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Old 2nd March 2010, 09:21   #16
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@ramkya1, sorry for hijacking your thread.
I wanted to open a new thread, but I decided to use this thread as I am considering the same options as you are.

Basically, my 4.5 year old daughter wants to play in snow, and she has her holidays starting from April till the end of May. I want to go to a place where there is enough chance for her to play around. I want to do this trip sometime in May.

I want to do Bangalore-Delhi-Bangalore by air, and the rest by various means of travel. I have the following options:

1. Leh - I am a little apprehensive about taking my kid to such high altitudes, as none of us have any experience there. So, I am keeping this as the last option for now, though my personal preference would have been this.

2. Simla-Manali and surroundings - Too much of commercialisation around these places. We had visited these places once.

3. Auli and surrounding places - I have no idea how much of snow would these places have around May.

4. Srinagar (J&K) and surrounding places - Detterant is the huge cost of flying from Bangalore to Srinagar and back. The option of hitting the roads from Delhi is there, but I am not too sure how much time it would consume.

Any other places? Let me know.
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Deepak, try Dalhousie. Lovely hill station. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot and then road journey of 2 hours to Dalhousie.
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Thanks hvkumar. I had never considered Dalhousie. I will take a look at it.
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Dalhousie will not have any snow in april.
If you want guarantee of snow(and chance of snowfall), head to Manali. Rohtang pass has lots of snow till may end
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How about Auli then?
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How about Auli then?
End of April, snow at Auli would have melted too.
Its peak summer then and only the high passes have snow. due to the weather system, till around mid may rohtang keeps getting some snowfall too.
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Hmm. That means, I do not have much options in May. Maybe, I should try mid April then. Let me see how this works out.
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What you can do is fly to leh from bangalore, and then spend some 2-3 days in the city(10,000 ft altitude). This will acclimatize you and your child properly.
Moreover, end of april is still off season in Leh and you can get good hotels for 500/night.
Taxi drivers to pangong etc., also charge a lot less at that time.
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Leh is an option, but I want to give my child another year before flying there. Maybe, go over to a slightly lower destination first and see how she fares, and then take a call to Leh. In fact, my dream is to drive all the way from Bangalore to Leh and back. I do not know whether I will be able to do that or not, but, at the least, I can fly to Leh.
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Kids are tougher than adults I know of a couple who took their less than 2 year old daughter to leh, on an Enfield Bullet

Moreover Leh city itself is around 10,000 feet, not too high.
The problem happens when people fly to Leh, and then next day rush to pangong which is at 4000m above sea level.
If you spend 2-3 days in the leh city itself, relaxing, and going for a 20 minute trip to K-Top you will be okay.

However if its snow which you desire, after end of march, rohtang will be the only place in himachal which will have snow. As for Uttaranchal, it gets less snow than himachal, and by march ends, Auli etc., are devoid of snow.
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