A trip to Rewalsar,Sojah and Jalori Pass with two kids

#1 May 26th, 2010, 19:30
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I'm well set for my annual summer trip to the mountains as always with my two kids,wifey and maid.

After a wonderful trip to Kinnaur last year we want to venture out to Jalori pass/Sojah this summer.

The trip looks somewhat like this:

Day 1-Delhi - Rewalsar (N/S Rewalsar-Hotel Lotus Lake)
Day 2-Rewalsar-Village Ghiagi(N/S Hotel Shringi Vatika)
Day 3-Visit Sojah/Jalori Pass and trek to Sewalsar(N/S Shringi Vatika)
Day 4-Sojah - Gushaini (N/S Himalayan Trout House)
Day 5-Gushaini relaxation & fishing(N/S Himalayan Trout House)
Day 6-Gushaini - Delhi

Suggestions needed:

1.Does the schedule looks good
2.The routes are fine
3.Is there better places for Night stay in the respective places
4.Hope its ok to go with two small kids (2 n 4 yrs)
5.Short treks possible in this places

What makes sense (Shatabdi to Chandigarh by train and then hire a vehicle or a straight vehicle drive from Delhi)

I look forward to suggestions from all.

regards,

kaushik
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#2 May 26th, 2010, 21:48
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Guest houses you chose are great, Shringi Vatika is my favourite place and has good food at good price too, itinerary seems fine but short. Trout House I like but the food is not cheap and there are no other places to eat nearby, although Cinderellaīs Campsite just up the valley a way could cook a meal if you order and she is a wonderful cook. That was last year....donīt know if situation has changed.
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When in Rewalsar be sure to take the 30min bus ride Rs8 uphill to visit Padmasabhava's caves, take the bus right to the top of the hill past the caves where there is also a Hindu Temple with views to die for, then you can walk back down to the caves.KK
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Hi Kaushik,
I was in the area till about 2 days ago.

REWALSAR
We were in Rewalsar 4 days ago and had stayed at Lotus Lake. Great value for money.
Their restaurant is nice too. We found the food better here than the other places.
All the main touristy places are around the lake and since you seem to have a tight schedule, you can rush through them in a couple of hours. Lotus Lake is located right along the Lake. Just do the parikrama along the lake and you will be able to cover the 'must see' places (Nyingmapa, Jigar Institute and the temple under construction, Drikung Kagyud). The temple under construction is really beautiful and you can walk in and check the place out. The walk along the lake is very nice and peaceful - folks meditating etc. Lovely in the evenings.

GUSHAINI
I didn't particularly like the Trout House. Raju's Guesthouse is much better.

JALORI
You can actually camp at Jalori pass (There are tented accos with Toilets etc). It's a HPTDC venture. It's on the way to Saryolsar Lake (1km from the bus station). I'd recommend the hike up to Raghupur Fort instead of Saryolsar Lake.

Check my blog post on Raghupur Fort http://10yearitch.com/?p=3845

I should have the ones online for Saryolsar Lake, Rewalsar Lake by tomorrow.

Here are the Gushaini related posts http://10yearitch.com/?tag=gushaini

Safe Travels!


Day 1-Delhi - Rewalsar (N/S Rewalsar-Hotel Lotus Lake)
Day 2-Rewalsar-Village Ghiagi(N/S Hotel Shringi Vatika)
Day 3-Visit Sojah/Jalori Pass and trek to Sewalsar(N/S Shringi Vatika)
Day 4-Sojah - Gushaini (N/S Himalayan Trout House)
Day 5-Gushaini relaxation & fishing(N/S Himalayan Trout House)
Day 6-Gushaini - Delhi
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The problem with Rajuīs is it may be fully booked.
Agreed best walk is to the fort...but steep up and slippery on the way down. You need good shoes. And pray for good visibility as the range of snow peaks is amazing
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Just realised, you have 2 small kids, so the walk to the fort would be harder with them. But there are many dhabas at the pass where you could find a porter/porters to help carry them. This we did last year on a six hour trek up the mountain from Shringi Vatika. The guide carried a little gil of 4 nearly all the way.
When are you going to be there exactly?
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Hey! Cinta Alam,Savi/Madhu and Kullukid,

Thanks for all the suggestions.

We'r not really in a big hurry and we can extend our stay in Rewalsar or any other location.So if anybody has suggestion in terms of the schedule looking too tight do let us know.

Please let us know the following:

1.Lotus Lake and Raju's GH phone number and charges so that we can book in advance.
2.Will the river crossing be difficult with a 2 yr old kid on a metal basket in Raju's GH.
3.The driving time from Chandigarh to Rewalsar and also from Gushaini to Chandigarh if we need to catch a train.

Any other suggestions welcomed

best,
kaushik
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Hi,
In my opinion, Tirthan is far better than Rewalsar during Summer time. Do check the weather before planning. It was super warm in Rewalsar last week.

No, the river crossing should be fine with a two year old. You can easily sit in it with the kid.

Raju's GH 94181-49808

Buy the Outlook Traveller Book on Himachal. It'll give you a lot more options to choose from.

Cheers,
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Originally Posted by 10yearitch View Post Hi,
In my opinion, Tirthan is far better than Rewalsar during Summer time.
But they are totally different places each with their own charm.KK
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True ... But since I was at both places recently, I found Tirthan to be far better (less tourists, better stay options etc).
Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks again!

Any idea Chandigarh to Rewalsar takes how much time.
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Originally Posted by k_cborty View Post Thanks again!

Any idea Chandigarh to Rewalsar takes how much time.
Approx 7-8hrs by bus.
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post Approx 7-8hrs by bus.
What about Gushaini how much time will Chandigarh and Raju's Cottage take?

Also,is there a better place to stay in Rewalsar other than Lotus Lake.
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Originally Posted by k_cborty View Post What about Gushaini how much time will Chandigarh and Raju's Cottage take?

Also,is there a better place to stay in Rewalsar other than Lotus Lake.
Around 9-10hrs. Depends what you mean by better?? I usually stay at the 1st monastery through the gates to the lake rooms 2-300 Rs.KK
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We stayed at Lotus Lake and were happy happy with it.
Great value for money.

Like Kullukid mentioned, the Nyingmapa Gompa has acco which is cheaper than Lotus Lake. Although we never checked the rooms out, it did seem like a nice place to stay plus you get to stay in a Gompa which is rather cool.

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