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9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

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9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

My Hubby and I are planning on visiting Himachal between 8th to 16th December.

Given that its our anniversary and the short time at hand, we would like to visit the most interesting places.

Please give us suggestions on the following places and how we can incorporate them in our itinerary:

Shimla : Though I have heard that its too commercial, not too scenic and can be skipped, however we want to visit nearby places such as Kufri, Parwanoo (for the cable car)

We dont mind staying back in kufri, but is it worth it.. or some other place?

Manali : How many days should we spend here, Will it be possible to visit Solang and Rohatag while we are there in december? We would like to do some winter activities, where will those be possible?

Kullu : For some shopping

Dalhousie, Dharamsala, khajjar?

Please do let us know if any of the above places should be skipped and if there is any other place / places that we should not miss.

Also if we were to increase the trip by two days.. what could we incorporate?

Early replies will be appreciated as I need to start doing the bookings.

Thanks!

1. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

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2. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Hi Disha B,

I would suggest the following itinerary -

D1 Arr Chandigarh (from Mumbai) and transfer to Kalka. Toy train to Shimla. Transfer to HPTDC Fagu.

D2 Fagu - See Kufri-Naldehra in day trip

D3 To Manali

D4 Manali - local s/s

D5 Manali - day tour to Solang Valley

D6 Manali to Dalhousie

D7 Dalhousie - Khajjiar day tour.

D8 Transfer to Mcleodganj, afternoon - Dalai Lama Monastery

D9 Mcleodganj - local s/s

D10 Transfer to Pathankote/Chakki Bank > Delhi

D11 Arr Delhi and flyout to Mumbai

Edited: 12:34 pm, October 29, 2012
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3. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Thanks a lot for the advise. Pleas let us know if the foll is ok?

day 1 : arrive at chandigarh, see local places and spend night near kalka rly stn.

Day 2: take 1st toy train to shimla and spend time at shima n see places within shimla

Day 3: day tour to kurfri/ fagu or naldhera. Spend night at shimla

Day 4: after breakfast proceed to manali. See places on the way. Spend evening at manali (what places can we cover here?)

Day 5: local sightseeing in manali

Day 6: day trip to Solang nullah. Evening at manali.

Day 7: Rahala, gulaba n kothi

Day 8 : Day trip to Kullu and Naggar.

Day 9: ???

Day 10: manali to chandigarh and back to mumbai.

My concerns are :

1. Day 3 is it worth seeing these places, locale or beauty wise or can we skip n save a day to go ro dharamshala?

2. Day 4 what places can we visit on our way as the day is otherwise free

3. Day 6 how long in solang? 6 hrs? What other place on the way if full day is too much?

4. Day 8 is the trip to kullu n naggar worth it? Or should we save a day for dharamshala?

5. If we go with original plan then suggestions for day 9

6. Lastly If we do save 3 days.. Then..dharamshala or dalhousie.

Also, will it become too hectic?

Thanks a lot in advance for ur patience and time.

-Disha

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4. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Day 6 & 7 can be clubbed. Naggar can be put into Day6. Kullu will come enroute to Manali. Day 8 can be kept for the journey to Dharamsala/ Dalhousie. So the remaining 2 days can be enjoyed in Dalhousie / Dharamsala.

Edited: 7:28 am, November 01, 2012
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5. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Awesome.. looks like we finally have a plan in place..thanks a ton!

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6. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

We have modified the itinerary around the updated one is as follows. Please do give us your feedback on whether this sounds good:

Day 1: Mumbai to Chandigarh by morning flight

Chandigarh to Dharamshala by Car

Evening at Dharamshala for Shopping etc

Day 2 : Dharamshala local Sight seeing

Day 3 : Dharamshala to Dalhousie enroute visit the Kangra Fort

Late afternoon local Dalhouisie SS

Day 4 : Day trip to Khajjar and Chamba

Day 5 : Local Dalhousie Sightseeing

Day 6 : Dalhousie to Manali

Day 7 : Day tour to Solang , Rahala, Gulaba / Kothi

Day 8 : Day trip to Manikaran / Kullu / Naggar

Day 9 : Manali local SS

Day 10 : Manali to Shimla.

Day 11 : Shimla local Sight seeing

Day 12 : Shimla to Kalka by Toy train

Kalka to Chandigarh and fly back to Mumbai

Note :

We are doing Dharamshala first as we feel that the only reason we are visiting Shimla is because of the Toy Train and in the process we are wasting 3 days. The feedback we received suggests that Dalhousie and Dharamshala are more scenic and beautiful than commercial and over populated Shimla!

We have booked a private small car which is HP registered, so hopefully we shouldn't be having much trouble. Fingers crossed.

Do give your suggestions and/or feedback on the above itinerary.

Cheers!

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7. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Well, the number of days has increased as hubby managed to get more leave from work!

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8. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Hi,

Looks like u are keen on covering all the major tourist circuits of Himachal. Since you have time, this can be done easily. I would like to suggest just one change. I think its better to start your HP tour from Dalhousie instead of Dharamsala & finish at Shimla. The reason being, you would then be travelling from west to east of himachal & would be able to save on some travel time. You might want to check on flights to Amritsar or Jammu since they are closer to both Dalhousie/Dharamsala, compared to Chandigarh. Return journey to Mumbai is more convenient from Chandigarh, since CHD is closer to Shimla.

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9. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

dear friends, We r seven people and wish to travel for about 9 days in the month of Dec ie Up to 11th DEC we r at Katr.a . WE can leave Katra by afternoon what should be our first visit place,Dalahousi or Dharamshala ?What would be the temperature there at that time.?Our route would be KATRA DHARAMSHALA KANGRA DALAHOUSI KHAJJAR CHAMBA MANALI (3days) kulu SHIMLA TOY TRAIN KALKA MUMBAI (OR BY AIR SHIMLA MUMBAI ) ANY SUGGESTIONS TOTAL 9DAYS .Are hotels and vehecals easily available? What would be Ideal vehecal for 7 people to travell comfortablely? Thank you for your above suggestions Dr N.V.Shah nvshah@gmail.com

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10. Re: 9 days Himachal Trip in December.. Help Plan Itinerary

Day 01: Chandigarh - Nalagarh

Arrive at Chandigarh Railway station and get greeted by the tour operator on day 01 of Himachal Heritage Tour. Transfer to Nalagarh. On reaching check-in-to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Nalagarh - Chail

Take breakfast and head for Chail on day 02. Afternoon arrive Chail and check-in-to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03: Chail - Shimla

Morning after breakfast transfer to Shimla on day 03 of Himachal Heritage Tour and enroute visit Kufri and helipad. On reaching transfer to the hotel. After lunch go on a half-day city tour. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04: Shimla - Manali

Head for Manali on day 05 and enroute visit Sundenagar Lake, Kullu valley and Pandoh Dam. Arrive at Manali and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 05: Manali

Go on a sight seeing tour of Rohtang Pass (A Hundered years old Snow Glacier), Solang Nallah famous for Adventure Activities (Rock Climbing, Zummaring, Para-Gliding, rapling etc.) in the morning of day 05 of Himalayan Heritage Tour. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06: Manali

Day 06 begins with a sight seeing tour of Old Manali. Visit places like Manu Temple, Vashist Temple, Hadimba Devi Temple (A glance of Himachali Articture), Van vihar and Monastery. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07: Manali - Palampur

On day 07, transfer to Palampur and enroute visit Jogindernagar Valley and Baijnath temple. In the evening arrive Palampur. Check-in-to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: Palampur - Dharamshala

Drive towards Andretta Potteries on day 08 of Himachal Heritage Tour. Afternoon lunch at Palampur. After Lunch proceed to Chinmaya Tapovan Trust. In the evening arrive at Dharamshala (Meclodganj). Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 09: Dharamshala - Pragpur

Go on a half-day sight seeing tour of Meclodganj Norbulingka institute, Kangra Art Museum, St. John's Church, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Nag in the morning of day 09. Afternoon after lunch depart for Pragpur. Evening arrive at Pragpur and check-in-to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Pragpur - Chandigarh

Head for Chandigarh on day 10 of Himachal Heritage Tour and depart for the onward destination.