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|18th April 2010, 02:57||#76|
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|19th April 2010, 10:37||#77|
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For food and water, don't use PWD tank water(it had a musty smell due to unuse) but either go down to Yak Cafe(Best egg chowmein), or eat chicken at Sagoo cafe at kothi.
As for contigency plans, well Sagoo cafe has rooms for 1000-1200/night, but I am not sure if they will be available as the heat has made tourist rush peak before season.
Other than that, there is a water crossing which comes on the way to PWD, but don't worry, even cars manage it(pics in my may 2009 manali thread).
Behind the PWD is a camp site(private operator), and right above the camp side is a dirt trail(safari can manage) which goes to unseen forests. Do try that(4wd needed).
That said, do not focus too much on snow, there is quite a bit of meadows etc., to explore on the Kothi Gulaba route, so basically you spend 1 day going to Lahaul, and 1 day exploring kothi and around or water rafting(I presume you have 4 days?)
As for the route, sudev has pretty much marked it out for you, but be careful on this route at night, road construction means a lot of debris on road.
It goes and meets Delhi-Ropar highway at Kharar.
Other than that, after kullu bypass you take a bridge to come back to left bank of beas. You can skip coming back, and follow the right bank road to manali as due to tourist rush and road work going on the main highway often sees 2-3 hour jams.
If you plan to go to Lahaul, get out of Kothi by 8am, because after 9-10am, there will be hordes of tourists going up the hills.
|19th April 2010, 12:38||#78|
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Looks like you're hooked to the White Elephant and snow, you're putting the 4x4 to full use and I envy your proximity to the snow lines.
As usual, great compositions, great shots and nice wirte up that kicks. Loved the photos of the behemoths and start phtos. Keep them flowing and looking forward to more.
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