Need Suggestion for Shimla & Manali in April, 2016

#1 Feb 27th, 2016, 14:13
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Dear All,

I am from Bangladesh. I am planning to visit Shimla & Manali in April,2016. We will be 3 families in the group; six adults and 3 kids (age 3 years to 5 years). We have prepared a our tour plan as below:

Day1 (April 03): Start from Kolkata (Sealdah) to New Delhi by Train (12259 : NDLS Duronto) @06:40PM
Day2 (April 04): Reach New Delhi at around 11:30 AM, Board Bus for Shimla @ 6 PM
Day3 (April 05): Reach Shimla in the morning, Take rest up to lunch, roaming around Mall and Ridge
Day4 (April 06): Shimla : Sight Seeing (Kufri, Fagu, Green Valley, Summer Hill)
Day5 (April 07): Shimla : Sight Seeing (Moshabra, Nalhedra)
Day6 (April 08): Shimla - Manali
Day7 (April 09): Manali (Rothang Pass)
Day8 (April 10): Manali (Solang Valley)
Day9 (April 11): Manali (Manikaran) || Manali - Delhi by Bus
Day10 (April 12): Delhi-Kolkata by train (12314 : Sealdah Rajdhani) @ 04:25 PM
Day11 (April 13): Reach Kolkata @10:15 AM

We have already bought our train tickets for Kolkata New Delhi and New Delhi Kolkata. It would be very helpful for us to get assistance from you on the following queries:
a. We have the plan to hire a 9 seated tempo traveller for the entire tour, i.e. starting from Shimla and ending up at Manali. Please advice about cost of hiring tempo traveller.
b. Please advice on Delhi Shimla and Manali Delhi AC Volvo bus service. And approximate fare.
c. Our budget for hotel accommodation is around RS 1500 ( + 200) per night per family. Appreciate you to please suggest some hotel names near Mall, Shimla and Manali.
d. Temperature of that region, will it be too cold for our kids?
e. And any other advice/suggestion you feel helpful for us to make the tour successful and memorable.

Appreciate your advice & reply.

Thanks.
#2 Feb 27th, 2016, 14:38
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I doubt whether Rohtang pass will be open.It generally opens in April end. Please check in advance.
Still you can go up to Kothi and Marhi Village if not upto Rohtang. You can visit naggar also if time permits.
At Manikaran we ate in a Gurudwara thats langar. Good food. We saved money as well !!!
#3 Mar 14th, 2016, 12:42
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Hi,

We have changed the tour a bit. Now we will start from Manali instead of Shimla (for Himachal part). We have bought train ticket of Kalka to Delhi at 11:55 PM, April 11. We are planning to buy Shivalik Express ticket on that same day which will reach Kalka at 10:25 PM.

Can any one provide information on timeliness of Shivalik Express (from Shimla to Kalka)? Does Shivalik reach Kalka on time?

Appreciate your response and advise.

Thanks.
#4 Mar 14th, 2016, 23:11
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I travelled by Shivalik express last August and it was on time. After waiting a bit I boarded Kalka mail for Delhi.
#5 Mar 22nd, 2016, 12:47
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Hi,

I found in the internet that HRTC operates A/C bus from Delhi to Dalhousie. Can you please provide information on when that bus reaches Dalhousie? Is the bus of this route is in the same quality of buses of Delhi - Manali routes?

Can you please provide information on cost of hiring a tempo traveler (9 seats) from Dalhousie - Manali - Shimla for 7N & 8D?

Thanks in advance.
#6 Mar 22nd, 2016, 19:25
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Hi Boga Lake,

Please see my feedback below.

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Originally Posted by Boga Lake View Post Day7 (April 09): Manali (Rothang Pass)
Day8 (April 10): Manali (Solang Valley)
This is one day trip. Rohtang Pass will be closed. May be you can go go up to Gulaba post.

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Originally Posted by Boga Lake View Post Can any one provide information on timeliness of Shivalik Express (from Shimla to Kalka)? Does Shivalik reach Kalka on time?
Shivalik Deluxe Exp is connecting with Kalka - Delhi - Howrah Mail and usually remain on-time.

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Originally Posted by Boga Lake View Post Can you please provide information on when that bus reaches Dalhousie? Is the bus of this route is in the same quality of buses of Delhi - Manali routes?
HRTC operates two types of AC bus to Manali - Humsuta (Volvo) and Himgaurav (AC - Tata). To Dalhousie it only runs Himgaurav.

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Originally Posted by Boga Lake View Post Can you please provide information on cost of hiring a tempo traveler (9 seats) from Dalhousie - Manali - Shimla for 7N & 8D?
You can contact Ajay Sharma (+91 9882260370) for this. He may help you. Also if you are thinking about this route, you can go to Pathankot from Kolkata by train.
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Hi,

If I hire a Innova car from Dalhousie for 06N/7D and end up at Shimla, can anyone please tell me how much it will cost or how much it will cost/km?
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Innova should cost you around Rs 12 - Rs 13 for 250 kms per day. Add another Rs 250 per day for the driver. Toll and parking would be extra. Some operators will give you an all inclusive quote.
#9 Apr 8th, 2016, 17:43
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per day rates may not work in HP sector. you may get innova from 2700-3000 per day all inclusive.

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