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1. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

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Hi,
I am in the planning stages for my trip to Uttaranchal and Himachal this Apr/ May.

I have shortlisted a couple of possible accommodation and would like to know if any of you have stayed at these places and what is your feedback (facilities, condition of room - especially clean bathrooms, service). Plus, what are the places you stayed at and cost involved.

Uttaranchal:
(1) Rishikesh - OGS Tourist Home, Hotel Natraj
(2) Haridwar - Hotel Alpana, Hotel Teerth
(3) Dehra Dun - Tourister International Resort, Place to Stay

Himachal:
(4) Darjeeling - Snow Lion Homestay
(5) Manali - Solang Valley Camp Retreat, Hotel Classic, Snow Valley Resorts, Whispering Rock Resort
(6) Nainital - Swiss Hotel, Himalayan Village, Hotel New Pavilion, Hotel Himalaya, Hotel New Bharat
(7) Shimla - Shimla Youth Hostel, Hotel Dalziel, Hotel Firhill, Hotel Greenwoods, Hotel Woodrina
(8) Spiti - Ecosphere Homestay Langza, Spiti Valley Camp Retreat

Plus, has anyone stayed at Lisas Homestay or any other homestay in New Delhi?

Thanks in advance,
Ahila.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Not to be picky, but you are aware that Darjeeling isnt anywhere near Himachal Pradesh and is actually over on the other side of India right? Perhaps you are thinking of Dharamsala?

Unfortunatly I can't really help you with hotels because judging from the hotels you have already thought of, your budget is significantly higher than mine.

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Oops.. Thanks, Dave, for pointing it out.

I was actually preparing two lists: one for Himachal/ Uttaranchal and another for Bengal/Sikkim/ Bhutan and Darjeeling came into this list instead of Dharamsala, by mistake.

While on errors, I have also placed Nainital under Himachal... it should come under Uttaranchal.

The accommodation I came up with are from browsing through the internet and these were the budget places that I came across. Would be interested in your suggestions from the places you stayed at during your travel. I am looking at a max. budget of US$ 30 - 40 per day for two to cover accommodation and meals.

4. Posted by ghoshps (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

Hi!

As locational issue is completely settled, let me talk about stay and other issues, particularly of Spiti.

Spiti is a region in trans himalaya area, it's a cold desert at a very high altitude. If you go end May/early June, it'll be better.

Please look at website http://www.himachaltourism.nic.in. You'll get everything about Spiti.

I've stayed in Sakya's abode in Kaza, near to the Hindu temple, a little out skirt of the town, around INR 550/- for a double bed. But very good service.

I stayed in the monastery's guesthouse in Tabo. Tabo has monastery, which is 1000 years old. It's a world heritage site.

Please avoid Shimla, it's a concrete jungle. If possible include Kinnaur in Himachal in your itenery. Actually, you may take a circular route for going to Spiti like Shimla- Sarahan- Kalpa- Nako-Tabo-Kaza-Keylong- Manali.

If you visit the site, I recommended, you'll get a feel. Otherwise, let me know in case you need further information on Himachal.

I spent more time on writing on Spiti as this is an amazing place to visit. Rest of the places are common tourist destination. If you need information on those places, I'll be happy to provide.

Have a nice trip!!!!!!

5. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Thanks, Parthasarathy. Your information was certainly very useful. Will contact you for more details on the circular route that you suggested, after visiting the HP tourism website.

6. Posted by vikramdas (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

True, Spiti has it's own beauty.. ..but in my opinion even the often visited tourist spots in Himachal have a lot of peace and panorama to offer.

Shimla might get a little crowded during the peak summer months, but that crowd is generaly confined to the main shopping arcade 'the Mall'.. ..and if one walks and explores the other spots.. ..one can find someplace nice and quiet.. ..easily accessible and at the same time rich in beauty.

All one needs to do is use one's imagination and the whole of Himachal is a treasure-house with the kind of cultural and natural beauty it has to offer.

Spiti, however is for the adventurous types.. ..and certainly a must-visit.. ...but my advise to a first-time tourist in Himachal would be that he/she gets to know the major hill stations first.. ..and once he's enjoyed them to his fullest.. .only then should he move to the more remote parts.

Hoping this advise would help the tourist make the most of his time.

Vikram Das

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 23, 2007, at 4:49 AM by vikramdas ]

7. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Have a couple of questions, as I progress a little further in my travel planning:
(1) If anyone has hired a car on their trip to the Himalayan region, let me know the day rate + max. distance. Or, is it better to hire taxis as one goes along?
(2) Also, How long does it take to travel from Manali to Delhi? Which place on the way would you recommend for a stopover?
(3) Will the Valley of Flowers be trekkable in early May? Where did you stay in Ghangaria?
(4) For a visit to Badrinath and Mana village, which was the base for your overnight stay?
(5) With regard to trekking, how intensive are the trek routes in Hemkund, Valley of Flowers, Badrinath?

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Hi Ahila,

Not much of a help. But Darjeeling has a few great places to stay. You have some great views from hotel Aliment (especially from its roof). You need to clim a lot to get there from downtown Darjeeling. But its worth it. Its runned by a Nepali family, they are very warm and friendly. There is a restaurant with great food. Pretty cheap too. In peak season 250 rupees for a double.

Another hotel where I stayed is on that same street (Dr Zakir Hussain Rd). I forgot the name (something with "gold" in it). I had the most perfect room there. Its definitly one of my finest hotelrooms ever. The view is great and it has balcony. You just look right into the valley from the huge windows, when you wake up in the morning. That one was 500 rupees for a double. But its all worth it. Its the top room.

Cheers, W

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 30, 2007, at 8:33 AM by wouterrr ]

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Ahila

(1) If anyone has hired a car on their trip to the Himalayan region, let me know the day rate + max. distance. Or, is it better to hire taxis as one goes along?

I don't know if this is possible. Its all shared. Its always possible when you pay for the empty chairs. 80 kilometers will cost about 70 rupees per person. So a private jeep will cost approximately 700 to 800 rupees for 80 kilometers (personal estimation).

Quoting Ahila

2)Also, How long does it take to travel from Manali to Delhi? Which place on the way would you recommend for a stopover?

It takes approx. 16 hours by bus. Its not a relaxed trip. Especially in the mountains. But all the best;). If you want to take a stopover on that line. Then Shimla pops up in my head. Another fine hillstation.

10. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Hi Ahila,

Not much of a help. But Darjeeling has a few great places to stay. You have some great views from hotel Aliment (especially from its roof). You need to clim a lot to get there from downtown Darjeeling. But its worth it. Its runned by a Nepali family, they are very warm and friendly. There is a restaurant with great food. Pretty cheap too. In peak season 250 rupees for a double.

Another hotel where I stayed is on that same street (Dr Zakir Hussain Rd). I forgot the name (something with "gold" in it). I had the most perfect room there. Its definitly one of my finest hotelrooms ever. The view is great and it has balcony. You just look right into the valley from the huge windows, when you wake up in the morning. That one was 500 rupees for a double. But its all worth it. Its the top room.

Cheers, W

Thanks, Wouter. Will note your recommendations for my future trip to Calcutta-Sikkim-Bhutan, maybe later this year or in the coming year.