Shimla to Mandi via Naldehra/Tattapani or Narkanda

#1 Aug 16th, 2009, 14:40
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Hi all

I have been checking lots of posts about great scenery in small places outside Shimla. We have only a short time in Himachal Pradesh in late October. We had planned to spend a couple of days in Shimla, possibly including a day trip to surrounding rural areas, then go on to Dharamsala via Mandi.

After checking posts to plan a day trip and looking at my inadequate maps, I wondered could we just leave Shimla a day sooner and overnight somewhere (perhaps Narkanda or Chindi) before going on to Mandi. The road through Naldehra and Tattapani looks most possible. However, it seems to be possible to turn off north of Narkanda and head for Sundarnagar. Another tourist website map seems to indicate that there is a road a little way along that road that branches off and then joins up with the Tattapani road.

This is our first trip to India and I have not been able to locate all of the mentioned places on the maps I have, so am quite in the dark. For example several posters have mentioned Chindi, but I can't work out which road it is on.

Would like advice as to whether there is a pleasant, less-visited alternative where we could say start after lunch, stay overnight somewhere and travel to Mandi the next day. We don't need a challenging trip, just a look at somewhere interesting a bit off the beaten track. We plan to use a taxi from Shimla for the trip.

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#2 Aug 17th, 2009, 13:44
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Chindi is situated on Shimla - Tatapani - Karsog road. Just before Chindi there is a bifurcation. One road goes to Mandi and the other one to Karsog.

From Narkanda you travel down to Sainj on the NH-22. Leave the NH at Sainj and follow the road to Luhri. You cross the Satluj river at Luhri and follow the road to Ani, along with the river. At Behna there is a diversion for Ani and the other road goes to Karsog. Some good views but road condition is not good. You reach Karsog and then follow the road further to Mandi. Narkanda to Mandi will be a longer journey and you can stay at Chindi.

Third route will be to go up to Ani and then further to Jallori Pass. You can descent down to Aut where you touch the Manali highway and then travel to Mandi via Pandoh.
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Hi Vasuki

I was hoping the expert on this area would reply! For a newbie tourist like me, what do you recommend? I thought the Jallori Pass road seemed a bit long for the time we have, and if the Narkanda option is not in good condition, then the Tatapani - Chindi road seems the best. I gather the main road is through Bilaspur - how do the two compare for scenic value, time and road condition?

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If you are short of time then Shimla - Chindi - Mandi route is suggested. Views are great than the normal Bilaspur route. Road condition is ok on this route. You may find a few rough patches on way but bearable.

If time is not a constraint then the route via Jallori is a must do with a break at Shoja or Jibhi. You need not stay at Narkanda while coming from Shimla. Shojha / Jibhi can be reached in a single day easily from Shimla
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Thank you very much Vasuki. Jallori is tempting, will look at out timings, but probably will go with Tattapani road.

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Jen
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Hi Vasuki

Thank you for this wonderful advice. I have at last organized my photos and have loaded a few to Flickr, so now is the time to tell you how it worked out.

We had planned only 5 days in Himachal, tacked on to a trip round Rajasthan, on the basis that you can’t go to India without getting close to the mountains. As it turned out, our time was shortened by the fact that the overnight train from Delhi was delayed by several hours. The hours sitting on the Delhi platform were made more interesting by chatting with a teacher from southern India who was bringing a teenaged hockey team to Shimla for a tournament and we finally left about 1am. The team had already spent about 40 hours on trains to get to Delhi.

This meant that we had little sleep and got to Shimla about 3pm, ready to book in, have a bite to eat and not do much at all. Our original plan had been to sightsee around Shimla that day and arrange for an early trip start the following day.

Next morning we wandered around Shimla and tried to get some advice from the HPTDC. No luck there, they just wanted to know exactly what we wanted to do and they would get a quote – not immediate, we would have to come back to find out. We then went to Bandbox Heights and Valleys, which I had found recommended on the internet. Anil was extremely helpful, got out maps and explained distances and options.

We were limited by the fact that we had only 2 nights more before our bookings started at McLeod Gang, and then Amritsar the following night. My husband had been reading guide books instead of India Mike and he had it in his head that we needed to go to Manali. Anil suggested that this was too far and would require a return trip over the same road. He suggested we go via Narkanda, Jalori Pass and Jibhi.

Remembering your post, I jumped at this and my husband was happy with it also because he had the opportunity to discuss the possibilities with someone who knew the area. We left within a couple of hours of booking, staying the first night at Narkanda and the second at Jibhi.

And our trip was just wonderful, exactly what we had wanted (well, not really, we would have loved to have much more time to linger and go other places as well). Narkanda and Jibhe fitted perfectly with our preference for quiet scenic places away from the rush of tourists. And there were wonderful mountain and valley views.

Jibhi to McLeod Gang was a long day but with more great scenery. We did not realize how bad the traffic would be on the way to Amritsar the following day – lengthened by the fact that we did some sightseeing around McLeod Gang before leaving for Amritsar.

Here is a link to some of our photos of this leg of the trip:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fnqjen/...7624383002893/

And then there was the Golden Temple and more! But that’s another story.

Cheers
Jen
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Thank you so much for the update! I dont know what it was like in October, but Manali was my least favorite stop in Himachal when we went last month. TOo many tourists for it to be the peaceful place I'd envisioned, Shimla too had tourists, but managed to maintain a less frenzied atmosphere, and was as lovely as I'd hop4ed.
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Lovely pics Jen.. Great to know you had a good time :-)
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Vasuki! Wondered if you may have time to advise me here on a route, seeing as you spend time in Narkanda, right? We live near Uttarkashi and have to go to Bir, near Jogindernagar in February. Will be visitng for two hours in Barkot on route. From there via Purola to Hatkoti.

From Hatkoti, was wondering which option to drive,
a) via Rohru, Baggi to Narkanda
b) or via Jubbal, Theog to the main road.

Then from either Theog or Narkanda - what is a decent road to Mandi, obviously Jallori way is closed. We're intending to overnight somewhere on route... is it then,

a) via Luhri, Karsog, Gohar to Mandi
b) Karsog, Sundernagar

Thanks very much for any advice.
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Hi

Please keep the snow factor in mind when traveling in Feb. Right now there is a widening work in progress on Hatkoti - Jubbal - Theog route and this road is in complete mess. The route from Rohru - Baggi - Narkanda will be closed for sure due to snow, so this will have to be ruled out. You can take the Rohru - Sungri - Taklech - Nogli route which will connect the NH 22 at Nogli. Snowfall happens on this route too but this route is cleared on priority. Road condition is so so, but better than the Jubbal - Theog route.

You can do a night halt at Rampur, Nogli to Rampur is 7-8 km. Next day you can start from Rampur and do the Luhri - Karsog - Mandi route. This route also has one snowpoint at Kelodhar. If the route is closed then you will travel via Luhri - Sunni - Tatapani - Chindi and further to Mandi. At Luhri, don't cross the bridge over Satluj but go straight to Sunni and you will cross the Satluj at Tatapani. This will be a longer route and you will join the Luhri - Mandi road near Chindi.

For first preference keep the Rohru - Sungri - Nogli road and then Luhri - Karsog - Mandi highway. If the roads are closed you may get first hand info at Rohru and Rampur bus stands.

Hope this helps..


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Originally Posted by Paleface View Post Vasuki! Wondered if you may have time to advise me here on a route, seeing as you spend time in Narkanda, right? We live near Uttarkashi and have to go to Bir, near Jogindernagar in February. Will be visitng for two hours in Barkot on route. From there via Purola to Hatkoti.

From Hatkoti, was wondering which option to drive,
a) via Rohru, Baggi to Narkanda
b) or via Jubbal, Theog to the main road.

Then from either Theog or Narkanda - what is a decent road to Mandi, obviously Jallori way is closed. We're intending to overnight somewhere on route... is it then,

a) via Luhri, Karsog, Gohar to Mandi
b) Karsog, Sundernagar

Thanks very much for any advice.
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Originally Posted by vasuki View Post Please keep the snow factor in mind when traveling in Feb... If the roads are closed you may get first hand info at Rohru and Rampur bus stands. Hope this helps..
Yes it helps a lot. Thanks very much for the road info and route alternatives.. will definitely be monitoring the snowfall thorough the winter.
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Vasuki, are you still with us? Would like some advice from you!!
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On the route to Chindi, what could be good places to break journey ( it is inevitable when travelling with 2 small kids )

I am planning to travel from Fagu to Chindi one week from now, and for the distance of about 95 km/ 4hours I was planning 2 stops for Lunch/tea
Also, other than river rafting , are there places worth visitng on the way ?

Appreciate your advise, this road would be a first time for us
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It shouldn't take more than 3 hours, unless you want to drive really slow.

You could halt at Tattapani. Don't ask me about facilities there though, it's been over a decade since I went that way. There were a few eating places near the river.

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