Off beat Himachal itinerary

#1 Jun 21st, 2018, 16:19
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Hi All,

Can someone please help with a 7 day Himachal itinerary covering not so crowded/ off-beat places. Trip planned on the last week of December, and planned from and to Chandigarh.

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Been to Himachal in January this year. I'd visited below places which are lesser crowded than other parts of Himachal.
Baijnath-Bir
Barot
Parashar Lake (better to visit on week day to stay away from crowd)
Rewalsar Lake
Gushaini
Jibhi (you should try the trek to Serolsar Lake)

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Asking for a "7 day Himachal itinerary" is casting a very wide net. We want to help but you ought to narrow down the scope a bit.
Suggest some constraints or boundary parameters to help us zero-in with useful/helpful answers.

I'd suggest you find a few offbeat places, come up with a rough cuts, first version of an itinerary, and then ask targeted questions.
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Thanks Guys.

Blackfog: I agree I should've been more specific. Can u suggest some less crowded places near Manali, Shimla and Tirthan and Pabbar valley? I'm assuming Kinnaur will be snowed out then and will be difficult to travel to.
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Blackfog: I agree I should've been more specific.
Yes, you should be. No worries though.

Given the type of travel you're asking for, I'd opine that you avoid Manali and even Shimla at all costs.
Tirthan or Pabbar valleys in Dec will be great. Expect some holiday crowd but not much.

You haven't mentioned distance you want to travel and activities you want to indulge in.
From remoteness and beauty perspective, consider
  • Towns like Rohru, Narkanda, Rajgarh, Chamba, Hadsar, Bharmour, Mandi, Palampur, Paddar, Dharamshala, etc.
  • Near villages named Kuppar, Sungri, Shoja-Jibhi-Jalori area, Sarahan, forest rest houses listed in the below blog post, Barot, Kotla, Seraj, etc.
  • Random places that may be either crowded or non-descript but if you use these just for stay, you can explore the adjoining good activities/getaways/solitude/natural beauty/etc. nearby. Such as, Renuka Ji, Mandi, Palampur, Dharamshala, Karsog, Narkanda, Rajgarh, etc.


Also, somewhere in the above categories come the remote places that have forest rest houses that can be booked online. For a list, see this blog post that I've compiled.


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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post Yes, you should be. No worries though.

Given the type of travel you're asking for, I'd opine that you avoid Manali and even Shimla at all costs.
Tirthan or Pabbar valleys in Dec will be great. Expect some holiday crowd but not much.

You haven't mentioned distance you want to travel and activities you want to indulge in.
From remoteness and beauty perspective, consider
  • Towns like Rohru, Narkanda, Rajgarh, Chamba, Hadsar, Bharmour, Mandi, Palampur, Paddar, Dharamshala, etc.
  • Near villages named Kuppar, Sungri, Shoja-Jibhi-Jalori area, Sarahan, forest rest houses listed in the below blog post, Barot, Kotla, Seraj, etc.
  • Random places that may be either crowded or non-descript but if you use these just for stay, you can explore the adjoining good activities/getaways/solitude/natural beauty/etc. nearby. Such as, Renuka Ji, Mandi, Palampur, Dharamshala, Karsog, Narkanda, Rajgarh, etc.


Also, somewhere in the above categories come the remote places that have forest rest houses that can be booked online. For a list, see this blog post that I've compiled.


cheers,
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Thanks a lot for the suggestion.

We don't intend to travel more than 5 hours by road/ day, and don't really want to travel to very remote locations.

Do you have an itinerary in mind by which we could cover the places mentioned by you. Sorry in advance if this sounds daft.
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Not interested in the places mentioned in the trip report?
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post We don't intend to travel more than 5 hours by road/ day, and don't really want to travel to very remote locations.
Really? And you expect to reach remote places? With 5 hours per day on road, you'll take 2 days to cover Delhi to Himachal. C'mon! At least, stretch on the first day and the last day. Take a driver along if you must. Don't waste time of the road, I swear. All the major roads are shitty. NH1, Mandi highway, Manali highway, highway to Kangra, etc. are either under construction or under heavy traffic load leading to bad jams. So make time on the highways on first and last days. Avoid peak time. Leave at random times from either sides to avoid rush hour at toll gates. And so on.

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Do you have an itinerary in mind by which we could cover the places mentioned by you. Sorry in advance if this sounds daft.
From my dictionary, daft (adj.) = Informal or slang term meaning insane, strange, eccentric or stupid.
So yes, it is daft to ask for such an itinerary to be provided out-of-the-box. One simply cannot cover the places mentioned by me. These places are spread across HP. And we don't know what you'll prefer to come up with a one-sided and blinded itinerary.

I strongly urge you to come up with a draft itinerary on which to ask questions. It is next-to-impossible to spoon-feed at this level.

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Never knew asking for an itinerary was a crime on here, but thanks for all your suggestions, blackfog.

@aarosh: I had read this report long back, during my active IM days. Will read it again. Thank you!
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Himachal semi-offbeat places itinerary options that are not hectic

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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Never knew asking for an itinerary was a crime on here, but thanks for all your suggestions, blackfog.
Ah! C'mon... My apologies. Just that I find it very weird for a plan to materialize without exactly knowing what is required from it.

Nevermind... Let me take a quick dig at it. The following options are top-level. Please zero-in on something and then do fine tune it. I've tried to keep distances to the minimum. Do expect the last day drive to be slightly longer to reach home.

Spread it out in 7 days according to how much time you want to split between sightseeing, just relaxing, outdoor activities, and commuting.

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Shimla + Rohru
Day1: Reach Shimla.
A few days: Spend sightseeing in Shimla or places outside it. Can stay a few km before Shimla to avoid the crowds. Some sightseeing can be done around the peak hours to avoid crowds.
Day4 or Day 5: Reach Rohru. Drive/trek to Chanshal Pass from Chirgaon. Enjoy weather and outdoors, if that suits you. Either stay put in Rohru relaxing or do random road trips+sightseeing nearby to Hatkoti, Hanol, Sungri, etc.
Day 6 or 7: Rohru to Chandigarh in one go.


Rajgarh + Renuka Ji
Day 1: Reach Rajgarh. Enjoy nature and minor hikes nearby. Relax.
Day3 or day 4: Reach Renuka Ji. Spend 2 days here. A few activities here are awesome, IMHO. The place has a lil' bit for all age groups. Can hike to Jamu peak; do boating in lake; visit the Zoo; drive inwards to interact with locals of Sangrah or power project in Chandni; visit a cooperative society making fruit preserves enroute; visit the temple, etc.
Day 7: Reach Chandigarh directly.


Renuka Ji + Chakrata
Day1: Reach Renuka Ji. Spend 1-2 days here doing the above.
Day4 or day5: Reach Chakrata. Indulge in activities that I've listed on Wikipedia here. Enjoy the winter cold. Can hike around, do sightseeing, or make a trip to Shiv temple in Lakha Mandal.
Day 7: Reach Chandigarh directly.


Drive towards Kalpa as much as you can in Dec-end.
Day 1: Reach Narkanda. Spend 1-2 days here relaxing and enjoying the nature. Can hike nearby.
Day3 or day4: Reach Sarahan. Can relax and sightsee. If you like leisurely drives, cover Sungri-Thaklech enroute Sarahan.
Day6 or day7: Either drive back to CHD directly or stop over for a night. Can stop over at Solan to explore local markets, hike to Pandav caves, etc. Can stop over at Chail, Naldehra to just relax.


Dharamshala + Palampur + Baijnath
We all are aware of the traffic jams and crowds there during holidays. But Kangra has many beautiful places that are lesser-known and are not crowded.
Day1: Reach Dharamshala or Kangra. Can stop over at Chintpurni (HPTDC is good) or Jwalamukhi. Sightsee or relax for 1-2 days. Remain in the outskirts to avoid crowds.
Day3-day4: Reach Palampur. Sightsee or relax in nature nearby. There's a lot of do in the 25km radius for 2-3 days.
Day7: Return to CHD directly.


Karsog + Janjehli
Day1: Reach Narkanda. Can see Hatu peak if reaching early or reach by evening after checking out 1-2 Shimla attractions enroute.
Day2: Reach Janjehli. Be around and about to enjoy nature. Can hike nearby or check out local temples and culture.
Day 4 or day5: Reach Karsog valley. A long list of things to experience (not see) and activities in do in this area is here.
Day7: Reach CHD directly. Take the route via SunderNagar (and not Tatapani).

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If you are into hikes, treks, or morning walks, figure something worth doing from this list of easy-going hikes in the regions mentioned above.

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Hearing names like Dharamshala and Shimla you'd ask for less crowded places. As I said above, the cities may be crowded but there are ample accommodation options and some sightseeing options on the outskirts that the crowds don't bother to come to. See if you can zero-in on such nooks and crannies of these bustling cities. If not, be back to IM.

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PS: And gosh! Use the word crime less loosely

PPS (added later): Damn! Without realizing it, I've hit my 800th post mark with a rather constructive post! Cheers to me
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Thanks blackfog, this is quite helpful.
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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Thanks blackfog, this is quite helpful.
You are welcome. I do ask that when you are back, please share your trip highlights with us.
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post You are welcome. I do ask that when you are back, please share your trip highlights with us.
Sure
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You can visit the places like Kullu- Manali, Rohtang Pass, Manali - Leh, Shimla, Kangra, Dharamshala, Palampur, etc places in Himachal. You will able to get the transport facilities to those places from Chandigarh very easily.

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