Help/Suggestion needed for Manali Trip

#1 Apr 28th, 2017, 19:18
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Hi,

We're planning to visit Manali in May 2017,I want some help/valuable suggestions from people here in this form

1. Will reach to Chandigarh on 11.05.2017 @ 10 AM, Want to hire a cab.

Query - What may be the charge of cab, either we have to hire a cab in "To & Fro Basis" or can it be available for "One way" (CDG to Manali) too.

2. After hiring a cab from Chandigarh Railway station we'll proceed to Manali. On the Way Sightseeing Kullu & Manaikaran,will reach Manali till 7-8PM, will check-in to your hotel, Over night Stay in Manali.

Query - How much time we need to cover "Kullu & Manikaran" while going to Manali, & either can we reach to Manali till 7 PM So that after hotel check-in we can roam around Mall Road for 1-2 Hrs. I want to know is it good to go Manikaran as I thing only 2 main attractions are there "Hot Spring" (As another is in Manali "Vashishth Kund") & "Gurudwara" & it's 30 KM from Kullu (it means 60 KM to & fro from kullu, 2 Hrs travel & 2 Hrs for sightseeing in Manikaran), Should we drop this & cover only kullu...?

3. Next Day we want to visit "Rohtang Pass - Lahaul Spiti - Solang Valley" for it we will start early (Approx 7AM) & want to come back till 9PM.

Query - Is it possible to cover all these 3 places within this time frame..?
Is "Rohtang Pass" opens till 2nd week of May..?
Can we able to see snow velly/mountains in case Rohtang is not open on that day.
How much Cab Fare could be for this visit..?

4. Day 3 we want to visit for local sightseeing (Vashisht Kund, Manu & Hidimba Temple etc.) & then to Chandigarh for catching train (8PM)

Query - When we should start from Manali so that we can reach to Chandigarh by 7PM..?
What may be charge of Taxi (Shared) as well as Cab (Booked Completely) for Manali-Chandigarh..??

Is there any other spot In between..which we can cover this day..?


Need your valuable feedback so that I can plan accordingly. Pls reply ASAP.
#2 Apr 28th, 2017, 20:39
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Answers inline. I think you are trying to do too many things in a very short timeframe.
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Originally Posted by sankalp.69 View Post Hi,

We're planning to visit Manali in May 2017,I want some help/valuable suggestions from people here in this form

1. Will reach to Chandigarh on 11.05.2017 @ 10 AM, Want to hire a cab.

Query - What may be the charge of cab, either we have to hire a cab in "To & Fro Basis" or can it be available for "One way" (CDG to Manali) too.

It may make more sense to hire cabs for the whole trip. But you need to check the current rates and rules about outside vehicles being permitted to travel to rohtang pass.

2. After hiring a cab from Chandigarh Railway station we'll proceed to Manali. On the Way Sightseeing Kullu & Manaikaran,will reach Manali till 7-8PM, will check-in to your hotel, Over night Stay in Manali.

Cant do all that the same day - Chandigarh to Manali may take 8 - 9 hours.

Query - How much time we need to cover "Kullu & Manikaran" while going to Manali, & either can we reach to Manali till 7 PM So that after hotel check-in we can roam around Mall Road for 1-2 Hrs. I want to know is it good to go Manikaran as I thing only 2 main attractions are there "Hot Spring" (As another is in Manali "Vashishth Kund") & "Gurudwara" & it's 30 KM from Kullu (it means 60 KM to & fro from kullu, 2 Hrs travel & 2 Hrs for sightseeing in Manikaran), Should we drop this & cover only kullu...?

The route to Manikaran is scenic. Passes via Kasol & Parvati Valley. I enjoyed that route. Takes about two hours from Manali one way. Hot springs - you are right - Vashisht Kund is good enough experience.

3. Next Day we want to visit "Rohtang Pass - Lahaul Spiti - Solang Valley" for it we will start early (Approx 7AM) & want to come back till 9PM.

Tuesdays are holidays - so plan accordingly. You can do Rohtang pass - Solang valley in a day trip. Not possible to cover spiti valley in this day trip.

Query - Is it possible to cover all these 3 places within this time frame..?
Is "Rohtang Pass" opens till 2nd week of May..?
Can we able to see snow velly/mountains in case Rohtang is not open on that day.
How much Cab Fare could be for this visit..?

Rohtang pass opens typically around 15-20 May depending on weather conditions. You may see snow. If Rohtang is blocked, you may get up to Gulabi point where you can see snow. I paid around 2500INR around a couple of years ago

4. Day 3 we want to visit for local sightseeing (Vashisht Kund, Manu & Hidimba Temple etc.) & then to Chandigarh for catching train (8PM)

Keep 10-11 clear hours for travel to Chandigarh. So you may not get time.

Query - When we should start from Manali so that we can reach to Chandigarh by 7PM..?
What may be charge of Taxi (Shared) as well as Cab (Booked Completely) for Manali-Chandigarh..??

Is there any other spot In between..which we can cover this day..?

First third of the route is scenic and you can stop riverside.

Need your valuable feedback so that I can plan accordingly. Pls reply ASAP.
#3 Apr 28th, 2017, 21:40
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You have much of the information in the post above, nicely detailed.

Before putting in anything more to it, are you sure about what you are planning to do or did you just write it up as it came to you. It is an impossible itinerary that you were thinking about.

If I have got it right you arrive in Chandigarh on 11th at 10 am and you depart on 13th at 8 pm and you want to visit Manali and Rohtang and Spiti Valley in that time?? Wow!!

I wouldn't have even thought of Manali for that such a short period. Unsolicited suggestion - Plan for Shimla instead.
You will most probably have issue with AMS if you rush to Rohtang straight away and early to Rohtang is 3 am, not 7 am..
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Originally Posted by sankalp.69 View Post Hi,

We're planning to visit Manali in May 2017,I want some help/valuable suggestions from people here in this form

1. Will reach to Chandigarh on 11.05.2017 @ 10 AM, Want to hire a cab.

Query - What may be the charge of cab, either we have to hire a cab in "To & Fro Basis" or can it be available for "One way" (CDG to Manali) too.

2. After hiring a cab from Chandigarh Railway station we'll proceed to Manali. On the Way Sightseeing Kullu & Manaikaran,will reach Manali till 7-8PM, will check-in to your hotel, Over night Stay in Manali.

Query - How much time we need to cover "Kullu & Manikaran" while going to Manali, & either can we reach to Manali till 7 PM So that after hotel check-in we can roam around Mall Road for 1-2 Hrs. I want to know is it good to go Manikaran as I thing only 2 main attractions are there "Hot Spring" (As another is in Manali "Vashishth Kund") & "Gurudwara" & it's 30 KM from Kullu (it means 60 KM to & fro from kullu, 2 Hrs travel & 2 Hrs for sightseeing in Manikaran), Should we drop this & cover only kullu...?

3. Next Day we want to visit "Rohtang Pass - Lahaul Spiti - Solang Valley" for it we will start early (Approx 7AM) & want to come back till 9PM.

Query - Is it possible to cover all these 3 places within this time frame..?
Is "Rohtang Pass" opens till 2nd week of May..?
Can we able to see snow velly/mountains in case Rohtang is not open on that day.
How much Cab Fare could be for this visit..?

4. Day 3 we want to visit for local sightseeing (Vashisht Kund, Manu & Hidimba Temple etc.) & then to Chandigarh for catching train (8PM)

Query - When we should start from Manali so that we can reach to Chandigarh by 7PM..?
What may be charge of Taxi (Shared) as well as Cab (Booked Completely) for Manali-Chandigarh..??

Is there any other spot In between..which we can cover this day..?


Need your valuable feedback so that I can plan accordingly. Pls reply ASAP.
hello sankalp.
you have somewhat busy schedule.
i suggest you to take Volvo from chandigarh to manali. its great services. hiring a taxi to and fro make some problematic. after reaching there stay at hotel.
At manali there is a great taxi services.
day 1 you may go to local sight seeing to hidimba temple, mehadev temple ,van vihar and tibbet market at night visit at mall road.
in evening discuss for hiring a taxi for next morning.
day 2. at approx 6 am taking taxi take a bath at vasistha temple you may leave for either Naggar or Manikaran.
day 3 same plan for either one spot bz you cant do both spot on same day. return back to hotel visit mall road.
day 4 early morning leave for Rohtang pass route.
in 4 days you may cover all most destinations.
you dont worry about you trip , a very cooperative atmosphere at manali your hotel manager will arrange with their own when you asked for it.
all services will available at hotel door step.
thanks
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Originally Posted by Neeraj bhati View Post hello sankalp.
you have somewhat busy schedule.
i suggest you to take Volvo from chandigarh to manali. its great services. hiring a taxi to and fro make some problematic. after reaching there stay at hotel.
At manali there is a great taxi services.
day 1 you may go to local sight seeing to hidimba temple, mehadev temple ,van vihar and tibbet market at night visit at mall road.
in evening discuss for hiring a taxi for next morning.
day 2. at approx 6 am taking taxi take a bath at vasistha temple you may leave for either Naggar or Manikaran.
day 3 same plan for either one spot bz you cant do both spot on same day. return back to hotel visit mall road.
day 4 early morning leave for Rohtang pass route.
in 4 days you may cover all most destinations.
you dont worry about you trip , a very cooperative atmosphere at manali your hotel manager will arrange with their own when you asked for it.
all services will available at hotel door step.
thanks
Do note he has only one full day available in Manali. I wonder how he will fit your 4 day itinerary in that.
#6 Apr 29th, 2017, 15:23
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Thank You All

I think to stretch this visit till 14 & cover all places like this (Lahaul Spiti can be drop as its too far to cover) -

"Manali Local - Day 4 Half Day" (14 May 17) &

D1 (11/05) - "Arrival to Chandigarh @ 11/05 Book a cab to Manali, Depart@ 10:00 AM Cover "Kullu" (on the way) & reach to Manali till 9:00 PM Check In to Hotel.

D2 (12/05) - Visit to Rohtang/Solang (Full day) Back to Manali @ evening & visit mall Road

Query - Rohtang Pass will be open on this date. Any Info.?
What is Cab Fare ?
Which option is better Cab or HPTDC Bus ?


D3 (13/05) -
Local + Manikaran (Back to Manali till evening)+ Mall Road, & Depart to Chandigarh @ Night by VOLVO

OR

D4 (14/05) - Start from Manali (Early Morning) to Chandigarh.
#7 Apr 29th, 2017, 15:52
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Day 1 - Nothing to see in Kullu unless you want to visit the Angora rabbit farm (may be closed by the time you reach) or you want to do river rafting (again would be late in the evening). Would recommend reach manali, freshen up in hotel and explore Mall road.

Day 2 - Do local sight seeing with Naggar. Check for details on site or ask if any difficulty. (Go to manikaran only for religious purposes, else stick to Naggar and Manali Local)

Day 3 - Rohtang. (putting it on day three to help a bit with the acclimatization). Like mentioned before leave early - only limited vehicles are allowed up, if time permits visit Rahalla falls. Don't think there is any HPTDC bus to rohtang, local buses go, too crowded. Cab - small vehicle should cost around 4K. It is usually late by the time you get back, if you manage to come early you can go to Solang valley. Go only if you are able to reach atleast by 3 to 3 30 pm. Adventure sports are good there.

Leave by 9 pm Volvo on day 3, (too hectic with the activities for that day) or else by 9 am Volvo on day 4 (a bit touch and go for your 8 pm train). Else cab - early morning on day 4.

The taxi association is strong in that region. Bookings, for Rohtang and local sightseeing, done either through them or the hotel. Rates are more or less fixed.
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Chances of Rohtang being open before 15 May are good
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Thanks "snooty" & "Ravi"...If Rohtang Paas remains close till 12 or 13th May So I hope snowline may be available there (around/near to Solang Valley)...?
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Originally Posted by sankalp.69 View Post Thanks "snooty" & "Ravi"...If Rohtang Paas remains close till 12 or 13th May So I hope therw may be able around/near to Solang Valley...?
I just checked with a contact and updated my previous post - he says travel upto Rohtang is commencing in a couple of days and chances that you do the trip around 12-15 May are good subject to no landslides / weather changes
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Rohtang already opened for light vehicles.
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Weather Forecast (8-12 May) Showing rain/snowfall, Today Min. Temp. of Manali was 4*C, Rohtang may close in such condition..?
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Hi Friend, One important thing I missed to ask about, "What is Cab fare (1 Way & Round Trip) from Chandigarh to Manali" & "Should we book well in advance or we can get at Chandigarh Jn., " In both such cases what will be the fare.We are 4 adults & 2 kids (5Yr,1 Yr) hence can manage "Sedan" Can some one pls let us know.
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Originally Posted by sankalp.69 View Post Weather Forecast (8-12 May) Showing rain/snowfall, Today Min. Temp. of Manali was 4*C, Rohtang may close in such condition..?
Rohtang can close for some time, anytime. It is that sort of a road. However the BRO takes pride they achieve in the response and clearing time in such events. Rohtang shouldn't be an issue due to above. However..

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Originally Posted by sankalp.69 View Post Hi Friend, One important thing I missed to ask about, "What is Cab fare (1 Way & Round Trip) from Chandigarh to Manali" & "Should we book well in advance or we can get at Chandigarh Jn., " In both such cases what will be the fare.We are 4 adults & 2 kids (5Yr,1 Yr) hence can manage "Sedan" Can some one pls let us know.
Though you can use your vehicle for local sightseeing, you will require special permit to go to Rohtang with an outside vehicle. If it works out cheaper to keep a vehicle for the rest of the tour, hire one (preferably before hand) but get a local vehicle for Rohtang, is invariably better - they know the road better too, are used to driving on those roads.
Sorry can't help with the cost though.
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Just came back from Manali (14 May),

Some suggestions for people who are just going there-

Rohtang Pass is closed (Status till 15 May), Expected to open anytime (from 15 - 25 May)

Pls keep ample cash along with you as only 1 SBI ATM is working (@Mall Road Taxi Stand), Tourist are in chaos, All other ATM are out of cash.

Better to Book cab from Chandigarh (its Economical)-In case Rohtang Permit not required while Rohtang is closed.

Will soon update complete of trip review in forum .

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