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#31 May 14th, 2017, 15:02
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Ok, some fruitful research on Google Maps.

a) I found Neri village and Chimnu bus stop. Jogindarnagar town is 18 km to the north, that is in the wrong direction, so not much point going there IMO. Without knowing any better, I'll say this lone bus (to Shimla or Mandi?) originates at J'nagar and passes through Chimnu/Neri. You cannot do any advance booking, either at the bus stop or online. It's not even listed on HRTC website, so I don't know when it starts.
There are no buses listed from J'nagar to Shimla, so no online booking at all. There should be more buses though, down the main road to Mandi city and Shimla, one would have to call J'nagar bus station to find out.

b) However just 4 km south of Neri is Dharampur, from where a bus originates early morning 7 am for Shimla. If you're up to taking this and your friends can drop you to Dharampur, it's a decent option for you. This bus can be booked online. I'm guessing it should be possible to book at Dharampur bus station the day before as well. Maybe your friends could call to find out.

c) Another 12 km south, so 16 km from Neri, is Sarkaghat. Here a bus originates at 8.45 am for Shimla. Likewise this can be booked online.
(There's also a bus at 4.30 am )

d) 21 km southeast of Neri is Mandi city. From here there are a host of buses, first one at 5.50 am (ordinary), last one at 11 am (Tata A/c). And these are only the listed buses available for online booking, there'll be more available from the bus station.


6 hours versus 8.5 hours - which one should one avoid?
How could I POSSIBLY know anything about the driver ?! Considering HRTC has hundreds of em and there'd be different ones on different days driving this route.
No precipices in this region that I'm aware of.
(CA, you beat me to answering while I was researching ).

well so far the bus from dharampur sounds like the best. did you notice how long is the trip? how do you know things like it can be booked online from looking at google maps? that is why i thought maybe you already knew what the drivers were like!

bathroom? thanks for the input, cinta. i hadnt thouight of that, so far i was only in survival mode. a comfy car or arm chair gives me a backache even if i am the only one in it.

actually i rode in the back of a bhel gari (bullock cart) here in mp and i dont mean on the roads (such as they are here) but across the fields, and there was a bus back to ratlam from piploda that almost made me cry. but when i got home, the next day i woke up and felt really good for literally years afterwards. shook all my joints loose i think. but of course that trip was only about an hour and a half...and that was about eight years ago, and i am oh so much older now...

i will arrive in chandigarh on the 24th of may and i assume be in the village in a day or two after that. i dont have to be in shimla until the twelfth of june at noon or whenever i can. i can bundle together all this information and take it to my friends and they should be able to help me out here. last time i saw them about two months ago i used to hardly be able to walk when i got up from watching doraemon so they have an idea of my (dis)ability.

thanks again!
#32 May 14th, 2017, 15:18
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Originally Posted by salima View Post well so far the bus from dharampur sounds like the best. did you notice how long is the trip? how do you know things like it can be booked online from looking at google maps? that is why i thought maybe you already knew what the drivers were like!
Dharampur-Shimla is 175 km, so around 5.5 hours.

I know about the buses from HRTC's website of course. Which link I had given you some time back, remember?
#33 May 14th, 2017, 15:26
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Dharampur-Shimla is 175 km, so around 5.5 hours.

I know about the buses from HRTC's website of course. Which link I had given you some time back, remember?
5.5 hrs! sounds like heaven to me!
ok i will go back and look at the site and if i dont get it i will come back here and ask. sometimes i look at sites and i just dont get it-like trying to understand the electricity bill here. even if it was in english i know i wouldnt get it...

first i go out in the garden and get some aloe vera for the heat rash...
#34 May 14th, 2017, 17:12
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After 5.5 hours on hill roads, an ordinary bus might also feel like a bullock cart.


http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/Availability.aspx

Click the link, for Source select 'Dharampur MND', for Destination select 'Shimla ISBT Tutikandi' (only choice here), for Bus Type select 'Ordinary' (only choice here), then click on Get Schedule. The next page will show you the relevant details.
If you want to go through with the booking procedure, keep going (you will have had to create an account first).

Same for Sarkaghat or Mandi as Source.
#35 May 15th, 2017, 00:37
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post After 5.5 hours on hill roads, an ordinary bus might also feel like a bullock cart.


http://www.hrtchp.com/hrtctickets/Availability.aspx

Click the link, for Source select 'Dharampur MND', for Destination select 'Shimla ISBT Tutikandi' (only choice here), for Bus Type select 'Ordinary' (only choice here), then click on Get Schedule. The next page will show you the relevant details.
If you want to go through with the booking procedure, keep going (you will have had to create an account first).

Same for Sarkaghat or Mandi as Source.
i cant believe hill roads can be that much worse than mp roads! but at least it will take my mind off my heat rash...

thanks for the link and the instructions-i really needed them. i actually did go to the site before and i understood or found so very little that i didnt even remember doing it. i should be able to see something this time. after all, i am a linux user-we love a challenge .

well now that i look at the link, that is not where i was for sure. i remember seeing redbus a lot and another place, but they had listings for hrtc buses and other companies i think.

i will come back in the morning and see what i can see.

thanks for all the research-when i found out there was a bus from the village it never occurred to me there could be another one just 4 kilometres away that would get me there in half the time.
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Originally Posted by salima View Post i cant believe hill roads can be that much worse than mp roads!
The fact is, HP roads overall are probably better than MP roads.
#37 May 15th, 2017, 19:22
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post The fact is, HP roads overall are probably better than MP roads.
ah, you must have been here! mp is in the middle-everything here is middling, not the worst or the best, and that is one of the reasons why i picked it. it is not too lawless, not too predictable, not too developed, not too backward, it's right in the middle.

i havent got back to the site yet but i am going-last night i was up til ten o'clock doing other stuff getting ready for the trip and today i finally got mozilla all straightened out on the new version of lubuntu i installed on my laptop. it has a menu bar again and i can make it any size i want and all my old bookmarks are there.
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here i am in himachal and i leave for simla on the 12th. i told my friend about the dharampur bus and he said he would take care of it.

other things have come to my mind now. are there autorickshaws at the bus stand? or will i have to take a taxi....not overly fond of them, avoid them when i can.

i am going to be staying at dev homestay, directions are: Lower Dudli, below the area called Bharaari. does anyone know if it would be possible for me to walk there? i will have only a smaller bag so that is not a problem.
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I reach kalka by night 10 and have morning train by 4 to simla. is it safe to night stay in Kalka railway station for 4 hours two male friends
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Yes, you can use the waiting room to rest.
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No for one night i can sleep?? Is it safe
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