Kashmir to Delhi for 17 days in August

#1 Jul 4th, 2014, 02:55
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Hi everyone, I've been looking on these forums for the last few days for inspiration for a trip I'm planning in August so I decided to sign up!

Me and my girlfriend are hoping to work our way down from Srinagar to Delhi over 17 days, I wish we had more time but unfortunately it's not possible. We are on a tight budget and want to get around on public transport as much as possible. I would really appreciate advice on where to go, how to get around, things to go a see/do, good guesthouses etc!

Our so far (very) rough itinerary is as follows:
31 July - flying from Delhi to Srinagar early in the morning
1 Aug - Srinagar
2 - Srinagar
3 - Travel from Srinagar to Kargil
4 - Kargil
5 - Travel from Kargil to Leh
6 - Leh
7 - Leh
8 - Start the long journey from Leh to Manali
9 - Arrive in Manali
10 - Manali
11 - Travel to Dharamshala
12 - Dharamshala to Dalhousie
13 - Dalhousie to Amritsar
14 - Amritsar
15 - Amritsar - Delhi (overnight train?)
16 - Delhi
17 - Delhi

Any advice/comments/helpful links would be greatly appreciated. I know it's a long post so thanks for taking the time to read it!
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Originally Posted by thomasrous View Post Hi everyone, I've been looking on these forums for the last few days for inspiration for a trip I'm planning in August so I decided to sign up!

Me and my girlfriend are hoping to work our way down from Srinagar to Delhi over 17 days, I wish we had more time but unfortunately it's not possible. We are on a tight budget and want to get around on public transport as much as possible. I would really appreciate advice on where to go, how to get around, things to go a see/do, good guesthouses etc!

Our so far (very) rough itinerary is as follows:
31 July - flying from Delhi to Srinagar early in the morning
1 Aug - Srinagar
2 - Srinagar
3 - Travel from Srinagar to Kargil
4 - Kargil
5 - Travel from Kargil to Leh
6 - Leh
7 - Leh
8 - Start the long journey from Leh to Manali
9 - Arrive in Manali
10 - Manali
11 - Travel to Dharamshala
12 - Dharamshala to Dalhousie
13 - Dalhousie to Amritsar
14 - Amritsar
15 - Amritsar - Delhi (overnight train?)
16 - Delhi
17 - Delhi

Any advice/comments/helpful links would be greatly appreciated. I know it's a long post so thanks for taking the time to read it!
Hi,
Looks like you're going to spend way too much time in a bus. You arrive in Srinagar, and leave after only one full day for 2 days bus journey. You arrive to Dharamshala, only to leave it on the next day. What's the point? Take it easy! It's India!

I'd fly directly to Leh and and spend more time in Ladakh. There's very nice and quite easy village hike from Leh, and Nubra Valley is stunning! At least 5 days in Ladakh

Skip Daramshala and stay around Manali (I prefer Old Manali), it's easy to spend a couple of days in Old Manali. Go to Naggar for an interesting museum of Russian painter Roerich.
From Manali go to Parvati Valley - very beautiful. From there you take bus back to Delhi.

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I understand your budget constraints, perhaps flying isn't a possibility . . . I too would prefer you settle-in somewhere; the ratio of being-somewhere versus getting- somewhere is a little whacked for my liking . . . (I mean, I know the "Journey is the destination", but . . .
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If I were you I would spend all the days doing Delhi - Srinagar - Leh - Manali - Delhi. 2 days in Leh does not do justice to its beauty and the time you spend getting there from Srinagar and the time you spend getting to Leh.

No point in seeing Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Amritsar.
#5 Jul 8th, 2014, 03:43
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Hi everybody, thanks so much for your responses, unfortunately it now looks like we aren't going to be able to go north at all! We are going to have to a plan a route through MP and Rajasthan instead

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