Hi, I hope I am posting this in the right forum. I am planning to buy a van and move around Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. I do not want to live in any hotels. The idea is to have a mattress in the back and a camping stove and other camping accessories. Is this doable? Any ideas, opinions, advice appreciated.
Thank you for all your replies. I think I can manage getting a vehicle. I am more concerned, as Nick pointed out, with stopping and sleeping. Some more advice on that will be great. I drove a friend's car and a motorbike in Chennai few years back when I visited. Yes, it was a nightmare. I have heard of disappearances near Manikaran. Did some research on that. A little more about me: I am of Indian origin. I have an OCI card. I have lived in a van in Canada in the BC mountains in the winter. I know India is not the same. I don't usually drive all day. I find a new place every few days. Wild camp for a while in one place before moving on. I am all equipped for extreme snow conditions. I have a high tolerance for cold. Any more advice based on all the above information will be appreciated.
I drove a friend's car and a motorbike in Chennai few years back when I visited. Yes, it was a nightmare.
Damn... I'd rather drive here than Salisbury! Seriously! I was in UK last July, had planned to hire a car for a week, and chickened out of driving at all. You get used to it. In fact, once I started, I soon realised that it is easier than being a pedestrian here.
This is my creed on holiday driving anywhere, whether it is India or the A30: your passengers get to see the view, you get to see the road. But at least you are not new to India so new newbie illusions.
you might like to take at look at Team-BHP.com. It's a pain to get membership, but freely open to browse. Some of the travelogues might well be of interest to you, especially as people are writing about driving, not just touring.
Saw a western couple in a old truck/SUV type of vehicle in Jageshwar. They were young and hippiesh looking. Don't know if they were on a Tourist visa or other? Didn't talk to them because I saw them out my hotel room window and as soon as they arrived, they left. The hotel must have been full.
Thanks Nick. I'll look up the Team-BHP site. Very helpful checklist in the Internations site ananda2193. Thanks you. I have an international permit from the AA in the UK. I would eventually try to get an Indian licence.