Delhi to Dalhousie via Chandigarh by CAR in Jan?

#1 Dec 14th, 2013, 19:05
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Hi All,

I am planning a trip to Dalhousie from 11 to 17 January'2014 by Car (Ford figo diesel). This will be my first trip to hills by CAR driving on my own. So, I want to know is it a good idea first of all? Are the road goods? What is the length of hill drive? Any tips for the car and parts to take care of or the time?

Below are the details of my trip:

Route will be :
Delhi - Ambala - Chandigarh - Ropar - Hoshiarpur - Pathankot-Banikhet-Dalhousie

Iternary:
11 Jan : Delhi to Chandigarh (Local sightseeing)
12 Jan : Chandigarh to Dalhousie
13 Jan : Dalhousie - Khajjar - Chamba
14 Jan : Dalhousie - Dainkund Peak (1 Day) - Trek and view
15 Jan : Not yet decided {Local sight seeing (1 Day)}
16 Jan : Not yet decided
17 Jan : Anniversary (so not planning activity for this day)
18 Jan : Back to Delhi via chandigarh

I am planning this trip as leisure trip so I do not want to travel much but if there is any nearby place kindly let me know?
Also, any suggestions for the hotel?

Any suggestion is much required and appreaciated
#2 Dec 15th, 2013, 00:36
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This will be my first trip to hills by CAR driving on my own. So, I want to know is it a good idea first of all?
First of all, you must be young and daring

Not a good idea to be driving alone because of the following reasons:

1. Lack of hillside driving experience - your first trip to the hills.

2. Time of year and weather.
As you know the first two weeks of January can be quite cold in north India and in the Pathankot and higher up areas of Banikhet and Dalhousie there is a very good chance of snowfall and difficult driving conditions that would be a challenge even for experienced drivers.

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Any tips for the car and parts to take care of or the time?
Drive slowly and take extra petrol, warm clothing and food in case you get stuck and have to wait for help.

Good Luck
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Thanks TorontoMM for your reply!!

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Lack of hillside driving experience - your first trip to the hills.
I do not about the lanes but I have heard that the road are quite broad. Are they not?


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Time of year and weather.
As you know the first two weeks of January can be quite cold in north India and in the Pathankot and higher up areas of Banikhet and Dalhousie there is a very good chance of snowfall and difficult driving conditions that would be a challenge even for experienced drivers.
Yes, I was thinking the same as if there will be snowfall or fog then it would be a challenge for me to drive there. So, what you suggest how should I commute? As I will be in Dalhousie itself for 4-5 days so hiring cab does not seems economical to me. What are your views?

And any suggestion about iternary?
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As I will be in Dalhousie itself for 4-5 days so hiring cab does not seems economical to me. What are your views?
Yes, cabs will be expensive but in Dalhousie you can always walk - good for your health or take local buses but you should be fine with driving as long as your Ford figo has good tyres and you don't speed and maintain a good distance with vehicles ahead of you.

Also it will be better if you have a travel companion and don't have to do this long road trip by yourself.
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Originally Posted by torontomm View Post Yes, cabs will be expensive but in Dalhousie you can always walk - good for your health or take local buses but you should be fine with driving as long as your Ford figo has good tyres and you don't speed and maintain a good distance with vehicles ahead of you.

Also it will be better if you have a travel companion and don't have to do this long road trip by yourself.
Thanks for all the information!!

I have recently drive to Nainital but still now I am feeling that in Jan Dalhousie will be too cold so planning for Rajasthan!!
#6 Dec 28th, 2013, 17:23
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Driving in January

How cold does it get. Any snow or ice on the road?
If so they grit the roads in India?
#7 Dec 29th, 2013, 00:43
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I am assuming you are talking abt Dalhousie weather not much near freezing point, couple of degrees below freezing point some time , yes snow and ice on road is fromed.
Road is cleared of snow, as for black ice you use chains on tire.
If you are talking abt Himachal weather it can go to -20 to -25 in spiti.
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