

Adding more pictures of our trip.

Sunrise at Palakkad

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On to Bangalore-Pune highway

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Old 25th October 2013, 09:28   #26
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Hubli to Pune

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First tunnel of the trip. Pune-Mumbai express highway.

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Traffic block at Lonavala

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XUV photo shoot at Lonavala

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Majestic road crossing

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Lunch break at Jaipur Expressway. It was a new hotel with good food and clean washrooms

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Accidents on the highway

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Himachal Pradesh

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Beas River

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Long tunnel near Kullu

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Taste of Kerala is even there at Manali !

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View from our room at Manali Resort - The Himalayan

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Hadimba temple

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Its not apple season !

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Coffee at Old Manali

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Trout from Beas river

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On the way to Rohtang. Excited to see snow at Sunrise.

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Fresh snowfall. More excitement. The 5 day journey from Kochi seems worthwhile.

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On the way to Keylong

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