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#1861 May 20th, 2018, 21:52
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Rohtang opens to tourists, Kullu hoteliers elated

A tourist vehicle goes towards Rohtang Pass from Manali on Saturday
Kullu, May 19
The Rohtang Pass was thrown open to tourists on Saturday. The road was cleared of snow on April 5, connecting the remote Lahaul valley to Kullu, but due to snow again, the BRO had to carry out snow-clearing operations a couple of times.
Tourist vehicles were allowed till Marhi, 35 km from Manali, from May 2 and only 1,200 vehicles were allowed to cross the Gulaba barrier daily as per the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The DC said the tourists could get permits online for plying vehicles beyond the barrier for which they would have to pay Rs 550. The pass was thrown open to the tourists after obtaining the feasibility report from a joint inspection committee about the parking lot and toilet facilities for the tourists - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/591754.html
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Hi,

We will going to Kanfu from Chandigarh so can you please tell me is there any direct bus available from Chandigarh or any share jeep. We are from Kolkata and planning for Pin-Bhaba pass in September.
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There is an ordinary bus from Chandigarh to Kalpa (a bit further along the main road from Kafnu). Leaves at 7 pm reaches by 10 am (Kalpa).

Official website.

Else you can reach Shimla by a Volvo and then pick another bus from there.. However the same website above does not show any connecting buses between Shimla and Kalpa.
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post There is an ordinary bus from Chandigarh to Kalpa (a bit further along the main road from Kafnu). Leaves at 7 pm reaches by 10 am (Kalpa).

Official website.

Else you can reach Shimla by a Volvo and then pick another bus from there.. However the same website above does not show any connecting buses between Shimla and Kalpa.
There's a Delhi - Rampur Volvo if you want to cover the maximum possible distance in volvo.
By Volvo to Shimla is also possible.

But do note that it's hard to get a seat on any long distance bus to and from Kalpa at any stop other than starting point, especially during season. Search for bus schedules before planing.

HRTC site only searches in first and last stop. And it does not show private/other states' buses, and in-fact, several of the HRTC buses themselves. And shows some for which schedules have changed.
It's reliable for advance booking and volvos schedule but not for ordinary buses schedule.
Search for number of ISBT Shimla/ Chandigarh and ask for on-ground info.
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Thanks for your update but I think kalka train reaches in morning around 5 am then we need morning bus and reach kafnu in same day. please suggest
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Check here as well.. Haryana transport.

Has ordinary bus from Chandigarh to Shimla at 5 10am (not possible for you to catch that), 6 00 am and later too.. Takes about 5-6 hours to reach Shimla (VOLVO 4.5 hours). FUrther you may have to check at Shimla.

As the-blue_bharal mentions - best to call in at either chandigarh ISBT or Shimla ISBT.

Contact numbers for inquiry with HRTC here.
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From Kalka station, the only option usually is to get a cab. There are shared autos to the bus-stop in highway in-case you want to get a bus.

For buses, it's better to alight at Chandigarh, reach ISBT-43, and take a bus. Direct to Wangtu would be better option, or take one to Rampur or least preferred, Shimla.

As far as I remember, there are at-least 2 buses from Chandigarh early morning for Peo and another one from Shimla at around 10-11 AM that comes from Bilaspur or Hamirpur.
Rampur - Peo has a service at-least every couple of hours.
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Kinnaur-Spiti link road gets wildlfe board’s approval
SHIMLA: The proposal for the construction of Attargoo-Sagam-Mudh-Bhawa road connecting Kinnaur district with Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh and passing through Rupi Bhaba Wildlife Sanctuary has got the nod of the National Board for Wildlife, which has paved the way for the construction of a road at 4,865m above sea level to cut the distance between Shimla and Kaza in Spiti by almost 100km.
For the last seven years the project had been gathering dust in the files and now with the nod of the National Board for Wildlife only a clearance is required under the Forest Conservation Act to start the construction work. Sources said that Khardungla is considered to be the highest motorable road in the world as it passes at a height of 5,387m and with the construction of Attargoo-Sagam-Mudh-Bhawa Road, it will be the second highest at 4,865m - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64263944.cms
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Electric buses to Rohtang from today
The fare is Rs 600 per passenger. Three buses will leave Manali for Rohtang at 8 am, 8:30 am and 9 am and will return in the afternoon. A bus will carry 25 passengers

MANALI, MAY 22
The HRTC will start its electric bus service on the 51-km Manali-Rohtang route from Wednesday.
With the opening of Rohtang, thousands of tourists have thronged Manali. The demand for taxis to Rohtang is very high.
As a limited number of vehicles are being allowed to Rohtang, the electric bus service is going to provide tourists a major relief - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ay/593297.html

Commuters visiting Billing to pay green tax

The Billing valley in Kangra district is world-known for its paragliding site. Photo: Ravinder Sood
Palampur, May 22
The government has imposed green tax on the entry of vehicles in Bir Billing, a world-known paragliding site at the height of 9,000 feet, 35 kilometers from here. Hundreds of tourists visit Billing daily.
Vikas Shukla, SDM, Baijnath, said on Tuesday that Rs 30 would be charged from two-wheelers, Rs 60 from car and jeep, Rs 70 from taxis and Rs 80 from mini buses. The Special Area Development Authority(SADA) had been set up for the development of Bir Billing.
Shukla, who is also the chairman of SADA, said tourists were spoiling the environment of Billing by throwing plastic wastes in the forests which was a cause for concern for the administration.
Unwanted persons were also visiting Billing daily, taking drinks in the open, creating nuisance for tourists. Now, the administration had imposed green tax on vehicles ,which would restrict the entry of vehicles - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ax/593305.html
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'Snow at Rohtang likely to melt by end of June'
MANALI: Snow at the 13,050-foot-high Rohtang Pass is melting fast and could disappear much by June, according hoteliers and cabbies in this tourist town. Though a top weather official did not commit to making a statement on all snow melting away so early at the pass, he said the heat wave sweeping the region would affect the rate of snowmelt at peaks too.
Lakhs of tourists visit Himachal Pradesh to escape the scorching heat of the plains in May and June, and snow at the high-altitude mountain pass is one of top pulls for them. However, this time around, a thin layer of snow remains at the snow destination, according to locals. "The plateau of Rohtang has no snow. Now, tourists are finding snow near zero point, where avalanches took place recently. The cover will disappear in few days. Then, we will take tourists to the northern face of Rohtang, towards Lahaul," a taxi driver, Thakur Dass, said. "It could disappear by June." - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/snow-at-rohtang-likely-to-melt-by-end-of-june/articleshow/64297891.cms

New Delhi-Leh bus service resumes
KULLU, MAY 23
The HRTC restarted its bus service between Delhi to Leh on Wednesday on its longest route of 1,015 km.
Lahaul-Spiti DC Ashwani Chaudhary flagged off the bus from Keylong. Keylong Depot Regional Manager Mangal Chand Manepa was present on the occasion. He said the service was started in 2008 to facilitate the tourists and residents of the tribal region.
The bus was started after the BRO restored the strategically important 475-km Manali-Leh highway earlier this month. The fare of Rs 1,399 had been fixed for one-way travel from Leh to Delhi and the online booking facility through HRTC website was also available. He said it took a bus 36 hours to reach Delhi and three drivers and two conductors would be changed during the one-way journey - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/593803.html
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35 McLeodganj hotels under lens

A Municipal Corporation team inspects a hotel at Mcleodganj on Thursday. photo: Kamaljeet
Dharamsala, May 24
In the wake of the Himachal High Court orders, the Municipal Corporation has started inspecting the structures of 35 approved hotels in upper Dharamsala region.
Earlier, water and power connections of at least 140 unapproved hotels in the region were snapped.
A team of civic body officials, led by Assistant Commissioner, Dharamsala, Sukhdev Singh on Thursday started the exercise of measuring the dimensions of the approved hotels.
Sukhdev Singh said they were verifying the facts given by some local residents in a complaint to the acting Chief Justice of the Himachal High Court, Sanjay Karol.
The complainants alleged that several hotels in the region had got approvals while some were getting them renewed despite “gross irregularities”. - here is the link to the news -
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No relief from heat wave till May 28
Shimla, May 24
Heat wave conditions occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh with Una recording a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and the state capital Shimla a high of 27.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.
"Most of the towns in Una, Bilaspur and Kullu district recorded a maximum temperature three to five notches above the average mainly due to prevailing dry weather," an official at the meteorological office here said. He said Shimla's maximum temperature was three notches above the average. - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...28/594458.html
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Water scarcity leaves Shimla high and dry

A tanker supplies water on the Mall Road in Shimla on Friday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, May 25
Residents in the city are reeling under acute water shortage for the last few days. They are getting rationed water supply after four-five days.
While the residents are buying bottled water for drinking and cooking, hoteliers are solely depending on tankers in the tourist season.
“There is no water in our kitchen or bathroom for the last five days. We have never experienced such a shortage in the city earlier,” said Kartik, a resident of Lakkar Bazaar.
“Hoteliers are paying private tankers Rs 2,600 for 6,000 litre water,” said Harnan Kukreja, president, Shimla Hoteliers’ Association. The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) is struggling to ration 21 MLD of water that was pumped from its major sources these days. The water availability per resident was just 5 litre as on Friday - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ry/594998.html
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Now, cafés and camps booted out of Kheerganga
CHANDIGARH : Cafés and camping businesses have started vacating Kullu’s popular camping destination Kheerganga, according to an official of the Himachal Pradesh forest department. The eateries started packing up from May 25, after a two-month deadline set by the Himachal Pradesh high court came to an end.
Parvati divisional forest officer (DFOs) Hiralal Rana told The Times of India on Saturday that cafés and restaurants had been asked to leave because the high-altitude meadow fell in forest land and no commercial activity was allowed in such places. - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64335283.cms
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Reach Shimla in 20 minutes from Chandigarh in heli-taxi

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Reach Shimla in 20 minutes from Chandigarh in heli-taxi
I thought you said hell-Taxi!

(Google maps says three and half hours by road)
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