Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Chandigarh-Shimla-Manali-Rohtang-Amritsar-Delhi

#1 Jun 9th, 2013, 15:26
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need your help and suggestions guys in planning this trip with my family consisting of mom dad and sister and me of course:
Day1: Reach haridwar at 4am from train from delhi and local sightseeing at haridwar and rishikesh

Day2: same as above till 2pm when we have another train to chandigarh at 14:35 hrs. reach chandigarh at 7pm. overnight stay at hotel in chandigarh.

Day3: kalka simla shivalik express...reach simla at 10:15 AM...spend day local sightseeing in and around simla

Day4: local simla sightseeing

Day5: start for manali (i guess it takes around 10-12 hrs to reach manali from simla) (should i get a cab\taxi booked rightaway or shud we travel by bus) (what mode of transportation is advisable and how much would a taxi charge us)
may be we reach manali this day but it is at this part that i need your help the most...plan is blurry after we start from simla..

I have kept 4 days for manali excluding the day when we start from simla to travel for manali. on 4th day at manali after sunset we will start towards chandigarh via night bus and reach chandigarh in morning.

stay in chandigarh till 0530 pm (we'll see rock gardens\pinjore gardens\sukma lake etc. there till our train time) and then train to amritsar. will reach amritsar at 09:30pm...hotel in amritsar and next morning golden temple (will also visit it the previous night)..after the wagah border ceremony head for station and go delhi via golden temple mail.

please let me know flaws\suggestions for the itinerary. help me with the simla-manali-rohtang route as i have no idea about how to go around along that leg of the journey...we would want to do river rafting in beas and paragliding too (as sadly river rafting will be closed in rishikesh when we reach there later in july)
also suggest decent family-friendly hotels with non-astronomical reasonable rates.

ANY suggestion such as even a little restaurant\things to do\food to eat\special places along the way\what not to do would be most welcome....this is our trip as a family after more than 20yrs and i dont knw when would next one be so it means a lot to me as im the one organizing it..please let me have your valuable syggestions.

Thank You.
#2 Jun 9th, 2013, 22:25
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after sunset we will start towards chandigarh via night bus and reach chandigarh in morning. stay in chandigarh till 0530 pm (we'll see rock gardens\pinjore gardens\sukma lake etc. there till our train time
Pinjore Gardens is lovely but it is not in Chandigarh it is in Pinjore (near Kalka) and a good one hour drive from Chandigarh and you may not feel like more driving after spending your night in the bus.

I would suggest that on arrival in Chandigarh in the morning you go and relax in the beautiful Rose garden (which is of course full of Roses) and then have lunch in the nearby and popular shopping market of sector 17 and after lunch you can visit the Rock Garden and finally spend some relaxing time at the Sukhna Lake where you can have tea and snacks before heading to the train station around 05:30PM for your train to Amritsar.

In Amritsar right next to the Golden temple is also the very historic Jallianwala Bagh that you could consider visiting.

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Day3: kalka simla shivalik express...reach simla at 10:15 AM
I have been to Shimla 6 times and I just love this Toy Train journey from Kalka to Shimla that goes through stunning mountain countryside.

Congratulations on organizing this very special family trip and don't worry if there are any minor setbacks and plans have to be changed as the important thing is that you are all together and sharing time that will no doubt become memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

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