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1. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 10y

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I am planning to visit North India in Apr/May 2007 for two weeks and have shortlisted the following places in five states. I will be using a hired car.

I would like some advice regarding great places to visit and stay at in these areas mentioned, and time taken between sites suggested, so I can shortlist further:
(1) Patiala, Ludhiana and Amritsar in Punjab
(2) Chandigarh, Panipat in Haryana
(3) Jammu and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir
(4) Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Jhwalamukhi in Himachal Pradesh
(5) Badrinath, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehra Dun in Uttaranchal

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

That'a a pretty big list for two weeks. You'll definelty have to find a much narrower shortlist. I would suggest only picking about 5 or 6 places at the most and sticking to them or else you'll barely see more than the back seat of the car. I haven't been to many of the places you mentioned so I really can't be of much help. However, since you mention that you would like to see Kashmir I would recomend checking out a link that was posted a few days ago. Its a warning from Kashmir and can be found here. Like most travellers, you'll probably feel invincible and will ignore all warnings, but at least you'll know what you are getting into.

3. Posted by arunchs (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Well, I assume you mean you want to go to just one of the set of places you have mentioned, since you are going for only two weeks.

April/May is the season of unbearable heat, so I suggest avoiding plans 1 and 2 and decide on one among 3,4 and 5.

Next, plan 3 and 4 will give you scenic landscapes whereas plan 5 is more of a pilgrimage itinerary. You do have beautiful places high up in Uttaranchal too, which are worth a visit, but keep in mind that the pilgrimage trails tend to be extremely crowded.

I would suggest plan 3 as the best option. You could consider going to Srinagar, spend a few days there, head to Leh and return via Manali.

4. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 10y

Dave: Thanks for pointing me to an earlier post on the dangers of travelling alone in Kashmir. Yes, and I do feel invincible.. ;)maybe more so, being a Sri Lankan gives me the advantage of being considered a South Indian in North India.

And yes, I know, my list is pretty long but I am currently trying to decide which of these places, that I would really like to visit, will fit into my two-week frame.

Arun: Thanks for your advice and the two options that you suggest - Kullu/ Manali/ Srinagar or Uttaranchal. Your earlier post advicing Sikkim and Varanasi was very useful as well. Wonder if you have suggestions for specific places to visit or stay at in these areas.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 25, 2006, at 6:41 PM by Ahila ]

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

Quoting arunchs

I would suggest plan 3 as the best option. You could consider going to Srinagar, spend a few days there, head to Leh and return via Manali.

This would have been an excellent route. However, neither the Srinigar-Leh road, nor the Leh-Manali road are open until at least June.

6. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 10y

I personally would advise against any trvale to Srinagar unless you totally 100% trust the people you are staying with. We stupidly went up there and stayd on the Nagin Lake houseboats, where the owner terrorised and threatened his tourists, saying they would never leave Kashmir unless they paid him more money.
He also made sexuaal advances to a lone girl traveller there and the Australian Embassy had to get involved as he wouldnt let her leave to get her flight back!

Be warned - there's a lot of crooks about. Stay clear of the houseboats on Nagin Lake.

7. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 10y

Dave and Becki: Thanks. Based on your advice against J&K and considering time limitations, I have decided to focus on Uttaranchal and maybe fit in a little bit of Himachal Pradesh (Kullu/ Manali).

If there are any special places that you have found especially wonderful in Uttaranchal and would recommend as a 'must visit/ see', let me know. Maybe this thread should now be re-named Uttaranchal.

8. Posted by Daipayan (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

Would recommend Manali and Naggar(for some peace and solitude among the hills) in Himachal. In Uttaranchal, I had trekked from Uttarkashi to Doditaal to Darwa Top. If you like to trek, this can be a wonderful experience. some pics in my photos