Going for rohtang pass , solang valley trip for a week ...May 15th ! some queries

#1 May 4th, 2011, 12:18
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Hi All,

Going for a manali >rohtang pass trip , traveling from chennai .

How cold is it up there ? heavy jackets required ? rain coat ?

Just trying to reduce the baggage size .

please feel free to enlighten me on anything i should be carrying.

Thanks
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Originally Posted by Abhi88 View Post Hi All,

Going for a manali >rohtang pass trip , traveling from chennai .

How cold is it up there ? heavy jackets required ? rain coat ?

Just trying to reduce the baggage size .

please feel free to enlighten me on anything i should be carrying.

Thanks
Hi Dear,
Just came back on Monday (2-5-2011) from manali. rohtang pass is close as of now. expected to open on may end.

Vehicles are allowed upto Gulabo point (25 km) or if started early like 6-7am then possibility of going upto Beas Nulla.

Manali is cold after sun set. A jacket / sweeter is good enough for adults. if you have a baby keep him/her tight.

Feel free to ask anything. I travelled on my own car from delhi.
Bye
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Hi AdrenalineRush

Thanks for the heads up !
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hi andrealine.....

i am going to manali in mid june..say about 11th june...will be rohtang pass open at that time????

can you please tell me how much time does it take from delhi to manali by car and if i hire a car,whats the fare????
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Hi all,

Your queries

Yes Rohtang pass will open in May end (as told by locals).
If you start early then 12-13 hrs from Delhi and vice versa.
Rs 8-9 per km and distance is about 560 one side.

I am attaching the detailed travel by my own car from 30-Apr-2011 to 02-May-2011:


Personally I consider myself a hardcore lone traveler, but during the month of May I made a terrible mistake, any guess, yes you got it right "MARRIAGE" - 1st May 2006. This time we wanted to celebrate anniversary outside Delhi. During the starting of April month Delhi starts to boil and we don't even feel comfortable in going to some nearby temple. But this April the heat was not that much and we were about to complete 5 years of marriage. So the big question arises, how to celebrate and take a break from this routine life. We decided to travel nearby with 300 km. Let me first tell you that my wife is not at all interested in going to anywhere in my little car especially hilly tracks. So April beginning I started to built her mood and successfully convinced her to travel to Lansdowne, but soon it fizzed out because I wanted get a taste of snow. But the fact remains that to play in snow; I have to travel at least 500 km which is looking impossible. Next I convinced her for Shimla then little push further to narkanda. So now she is mentally prepared for a 10 hour trip. Job done 80%. Now the time has come to open the box and face the reality. On Thursday i.e. 28th Apr'11 I opened my heart and with all my courage told her 'Lets hit manali'. As expected hailstorm started in my house but eventually I convinced her. Still lot of apprehension were made about my little car as to whether it can sustain such terrain, road condition in hill area is very unpredictable. Still we chalked the schedule:

30th night 2 am - depart from Delhi
travel route - > NH1-Sonipat-Panipat-Karnal-Ambala- then instead of taking towards Chandigarh take the Rajpura road and before the toll gate (Shambu toll tax centre) take right turn towards Banur - Kharrar - Ropar -Kiratpur - Bilaspur - Sundarnagar - Mandi - Kullu - Manali.
30th 2 pm - reach manali
1st may celebrate in rohtang pass (but came to know later that it is close, but can go upto gulabo point). Local sight seeing in the evening.
2nd May - return to Delhi.

Day 1
So on 30th night we started the journey at 1:30 am. Soon I reached NH-1 and as expected traffic was quite less. My wife and my little daughter were quite comfortably sleeping in the back seat and I was enjoying driving with light music (specially Kishore kumar). Toll fare in the whole journey is mentioned
Paid rs. 20 in Panipat toll bridge then Rs. 81 in Karnal, Rs 11 in kurali Bridge, Rs 30 on Garamaura Barrier (Himachal Pardesh), RS 10 Kullu By pass and Rs 200 on Manali entry. Total I paid in toll tax 352 including onward and 152 on return journey. Total 504The road condition of NH1 is good, but constant diversion in every 5-6 km breaks the driving tempo. Sometimes I can see my daughter sitting and again she goes to sleep. By morning 6:30 I reached Banur. I took the first break there and had tea with desperately needed cigarette. My wife had tea with me. Continue the trip further down to Kharrar - Ropar (some rough patches) and there comes 'Himachal Pradesh welcomes you'. Paid Rs. 81 in Khirrar. Now witness a bunch of trucks going here and there like mad elephant and small car like ours don't know where to go. Somehow managed to cross the mess but trucks will not leave you alone in this route. At 9:30 my daughter started showing signs of getting up and soon she speak her morning lines 'Susso aaye hain' (want to pee). We stopped in a place from where manali is still 220 km. My wife took ondem 8 (anti vomiting) and we had breakfast. My daughter is going in a play school and she started all the activities in the car which was one of the funnies moment. Sun was shinning bright but still there was a cold breeze which was a relief. There are some rough patches and but overall the road condition was good. In manali road everything is available (fuel, water, food etc). Finally reached manali check post where the authority charged 200. Keep the receipt because parking will be free of cost in any part of town. A tout came to me about hotel and I agreed to go with him. He gave a decent hotel with beas river flowing right in front of me and by 3:00 pm I had checked in a hotel. First ordered a cup of tea and everybody in a rush to bathroom (1st preference went to my daughter). Order a sumptuous chicken with tawa roti and went to sleep at 4. Wake around 8 and went to mall road. Evening was cold and we were told to bring some woolen clothes. Had food and shopping, took pictures of my daughter running in mall road streets (no possibility of any vehicle). finally came back to hotel and sleeeeeeeep ...

Day 2
Morning woke up around 6:00 am, switched on geyser quickly and wait for tea. The pantry opens on 7:30 (painful). By 8:00 everybody was ready and I started my 'Himalayan' Queen'. I kept my handy cam over the dashboard, so that can take the full route view. We went to shop to get jackets for all three of us. It started with 2500 with a guide and skiing option. I dropped the idea of skiing, money dropped to 2000. Finally it settled in 1500. But I still feel there was enough room for bargaining. Anyways a local guide quickly gets into my car and I started a conversation with him. He was a young boy aged between 20-25. He told me lot of things about lahual & spiti, leh and some of his experiences during trekking. The road was quite good, we stopped in kothi last village, had breakfast (parantha), daughter had maggi. Again continued the journey. Driving there was a real pleasure; it is hard to express in words what the feeling was. the mountains were looking like vanilla ice-cream with choco chips. It is really a paradise, every where there were mountains some of them rock solid and some of them snow capped. Way to rohtang was visible but one can easily see that the road is full of snow. We were about to reach the snow point of gulabo (can see cars standing in the road) when a police wala stopped and told me to park here. So now we have to travel a 1 km distance by foot. One option to get into some horse, the second option was to trek a little. I choose the 2nd option, because I can see the mess above the hill, all horses are stranded. Our guide took my bag and daughter and began to trek, we 2 quickly follow him, but it was never easy to trek hill (people who comes from plains). We both were gasping and finally after crossing the mess my wife told me to see some other alternative. There was a human driving rickshaw type, we gave him 200 and the 2 driver started our remaining journey pushing the cart. I was totally lost in view which I was dreaming for the last 1 month, as you all know it didn't came easily. We reached snow point, but after watching the crowd we decided to go further, the cart is gone and we started our foot march. Our guide went on to another 0.5 km and we reached a point were crowd was little, I was desperate to touch the snow and we trek further up a little a settled there, the view was awesome. Its time to celebrate, I opened the cake packet and we 3 celebrated the much awaited Marriage Anniversary. Also give 1 piece the guide. We played in snow. My daughter was happy to see snow, but because it was slope and not a plain surface like rohtang I didn't let her stand up. The guide took snaps and we continue to play. We stayed for 1/2 hr but my daughter just y'day caught cold and fever, so we decided to return. On way back, many tata sumo were offering us for a drop in the point where my 'Himalayan queen' is parked. I decided to take one and he charged 250 for around 1.5 km. After crossing the horse mess, finally the sumo dropped us. We were about to return and there was a pin drop silence, my wife and I just look around to catch a glimpse of each and every mountain, we were sad, my daughter just learnt the word 'mountain' there only. Downward journey started and after kothi we took right turn for solan valley. There were lot of activities going on there, we had tea and snacks, but my daughter continued with fever. So we didn't do anything and returned to hotel. In the way back I dropped the guide and his stuff. Quickly gave SUMO (paracetemol) to daughter and she went to sleep. We both took a little rest, but soon felt that daughter is not well. So decided to take her to hospital. As it was Sunday, only emergency was opened and doctor came after 1/2 hr. the doctor prescribed some medicines and she quickly recovered. After then went to Hadimba devi temple, it is steep slope to temple, you can take picture of holding rabbits and sitting over yak. The temple is a calm place and we ascended back to mall road. Have another round of shopping, also took dinner and get back to hotel. I gave a proposal to my wife that if we can hit shimla on way back, that will be memorable, but she simply denied. As there is nothing left in manali to decide to leave tomorrow.

Day 3
Got up around 6.30, and ordered tea quickly. Told the guy to arrange from outside. Packed bags and picked daughter and finally left manali on 8 am. Return journey started and this time I was prepared to take snaps of the valley. Took breakfast and ciggy break quickly and started the journey. Kept the camera in recording mode, and with one hand on wheel and camera on the other hand kept driving slowly. Initially my wife took the challenge of take snaps of those dangerous looking gorge, but soon she showed vomiting tendency, so I took from her. Driving is fun in the manali road, 75% road is well maintained and about 25% are bad. By 3 pm I reached ropar, and driving continued towards banur - kharrar route (bypass chandigarh mess). Took a break in 7:00 in kurukshetra and moved to swiftly down and finally reached 11 pm at home.



Caution
- Check brake oil, coolant, engine oil, and engine temperature in meter board
- Clothes (woolen)
- Prefer city auto to travel, parking is tedious task.
- Cash no credit card
- If you have a doubt in 2 roads the ask someone before entering, because taking a u-turn is quite difficult in mountains.
- don't take snaps while driving, i narrowly escaped an accident. A cow just dropped from nowhere in front of my car while i was busy recording video. just managed somehow.
- One more thing about mountain driving, don't honk too much because the stress level is more in mountains. the driver has to maintain wheel, as well as ABC (Accelarator, Brake and Clutch), gear. When you are ready to overtake just honk once and cross him.

Thanks for your patience
SP
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Thank you for all the information adreanaline...
#7 Oct 31st, 2012, 22:19
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I am planning for manali on my own car chevy beat diesel and it was quite interesting on reading your whole trip (quite late now)...

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