First time to North India - Itinerary help please

#1 May 15th, 2010, 00:56
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post on IM, I hope someone can help me

I am going to India on the 25th May for 5 weeks. The last 2 weeks of my trip will be in North India.

I know a fair bit about south India but I really don't know anything about the north of India! I've been looking on the internet a lot trying to find some good ideas and this site has helped loads.. Basically, I arrive in Shimla on the 14th June and depart from Shimla on the 28th June. I would like help with a good two week itinerary that could start and end here and also cover Manali + 1 or 2 other recommended areas (maybe Kasauli..)

I could change the train to depart from somewhere else as I have a feeling it might be awkward to end up back here again, but I've managed to get a seat on the Himalayan Queen to Kalka and really want to experience this journey!

Thanks a lot,

Tom
#2 May 15th, 2010, 14:22
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I would suggest kinnaur-spiti-manali-shimla round trip for 2 weeks.
Forget kasauli and mcleodganj and such places.
#3 May 15th, 2010, 16:18
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Yes .. the Lahaul Spiti loop should be great. Just confirm about Road conditions before starting though. You'll reach there towards the end of June, which should be great.
Also, you can go to Leh Ladakh region.

Both the routes will pass through Manali.

Do a Google Image search for Spiti and Leh. Go there if you like what you see.
#4 May 15th, 2010, 20:15
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Thank you Ashwinnaagar and Usernamex. Both those ideas sound great

One last question.. Would I be able to do these treks by myself or I would I need to have a guide?
#5 May 15th, 2010, 20:58
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Umm ... when I told you about these places ... I didn't exactly have trekking in mind .. I thought you meant on a car or something ..
No idea how much trekking is possible and how to do it. Trekking is definitely possible in these areas, but not all the way. You will have to take some vehicle from Shimla and then reach one of the places where the treks start from .. though not completely sure about this piece of info.

Anyways .. have a great trip man .. post the details if you can.

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