Himachal Pradesh in January

#1 Nov 9th, 2006, 18:29
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Hi ...i am new here....


I would like to know if going from Delhi to Himachal pradesh and to Mcleod ganj in January is a wise thing to do...is it very cold ? (not a problem, but good to know), and the road conditions are safe ? (just to get back in time to my plane)

What places you advice ?

My intentions are -Photgraph (mostly people ), relax, enjoy and apreciate...to Breath...

Thanks
#2 Nov 9th, 2006, 18:36
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the roads r excellent in that area if u can cope with the cold . u can go to palampur its one hour from dharamshala..if u want to b lil more adventures take a chance with Dalhousi ... will luv it
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do remain prepared for blocked roads due to unexpected showfall.
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Do you think it is better to Go later ?

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roads in himachal except for those in lahul and spiti(these remain cutoff for months) are only ocassionally blocked by snow.if u have a tight time budget its better to delay ur trip till late feb or early march.In 2004 Jan i was travelling towards Kinnur but had to return from shimla after a 3 day wait there due to snowfall.
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take the road from palampur to dharamsala,which is seldom blocked and you can also go to palampur,kangra and dalhousie as these places are quite near to the plains so the snowfall isnt very heavy,if at all they get a snowfall.
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A Typical Winter in Himachal Pradesh ??

We often get questions like this. If someone has the time and firsthand knowledge, perhaps they would write a short list of the major towns in the region, or talk about a town they know, and say just what winter is *really* like there, and how it would affect a traveller.

Is there snow in the streets?
Are the roads likely to be blocked?
Is public transport reliable?
Will I need to wear thick clothing and shoes?
Will I be able to see views of the mountains?
Which months will it be like this?

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Im planning to visit Mcleod in mid Dec to mid jan. I emailed the manager at the 7 seas G/H who i've stayed with before & he says at this time it's sunny days @ around 15 degrees & cold nights 0-5 degrees, not much rain (or snow) at this time, whereas i've been there in aug/sept & it's been constant mist & rain. KK
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Hi. Himachal is lovely in Jan if yopu dont mid braving out the cold. Trust me i know.. been living there all my life!

Its one of the best highwways you could drive on. Delhi to Shimla can take a seasoned driver (Ahem!!! like me) as little as 6 hours. a bus about 8 and a taxi will get you there in 6-8 ... depending on your stops.

The only congested part comes after a town called ambala and upto Chandigarh, the highway become a one lane road and hence you slow down...and continues till Kalka (The start of the hills) , Once you cross kalka its a lovely fast drive.

Let me know if u need any more info. where in Himachal are u looking at visiting. The upper regions will be out of bounds..snowed in!
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puchoo....i am arriving next week to kullu / solang.. how cold is it right now....daytime/nightime... i noticed at weather underground rain is forcast...do the roads get coated with ice when it rains in manali in November?
do Indians know what snow/ice tyres are???
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Originally Posted by OtherBeaumont puchoo....i am arriving next week to kullu / solang.. how cold is it right now....daytime/nightime... i noticed at weather underground rain is forcast...do the roads get coated with ice when it rains in manali in November?
do Indians know what snow/ice tyres are???
dont worry you will easily reach Solang, Rohtang might be out of reach. as for roads, you need not worry till Manali, after that it depends on the weather, however it is unlikely it will happen in November.
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MANALI: You can see snoefall on roads but it is usually sleet and gets clear when SUN comes up. You can not go higher than MANALI in Jan. and please do not try to. A little bit of moderate snowfall-and you will find yourself cut off from world and possibilities are that there could be no electricity or telephones [ Wires !! ]

SHIMLA: For tourist point of view...very cold but may not be having snow.Snowfall usualy happens in first week but these days weather in himalayas is hanky panky...so be prepared for road blocks here.
SHIMLA is 80% more prone to get road blocks due to FOG/TRAFFIC/RAINS in winters !

MACLEOD GANJ: Cool place....open....go anywhere and have fun. if it is not sunny just do not try to travel on DHARAMSHALA-MACLEOD GANJ road. It is usually crowded with vehicle and as road in some sections in not wide enough...vehicle gets jammed !!

JAN is middle of winter...be prepared for cold nights but if days r sunny then it is comfortable-otherwise chilly winds will force you to stay indoors.
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Hi,

I am Ashish from Bombay. In the hot city of Bombay, we hardly experiance winter that goes below 15 degree C. Hence this winter I plan to visit Himachal, somewhere near 26th Jan. I know it will be snow all over. But thats what I am looking for. As long as it allows me to move to places like Shimla, Kullu & Manali; I am game for it.

We plan to take a car on rent to visit all these places. But are there chances of getting trapped or stranded at one place & missing the connecting flights/trains? Just worried, as I am visiting Himachal for the first time.

Pls advice.


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Originally Posted by puchoo Hi. Himachal is lovely in Jan if yopu dont mid braving out the cold. Trust me i know.. been living there all my life!

Its one of the best highwways you could drive on. Delhi to Shimla can take a seasoned driver (Ahem!!! like me) as little as 6 hours. a bus about 8 and a taxi will get you there in 6-8 ... depending on your stops.

The only congested part comes after a town called ambala and upto Chandigarh, the highway become a one lane road and hence you slow down...and continues till Kalka (The start of the hills) , Once you cross kalka its a lovely fast drive.

Let me know if u need any more info. where in Himachal are u looking at visiting. The upper regions will be out of bounds..snowed in!
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Hi,

I am Ashish from Bombay. In the hot city of Bombay, we hardly experiance winter that goes below 15 degree C. Hence this winter I plan to visit Himachal, somewhere near 26th Jan. I know it will be snow all over. But thats what I am looking for. As long as it allows me to move to places like Shimla, Kullu & Manali; I am game for it.

We plan to take a car on rent to visit all these places. But are there chances of getting trapped or stranded at one place & missing the connecting flights/trains? Just worried, as I am visiting Himachal for the first time.

Pls advice.
Hi Ashish
in the last week of jan there are very less chances of snowfall in manali or shimla and even if there is some snowfall it wont be heavy enough to disrupt traffic.Lst year there was almost no snow in shimla and manali was all clear in the last week of jan.
Rishabh
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Thanks a ton Rishabh.

Now I am all set for this trip to Himachal. Have never experianced a snowfall in my life, so this is gonna be very exciting.

Thanks again. Will surley post some write up once I am back from there.

-Ashish.
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