Shimla & Manali in February 3rd week.

#1 Nov 3rd, 2011, 02:41
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Hello Friends/Travel experts...
Please help me in planning my honeymoon trip to Shimla & Manali. We have total 8N & 9D in hand for my trip. i am very confused about the trip. Please helo me with your valuable advice. My quaries are as follows:

1)Is it right time(Mis Feb) to visit Shimla & Manali?What about the road condision in this time?
2)Is it possible to reach Manali from Shimla? I heard that the road may stuck due to snow that time?
3)Can you please advice me about some good hotels in Shimla and Manali? Is it realy necessary to book in advance through internet? i heard, people get good discount that time.
4)Which is the right mode of transport? Please share, if any body have any idea about the INDICA rental cost Per KM basis?
5)Can we stay in any other place like Narkanda,Kinnour etc?
6)PLease help to make a good itinerary?

Thanks you all for your help. Wish you all a happy belated diwali

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Suparna Ghosh
#2 Nov 3rd, 2011, 16:34
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Hi Suparna,

I had my honeymoon at exactly the same places and at exactly the same time.

Our itinerary was as below -

Day 1 - Kolkata to Chandigarh via Delhi by flight, overnight at Kalka
Day 2 - Kalka to Shimla by Shivalik Deluxe Toytrain, then Shimla to Narkanda by car, overnight at Narkanda
Day 3 - Narkanda
Day 4 - Narkanda to Shimla by car, overnight in Shimla
Day 5 - Shimla
Day 6 - Shimla to Manali by car, overnight in Manali
Day 7 - Manali
Day 8 - Manali
Day 9 - Manali to Chandigarh, overnight at the Pinjore Gardens
Day 10 - Chandigarh to Kolkata via Delhi

As you have 8 nights and 9 days, what you can do is that you can start with Manali, then Shimla, thwn Narkanda and then straight to Chandigarh and back.

As per the questions you have raised -

1)Is it right time(Mis Feb) to visit Shimla & Manali?What about the road condision in this time?

No one can predict the weather in the hills. You should generally see a lot of snow. Shimla to Manali road is very well travelled so there is a less possibility of road getting blocked for a long time. But Shimla to Narkanda, it may be a possibility. But mind it, we took this risk and did not encounter any single road block. And we had experienced lot and a lot of snow as wellas snowfall

2)Is it possible to reach Manali from Shimla? I heard that the road may stuck due to snow that time?

Yes, it is possible if it does not snow on the day of your journey.

3)Can you please advice me about some good hotels in Shimla and Manali? Is it realy necessary to book in advance through internet? i heard, people get good discount that time.

In Shimla , we have stayed in Hotel Honeymoon Inn and in Manali we stayed at HPTDC log huts. In Narkanda we stayed in Hotel Hatu of HPTDC. All hotels were very decent.

Yes all hotels offered winter discounts. HPTDC offered 30% discount in Manali and 25% in Narkanda. But it varies every year.


4)Which is the right mode of transport? Please share, if any body have any idea about the INDICA rental cost Per KM basis?

Cars would be the most confortable no doubt. Shimla to Narkanda it took 1500/- . For Shimla to Manali we got a great deal which included Shimla to Manali drop, 3 days sightseeing of Manali and then Manali to Chandigarh drop only for 4000/. This was organised by the Honeymoon Inn hotel manager of Shimla.
I do not have any idea of the per KM fare.


5)Can we stay in any other place like Narkanda,Kinnour etc?
Kinnaur is a separate belt and should have loads of snow so I think for honeymoon you may skip it. Narkanda is doable.


6)Please help to make a good itinerary?
I am assuming you'd avail flight. The itinerary could be -
Day 1 - Reach Delhi by flight and then Manali by Car, Overnight Manali
Day 2 - Manali
Day 3 - Manali
Day 4 - Manali to Shimla, Overnight in Shimla
Day 5 - Shimla
Day 6 - Shimla to Narkanda, overnight Narkanda
Day 7 - Narkanda
Day 8 - Narkanda to Chandigarh, overnight Chandigarh
Day 9 - Chandigarh to Kolkata


If you have any specific queries, please shoot.
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#3 Nov 3rd, 2011, 21:14
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Why not fly to Manali from Delhi if you can afford it - if you book well in advance, the tickets are not that expensive. Only issue is Manali and around is far prettier than Shimla so it makes sense to first go to Shimla, travel to Manali and then take a flight on the way back to Delhi.
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kolkata to manali.train,bus.me dnt knw anything.gng for honeymoon 1st week of febuary2012.pleas suggest hotel.and what i can see in manali.total expense also.
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Thanks a lot Saugata
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Originally Posted by jayeshshy007 View Post kolkata to manali.train,bus.me dnt knw anything.gng for honeymoon 1st week of febuary2012.pleas suggest hotel.and what i can see in manali.total expense also.
Jayesh,

I was in Manali last year for my honeymoon... your possible itinerary could be like this:
Day1: Take Duronto/Rajdhani Exp. from Kolkata Reach Delhi
Day2: Take HPTDC or HRTC AC buses from Delhi.. HPTDC requires prior booking in advance, but the buses are good.. Departure 6:30PM
Day3: Reach Manali, plenty of hotels are there.. get a good 3N 4D package.
Day4: Snow point, Solang valley
Day5: Manikaran hot water spring & Gurudwara @ Parvati valley.. awesome views
Day6: Local sightseeing, river rafting etc. take bus for Delhi in the evening..

Day7: Reach Delhi in the Morning, and take Rajdhani Exp. in the evening for Kolkata
Day8: Reach Kolkata.. back to pavilion!!

In case of any difficulties you can call me @ 9258051445 or mail me at discovrearnab1@gmail.com

Happy Traveling!!

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