Safety Traveling Solo Female In HP - October

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Hi, thanks in advance for any inputs/comments...I wish there were one indiamike.com for every other country!

My question is about travelling around Himachel Pradesh via local buses or hiring a driver - from McLeod Ganj to get to Rishikesh area with couple of night stops along the way...From all my research it seems doable and fun, stopping by Rawelsar Lake, Manda area, and maybe even going up to Kullu and Manali before going to Rishikesh via Shimla...But not sure how this would be travelling as a solo female, using buses or car with driver...? any opinions, is it safe around these areas, any specific areas to avoid? I was hoping to maybe stay over night in couple places, see around before getting down to Rishikesh.

As an alternative, if not too safe to travel as a solo woman by bus or car/driver or if too difficult, I was thinking of just hanging around McLeod Ganj and valley around, and then taking the train from Chakka/Pathankot to Haridwar Jn/Rishikesh....??? thanks...
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I don't have too much experience of these areas.
Anyways,
I think traveling in local buses(in HP) is always much more fun.
and again, I don't have experience with hiring cars and such but I think it is pretty much safe in HP.
Wait for some other replies by experienced IMers

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Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post Hi, thanks in advance for any inputs/comments...I wish there were one indiamike.com for every other country!

My question is about travelling around Himachel Pradesh via local buses or hiring a driver - from McLeod Ganj to get to Rishikesh area with couple of night stops along the way...From all my research it seems doable and fun, stopping by Rawelsar Lake, Manda area, and maybe even going up to Kullu and Manali before going to Rishikesh via Shimla...But not sure how this would be travelling as a solo female, using buses or car with driver...? any opinions, is it safe around these areas, any specific areas to avoid? I was hoping to maybe stay over night in couple places, see around before getting down to Rishikesh.

As an alternative, if not too safe to travel as a solo woman by bus or car/driver or if too difficult, I was thinking of just hanging around McLeod Ganj and valley around, and then taking the train from Chakka/Pathankot to Haridwar Jn/Rishikesh....??? thanks...
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Sunnyside up! Hi,

I've lived for almost two years in HP, and can confirm that it is very safe for a solo female traveler. I'm sure you are already aware of the do's and don'ts of travel safety.

In my opinion, you will be safer on buses than with a personal driver and as the above poster says, it's heaps more fun too! If you are concerned, you could always meet up with fellow travelers in Mcleodganj and continue onwards with them, as there's bound to be people going around to those places you've mentioned.

Enjoy your trip :-D
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thanks much for the suggestions...reading some posts, folks were talking about the train from pathankot more often so I wondered if there were issues with buses in the area (and read some security concerns around kullu valley)...I feel much better know, I'd have preferred the bus too anyways )
shivani, I have around 13 days in himachel area, I know all the key areas, but all sounds almost equally attractive and hard to pick from...my one criteria would be level of cold - will be there in october - (and I will not have really thick winter clothes with me anyways, just light jackets and couple woollens) so do you have any suggestions for himachel considering this? I am wondering if chamba area would be too cold and if worth the trip versus Manali area, or skip both and just go towards shimla and trekking around manda / kullu on the way? any suggestions?
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October is one of the best months in Himachal. Chamba will not yet be very cold at that time.

There's some very unique old temples and architecture well worth seeing in various parts of HP, and the landscapes make it even more enticing. You may like to go to Shimla, then take a bus to Sarahan, and see the nearby Bhimakali Temple. It's easy to work out a rough itinerary, but stay flexible.
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Shivani thanks. When you say Mcleod ganj and Chamba is not that cold - can yo give me rough day-time temparatures and night times...e.g. what were you wearing in mid to end Oct during the days, and then night times? I will be also staying at Tushita center, and they don't have heaters etc or extra blankets. They ask that you bring a good sleeping bag, I don't want to carry a big one so just got a fleece sleeping cover isntead and was thinking of buying some tibetan blankets when I'm there...but not sure if that's enough for night time in Dhramkot or upper dharamsala? Do they sell sleeping bags in mcleod ganj? thanks much....
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I am not sure but min should be around 15 C or so.
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Take a look at here:
http://mcleodganj-weathergeek.blogspot.com/

Nice blog which was posted by some IMers in some thread.
Its run by some meteorologist based in D'shala.
He updates the blog twice/day.
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thanks for this link, I found it too, but it's just very new, so need to wait until mid oct to get a feel for that, which is when I'll be there. but you're right, it's very helpful in the long run and for the past months.
thanks all for the info.
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No problem. I am also going to Himachal but just after few days.
Will return back by mid Oct. May post here

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Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post thanks for this link, I found it too, but it's just very new, so need to wait until mid oct to get a feel for that, which is when I'll be there. but you're right, it's very helpful in the long run and for the past months.
thanks all for the info.
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Hi Sunnyside up! You wanted to know what I was wearing in mid October to end. Well, I was in long sleeved tops by then. Some days a jacket was needed, especially in the evenings, but more often, just a cardigan or equivalent. Please don't worry about the weather. It is the perfect season for HP :-)

And yes, you can buy sleeping bags in Mcleodganj. The shops sell plenty of colorful jackets, woolens, blankets, shawls and so forth, if needed.
#12 Oct 8th, 2010, 19:04
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hello

well bus is always fun but it takes much time and at night its not safe either.if u want to take but then travel only in day light, i am also planning for dharamshala u can join me, if u like .
happy journey
have a safe journey
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Hi Inder,

What do you mean the bus is not safe at night time? From the accident perspective, or from the solo single woman traveller one?

If it's the second thing you are talking about, then I strongly disagree.
The first one, you are probably right. Maybe traveling during daylight hours is slightly safer on the roads.

As to your point about the length of travel time, it takes about the same with a car.
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In general, night travel in India by bus or car is very very risky. In particular, night travel in the areas that you mentioned are the riskiest. Travel only during the daylight, if you must.

I suggest you look for a trusty travel companion, solo travel, IMHO, is full of potholes!
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hi Shivani,
i mean to say if u r local to the place it is fine to travel at night no matter if u r girl or boy, but if u r foreigner i wont suggest u to travel at night in such hilly areas coz wht would u do if the bus broke down, u wont get another bus , moreover u will be a scapegoat for the travelers travelling along with u , everybody will want to advantage of u .

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