Delhi-Dharamshala-Chamba--Hotel and vehicle suggestions please

#1 May 6th, 2010, 18:38
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Hi,

I'm planning to travel Dharamshala and Chamba from Delhi and back.

So my plan is,
Day 0: to take the 8 pm HRTC bus from Delhi Kashmiri gate and reach Dharamshala next day morning.
Day 1: Stay in Dharamshala for that day (+sightseeing)
Day 2: Travel to Chamba, sightseeing and stay
Day 3: Back to Dharamshala and take the night bus back to Delhi.

Does any one know good hotels for Dharamshala and Chamba? What are the average cost of staying in good hotels in those two places?

For the trip from Dharamshala to Chamba and back, where can I get the vehicle from? How much is the cost of renting a car and how much for deluxe AC Bus?

I would really appreciate input from people who has traveled in these places and could share the info. Thanks a lot in advance.
#2 May 7th, 2010, 00:53
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days 2 and 3 do not appear to make sense. Starting morning in Dharamsala you will reach Chamba at noon or even later which will nor leave much time for sightseeing. But if you are an endurable traveller, why not.
Good hotel depends on your budget. In Dhatamsala I have stayed in Tibet hotel near the bus stand and found it good value for money. In Chamba the hotels are rather basic, I found Jimmy`s Inn quite good. I think Tibet hotel is from 600 INR and Jimmy s from 300 but donīt remember exactly.
At the taxi booth near the bus stand in Dharamsala you will find a tariff table although as far as I remember they had rates only till Dalhousie, not Chamba.
#3 May 7th, 2010, 01:42
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What do you mean by "good" hotels? Dharamasla has many price ranges.
#4 May 7th, 2010, 01:43
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sorry, i meant Dharamsala.The area you probably want to stay in is McLeod Ganj
#5 May 7th, 2010, 19:20
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Price does not really define quality but I think a good view of mountain, neat well maintained rooms (no damp, no bug), clean tidy linens, with extra hotel amenities (bar, restaurant). May be pricewise, 1000-1500 INR per day is what I'm talking about.

Dharamsala or Mcleodganj...any of these two is fine.

Hmm...I'm now thinking of canceling Day 2 trip to Chamba and spend a lazy few days in Mcleodganj. Just relaxing, eating and roaming around to take pictures.

So, from what paanwallah says, it seems that going to Chamba and coming back to Dharamsala on the same day may be even weirder idea. It crossed my mind but it seems that it may not be practical.

Alternatively, if there is a direct Volvo bus from Chamba/Dalhousie/Khajjiar directly to Delhi, it might be easier to travel directly to Delhi instead of coming back to Dharamsala to take the Delhi bus.

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