#1 May 17th, 2006, 11:26
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Hi guys. My first time posting, and I really need some help. We're going to India for 5 weeks in July, and have figured out most of our trip, except for one week in the mountains. Would have liked to go to both Manali and Dharamsala, but it's difficult to travel between them, and this will be our last week in india, and we want to enjoy ourselves rather than spending it traveling.

Need your help. We're stuck between the two. Any opinions on which is more beautiful, what to do in either place, the general vibe in each, etc? any help is appreciated, since we can't make up our minds.

also, any ideas on the cheapest way to fly to either place? From what I've read, Jagson flies to Dharamsala directly, or we can fly to Kullu to go to Manali. How much is a taxi from Kullu to manali? we are on a pretty tight budget.

#2 May 17th, 2006, 11:29
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Hi there! Welcome to the community!!
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#3 May 17th, 2006, 12:22
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Go to Manali

My Advice - Go to Kullu Manali

Reasons : Dharamshala & McLeodgunj don't come close to the beauty of the Kullu Valley. There are Rivers, Water falls, streams, Jungles, and snow all around Manali. Very few or none of this around McLeodgunj.
Secondly there are lot of things to do around Manali like
1. Take a cab /bus to Kothi, walk to the broken bridge over the Waterfall.
2. Take a cab /bus to Palchan (Whispering Rocks) and walk for 15 mins to the Gorge, to see a most spectacular waterfall.
3. Visit Nagar, Jakatsukh.
4. Visit Temples like Hadimba, Vashist
5. Drive to Rohtang Pass. and stop at Solang if you don't mind the crowds. Personally i avoid Rohtang, Solang because they are too crowded with trafic Jams for me.
6. You can Keep one day for Parvati Valley, Drive to Kasol, Manikaran.
7. You can go river rafting on Beas. The starting point is 5 kms before kullu when you are driving from Bhuntar.
So here i've set u up for a 7 day fun packed itenary, for Manali.

As for Flights to Kullu. The Airport is at Bhuntar, 5 Kms from Kullu and about 45 kms from Manali.
A Taxi from the Airport to Manali should cost you Around Rs 600-700. Travel Time around 90 Mins. But the road travels just along the Beas River and you will enjoy every minute of this drive.

#4 May 17th, 2006, 16:43
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hi man welcome to community..Just go to manali and dont think twice coz if u think u will surely get confused..This is the best time to go for manali..Mcleo is overcrowded..Best of luck
#5 May 17th, 2006, 20:03
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You are not saying WHAT you are wishing when you get to this places and wanting do. Manali is most beautiful true but she is most overcrowded today with too many 4x4. Staying in Vashist is more peaceful. Kulu is to be forgotten.

You are having 1 week so my suggestion better is to travel in the Kangra Valley where there are many things of seeing. Starting Mandi then Jogindarnagar then toy train to Kangra, bus McLeod Ganj one day then bus to Dalhousie and Chamba. This will make a better time for you.

#6 May 17th, 2006, 20:11
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Hey there

I just came back from a 4 months trip in India (sigh....)
I liked both McLeod and Manali, but it was starting to get REALLY crowded, personally I liked McLeod better than Manali, the tibetans are so friendly and the presence of the Dalai Lama gives that place a unique atmosphere. Of course if you like smoking chillums and israeli-trance-rave-goa-parties you better go to manali.
Travelling from dharamsala to manali it's not that bad (maybe 12 to 14 hours bus), and if you stop in Parvati Valley go to Pulga, it's really beautiful, and avoid kasol or manikaram (to many people, cars, and noise)
In Himachal I really liked Kinnaur and Sangla Valley, why don't you try some of this places instead of going in the most crowded towns?
If you need some other advice PM me, bye
#7 May 17th, 2006, 21:16
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hi there,
i've been to both the places quite a few times and the sheer natural beauty of manali region should tilt your decision in manali's july it wont be overcrowded like may and june secondly dharamsal region is very rainy and july is the monsoon season in india.enjoy
#8 Jun 18th, 2006, 00:43
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Wink Depends on what you are looking for...

McLeod Ganj...
If you want to feel like you are living in Tibet.... The views and nature are ok, St. John in the wilderness has the sweet aroma of nostalgia, the food is great (moms and what not), Tibetan temples and monks all along, and of course, Hi Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On the other hand, is steeped with nature, scenic spots and sheer natural beauty. the food is ok, the hotels touristy (but then we do come there as tourists, don't we?!) but nice - though some are a tad expensive.... great choice.

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