15 Day Family Trip Himachal

Discussion in 'Itinerary' started by Partha, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Partha

    Partha New Member

    Dear All

    Our plan is to do a 2 week road trip in Himachal. Travel dates are 20th May to 2nd June. We would kick start from Delhi and come back to the same destination. Travellers include my wife (34 years) , my kid ( 6 years ), me (37 years ) and a senior citizen (62). All of us are used to road trips having carried out a few ones earlier albeit on much better roads.

    Plan is as follows

    20th May Delhi - Kasauli
    21st May Kasauli - Narkanda - Darshan
    22nd May Sangla/Kalpa/Chutkule Sightseeing
    23rd May Sangla - Tabo/Kaza
    24th May Rest Day/Local Sightseeing
    25th May Kaza - Manali ( Fingers crossed that the road is open )
    26th May Local Sightseeing
    27th May Manali - Shimla
    28th May Local Sightseeing
    29th May Shimla - McLeodgang
    30th May Local Sightseeing
    31st May Dalhousie/Palampur
    1st June Local Sightseeing and start heading south to Chandigarh
    2nd June Ride Back to Delhi


    I would be really grateful if someone could confirm that my itinerary is realistic.

    Additionally what are the chances that the Kaza - Manali stretch would be open by 25th May ?

    Finally for the Rohtang Pass permit - where do I get it sorted while traveling from Kaza. ? I found a lot of threads about getting it done in Manali but not sure how to approach it if I get in from Kaza.

    Many thanks in advance to any expert who can help me out

    Regards
    Partha
     
  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Partha - I am not sure where "Darshan" is. Or did you mean some other place?

    Kalpa and Chitkul are in opposite directions. You go to Sangla, then Chitkul, come back to Sangla, then Karchham and then Kalpa.

    Chances of Kaza Manali opening by 25th are a bit low though it may be open, cannot confirm right now.

    You do not need any permits for traveling to Rohtang from Kaza. Permits are only needed while traveling from Manali side.
     
  3. Partha

    Partha New Member

    Thank you so much for the quick response.

    Indeed Darshan is a typo thanks to auto spell. I meant Sarahan . Sorry about that.

    Thanks for the information on the permit. That clears it up.

    I will follow your advice for Sangla and Chutkule and will line up accordingly.

    Finally for the Kaza - Manali stretch not being open, maybe I will switch my itenarary i.e. do the western side first ( Dalhousie, Mcleaodgang etc.) and then come down via Shimla to Narkanda. This might give me a couple of days more to allow for the Kaza Manali road opening. Unfortunately my travel dates are fixed so can't delay the trip. Let me chalk another itenarary and run it by you .


    Regards
    Partha
     
  4. Partha

    Partha New Member

    Hi Vargis

    Based on your input I have modified my itenarary

    Option 1 (Assuming that the Kaza Manali route is blocked )

    20th May Delhi - Pathankot
    21st May Pathankot - Dalhousie
    22nd May Rest Day
    23rd May Dalhousie - Dharmasala - Palampur
    24th May Palampur - Shoja
    25th May Shoja - Sarahan
    26th May Sarahan - Sangla - Chutkule
    27th May Sangla - Tabo
    28th May Tabo - Kaza - Kalpa
    29th May Rest Day
    30th May Kalpa - Narkhand - Shimla
    31st May Rest Day Shimla
    1st June Rest Day Shimla
    2nd June Shimla - Delhi

    Option 2 ( Assuming Kaza Manali route is open )

    Same as option 1 till 27th May

    28th May Tabo - Kaza- Rohtang- Manali
    29th May Manali
    30th May Manali
    31st May Manali - Shimla
    1st June Rest Day Shimla
    2nd June Shimla - Delhi

    Please let me know your thoughts on the approach. Also any tips to break the Kaza - Narkhand - Shimla bit into two parts would also be appreciated.

    Regards
    Partha
     
  5. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Partha, Itinerary needs a few changes. Follow the following route rather.

    20th May Delhi - Pathankot
    21st May Pathankot - Dalhousie
    22nd May Rest Day
    23rd May Dalhousie - Dharmasala - Palampur
    24th May Palampur - Shoja
    25th May Shoja - Sarahan
    26th May Sarahan - Sangla - Chitkul
    27th May Chitkul - Nako (Better place to stay than Tabo)
    28th May Nako - Kaza (You cannot come back to Kalpa on this day)
    29th May Rest Day
    30th May Kaza - Kalpa
    31st May Kalpa - Shimla Shimla
    1st June Rest Day Shimla
    2nd June Shimla - Delhi

    Option 2 ( Assuming Kaza Manali route is open )

    Same as option 1 till 27th May

    28th May Tabo - Kaza
    29th May Kaza - Manali
    30th May Manali
    31st May Manali - Shimla
    1st June Rest Day Shimla
    2nd June Shimla - Delhi
     
  6. Partha

    Partha New Member

    Thanks a ton Vargis. Your help is much appreciated. Will follow your suggestions.

    For stay options I am assuming touristy places like Dalhousie, Palampur, Shimla etc I can get from the internet.

    May I request you to suggest options for Sarahan, Chitkul, Nako and Kaza ? I guess homestays are the best approach? Any forum or website I can check for the same ?


    Regards
    Partha
     
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member


    Hi Partha - I am working on an article right now, a list of good hotels through out the valley. Hotels that came recommended by other readers. Allow me a coupe of days and I will send you the list as soon as I have the list completed.
     
  8. Partha

    Partha New Member

  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

  10. Partha

    Partha New Member

    Thank you so much Vargis. It is an amazingly detailed and helpful article. I have already started calling the numbers :)

    Many thanks for your help and let's just say that in the future if you happen to be in Mumbai you have a free 'homestay' waiting for you :)

    Regards
    Partha
     
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