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Old 21st March 2017, 19:09   #181
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Default Looking for advice: Delhi to Kinnaur Kailash

Hello !!

After having gone through most of the travelogues, me and my friends have finally planned a quick trip to Kinnaur. This should give us the much needed break from our routine lives and gimme an opportunity to write my first travelogue.

However, no teambhp follower steps out without checking the forum and consulting the gurus and I have thoughts that aren't any different ! I'd like to share my tentative itinerary and any help, heads up, advice, suggestions, guidance, precautions from the forum will only help me make the most out of my trip !

From: Delhi
To: Kinnaur Kailash
Trip Duration: 01:00 AM,13th April - 04:00 AM, 18th April
Vehicle: Honda Amaze (Petrol)/ Swift Dzire (Petrol)
Passengers: 4
Planning to cover: Narkand, Kalpa and Fagu. Open to any other places we may cover.
A few questions:

1. How are the roads after Shimla ?
2. Is it safe to drive at night ?
3. Where should we be spending the most of our time ? All of us have been to Shimla, Manali and Chandigarh.
4. What all should we carry with us keeping in mind that the hills may not be the best place for gas stations or roadside dhabas. Also, do we need to carry any special documents or permits ?

These are just a few questions we are not able to answer. Anything else that the forum might want to help us with will only help us be more confident.

Looking to hear from you all

- a buddying adventurer.

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Old 22nd March 2017, 23:50   #182
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I did this circuit right upto Kaza and beyond on a motorcycle last September.
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1. How are the roads after Shimla ?
Surface quality is decent through Narkanda, Fagu and right upto Rampur. Its a mess as you approach Reckong Peo due to the Hydel power plant at Baspa which has blown the road into bone jarring smithereens. Kalpa is 7 kms uphill from Peo (and in good shape) and I guess, your final destination judging from your itinerary.

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2. Is it safe to drive at night ?
Depends on your experience behind the wheel but avoidable if possible. The bends are sharp and the local cabbies drive like a bat out of hell. Having said that, I rode until 9 in the evening the day I was approaching Shimla. Did not perceive any safety risks, do not think there are any actually but you also miss the sights if you are driving at night.

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3. Where should we be spending the most of our time ? All of us have been to Shimla, Manali and Chandigarh.
Kalpa is nice in winters, not sure about April. Try Chitkul which is the last indian village before the Tibetan border and very picturesque. This will involve a detour several kms before you reach Peo.

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Fuel stations are plenty right upto Rampur. You may choose to tank up at Shimla and then again at Rampur. There is a pump at Reckong Peo as well. Keep your original DL, RC, insurance and pollution, no permits needed anywhere before Spiti (and there too just your details are noted at the checkpost) The route till Shimla is quite busy and there are many refreshment options. Road widening was happening on the stretch near Parwanoo back in Sept, not sure where it has reached now. Traffic thins after you leave Shimla behind and considerably so after Narkanda. Rampur is the last big town after Narkanda (and before Peo) where fuel, refreshments and vehicle assistance can be had.

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Old 23rd March 2017, 02:59   #183
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I did this circuit right upto Kaza and beyond on a motorcycle last sept, so sharing some sighters above inline.

Thank you so much for all the information ! It definitely helps me take a better estimation of things.

What do you think would be a good route starting from Delhi ? I ask since you've been to the place ! I'm planning to leave on April 12th from delhi and be back in time for my office at 9AM on the 18th !! Any suggestions ?

I'm also planning to balance the driving and relaxing schedule, if possible.
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What do you think would be a good route starting from Delhi ? I ask since you've been to the place ! I'm planning to leave on April 12th from delhi and be back in time for my office at 9AM on the 18th !! Any suggestions ?
I suppose it will have to be the default route to Shimla and beyond, which is GT road through Sonepat, Panipat and Ambala and then the Hindustan Tibet highway skirting Chandigarh. There should be threads on this forum on route options to Shimla.
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I have never been to Spiti or Kinnaur though I have been to Shimla and Manali before.
This summer I was planning to do a Ladakh trip with family but my wife is not too keen because of concerns with high altitude issues and since we will have our 8 year old daughter travelling with us. Spiti-Kinnaur looks like a great alternative. I must say that I have not done enough research about this circuit. Also, it looks like there is a whole lot of travelling involved and many small towns/villages to cover.

Can someone suggest me a simple itinerary which is not too hectic covering 8-10 days from Chandigarh? I plan to avoid Shimla altogether if possible.

PS - forgot to mention that planning to travel in June. Not sure which places will be the best for this time of the year

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I have never been to Spiti or Kinnaur though I have been to Shimla and Manali before.
This summer I was planning to do a Ladakh trip with family but my wife is not too keen because of concerns with high altitude issues and since we will have our 8 year old daughter travelling with us. Spiti-Kinnaur looks like a great alternative. I must say that I have not done enough research about this circuit. Also, it looks like there is a whole lot of travelling involved and many small towns/villages to cover.

Can someone suggest me a simple itinerary which is not too hectic covering 8-10 days from Chandigarh? I plan to avoid Shimla altogether if possible.

PS - forgot to mention that planning to travel in June. Not sure which places will be the best for this time of the year
I did Kinnaur - Spiti trip in May'15, driving from Mumbai & back. In Jan'16 had been to Chandigarh for some work, and extended my stay to cover few places around Solan. I could make a below base plan, do change as required.

D1==200 KM> Chandigarh - Sadhupul - Chail (Chail Palace) - Narkhanda
D2==100 KM> Narkhanda - RampurBushahr - Sarahan (Bhimkali Temple)
D3==130 KM> Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul (Baspa river)
D4==80 KM> Chitkul - Reckong Peo - Kalpa (view of Kinnaur Kailash peak)
D5==200 KM> Kalpa - (*Akpa to Spellow: Most Treacherous Road signs) - Nako (Naka Monastery) - Gipu/Gue village (ancient Mummy) - Tabo (Tabo Monastery)
D6==80 KM> Tabo - Dhankar Monastery - Kaza (Kaza Monastery)
D7-a==50 KM> (morning) Kaza - Key - Kibber - Kaza
D7-b==50 KM> (afternoon) Kaza - Langza - Hikkim - Komik (high altitude villages)
D8==210 KM> Kaza - Kalpa (*long day driving)
D9==230 KM> Kalpa - Fagu
D10==230 KM> Fagu - Solan - Chandigarh (see https://goo.gl/maps/xS9mKLWbD6B2)


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Guys, planning to do Spiti in the middle of next month. Plan is to pick up a self drive in Chandigarh and head towards Dharmashala on towards Dalhousie - Chamba and via Sach Pass proceed to Spiti. Head back towards Chandigarh from Shimla, so basically the entire Himachal in a way.

Is it a good idea to do Sach Pass in July ? Or will it be extremely tricky ? I wish to avoid Manali - Rohtang route.
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At present, Sach Pass got closed due to recent snowfall. In mid of July expect rainfall and hence it would be tricky. But you can give it a try, weather has been very unpredictable so far this year.
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What are the conditions for this drive now?
I plan to do Delhi-Shimla-Spiti-Manali-Delhi circuit next week. Just two guys in a tucson.
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What are the conditions for this drive now?
I plan to do Delhi-Shimla-Spiti-Manali-Delhi circuit next week. Just two guys in a tucson.
C'mon Guys.....

No inputs?
Anyway, I finalized and booked the following stops, July and august:

27 Narkand
28 Kalpa
29 Spiti
30 Spiti
31 Chandratal
1 Manali
2 Stop if necessary
3 Delhi
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C'mon Guys.....

No inputs?
Anyway, I finalized and booked the following stops, July and august:

27 Narkand
28 Kalpa
29 Spiti
30 Spiti
31 Chandratal
1 Manali
2 Stop if necessary
3 Delhi
Heavy rains but the roads are still holding out. Rest in hills the weather changes every hour and you may face landslides and delays especially beyond Rampur and upto Nako.
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