Driving a rickshaw Manali-Leh-Srinigar -advice please

#1 Jul 10th, 2011, 01:18
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After months of planning there are a group of 5 of us heading up to Manali late August and planning to drive up to Leh and round to Srinigar (subject to security). If Srinigar is a problem we will backtrack and drive through Spiti and Lahaul instead. Could anyone who has done this trip recently preferably in the last year or so by bike or bus let us know where the worst roads are on this route, steepest bits, where we can obtain fuel and any general advice (other than that its impossible!)

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Sorry to inform, but one little hitch may be that the HP authorities may not allow you to take an out of state vehicle, let alone a Delhi auto across Rohtang - you know the authorities have clamped down on it recently - precisely because of the traffic pic y'all have on the website...

* Restricted the entries of non-HP registered LMVs on Manali Rohtang Pass road which includes cars not bikes.

* If you are going to Keylong or Leh Ladakh from Manali in non-HP registered vehicle (be it private or taxi) then you need to get a permit issued from SDM office in Manali to travel on Manali Rohtang Pass road.

* Bikes do not have any restrictions or do not need any permits. So, if you are doing Manali Leh journey on bike you do not need any permits from plying on Manali Rohtang Pass road.

* If you are coming from Keylong side or Kaza side, then you do not need any permit to ply on Manali Rohtang Pass road even if you have a non-HP registered vehicle. Permit is required only if you are going from Manali side towards Rohtang Pass.Strange but true

* Restricted the entries of trucks on Manali Rohtang Pass road from 6.00 AM 6.00 PM

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/to...e-vehi/809469/

If i were you i would definitely do some advance checking this out, creative thinking may well get you over this hitch, like sticking them on some local truck - you know, rather than waiting till you get there and finding it's all true and What do we do NOW then???
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Wouldn't you be better off anyway with a 4-stroke 200/250cc water-Cooled with bigger tyres and higher clearance - or are you buying a used auto?
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Thanks Paleface - am really interested if anyone has obtained one of these permits recently and how complex these permits are to get? Maybe a reason to drive Srinagar-Leh-Manali where we can avoid them.

Ps having to get a used rickshaw due to complexities of foreigners registering new ones.
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I'm sure you can research further as to getting a permit, find a contact in Manali or something.. I'm sure you know all this, however as we all know autos breakdown a lot, much of that is due to not getting the oil/petrol mixed properly, resulting in too much oil in the engine obstructing the flow of petrol. i.e. petrol in first, shake the auto etc. If the rickshaw gets wet, there will be no spark and the plug may have to be replaced.

What about carrying parts, as the nature of the roads is that the thing will be shaken to bits and potentially shred its rubber engine mountings. More serious problems, which also commonly occur, are broken clutch and gear plates.

Sure it will be cooler up in the Mts. but the heat stress on that adapted scooter engine when it will be working so hard, runs the risk of seizure, does it not? Other thing is easy on the clutch, full in obviously for gear change and slow out. The clutch shouldn't be held in unnecessarily, like going downhill which naturally you'll be doing quite a bit of...

have a look here... http://www.rickshawchallenge.com/
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hi
do look at photos of slushy conditions at quite a lot of places from manali to leh.1200cc hatchback cars have been stuck and had to be towed or pushed.
ground clearance will also be a big big negative factor
quite a few water streams across roads and roads being regularly washed away
also i do remember reading about a Uk person desiring to do this journey by autorick.
Pl hunt for the thread on this site
hope this helps
rgds

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