<Trip Report May 2014> Shimla, Kinnaur and Spiti - A Busventure

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#181 May 22nd, 2016, 19:15
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What an epic travelogue, carefree and without fixed schedules , I can read it again and again !! Ever thought of travel writing as a career ?

Have a look at my revised itinerary .
Day1 Delhi to Manali
Day2 Manali - Kaza
Day3 Kaza - Dhankar - Dhankar-Demul - Tabo
Day4 Tabo - Pin Valley - Mudh
Day5 Mudh - Ki Monastery - Kibber - Komik - Langza
Day6 Kaza - Chandratal Lake
Day7 Chandratal Lake - Manali
Day8 Manali to Delhi

My another query is if I reach delhi to chandigarh on Day1 instead , how to connect to Manali ? Any cheaper option like bus or shared taxi available ? or Should I book the taxi for the complete trip from Chandigarh to chandigarh ?
Similarly, is there option from manali to chandigarh?

The Volvo timing is not suitable for me as I have to spend the entire day for that.
#182 May 22nd, 2016, 22:54
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1. From Chd to manali there are private volvos and there're two direct tata-AC buses one each at 8:30 am and same time pm. check hrtc website. So if you can travel at night from Del to Chd reaching there on day 1 morning and then take the morning AC bus you'd be in manali by late afternoon I think. Stay overnight and leave early next morning for Kaza.
For manali to chandigarh also there're 5 total good buses - one volvo in the afternoon and rest are AC starting at 5:45 am. Check the hrtc site and optimize the time accordingly.
Car will of course keep you worry free but it's upto you really.

Oh yes, I sure wish someone would publish all this
#183 Jul 11th, 2016, 14:40
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i had read this report earlier, but all the same enjoyed reading it again. the photographs are quite amazing and the portraits are full of character. I especially like the composition of the one with a door and a window on the top right against a textured off white background.
I would like to roam as the wind takes me, as this is the right way to roam ; however, requirements to a certain level of comfort prevent me from doing so. Still, during the road trip from Chennai to Ahmedabad, via the western Ghats, i did it, albeit in a small way.
We can roam in the US, subject to accepting some surprises; but i don't know whether we could do it here...particularly in these mountainous regions. Could we develop and collate data of stay options in such areas?
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Sorry couldn't respond earlier. Thank you so much for the appreciation M. I have thought about this problem, if you would like to call it that, of lack of consolidated info about places to stay that have been tried and OKd by respective IMers. If I were to find a problem with consolidating it as a thread, it would have to be in the upkeep (who would maintain, update, etc.) and also because threads tend to meander sideways more than they move forward. I think the hotel section is a better place to update individual reviews. Admittedly that part doesnt see as much action as it should but one can make a start ....
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Lovely report. I am looking at a solo bus trip for 2 weeks March 15 to 30th in the area. I believe a lot depends on weather but looking at sangla valley, chitkul and upto Tabo and maybe beyond. Do you think its possible and how is bus connectivity between towns in March if there is considerable snow.

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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Sorry couldn't respond earlier. Thank you so much for the appreciation M. I have thought about this problem, if you would like to call it that, of lack of consolidated info about places to stay that have been tried and OKd by respective IMers. If I were to find a problem with consolidating it as a thread, it would have to be in the upkeep (who would maintain, update, etc.) and also because threads tend to meander sideways more than they move forward. I think the hotel section is a better place to update individual reviews. Admittedly that part doesnt see as much action as it should but one can make a start ....
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From Shimla side you should be OK.
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Hello,

I completed the Spiti-Lahual track 2 years ago, had an amazing trip. Very memorable indeed!

Recommended route for this trip starts from: Shimla > Sarahan > Kalpa (near Recong Peo) > Nako > Tabo > Kaza (day visit to Key/Kibber monasteries) > Dhankar > Losar > Manali (via Kunzum Pass) > Delhi or Chandigarh

One could stay at Losar for a day and visit the Chandrataal which is a fabulous pristine high altitude lake for which you need to pass the Kunzum La (to & fro). Alternately, you can start very early from Losar to Manali via Kunzum and go to Chandrataal which is a bit of a detour (saves 1 day).

In March time frame, you can reach till Nako for sure or maybe Tabo/Kaza in case there is not much snowfall. But, Kunzum pass which connects the Spiti and Lahaul valley will be shut closed due to heavy snow - mind you Kunzum is ~4500 meters in height.

Kunzum pass opens up after mid June, and it is preferable to visit this valley only after Kunzum La is open to enjoy both sides of the Spiti and Lahaul valleys. But if you do not have an option and want to travel in March you could visit the Sangla Valley. Your route will be: Shimla > Sarahan > Sangla > Kalpa > Nako > Tabo and return.

One could also circumvent this route from Manali side to Kaza (via Kunzum) to Shimla, but altitude gain in this route happens too fast, so not recommended.

Hope this helps!

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shimla to sarhan by bus need info

hello vaibav

its nice to get all clear info from your trip report.
and i got a loooot of help to manage my trip plan to lahul and spitti in september this year.

i need your kind informations about the following issues.if you have any pls provide me.

1) i want to stay my 1st night in sarhan.i will reach in shimla by 10 am.is their any buses ply shimla peo route by which i can go till jeori?

2) what is the route to go kalpa from shimla is it via jeori then peo and then to kalpa? how many hrs it will take?

waiting for your next report
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Hi Vaibhav,

Do you think if we visit Chitkul in November, how will be the weather condition? I wish to visit Chitkul that time. Also, how many days will be justified in Chitkul?

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Aneek
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1) i want to stay my 1st night in sarhan.i will reach in shimla by 10 am.is their any buses ply shimla peo route by which i can go till jeori?

2) what is the route to go kalpa from shimla is it via jeori then peo and then to kalpa? how many hrs it will take?

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Hi Ayan - thanks for your kind words. I cannot say for your point number 1. The general strategy in the hills is to leave the hotel at daybreak and get to the nearest bus stand and push off to wherever. 10 may be a bit late.

There's no need to stop at Jeori if proceeding to Kalpa though the route will go via Jeori only. You need to get a direct bus to Peo, OR one to Rampur and then another to Peo (if you cannot get the direct one to Peo). Expect an eight hour ride from Shimla to Peo.

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Originally Posted by aneek View Post Hi Vaibhav,

Do you think if we visit Chitkul in November, how will be the weather condition? I wish to visit Chitkul that time. Also, how many days will be justified in Chitkul?

Regards,
Aneek
It's cold, really. Should have snowed by then Aneek. I found a day and a night adequate to see the place but if you intend to hike in the nearby mountains you may spend much longer depending on what you feel like.
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Hello baibhav
Thank you for your infrms.i will stay my first night in shimla.
is it possible to reach peo before 9 am from kalpa?
I planned like th following daywise
1.shimla
2.sarhan
3.kalpa
4.kalpa to tabo via peo
5.kaza
6.kaza
7.kaza to peo
8.peo to chandigarh

What is your opinoin about this
I will take a car from tabo to kaza for day no 5 and 6
I called mr bodh he is really helpful
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I'm not fully able to understand your questions. Roughly -

1. Yes possible to reach Peo from Kalpa. It's only an hour, probably less.
2. You can rent a car.

Glad to know Mr Bodh's number is reachable
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post From Shimla side you should be OK.
Spent a week in white Spiti. It was an awesome trip.
Bus trips were long but worth the effort
Route: Delhi - Shimla - Reckong Peo - Kalpa - Tabo - Schichling - Dhankar - Kaza and back
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Just adding on to details of the trip:

So did this amazing trip last week and it was really a white Spiti trip. Lot of snow at Narkanda, Peo, Kalpa, Dhankar & Kaza. Met very few tourists, probably around 7 - 8 of em on the whole thing. Whole trip was mostly with locals who kept wondering why I was there in March

Route: Delhi - Shimla - Peo - Kalpa - Tabo - Dhankar - Kaza - Peo - Shimla - Delhi.

Was able to get the Kaza bus on most days. Few days couldnt find the bus but locals gave lift.
Trekked from Peo to Kalpa with a local who took me through the shortcut and it was just 1 hour 15 minutes to Kalpa.
Stayed at Tabo monastery room which has been loaned out to a home stay nearby where you can eat as well. ladies were very accommodating with meals. Water is scarce in March
Also walked upto Dhankar from Schichling. Stayed at Rabsil Home Stay at Dhankar which at the top of the village, next to the fort. Gianchho and wife were such great hosts that I stayed for few days. He can be reached at 09418411224. They are mostly open whole year and welcome tourists even during off months like December & January too when they said temp fell to -20 to -30. Toilet was just a squat in a shed which could be the only issue, not sure how other home stays are. New monastery guest house was closed.
Kaza was a disappointment as the whole town seemed so commercial even in March and because of snow and it melting, it was a slush walking around. If you go to new monastery in new Kaza, there is a caretaker called Tenzing who makes food for all the monks. gem of a guy who gives tea to all visitors. Say hi if he around
Couldnt go further to Kye or Kibber as local transport leaves in the evening and returns next day morning. So I would have had to spend 2 more days and didnt have the time.
At Peo, stayed at Shambala Guest House near the bus stand. It was almost like a home stay as they have few rooms and its run by a husband wife and 2 young helpers. very helpful and homely though rooms can be better.
Couldnt go to Llahlung or Demul as there was a lot of snow

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If anyone has queries, do let me know.
Next time, plan is to go to Dhankar and do the Pin Parvati trek or a circuit trek from Shimla - Manali - Kaza - Shimla
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