Manali in December

#1 Oct 25th, 2010, 09:25
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Dear All
I am planning a trip to manali in december-10 and need your expert guidance on following subject.

I got lot of valuable info on indiamike for reaching manali from delhi and i have decided to take HPTDC Volvo A/C bus or deluxe bus .
is this bus Air conditioned or Air cooled only ? Any heating in bus ? in December delhi-manali route defintately will be too cold and i will be travelling with my 6 year old kid and we would definitely not like to travel 16 hours in chilling climate...
Any advice.

Please share your experience of travelling in this buses in winter time ( dec-jan-feb) . Is it advisable to take normal deluxe bus than the Volvo A/C ?

Awaiting your valuable advice.

#2 Oct 25th, 2010, 13:39
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Always the Volvo and try to grab the centre seats to reduce the bumps and yes they are acclimatised.. forget about ordinary buses specially with your kid .. one helluva long cold bumpy ride.
Here I am !What are you other two wishes ?
#3 Oct 26th, 2010, 08:01
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Thanks for your reply.
Dear All

This year snowfall has started early in rohtang ( as per news channels and indiamike ) so based on that any prediction about
weather in manali in first/second week of decmeber ?

I have zoomed to stay in HPTDC hotels can someone summarise advantage/disadvantage of each of below...
Hamta huts
Rohtang Manasau
The The beas..

#4 Oct 26th, 2010, 08:09
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I was in Manali in December second week and the weather was lovely. Rohtang was a little problematic with the unexpected snow storm and the traffic jam for 5km on the hills.I think that may or may not happen every year.

I stayed in The beas, just beside the river and loved it.You may get to hear some noise from the iron bridge when vehicles pass over it.

Enjoy your stay in Manali!
#5 Oct 26th, 2010, 08:34
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manali will be lovely in dec not muc crowed either ar regards the volvo it is the best form of transport and dont worry where you sit in the Bus they have air suspension and so no problem of bumps
#6 Oct 28th, 2010, 09:03
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Dear All
Thanks for your info. Infact this will be my second trip to manali but first trip was around 10 years ago in May and that too was very short . I spent only three days in manali ..went to solang valley and rohtang and usual city site seeing ( hadimba temple and vashist etc ) .

Are there any other nature treks apart from usual site seeing as mentioned above. This time i am thinking of making 4N/5D programme to manali only. so one day is dedicated for rohtang ( if it is open) and one day to solang valley.
What other sites can you please suggest ?

#7 Oct 30th, 2010, 15:09
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Hi, I would greatly appreciate advice on Himachal trip end Nov/early Dec'10

Hi All

I'm a newbie and would greatly like some advice on my trip to Himachal coming up soon.

i am going to be travelling solo, and my plan is as below.
27th Nov'10 - Leave Mumbai for Delhi by air
27t Nov'10 - Take HPTDC bus to Shimla
28th Nov'10 - Stay night in Shimla
29th Nov'10 - Stay night in Shimla
30th Nov'10 - Leave for Manali
1st Dec'10 - Stay in Vashishth (Bhrigu hotel)
2nd Dec'10 - Stay in Vashishth
3rd Dec'10 - Stay in Vashishth (visit Solan, Kasol etc)
4th Dec'10 - Stay Manali (visit Rohtang if possible)
5th Dec'10 - Leave for Dharamshala
6th Dec'10 - Stay Dharamshala
7th Dec'10 - McLeoddganj, Triundh
8th Dec'10 - McLeodganj
9th Dec'10 - Leave for Chandigarh
10th Dec'10 - Chandigarh to Mumbai

I would like some easy treks in every place.

I'm sure that there is nothing off-track about my itinerary above and its been done by millions, but is it alright for a peaceful and scenic trip.
Any advice is welcome, thanks a lot.

Can't wait, yippeee

Cheers from Mumbai

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