Munsiyari in November
pink vagabond
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#1
| Senior Member

Munsiyari in November

Hi,

Restless kids (4&9 years old) after meghalaya trip in March pestering for a trip again in November vacations. Thinking of a short (10 days from Mumbai) trip to Himalayas. Narrowed down to uttaranchal / Arunachal.

Arunachal likely to be pretty cold, so thinking of doing munsiyari.

Broad plan:

7th Nov. Fly to Delhi
8th: early morning train to kathgodam reaching by noon, taxi to binsar
9th stay in binsar, some walks in jungle, relax
10th binsar-munsiyari
11-12 khaliya top, general and walks in the region
13 drive to chaukori
14 walk around the place, may be drive to patal bhuvneehwar
15 drive to almora, stay overnight
16 drive to kathgodam, reach by 3:30 pm to catch train to Delhi
And then flight back to Mumbai

One spare day I have, which I can anywhere. Suggestions welcome.
Key question is just weather in mid November. AccuWeather says near 0 temperature in munsiyari but above 10 elsewhere. But AccuWeather in hills is notoriously bad. So wanted to be sure of this before booking my tickets

Also, will khaliya top have snow at that time? Roads I suppose are ok in that region.

On taxis, have gone through quite a few reviews and I think Innova would put us back by about 30-35k for the 10 days.

Would love to get some feedback on weather and then will come back with further queries.

Was also planning chopta, daayra bugyal walks via haridwar-hrishikesh, but temperature is likely to be very low there, so narrowed on kumaon trip.

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#2
| Humble servant of the self
It is weather and behaves on its own terms, but generally, it will be pleasant during day, and nights will be chilly of course, but not freezing. There is negligible chance of snow in November.
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#3
| Senior Member
Thanks jitu. One more query, in November, whether kumaon (munsiyari) would be advisable or should we focus on garhwal ( haridwar-rudraprayag-sari-chopta including tungnath) with regards to the weather given kids and my father being with us on trip.

Alternative, should the places be better for may second half, I might postpone the plan to summer vacation.
#4
| Love for the rain, again ..

Originally posted by: pink vagabond View Post

would be advisable or should we focus on garhwal ( haridwar-rudraprayag-sari-chopta including tungnath) with regards to the weather given kids and my father being with us on trip.


Jitu ji is the best person to advise you on this. Just putting my two cents - Tunganath temple usually remains closed in November (date is not fixed , but usually it gets closed by Nov first week & some times by the last week of October) & the last stretch of the trek route will be under several feet of snow by that time. Since temple will be closed , you will not find any accommodation open at Tunganath. That means you need to come back to Chopta same day. So don't think Trek to Tunganath would be ideal as you'll be travelling with Sr Citizens & kids.

Sari- Deoriatal will be doable though.
#5
| Humble servant of the self
It does not matter where you go, the climate will be same, so all depends on your preference. The only advantage towards Chopta side, if you compare with Munsiyari, is less distance to travel. For other destinations in Kumaon, even that is not an issue.

And November is a better month than May to make a trip, so carry on with the present one. Also, from Chaukori, you can come to Gwaldam (or Shitlakhet/Ranikhet), a much calmer place than Almora. But if you wish to feel the mountain town life, than Almora is fine.
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#6
| Senior Member
Thanks jituji. This helps a lot. Almora was in the itinerary only to help in catching the train from kathgodam at 3:30 pm next day. I think ranikhet will serve the purpose. Would anyways prefer to avoid crowded towns.
#7
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: pink vagabond View Post

Thanks jituji. This helps a lot. Almora was in the itinerary only to help in catching the train from kathgodam at 3:30 pm next day. I think ranikhet will serve the purpose. Would anyways prefer to avoid crowded towns.


Did you do Munsiyari? Mean to go there.
Care to share your experience?
#8
| Senior Member
Father fell seriously ill in October and hence the plan had to be shelved. Planning to go there in future and would likely combine with 4-dhaam for a 2-3 week trip, once dad is good enough to travel.

Now, Delhi-Pantnagar flight is a pretty convenient way to travel, and pretty economical as well at 2.5k.
#9
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: pink vagabond View Post

Father fell seriously ill in October ..... once dad is good enough to travel.

Now, Delhi-Pantnagar flight is a pretty convenient way to travel, and pretty economical as well at 2.5k.

Wish him a speedy recovery. Yes, i flew AI on this sector when i went to Ranikhet in October.

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