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#1 Mar 13th, 2009, 14:13
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Hi all again,

I am planning to visit 2 dhams (Yamunotri-Gangotri) by own WagonR with parents and my family in the last week of September 2009. I have 8-9 days in hand. I need experts comments on my following queries:

1. Weather is ok in September last week is these places?
2. Rush / crowd / road traffic at that time?
3. I like GMVN TRHs and will stay there only but not planning to book in advance as we may stay for longer time if the place is good. So, any suggestion?
4. Total 6 people: 4 adults and 2 small kids. Parents are around 60-65 but very active. Other people are me and my wife and 2 kids. One is of 6 yrs and one will be of just 8 month older that time. So, my question is can 8 month old child is ok for this trip? Though the baby will be making 2 hill trips by that time...One is to VaishnoDevi and One is to Ranikhet.
5. Need for comfortable plan with staying options spread over 7-8 or even 9 days.
6. Lumpsum budget (Petrol, accomodation, food etc)
7. Any tips and other suggestions?

Looking forward to get your detailed information. Thanks in advance.

SKD
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1) Yes, mostly. If you can postpone a little, great, otherwise just go with this.
2) A hell of a lot better than in season!
3) That's my way of travel . To be safe, considering the ages of 2/3rds of your party - when you KNOW where you'll be spending a night, make a call that morning or by midday to the concerned TRH.
4) Best is to talk to your doctor for any special needs. Keep basic/emergency medicines with you, not always available en-route.
5) Check the N&W map for any preferred stops.
6) Figure out your kms from the map, cut your average kmpl by 2 (3 to be safe) for hill-sections, you'll have your fuel costs.
Accom you can work out from GMVN's website.
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Thanks Dilliwala, for your detailed reply. I have talked to my doctor and he says no problem in making this trip for small kid and even for my parents age.

I'll calculate the distance according to the map. Also I want to stay for 1 more day is Harsil so better to book in advance. My rough plan is as under:

Day1: Noida-Dehradun(stay at relative's place)
Day2: Dehradun-Barkot (Kempty & Lakhamandal on the way)
Day3: Barkot-Yamunotri-Hanuman Chatti (Depends where i left my car)
Day4: Hanuman Chatti-Uttarkashi (via Barkot-Dharasu bend)
Day5: Uttarkashi-Gangotri
Day6: Gangotri-Harsil TRH(Almost full-day and one night there)
Day7: Harsil-New Tehri or Chamba
Day8: New Tehri or Chamba-Noida

Hope, the above plan is not so tight and can get some time for sight-seeing on the way. What do you say. You can give more suggestion now on my plan.

Also staying in Yamunotri and Gangotri is worth? and yes then what are the good and resonable staying options?
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Day2: Dehradun-Barkot (Kempty & Lakhamandal on the way)

Will be just great ! Not many people take this route.

Day6: Gangotri-Harsil TRH(Almost full-day and one night there)

Nice Place with Apple Orchards. However staying at Gangotri will be lot better, GMVN has a place and there are many small hotels

Day7: Harsil-New Tehri or Chamba

New Tehri is recommended. The lake (Dam reservoir) is beautiful.

Day8: New Tehri or Chamba-Noida

Don't forget to grab a bite at Cheetal in Kahatauli.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes - Marcel Proust
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Day 3 - You want to do that in 1 day? Phew! Anyway, I strongly suggest you stay at Hanumanchatti on Day 2 in that case. It's 36 km from Barkot, shud be doable in 1 hour, and GMVN's setting is much better than at Barkot (I can't understand why Barkot has become so popular all of a sudden, there's nothing there).
This way you can also check wiith locals whether you can take your car to Jankichatti or not. It was not possible except with jeeps in 2006.

(Want to know the best part? From Hanumanchatti to Phulchatti, a distance of 6 km, this was(is?) the only national highway (NH 94) with a kachcha stretch! ONLY in India. )

Day 5/6 - Harsil to Gangotri being only a short distance you might like to stay both nights in Harsil to avoid packing every single day. Just do a day visit to Gangotri.

Day 7 - New Tehri?!! Ughh!!! Chamba? Naahhh - just continue down to Rishikesh, GMVN has decent hotels there and the weather will be tolerable. Unless you want to do a one-hour diversion from Chamba to Dhanolti, that's a possibility.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Day 3 - (I can't understand why Barkot has become so popular all of a sudden, there's nothing there).
Can't say about others but we have a very very beautiful guru bhai there we go to see him and recommend that every one does so


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(Want to know the best part? From Hanumanchatti to Phulchatti, a distance of 6 km, this was(is?) the only national highway (NH 94) with a kachcha stretch! ONLY in India. )
You forget the absolutely abominable stretch of road between Bhatwari and Gangnani! I thought we were riding over a landslide all the way the first time I went that way!

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Day 5/6 - Harsil to Gangotri being only a short distance you might like to stay both nights in Harsil to avoid packing every single day. Just do a day visit to Gangotri.
Second it too. Better to stay at Harsil (I would do it) the GMVN at Harsil has an amazing location! Gangotri is doable in one day (a couple of hours unless you have friends in Gangotri that you want to spend time with).
Visit Mukhba from Harsil it is an amazing village mostly wooden houses with fantastic carving.

Would not recommend Chamba or New Tehri. Both of the places a concrete jungles (New Tehri more so) If you want to see the lake - you will see plenty of it while driving down from Uttarkashi. Believe me that is about as much of it as you want to see.
Better to spend some more time in Uttarkashi or Harsil/Dharali.
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Better to stay at Harsil (I would do it) the GMVN at Harsil has an amazing location! Gangotri is doable in one day (a couple of hours unless you have friends in Gangotri that you want to spend time with).
Visit Mukhba from Harsil it is an amazing village mostly wooden houses with fantastic carving.
Yes, that's why I have plan to stay in Harsil for two nights and cover Gangotri from there.

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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post Would not recommend Chamba or New Tehri. Both of the places a concrete jungles (New Tehri more so) If you want to see the lake - you will see plenty of it while driving down from Uttarkashi. Believe me that is about as much of it as you want to see. Better to spend some more time in Uttarkashi or Harsil/Dharali.
Yes, in that case I will better stay reach Rishikesh and stay in GMVN as Dilliwala has suggested. Though, I have already see the Tehri dam last year so no wish to revisit.
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post Day2: Dehradun-Barkot (Kempty & Lakhamandal on the way)

Will be just great ! Not many people take this route.
Hmm, that's why I planned it and I am not in that many people category. I believe in exploring things on the way as much as I can rather going traditional way.

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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post Day6: Gangotri-Harsil TRH(Almost full-day and one night there)

Nice Place with Apple Orchards. However staying at Gangotri will be lot better, GMVN has a place and there are many small hotels
I'll stay at Harsil itself for two nights and will visit Gangotri from there or may be one night at Harsil and One night at Gangotri. Heard that there is arti performed every evening at Gangotri so parents will wish to see that so that way we need to stay one night there.

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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post Day7: Harsil-New Tehri or Chamba

New Tehri is recommended. The lake (Dam reservoir) is beautiful.

Day8: New Tehri or Chamba-Noida

[B]Don't forget to grab a bite at Cheetal in Kahatauli.
I have already been to Tehri dam so no wish. Hence, I'll proceed to Rishikesh and stay at GMVN.
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Dear SKD,

There is a daily evening Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh also. If you n parents haven't seen it, you should go for it. The Mantra Chanting by the young vedic scholars,is very very good.
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post Dear SKD,

There is a daily evening Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh also. If you n parents haven't seen it, you should go for it. The Mantra Chanting by the young vedic scholars,is very very good.
Dear Dilliwala,

We all have attended Rishikesh Ganga arti last year. If Gangotri arti is similar then it's ok we won't attend and stay at Harsil itself for both of the days. So, this way we will not be staying either at Yamunotri or Gangotri.
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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post You forget the absolutely abominable stretch of road between Bhatwari and Gangnani! I thought we were riding over a landslide all the way the first time I went that way!
Ok, that way there are many sections of different highways that suffer from time to time, but they are basically pakka roads (Bhatwari-Gangnani was ok when I went). But the one I was referring to has NEVER been pakka to start with!
(Ok, it's been in the pipelines for long, just hasn't been done yet. But the km stones are up already. Oh well, a lot easier to do, innit? Why delay that too? )


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I believe you meant delhiwala.

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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post I believe you meant delhiwala.

Delhi & Dilli are same cities
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But two different IM members it seems; like Purani Dilli, and New Delhi!
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Originally Posted by Indizen View Post But two different IM members it seems; like Purani Dilli, and New Delhi!
Hey, idea!
From now on, I'm Purana Dilli, and delhiwala is New delhi

What an idea, sirji. A cigar for you.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Hey, idea!
From now on, I'm Purana Dilli, and delhiwala is New delhi

What an idea, sirji. A cigar for you.
Great idea Purana Dilli. Another little piece of info ... the road to Gangotri is even worse now ... they are widening it (seems to go on foreever! They take 20 years to finish widening a road and then discover that it is not wide enough and the exercise begins all over again) and due to the Pala-maneri project the road is nothing but a kachcha road and that too at its worst!

About the Yumnotri highway ... seems the roads on hills take forever to build. A generation waits in expection of a road, the next one sees the beginning of it and if the third one is lucky they may be able to use it but it is only the fourth generation that is able to enjoy it. Maybe you will have to wait for your grand children before it gets done . Been waiting for 3 years for the road to our place to be tarred. They have been working on it sporadically but so far no luck. Hope this is the year when the work seriously starts!
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