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Old 16th March 2010, 13:58   #1
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Hi All! I am pleased to be a part of the team BHP.

Though I have been a regular reader of the forum for the last two years, this is my first post.
It's my tenth wedding anniversary and we are planning a trip to Himachal from Pune in the month of May. The travel team will be myself and my wife and our 8 year old daughter.
Wanted some advice on what can be a 15 day itinerary.
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Old 16th March 2010, 16:27   #2
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Which part would you like to cover? What are you looking for? Budget? Mode of Travel?
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Mode of Travel will be by road . Ideally wanted to visit Spiti. But if that is far fetched in 15 days then can restrict it to Shimla Manali and around.
Budget will be moderate
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driving down? budget for atleast 3 days to north each way considering you are driving with family:

Suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Pune - Shyamalaji (or mebbe Udaipur if you can push it)
Day 2: Udaipur - Rewari (between Jaipur and Delhi: stay at an RTDC hotel)
Day 3: Rewari - Shimla -> turn left after Rewari, immediately after 2nd flyover. Narrow but decent roads till Rohtak. roughly ~470 kms
Day 4: Shimla stay
Day 5 & 6: Kaza.
Day 7:Sangla
Day 8: Sangla to Renuka-ji
Day 9: Renuka-ji to Rajaji Natl Park
Day 11: Rajaji to Chittaurgarh
Day 12: Chittaurgarh to Vadodara ( can drive ahead to Pune if comfortable)
Day 13: Vadodara to Pune

Alternatively ex-rohtak you could do Mandi-Dharmshala-Udepur(Lahaul valley)-Gramphu-Kaza-Sangla-Renuka ji. but this would be more adventurous and not sure whether your car can handle the terrain here.
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BY mode I meant will you be driving yourself or hire a cab. Plus if you are gonna drive, then what car?
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driving down? budget for atleast 3 days to north each way considering you are driving with family:

Suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Pune - Shyamalaji (or mebbe Udaipur if you can push it)
Day 2: Udaipur - Rewari (between Jaipur and Delhi: stay at an RTDC hotel)
Day 3: Rewari - Shimla -> turn left after Rewari, immediately after 2nd flyover. Narrow but decent roads till Rohtak. roughly ~470 kms
Day 4: Shimla stay
Day 5 & 6: Kaza.
Day 7:Sangla
Day 8: Sangla to Renuka-ji
Day 9: Renuka-ji to Rajaji Natl Park
Day 11: Rajaji to Chittaurgarh
Day 12: Chittaurgarh to Vadodara ( can drive ahead to Pune if comfortable)
Day 13: Vadodara to Pune

Alternatively ex-rohtak you could do Mandi-Dharmshala-Udepur(Lahaul valley)-Gramphu-Kaza-Sangla-Renuka ji. but this would be more adventurous and not sure whether your car can handle the terrain here.
Thanks Cougar. Will do a little googling around the itinerary you have suggested. Am planning to drive down .

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BY mode I meant will you be driving yourself or hire a cab. Plus if you are gonna drive, then what car?
Hi Wanderernomad. Am planning to drive in my Innova. Me and wife both will be driving
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You can contact Rahul, he just came back (few months ago) from a long trip
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That would be a wonderful trip especially in a big MUV like Innova. You can keep 6-7 days aside for both sides travelling upto Himachal.

Remaining 9 days can be split in following ways:-

3 Days in Shimla

1 Night in Narkhanda

3 Nights in Manali

I visited Himachal during Dec'09. You may find some cues in my travelogue. If you need any specific information, feel free to PM me.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...just-snow.html (Himachal Pradesh : "The Great Hunt for Snowfall" but found just snow)
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Thanks mobike008. Going through your travelogue now.

Currently working out the leave dates. Hopefully I get those two weeks off. Else I will have to opt to travel by the train / flight.
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Day 2: Udaipur - Rewari (between Jaipur and Delhi: stay at an RTDC hotel)
Day 3: Rewari - Shimla -> turn left after Rewari, immediately after 2nd flyover. Narrow but decent roads till Rohtak. roughly ~470 kms
Not very sure of this. I would rather suggest you to drive down to Delhi, instead of going to Rewari. And then next day drive early morning from Delhi to Shimla

You might save on a few kms, but the road to rewari and then ahead is a bit iffy.
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Not very sure of this. I would rather suggest you to drive down to Delhi, instead of going to Rewari. And then next day drive early morning from Delhi to Shimla

You might save on a few kms, but the road to rewari and then ahead is a bit iffy.
While it snot exactly a big highway, its a decent country road and most importantly helps to bypass the hellhole called Delhi. And it saves more like 70+ kms when headed towards Himachal.
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