Late-June/July trip in the Himalayas
lammyboy
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Late-June/July trip in the Himalayas

Hi Everybody,
This is a really wonderful community! Glad I found you guys.
My wife and I (we're both 29) are planning a trip to India at the end of June (the 19th or 26th) for about 5 weeks. We've decided that it would be best to try exploring the Himalayas to avoid the heat (but will make time for a short visit with my family in Delhi and Agra). Anyhow, here are the places we'd like to visit:
hardwar,Rishikesh, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, simla, Dharmsala, and, finally, leh. The Dalai Lama is giving a talk in Dharmsala on from July 7th-11th and we're considering attending. We're also planning on taking the pilgrimage to Gongotri Gaumukh glacier. My question is, what would be the best route to fit all this in? I'm thinking that Dharmsala would be a bit out of the way. How is the monsoon in this time?
From past experience, I've found it more enjoyable to spend more time in one place than constantly moving.
thanks and I look forward to your responses!
cheers
rishi

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#2
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This trip will be great.
Best of luck to you.
#3
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July

I with a couple of friends will be exploring norther himachal and souther ladakh in the 1st and 2nd week of july...may be we can work something out togethers.

as ever
aviram

PS : all 3 of us a post graduate students and teetotalers
"I cannot see the plains without a shudder...O God not the plains..not the plains."
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You can finish Uttaranchal part (Hardwar, Rishikesh, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie ) and then go for a short trip to Agra / Delhi and then enter Himachal. Go to Shimla then Manali. Dharmasala is bit out of way but you can go there from Manali.

In this time of year Manali is better place to spend time than Shimla. But it will be crowded during summer but June end and July it will be less.

Monsoon may be just starting that time and may not be a big problem.
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Originally posted by: smo View Post

You can finish Uttaranchal part (Hardwar, Rishikesh, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie ) and then go for a short trip to Agra / Delhi and then enter Himachal. Go to Shimla then Manali. Dharmasala is bit out of way but you can go there from Manali.

In this time of year Manali is better place to spend time than Shimla. But it will be crowded during summer but June end and July it will be less.

Monsoon may be just starting that time and may not be a big problem.

Namashkar, Smo
Thank you very much for the advice. I've revised our itinerary a bit (i believe this pretty much the final version):
June 14th - Arrive in Delhi
June 16th - Head to haridwar
June 16th onwards-> Rishikesh(enjoy yoga and big beatles fan), Dehru Dun, Mussoorie,Manali/Shimla, Leh, Fly from Leh to Delhi, Agra
Fly home July 10th

Anyhow, I would appreciate if anyone could provide me with the best mode of transportation/lodging between the cities. My wife and I(we're both 29, I'm of India decent and she's of canadian/scottish) are budgeting about $50 a day for the both of us, looking to visit temples, gaumukh glacier, valley of flowers, etc.
Once again, thank you very much for your advice!
cheers
Rishi
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hey lammyboy...
i was wondering how you know that HHDL is speaking in Dharamsala July 7-11th? I couldn't find this information on his website? Can you confirm?
Thanks,
Daniel
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Originally posted by: gelfball View Post

hey lammyboy...
i was wondering how you know that HHDL is speaking in Dharamsala July 7-11th? I couldn't find this information on his website? Can you confirm?
Thanks,
Daniel

Hi Daniel,
Here is a link to his website with the listed dates:
http://www.dalailama.com/page.60.htm
cheers
Rishi
#8
| Dave
Teaching in Dharamsala (H.P.), India from July 7 to 13: His Holiness will give seven-day teachings (topic yet to be decided) at the request of the Bliss and Wisdom Monastery of Taiwan.

Taken from:

http://www.dalailama.com/page.60.htm

I was planning to arrive in India sometime around mid-July, but this may push my schedule ahead by a few weeks! Especially since it looks like the Dalai Lama doesnt do many public teachings in India....he's pretty internationally oriented. Thanks for the info.

-Dave:)
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oh wow. i guess i was looking on the Gov't in Exile site, and not his 'personal' one. Wow, this would be an amazing opportunity. I'm going to be living in Chennai though. Now how would one get from Chennai to Dharamsala easily??? i'm lookin at chennai-delhi, delhi-dharamsala flights, but it ain't gonna be cheap!
#10
| Dave
Ahhh....until I scrolled farther down the page....Looks like I won't be arriving early afterall.

These dates are taken from the same page linked above.

Teaching in Mundgod, Karnataka, India from January 8 to 13: On the occasion of the inauguration of the new Drepung Loseling Assembly Hall, His Holiness will give six-day teachings (topic yet to be decided) at Drepung Monastery.

Teaching in Dharamsala (H.P.), India on February 21: His Holiness will give a teaching from the Jataka Tales.

Teaching in Dharamsala (H.P.), India from February 22 to March 2: His Holiness will give his annual spring teachings (topic yet to be decided).


-Dave:)

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