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Old 16th July 2009, 22:44   #1
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Default Need sugguestions for a week in HIMALAYAS.

Hi guys.

I m from chennai and have visited the himalayas number of times. all the time i have gone to the usual spots. Badri, Kedar, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Amarnath, Dehradun, Srinagar. I want see more of the himalayas, the places which are not polluted by tourists. Pls suggest. I m not travelling by my car. Will be flying over to delhi and then to parts of himalayas. Would take any mode of transportion. I m planning the visit in the last week of August and first week of Sept., Is that a good time or better timing is required. I am to any new things. I would be traveling alone.

Pls guys help me out.
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Old 16th July 2009, 23:04   #2
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Go to keylong, explore nearby peaks - then take a bus from killar to kishtwar and out into kashmir valley
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Better still. Take a bus to Kupvi from Solan/Nahan and stay in FRHs. Explore the Churdhar range, a lot of scenic places around and visit the Churdeshwar Maharaj temple high up above the tree line. In case you are interested let me know, will send you more info and pictures.
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Non touristy places?
Well catch a flight to Leh, and then enjoy for a week. In first week of september tourist season is down.
So I presume
Saturday - Flight to Leh
Sunday - Rest and acclimitize
Monday - Permit stuff and local sight seeing
Tuesday - Day trip to P.Tso
Wednesday - Nubra valley
Thu - Return to day
Fri - rest
Sat - Back to chennai
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Why not Himachal - Kinnaur V or Parvati V?
Why not Arunachal - Tawang?
Why not Sikkim?
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Dear Archish,

I would suggest you can plan for ABBOT MOUNT.

It is a place near to Lohaghat which is 0 commercial,but you can find good food...

The best thing is really very nice view of himalayas...with no rush...

you can take two routes

Route 1 delhi to Bhimtal to Lohaghat to abbot mount.
Route 2 delhi to Bareilly to Lohaghat to Abbot mount.

Take route 2 lesser mountain so drive fast...possible...

let me know in case u need more details..
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Hi guys.
Badri, Kedar, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Amarnath, Dehradun, Srinagar. I want see more of the himalayas, the places which are not polluted by tourists.
most of the places you mention are in Uttaranchal (except Srinagar and Amranath). I am a new convert to low-cost touring by bus and Uttaranchal i feel is a great place to explore by bus.

The places you mentioned are roughly arranged in the form of a Y, and Karnaprayag is roughly at the centre of this Y and so is a great place to base your adventures out of. Ranikhet could be an additional point of interest further of Karnaprayag. Each leg of this trip can be done in 1 day: thus 4 days. One additional option is to Take a bus from karnaprayag to a place called Harsil and from there trek to Kedarnath (1 day) and from Kedarnath to Joshimath on the other side (another day). From Joshimath, you can make your way down back to Karnaprayag stopping for darshan at the innumerable temple towns enroute: Gopeshwar, Rudraprayag etc ending back at Karnaprayag on day 3.

Similarly you can explore the northeast Uttaranchal (dharchula, pithoragarh etc) using Almora as a base: again 3/4 days.

Exploring Ladakh by bus is an interesting option:there are bus services from Kargil to Padum in the Zanskar valley and from Leh to Korzok which opens up interesting possibilities for the enthu backpacker!
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ABBOT MOUNT have just one cottage to stay and its terribly expensive.

i was planning to go there last year with 4 of my frnds and couldnt find any suitable accomodation there.

but heard that they have good views and you can go fishing in some nearby rivers.
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most of the places you mention are in Uttaranchal (except Srinagar and Amranath). I am a new convert to low-cost touring by bus and Uttaranchal i feel is a great place to explore by bus.

The places you mentioned are roughly arranged in the form of a Y, and Karnaprayag is roughly at the centre of this Y and so is a great place to base your adventures out of. Ranikhet could be an additional point of interest further of Karnaprayag. Each leg of this trip can be done in 1 day: thus 4 days. One additional option is to Take a bus from karnaprayag to a place called Harsil and from there trek to Kedarnath (1 day) and from Kedarnath to Joshimath on the other side (another day). From Joshimath, you can make your way down back to Karnaprayag stopping for darshan at the innumerable temple towns enroute: Gopeshwar, Rudraprayag etc ending back at Karnaprayag on day 3.
I have already seeing Kedarnath many times and once treked from Harsil. And the first time i saw Joshimath. I thought i was in Pampa (ppl who go to Sabarimala would know). It was soo crowded and commercialised. Gopeshwar etc have already been covered.

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Exploring Ladakh by bus is an interesting option:there are bus services from Kargil to Padum in the Zanskar valley and from Leh to Korzok which opens up interesting possibilities for the enthu backpacker!
Very Very interesting proposition for me. My mom has been to Leh Ladak and i always wanted to go there. More over i wanted to drive to Ladak. But me in chennai. Thats a looooong way. But would seriously consider doing the trip my road. What would be the taken from Delhi. I presume the route would be Delhi - Srinagar - Kargil - Ladak.
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Option 1: Delhi to Srinagar by flight or take the Jammu Rajdhani to JAT and then an overnight bus to Srinagar. From Srinagar, you can book a seat on a Tavera/Sumo to get to Kargil: this could be tricky since most families book the entire Tavera. But you could find other tourists, especially firangs who would welcome an extra person in the pool. Next morning you can take the bus that leaves kargil every morning for Padum: only once a day. Any breaks taken enroute like at Sanku or elsewhere will have to be for 24 hours! Zanskar valley could use a min of 5 days Kargil to kargil, after which you can head for Leh by the JKSRTC service.


AFAIK JK transport operates bus services using semi-dlx (3x2) buses on Kargil-Leh, Leh-Manali and Leh-Mahe routes. The service to padum is on a regular local bus without reservation. Theoretically there is a bus service from Srinagar to kargil as well but it wasnt operational the last time we researched. So taxisare the only option.
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Very Very interesting proposition for me. My mom has been to Leh Ladak and i always wanted to go there. More over i wanted to drive to Ladak. But me in chennai. Thats a looooong way. But would seriously consider doing the trip my road. What would be the taken from Delhi. I presume the route would be Delhi - Srinagar - Kargil - Ladak.
The other is Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali - Sarchu - Leh. This route is shorter than the Srinagar side but more steep.
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