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1. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i am travelling northern india in june for 1 month, i have a basic plan, just wondering if anyone advises anywhere else to go, or not to go.

My plan so far is:

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Amritsar, up to Leh, kashmir then back down to delhi for my next flight.

Bearing in mind i have one month, is this enough time? How long would you suggest staying in each place?

Many thanks

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think this plan is going to take some moving around. First of all, consider that its June, the second hottest month to be in Rajasthan (according to climate charts I've found). While maybe you are aware of this and you are prepared for this (some people don't mind it at all), if you aren't used to mind-numbing heat, then I suggest you limt your time in the state and concentrate more on the Himalayas where is will be much cooler.
Second of all, this is not enough time. This is generally a two month itinerary, and you'll have plenty on your plate just trying to see all those towns in Rajasthan, or just visiting the himalayas.
Third, between Amritsar and Leh you are missing some of the Highlights of India in Himachal Pradesh, most notabley MacLeod Ganj and Manali. You'll pretty much have to stop in Manali to arrange transport to Leh unless you were planning on going back to Delhi and flying. You should also stop and rest for a couple days in Manali because going from Amritsar to the Manali-Leh highway (first pass is over 3700m and others over 5000) in a day or two is just asking to get sick.
Fourthly, I'm not going to tell you not to go to Kashmir (though your embassy will) but make sure you educate yourself on all the risks and scams so that you don't have to report back here in July about how you were ripped off and held captive on a houseboat.

So what would I suggest:
I would say from Delhi head straight up to the himalayas. Visit Shimla (briefly), Manali, and then up to Leh. Then head back down to Manali, over to MacLeod Ganj and down to Amritsar. By this time it'll be later on in the month or into July and so hopefully will be cooling down a bit in Rajasthan and so you can spend your last week or 2 visiting the major spots - maybe Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra - before heading out. I would play this last half by ear because maybe you'll find you have time to visit a couple more spots in Raj, but maybe you'll find you have little time to see anything.

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi Dego and Ash,

wow Dego..thats amazing... U know india better than the Indians themselves. I think u have charted a perfect route for Ash to follow.

Ash, I would just like to add a few things:

1. Land route from Manali to Leh opens only from the first week of July and remains so until late September. Rest of the year it is out of bound for vehicular traffic.
2. Once in Leh, dont miss the breath-taking excursions it offers. Two of the major excursions not to be missed are the Pangong Lake and the Nubra valley.

Warm regards

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

arif_kool - Good call on a point I overlooked. Ash, you aren't getting to Leh without flying until July. The road via Kashmir might be open, I dont know. So maybe its better to do bear the heat in Rajasthan and do the tour I suggested in reverse, maybe flying back from Leh to Delhi to save time.

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Both the roads open more or less at the same time. If ur made of sterner stuff u can go to Leh via manali and return via Kashmir. Both the land routes have their own unique beauty, though a bit tough but it is worth the pain.


6. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

My goodness, it's going to be HOT in these places in June. I'd do Leh and Kashmir and leave Rajasthan otherwise you'll fry. Seriously, it'll probably be around 40-45 degrees. I left India in April and it was already getting unbearably hot (average c.38 degrees). Unfortunately I can't give you an itinerary though for the himalayas as haven't been.

7. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting claireh

I can't give you an itinerary though for the himalayas as haven't been.

Hi Claireh,

Missing the lofty n mighty himalayas means u missed something very special. It is so wonderful to stay for a couple of weeks in the himalayas, staying in cool n serene valleys surrounding by snow capped peaks. I feel Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal have the most beautiful of all the hill stations. After staying for a couple of weeks and relaxing ur nerves, u can set for the difficult yet thrilling journey of crossing the mighty himalayas through a series of high passes(average height of passes 5000m) and finally reaching Leh. The change in landscape is striking and the transition from dense green forests to barren and rugged rocks once ur on the other side of himalayas is worth admiring. I have been greatly fascinated by Leh and its surrounding areas especially the Nubra valley and the Pangong lake.

If u plan to visit india again and intend to visit these areas, do let me know. It would be my pleasure to guide u through so that u have a pleasant stay in India.


8. Posted by ashbullock (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, thanks to all for your advice, i think im now going to head straight up north, i arrive on June 18th, so if i spend a week or so getting to Manali, then the road should be almost open when i get there. How much time would you recommend spending in Leh? Also the weather is much cooler up north through these months. How cold? am i going to need to wrap up warm?

9. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi ash,

that seems fine if u stay in the hills of Himachal Pradesh in June so that u can head straight to the road to Leh once it opens up in first week of July. U can contact the HPTDC office either in Shimla or manali or dharamshala to book this road trip in june end. Regarding the weather, since June and july are the summer months it will be cool not very cold.

Leh also would be cool.... I believe u should spend a minimum of one week in Leh. If u decide to take the excursion of Nubra valley which passes through Khardung-La at 6000m, then u certainly need to wrap something around as it is freezing at the top.


10. Posted by LOUNGE (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It so depend what type of traveller you r , Yr basic liking of chossing India { LEH & RAJASTHAN }

There are 3 Prime offering India has , Rajasthan { The Land of Maharaja } , Kerala { God’s own country & Venice of East } & Srinagar & Leh .

These destination are unique and its really important to understand that they are entire three different place and can’t be substitute.

I am not sure abt yr age Grp , are u traveling alone , are u more in to adventure , culture , nature , r u traveling with yr Family { wife } , girlfriend , kid , what usages pattern you have { Basic comfort or Luxury }

BUT BUT …. If you are 1st timer and if you have a Foreign origin and not so adventurous { RUCKSACK } , You should opt for this Itinerary : -

Also Please note Srinagar is one of the safest place we have in India . The Bad remarks on House Boat has come from only those people who has fallen in the trap of migrated Kashmiri Touts moving freely in Delhi Connaught Place area and selling people to stay on House Boat at 1000 Rs or virtually free transport and once they accept they start all this nuisance . Kashmir Bread & Butter is Tourism , No Attack has taken place on any House boat in the time of worst of the worst insurgency . You Must travel with Minsitry of Tourism approved and accredited Tour Operator from Prime body { I . A . T.O}
For yr Information French & Italian Groups are reaching Kashmir every day . It’s the
Demand that Now 6 Airlines flying Delhi / Srinagar every day .

ALSO LEH is known as MINI LHASA , Now if you are intended to be in Leh , there is no point to be a Dharamsala . Dharamsala has only one Monastery , Dalai lama not even see more than 2/3 times in a year , where as Leh has Monastery at Leh , Shey , Thikse , Sankar , Alchi , Lamayuru and many many more and unique . It’s a picture perfect destination .

Srinagar – Leh Highway has already open Since May , you may travel through Kargil
Drass , Mulbek & thru Zojila Pass { Very picturesque }
Manali-Leh will take some time still to open as Roads are under construction .

So …. If you are 1st timer and if you have a Foreign origin and not so adventurous { RUCKSACK } , You should opt for this Itinerary : -

DAY : 1-2 : DELHI , DAY : 3 : FLY SRINAGR 4-5-6 : AT SRINAGAR for
DAY 9–10-11-12 : LEH , DAY 13-14 : NUBRA VALLEY .

OR TOSOMORIRI DRIVE DOWN TO MANALI { 2 Days } , stay in Manali
{2 Days } & from there to Shimala {2 Days } & then to Delhi by Train .

Rest of the Day for Rajasthan . The advantage of Travelling in Rajasthan during Summer is that you get the best Rooms at Palaces Hotel { as Palace Hotels has not all Room same like modern Hotels } , Best Guide , best Diver , best assistance as work load is not too much . 14-15 Days you may do an Itinerary : Delhi – Mandawa { Sekhawati } – Bikaner –Jaisalmer { Extn Thar Desert & only living Fort } – Jodhpur { Blue City – Udaipur { City of Palace & Maharaja } – Pushkar { The Only temple of Lord Brahma } – Jaipur { Pink City } – Agra { Taj Mahal } – Delhi . All mentioned city are aprx 4/5 Hours in mentioned order .

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