Roadtrip to Manali

#1 Jul 4th, 2016, 13:24
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I am planning a roadtrip to Manali area with my wife in August. This will be our official honeymoon, so I we would like it to be more of relaxation - we’ve taken a couple of trips/treks to Tiffin Top (Nainital) and Triund (McLeodganj) since the wedding in Feb.

We plan to drive out from Faridabad and follow the route I found through team-bhp (cant remember who posted it) as below. Any suggestions on the same will be really helpful.
- Depart Faridabad: 12 August….Arrive Back: 17 Evening (the date are not very flexible – trying to maximize on the holidays)
- I will be the solo driver – my wife does not drive
- Would like to leave Faridabad on 12th by 8-9pm. I would like to reach near Roopnagar/Ghanauli around 3am and take a nap for 3-4hrs before beginning the hilly section of the drive.
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Manali Plan

I have also worked out a rough schedule of the trip once we reach manali. We would like to spend a couple of nights in hotels and the rest camping (have our own gear for that). Other than that, the plan is open to changes that would maximize our ability to fit all of this in, while allowing for time to relax.

Day 0, Aug 12
- Leave for Manali

Day 1, Aug 13:
- Reach Manali
- explore the local market
- overnight stay at HPTDC Beas
Would it be safe to leave my car here next day as we take a taxi for Rohtang?
Suggestions for other hotels with a good view in Rs.1500 range would help
Any suggestions for places to eat would be much appreciated


Day 2, Aug 14
- Rohtang Pass by taxi
- Visit Nehru Kund, Rahala Falls on return (Depends on time we have)
- Pick up our car & drive to Solang valley
- Camp overnight at Solang
What is the typical fare for a small car to Rohtang?
Are there designated areas for private camping in Solang? Any suggestions?

Day 3, Aug 15
- Short trek around Solang
- Activities at Solang – If any are operational
- Drive to Naggar
- Arjun Gufa
- Roerich Museum
- Overnight at Naggar Castle
I will be calling the local organizers to see what activities are open in August – we would love to do some paragliding
Is arjun gufa worth visiting?

Day 4, Aug 16
- Hadimba temple
- Manali Gompa
- Vashisht Hot Springs
- Camp Overnight by Beas
Any suggestions for a camping spot around kullu by the river?

Day 5, Aug 17
- Leave for Delhi

Also thinking of trying rafting – not sure if this would be open when we visit.

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Paragliding and Rafting would/may not be available as you are visiting during Monsoon.Read some where that vehicle permit can be obtained 2 days in advance online from official website of Kullu District,do check it.
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I recently did this route till Mandi.
There is lot of truck movement from Swarghat to Sundernagar. To avoid them I took a detour from Bilaspur Via Ghumarvin. And it was good decision, it is hardly 20 KM longer but saves lot of time. I stayed at Rawalsar Lake enroute and was happy to take this route minus those road bloacking trucks of that cement company.

Return was even better as avoided Mandi and drove through Kangara valley. From Broat to Delhi.
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Originally Posted by RPAT View Post Paragliding and Rafting would/may not be available as you are visiting during Monsoon.Read some where that vehicle permit can be obtained 2 days in advance online from official website of Kullu District,do check it.
That was my assumption. I will call up some of the local operators in the coming days to confirm.
What would i need the vehicle permit in Kull for? camping?
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If you are interested to visit Rohtang with uour own vehicle then you need to obtain a permit.Now a days a limited number of vehicle is allowed to visit Rohtang for tourism purpose.Even only those cabs are allowed who get permit for that particular day. Please go through the link and this may help you. http://himachal.gov.in/index.php?lang=1&dpt_id=200
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Thanks for the info!
Im not too comfortable driving up to Rohtang myself - will book a cab for that. Do i need to worry about the permit for that or just call up one of the local operators in advance and make a booking for the day. What would be a good time to leave for rohtang in the morning - i would like to avoid the rush while going up/returning.
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what would be the one must see waterfall that should be visited in this area....rahala, jogini, rozy? I dont want to go to them all.
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If possible, please at around 4 AM or latest by 4:30 AM to avoid crowd.
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Our experience of traffic jam was pathetic.We had started from Manali at 8 am and returned back Manali at 11 pm and hardly half an hour stop at Rohtang as it was October 1st week and no snow was there.During monsoom there would not be such rush and also now a days limited number of vehicles are allowed still better to start early.
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Yes, it happens with late goers.

One should leave Manali early if wants to spend some quality time at Rohtang Pass.

The same way one should leave Rohtang Pass by 2 PM to avoid road blockades while returning.
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Since you plan to take your vehicle to Solang would it not be a better idea to visit Rohtang while you are in Solang?
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Since you plan to take your vehicle to Solang would it not be a better idea to visit Rohtang while you are in Solang?
First trip there, so I am open to suggestions. I have no experience driving in hills and didnt want to take a chance with the Rohtang route. Plus I am still wrapping my head around the geography.
Would you suggest a first timer (driving in hills) to take a zen estillo up to rohtang?
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Originally Posted by RPAT View Post Our experience of traffic jam was pathetic.We had started from Manali at 8 am and returned back Manali at 11 pm and hardly half an hour stop at Rohtang as it was October 1st week and no snow was there.During monsoom there would not be such rush and also now a days limited number of vehicles are allowed still better to start early.
I initially read that as returned at 11am and thought you gave up.
15hr day sounds awful. I hope there will be some snow on the ground - my wife has never experienced snow. I would like to leave manali by 4:30-5max just so we dont spend the entire day in a car to and from rohtang.
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Originally Posted by nikhlus View Post I initially read that as returned at 11am and thought you gave up.
15hr day sounds awful. I hope there will be some snow on the ground - my wife has never experienced snow. I would like to leave manali by 4:30-5max just so we dont spend the entire day in a car to and from rohtang.
As rains has already started so you would not find snow at Rohtang.Some of my friends had visited Rohtang in June 2nd week and were very much dissapounted.There were hardly some small patch of snow was there and that too muddy and dirty.
If you are not used to hill driving then better to avoid Rohtang specially during monsoon.

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