Delhi to Himalayas

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Hello all! I am very new here and I think all this information is fantastic. I'm leaving for India at the end of this month. My husband and I will be staying in Delhi for most of the time, but we have the opportunity to stay 1-2 nights somewhere else. We would very much like to see the Himalayas while we are so close (relatively speaking).

Where would be the best place to go? We don't have a lot of time, so the closer to Delhi, the better. We were looking at Rishikesh, but that can be up to a 7 hour bus ride. Is there someplace else we should be looking?

Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks so much for your help!

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Hi there. When you say "see the Himalayas"--i what sense do you mean "see"?
Are you aiming to see from a distance==the snow covered peaks, which sometimes appear to be floating in the sky--or do you mean up close, where you can rech ina couple hours by car?
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oops--i meant "reach in a couple of hours"--npt "rech" (retch) --although the drive on soe of those winding roads can make you retch without a good car-sickness pill! (-;
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Good question! I think either would make me very happy (I'm coming from a part of the US where every bump in the ground is labeled a "mountain" ) but since we'll already be on nausea-inducing malaria meds, the winding roads may not be a good idea.

Beautiful views of snow-covered peaks floating in midair sounds absolutely perfect. Would that be Rishikesh? Everything I've read so far focuses on the Ganga river and the yoga gurus. And the Beatles, occasionally. But not much mentions mountains.

When you say you can get up-close to the Himalayas after just a couple hours by car, do you mean a car ride from Delhi, from Rishikesh, or from the "see the mountains from a distance" location?

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Originally Posted by Deia View Post Hello all! I am very new here and I think all this information is fantastic. I'm leaving for India at the end of this month. My husband and I will be staying in Delhi for most of the time, but we have the opportunity to stay 1-2 nights somewhere else. We would very much like to see the Himalayas while we are so close (relatively speaking).

Where would be the best place to go? We don't have a lot of time, so the closer to Delhi, the better. We were looking at Rishikesh, but that can be up to a 7 hour bus ride. Is there someplace else we should be looking?

Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks so much for your help!

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Deia,

I think, it takes approximately 5 hours from Delhi to reach Rishikesh, a few days back my brother went there with his friend so he told me.

I've also been to Rishikesh, but, many years back. There are so many mountains, you can even do river rafting there. I think, it's a must visit place, and then, a few more kms away, there is Musoorie as well, a very nice Hill station, again a must visit city.
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Beautiful views of snow-covered peaks floating in midair sounds absolutely perfect. Would that be Rishikesh? Everything I've read so far focuses on the Ganga river and the yoga gurus. And the Beatles, occasionally. But not much mentions mountains.
Not much chance of you seeing "snow capped peaks" this time of year or anytime from Rishikesh, you'd need to go much higher, Rishi/Haridwar is where the mountains end & the plains begin.It's only 5hrs by train.
Nainital might be a better option for seeing peaks, you can get there by train from Old Delhi to Kathgodam.KK
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You might be able to see the himalays from Mussoorie, but probably not very well (or at all) at this time of year because of the monsoon and clouds. The views are spectacular late autumn/winter.

I guess it's about 7 hours by train to Dehradun, and then 1 hour by taxi to Mussoorie.
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Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I will do some research on Mussoorie and Nanital. About how long do you think it will take to get from Delhi to Nanital?

I know we're going during monsoon season, which makes things interesting. Is there anyplace we should avoid because of mudslides/flooding/closed roads?
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Originally Posted by Deia View Post since we'll already be on nausea-inducing malaria meds, the winding roads may not be a good idea.
If you don't like winding roads, especially ones populated by suicidal maniacs, do think carefully and read some of the threads on here discussing it before deciding whether or not to take the road up to Mussoorie. Lets say that my experience was not wholly positive, which is where I'll leave it.

Another option is to take the really easy way out and fly from Delhi up to Leh, Ladakh - as I recall it's about an hour's flight. Astonishingly gorgeous views, you're right up in the Himalayas and the view from the air is breathtaking. I'm not saying it's high in the mountains, but put it this way, it doesn't feel as if you descend to land, it looks as if the airport comes up to meet you!

You won't be able to do any hiking or even a lot of walking round, because it takes a few days to get used to the altitude, but it's a very special place, feeling very different from the rest of India because of its Tibetan population, and you can be driven out of the town and see some awesome scenery for a few days.

Come to that, even from in Leh town you can see the mountains. Do a google image search on "Leh Mountains" and see what you think.
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I'm thinking, after Delhi, you want a very calm, restful few days. That rules out many of the cities with snow-capped mt views, such as McLeod Ganj/Dharamsala or especially Manali.

You dont say your budget, so I hope it is ok to suggest this place which we loved, in the Kangra area:

Judges Court, Pragpur. Check their website.

From here, you can take day trips if you want. It is peaceful and relaxing property. What's best, after the crowds of Delhi, you will be in a wonderful quiet village (Pragpur) and a 5 minute drive to another wonderful old village, Garli. You will probably be the ony Americans anyone there has seen in months (at least, we were) You will feel pampered and refreshed and well-fed with fantastic food. Just outside of town, you will have those distant views of snow-capped mountains, and you can, if you're up to it, easily arrange a car-hire with driver for somewhat longer drives, if you want. The mts you are seeing tehre are the Dhauladars, which is part of the southern Himalayas (Gegraphy experts--correct me if wrong!)

Great suggestion to take plane to Leh, per Haylo. That would save you hours of time!! gee, I might try that next trip!!!
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For car sickness, and nausea induced by winding roads, i have one word:
MECLIZINE !!!!! (aka Bonine.) It is avail otc in USA--not sure if avail in India pharmacies.
It is similar to Dramamine, but NON drowsiness-causing. You'll be awake, able to see the views, but not nauseated or dizzy or feeling like you wanna die. Start with 25 mg (otc pills are usually 12.5 mg) and take more , if necessary.
I prefer the "natural" non med remedies liek ginger, seabands, lime soda, etc, as much as anyone--but for the winding mt roads, you need certainty! Take some 30 minutes before you get in a car, and you'll be ok.
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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post not nauseated or dizzy or feeling like you wanna die.
No, just convinced that you are going to die!

By the way, keeping your eyes screwed tight shut round the bends might stop you seeing what the homicidal maniacs around you are doing on the bends, but it does make travel sickness a lot worse. If you do go up to Mussoorie, you'll just have to try and be brave!

EDITED TO ADD: Those nausea inducing malaria meds... They were making me feel wretched, I threw mine away after two days. The travel nurse at my surgery told me I didn't need them anyway, and that I'd be far safe concentrating on making sure I wasn't bitten - this is because people on malaria meds tend to be not so bothered about mosquito bites, thus putting themselves at risk of Dengue fever, which unlike most forms of malaria has no cure or treatment, only the symptoms (which are very nasty and life threatening) can be treated. My partner, who had been posted to Delhi, wasn't taking them either, because they're not safe for long term use. So, I'm definitely not suggesting you throw you malaria meds away or trying to start yet another discussion about it, but if they're making you feel ill, you might want to read a few of the many threads on this site which have discussed the matter.
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I guess it's about 7 hours by train to Dehradun, and then 1 hour by taxi to Mussoorie.
It's around 5hrs.

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Originally Posted by Deia View Post Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I will do some research on Mussoorie and Nanital. About how long do you think it will take to get from Delhi to Nanital?
The fastest train from Delhi to Kathgodam takes 6hrs 45mins then it's about 1hr max drive up up up to Nainital.KK
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Talking about nausea, if you decide to go to Mussoorie, you should get one of the ambassador taxis. I did a up and down trip within a few hours with one of those mini van box cars or whatever they are, it was horrible.

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