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8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

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8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

We're planning to visit Shimla-Manali this October. This is a draft itinerary we've thought of:

Day1: Arriving at New Delhi Railway Station and boarding Kalka Shatabdi at 17:15. Arriving at Kalka at 21:20. Overnight staying at Kalka.

Day2: Boarding Kalka-Shimla toy train at 5:10 and arriving Shimla by 9:50. Overnight staying at Shimla

Day3 & 4: Overnight staying at Shimla. Sight seeing.

Day5: Arriving at Manali by car by evening.

Day6 & 7: Overnight staying at Manali. Sight seeing.

Day8: Arriving at Shimla by car by afternoon.Boarding Shimla-Kalka toy train at 16:25 and arriving at Kalka at 21:35. Boarding Kalka Mail at 23:55 and arriving New Delhi by 6:30 next morning.

Please suggest any amendments if you feel so.

I've a few queries -

1. 3nights/ 4days - is it enough for Shimla or would it become boring? Should we plan for one day less for Shimla (i.e. 2nights/ 3days) and add one to Manali or any other place like Narkanda?

Is there a way we can include Chail or Narkanda in our plan for example, in between Shimla and Manali?

2. As my wife and me both are not comfortable at steep hilly roads (to Shimla or from Manali), so we've opted for toy train rides. But I guess going by the train twice (up and down journey) would be boring. And it'd also take more time to come back to Shimla from Manali and then board the train.

Is there any other option to come down from Manali? I heard about Kullu airport, but that's pretty expensive I guess and also heard that the flights get delayed and cancelled very often. I also heard about the nearest Joginder Nagar Railway Station, but is that operating at all?

How about the AC volvo buses - are they comfortable enough for the journey and do they operate at the night?

3. Regarding sight seeing we've thought of covering the following (we know there are many more places, but we're trying to stick to the "must sees" only):

From Shimla - Kufri & Fagu valley and Tattapni.

From Manali - i. Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Vashisht Village and ii. Hadimba Temple, Club House, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle & Jagatsukh,.

Is there anything else to visit?

4. Also please recommend some mid-range hotels (Rs. 2500 - 3000) at Shimla and Manali.

Many Thanks!!

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1. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

Your itenary seems to be perfect, But comming back from manali take train from chakki Bank to Delhi which is nearer then Shimla .

A/C volvo buses are also comfortable cost about Rs 950 per person.

Shimla - Hotel surya.

Manali - Ankit Palace / Glacier Resorts.

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2. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

Here are few suggestions.........

Until you reach Shimla, your plan looks fine. You have 2 days for sightseeing in Shimla. Out of this you can plan a day trip to Chail & come back to Shimla. From there you can proceed for Manali. Chail does not fall en route to Manali from Shimla.

Regarding your return journey from Manali, there is no way you can avoid road travel. The only other option is to fly out of Bhuntar(kullu)

It does not make sense to go back to Shimla from Manali & catch toy train. The time you will take to reach shimla is approximately same as you would take to reach Chandigarh directly from Manali. There are volvo buses available from manali to chandigarh/delhi in the night as well.

The option of taking train from Jogindernagar also involves road journey of 4-5 hours. From Jogindernagar, you have to take the Kangra Valley train till Pathankot. This again is very time consuming journey & trains on this route are not good at all.

Chakki Bank(Pathankot) is very far from Manali. It is almost 10 hr road journey. best option is to reach chandigarh & take a train from there for Delhi

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3. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

I would like to do slight modification in the itinerary. As follows : Day 8 = Dep. Manali after breakfast, with a stopover at Kullu for Shawls/apples move to Chandigarh. The journey will take 7-8 hrs, overnight stay at Chandigarh.

Day 9 = Take the morning train to Delhi or by car/bus.

Manali to Delhi will take 12 hrs by Volvo bus. Which will be tiring at the last leg of the tour, hence break at Chandigarh suggested.

Hotels of Shimla - Hotel Crystal Palace, Hotel Holiday Home (HPTDC), Hotel Surya, Hotel Himland East, Wingait Inn, Hotel Sangeet, Tara Hall, Hotel Eve.

Manali Hotels : Hotel Mountain Top, Rohtang Manalsu (HPTDC), Silmog Garden, Le Grand, Dreamview Resorts.

Those are within the budget.

Edited: 30 June 2011, 17:38
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4. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

Thanks for all your valuable inputs!

A few more queries:

1. If we're staying in HPTDC hotels, can we book taxis/pvt. cars from the hotel for sight seeing and travelling (from Shimla to Manali) purpose? How's the rate in general (per Km / per Hour)?

2. Is there really anything to see in Kufri or Fagu during first week of October, when there is no snow?

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5. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

1. You can book the car yourself, because, HPTDC doesnt provide cars, they conduct their trips by bus. You may talk to Mr. Mohit Sharma, Great Himalayan Travels, Fingask Estate, The Mall, Shimla 171003. Tel: +91-177-2658653. +91-177-2652120, Cell:+91-9816036912, +91-9418036912. For the rates of the taxi. If necessary, ask him to arrange for the car.

2. There is nothing much to see in Kufri, after crossing the endless horsedung carefully, you'll get to ride the horse, which will take you to a view point. From where you can see a birds eye view of the surrounding areas thru Telescope. Rather Fagu is a clean place.

Edited: 01 July 2011, 12:56
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6. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

when u are done in manali, leave for delhi by bus. volvo bus starts around 5pm and you will reach in delhi at morning.

in shimla you can visit naldhera. it is a very fine place.

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7. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

You may also plan to take flight from Delhi to Shimla which will save upon lot of time, travelling tireness and would not change much in budget as your kalka stay and one day shimla night stay can be avoided. You will reach Shimla in one hour from delhi.

While returning from manali, you can again come to chandigarh and catch train to reach delhi conviniently within 3 and a half or 4 hours time.

-Rakesh B (9779180854)

Edited: 22 July 2011, 19:37
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9. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

The airport is located in Jubbarhatti, 22 km from Shimla. I guess a Kingfisher flight is available which reaches there at 10:50am starting from Delhi at 9:45am.

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10. Re: 8-days Shimla - Manali Tour Plan (OCT 2011)

Day1: Arriving at New Delhi Railway Station and boarding KALKA DELHI HOWRAH MAIL (Train no. 12311) from Old Delhi Railway Station and reach Kalka at 04:30 a.m. From Kalka, book SHIVALIK DELUX EXPRESS (Train No. 52451) boarding at 05:30 a.m. and reaching Simla at 10:15 a.m.

Please do NOT stay night at Kalka. One there are no hotels near the railway station and two it would be too boring.

Day2: Boarding Kalka-Shimla toy train at 5:30 (not 5:10 as that is a Rail Motor and does not have toilet) and arriving Shimla by 10:15. The train you choose is extremely important for enjoying your trip. Overnight staying at Shimla

Day3 : Local sightseeing to Kufri. Youmay see Fagu, Tattapani, Mashobra, Craignano.

Day4: Sightsee Shimla Ridge and Mall. At night take Volvo to Manali.

Day5: Arriving at Manali by Volvo in morning

Day6: Overnight staying at Manali. Sight seeing.

Day7: Overnight staying at Manali. Sight seeing.

Day8: Trip to Kullu. Night Stay by the riverside at SPAN

Day9: Day spend in Kullu. At night take Volvo from Kullu to Delhi OR Flight from Kulu to Delhi