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Old 21st June 2017, 13:03   #121
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Thanks folks, that is good to hear!
Any recommended places for breakfast? We plan to leave from Delhi around 6:30AM, but want to skip Murthal since it will come too early for breakfast.
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Thanks folks, that is good to hear!
Any recommended places for breakfast? We plan to leave from Delhi around 6:30AM, but want to skip Murthal since it will come too early for breakfast.
We stopped at Star Divine Dhaba just before Ambala. Clean bathrooms , tasty breakfast (nothing exceptional ), quick service , ample shaded parking space and all small tit bits available to buy.
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Travelled to Shimla on 24th June and what a horrific time we had. From Delhi to Shimla it took us close to 14 hours, due to numerous traffic jams all throughout!

The road between Panchkula and Solan is under repairs, and causes severe traffic blockages.

On the way back, tail-gated another BHPian's i10 Grand - DL XX CBX 1980.

On NH1, Punjab police stopped us to remove the temp sun-blinds from a window, eventually left us since we had put up the blind only because my son was sleeping in the back.
Does state police have jurisdiction on National highways?

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Does state police have jurisdiction on National highways?
If NH is in state boundary then it falls in State Police jurisdiction. We do not have anything called centralized Highway Police.
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Hello friends,

I am planning to visit shimla and Manali in the last week of september this year. Missed vacation during summer due to work commitments.
The following is my plan:

Reach chandigarh by flight from Bangalore
Take a self drive car: Zoomcar / Myles and drive up to shimla
after spending a couple of days, go further to Manali, for another couple of days
Return back to Chandigarh via shimla
Fly back to Bangalore.

The following are my questions in this regard:
1. Its not the best of seasons to visit, but are there any reasons to consider completely avaoiding the trip in this season / timeframe?
2. How is the road condition and facilities (like food options) enroute, is it ok for self-drive?
3. Is there needed for special permits etc, for visiting HP with a self drive car?
4. would there be any chance to see snow near Manali? (my 4 year old daughter is very interested)
5. Can I follow google / GPS or is there a particular route to avoid.

Many thanks in advance.
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My comments are inline. I'll be driving up to Manali end of September too. Hope to cross paths.

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Hello friends,

I am planning to visit shimla and Manali in the last week of september this year. Missed vacation during summer due to work commitments.
The following is my plan:

Reach chandigarh by flight from Bangalore
Take a self drive car: Zoomcar / Myles and drive up to shimla
after spending a couple of days, go further to Manali, for another couple of days
Return back to Chandigarh via shimla
Fly back to Bangalore.

The following are my questions in this regard:
1. Its not the best of seasons to visit, but are there any reasons to consider completely avaoiding the trip in this season / timeframe?

No reason not to go now. In fact much fun and activities in hills start after mid Sep. The weather would be good too, expect a mild chill after sunset.

2. How is the road condition and facilities (like food options) enroute, is it ok for self-drive?
I am driving up to Manali on BRV with my young family (and pet) from NCR. There's hardly any highway in North where food isn't in abundance or good. So, it should be all okay on this front.

Start early from Delhi, know the milestones, learn about the route so you know what to expect. I'll trust my GPS most of the times.


3. Is there needed for special permits etc, for visiting HP with a self drive car? Nope, not Manali side

4. would there be any chance to see snow near Manali? (my 4 year old daughter is very interested)
I doubt there will be snow as the weather now is in mid 10s-low 20s C.

5. Can I follow google / GPS or is there a particular route to avoid.

Many thanks in advance.

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Does state police have jurisdiction on National highways?
Yes. In the geographical extent the State Police has absolute jurisdiction irrespective of the ownership of the asset.
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Old 3rd October 2017, 14:58   #128
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Drove to Manali & back to faridabad (NCR) a total of ~1300 kms in ~30 hours. Thought of sharing my experience for benefit of others.

Route: Faridabad-Delhi-Ambala-Rupnagar-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kulu-Manali and same for return

Key point: the route is 230 kms through hills and remaining 400+ on well laid out tarmac. The drive through the hills (after initial fun) is strenuous as it has slopes of varying gradients with heavy truck movement & slow moving vehicles to give company for a long while. Through these 230 kms, expect average speed to be max 30-35 kmph if driven aggressively yet safely.

On the forward journey, started at 4 AM from near Delhi and reached Manali at 9 PM (17 hours), with 1.5 hour of break time in all. Given this was 2nd Oct & Dusshera long weekend, there was more traffic than usual. If I would have gone during off peak days, i would have saved 1.5 hours I reckon.

On the return, started at 5 AM and reached Delhi border at 5 PM with just 15 mins break in total.

Road condition: From Delhi till PB-HP border (~400 kms) the roads are great and one can drive at the speeds one wants. From there on the serpentine drive starts for 230 kms through narrow & broken roads. All the desires to drive in hills can be completely satisfied in this trip (till the hills call again). About 100 kms from Manali the road conditions aren't great at all (at many places) and what surprises me is that the roads are still being made like it is the first time even after years since Manali got its fame. I wouldn't call it widening work as there's no road at all to begin with.

If your schedule allows I suggest taking a halt overnight midway or start as early as possible especially from Manali end. Cheers!

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