Himachal in december - Shimla Manali or Shimla Dharamshala Dalhousie?

#1 Oct 12th, 2010, 15:44
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For early december, how would Himachal Pradesh be? We did a bit of research and the rough itinerary looks like this,

Pune->delhi (flight)
Delhi->Kalka (Train), will have to stay overnight at Kalka .
Kalka->shimla(toy train)
Shimla(2 nights) Enough?
Shimla->Dharamshala (2 nights) visit McLeodGanj
Dharamshala->Dalhousie (2 nights), visit Khajjiar and Chamba

Does this look good? Will this be a lot of traveling in 9 days? Should we include Manali and skip Dalhousie or Dharamshala? Does the order look fine? Or we should start from Dalhousie?
#2 Oct 12th, 2010, 19:10
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Depends on what your are looking for. Shimla is extremley commercialized. Dalhousie is serene and beautiful while Mcleodganj is interesting.

However, this is from my experience in April, I am not sure though of how accessible these places and the surroundings are in December though..So, for example, i am not sure whether Rohtang pass etc is accessible in December from Manali.

You will still spend almost half a day each traveling between these places, so to that extent the itinerary is a bit cramped. If you can consider dropping one of the three places, you will really get to enjoy the remaining two nicely, in my opinion..

My rankinng for these places would be: (again based on April experiences and not December)
  • Mcleodganj
  • Manali
  • Dalhousie
  • Shimla
#3 Oct 17th, 2010, 01:04
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Manali is a must in winters, followed by dharamsala and dalhousie. Don't miss manali whatsoever.
#4 Nov 7th, 2010, 20:38
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Hi again, Neeraj, and hi Ashwin

I am going to be travelling solo to HP and this is my first time. My plan is as below.
27th Nov'10 - Leave Mumbai for Delhi by air (booked 1120 flight)
27t Nov'10 - Take HPTDC bus to Manali (booked volvo 630 pm)
28th Nov'10 - Stay night in Manali
29th Nov'10 - Stay night in Manali
30th Nov'10 - Stay night in Vashishth
1st Dec'10 - Stay in Vashishth
2nd Dec'10 - Stay in Kasol
3rd Dec'10 - Stay in Kasol / Manikaran
4th Dec'10 - Stay Naggar (would like to stay at the Naggar castle)
5th Dec'10 - Leave for Dharamshala
6th Dec'10 - Stay Dharamshala
7th Dec'10 - McLeoddganj, Triundh
8th Dec'10 - McLeodganj/Dalhousie
9th Dec'10 - Leave for Chandigarh
10th Dec'10 - Chandigarh to Mumbai (booked 1645 flight)

Would you have any information on home-stays, and is it advisable during that time of the year bcoz of the cold.

I have also heard about the Naggar castle, where I would like to stay for a night. Can i directly go and book there or need to book through hptdc website.

I will be carrying one snow jacket and some warm sweaters. Should i carry or can i buy good ones in Manali.

#5 Nov 7th, 2010, 21:48
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There are plenty of homestays in naggar, and dont stay in manali, stay in naggar or even solang valley(thoug it will be very cold,but amazing views).
I really dont know what winters are like in HP(the ones in U'khand are tolerable,we stayed in a homestay in winter and it was fantastic), HP is colder i guess. So go for a well insulated hotel. I dont think vashisht would be open too.
And after manali,go to naggar, then to kasol and then dharamsala.
#6 Nov 7th, 2010, 22:46
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thanks for the pointer, will do so
#7 Aug 17th, 2011, 08:59
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Hi Saurav, How is ur HP tour? Actually, I have planned to go to HP in December last week in 2011. So can you please help me with the weather condition in December .I shall visit manali, naggar,dalhousie & Dharamsala.
#8 Sep 15th, 2011, 14:28
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i am interested in know about visiting HP in december (last week) as well...
so eagerly awaiting update to this post.
my preference is

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