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Dheeraj Sharma

I am Dheeraj Sharma, an Avid Traveler, a Day – Night Dreamer and a Passionate Lover of Himalayas who has a high zest for driving whilst exploring new places in Himalayas & sharing back those Himalayan Travel experiences with the other fellow Travelers… I am in love with Spreading Smiles in Himalayas through DoW Causes & currently enjoying life as Happy Traveling Soul at DoW Community.

Lately, I found that using your passion to dive into the unknown and testing your limits of soul and body really boosts your individuality. Since then I never looked back. Frequently, I get on my wheels to hunt this unsatisfied hunger of rejuvenating myself in the endless beauty which Himalayas does offer to us. While traveling to Himalayas, I feel I went through a kind of metamorphosis that led to my reincarnation. I am working hard to materialize the vision & mission of DoW Travel Community with the support of all other devils of our community.

Well, professionally I am into Software Development, you can call me a Software Project Manager now ;)… Besides traveling, I enjoy and love my work to the core, trying to be ever competitive in challenges offered to me in my professional life. Personally, Cricket, Computers and Hollywood Movies always finds a special attention in my day to day life. Before I die, I would love see the vision of DoW Community getting materialized where both Himalayan lives & travelers gets benefit from each other without any middlemen between. Just as everything starts with a cause, so do this whole chapter of Traveling in my life. If you are interested to know more please read the post “Everything has a start…

One day a thought rippled through my mind for sharing all I learn from Travel with likes of you, hence I choose to start this Blog.  This Blog (& recently started DoW – Himalayan Travel Community) is all simply about my hobby and passion towards Traveling to Himalayas and getting connected with them in one or the other form. You can expect experiences, learning, thoughts, tips, guides, routes, maps, suggestions, hotel reviews, travel news etc. You all are most welcome to join in, be a part of DoW – Himalayan Travel Community and share your comments, experiences, thoughts, suggestions etc or any stuff related to traveling, driving, dining, riding etc.

The Vision of the DoW Blog is all about living my passion for travel & driving but at the same time to share as much valuable + more practical Himalayan travel information and experiences as possible with other fellow travelers or tourists in order to help them travel with a difference in Himalayas…

Regarding community, you can read: Launch, Focus and Vision | DoW – Himalayan Travel Community

Over the past few years, Travel has taught me many things and if you are interested to know more about it, you can read How Travel Transformed and Made Me Feel that Alive is Awesome. Along with it you can also read about the 6 Reasons Why I Travel

I dedicate this blog and offer my sincere Thanks to my Family (Lovely Mom and Dad and a beautiful wife, my little super hero), Relatives, Friends, Uncle (Mr. Dev Dutt Sharma) for their never ending love, care, affection and support. Of course, they sacrifice their time with me and allows me to help me grow this Himalayan Travel Platform to benefit the lives of all Himalayan Travelers and Himalayan Lives. May GOD bless each one of them and their families too.

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3,061 Comments

  1. jagjeet singh on

    Hi Bhai Dheeraj,
    I m a male solo traveler and m in my mid 60ths and phiscially fit,I want travel to Hermkund Gurdawara Sahib in the month of july/18,This will be my first trip,I plan to fly into delhi and travel from there.If there a group tour might suit me either from delhi/hardiwar/rishikesh,I can also give it a challange to do it on my own. pls advice.
    Jagjeet singh

  2. Tarun Singhani on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I have a query regarding our Ladakh trip of 6 people which is planned from 24th May this year.
    So we’re going to leh via flight. And following would be my itinerary:
    24th-25th May | Stay at Leh to acclimatize, get the permits and rent bikes, local sightseeing

    26th May | Leh – Nubra, Stay at Hunder

    27th May | Hunder – Turtuk – Hunder, Stay at Hunder

    28th May | Hunder – Pangong Tso via Shyok, Stay at Pangong Tso

    29th May | Pangong Tso – TsoMoriri via Chumathang, stay at Korzok

    30th May | TsoMoriri – Leh via Leh-Manali highway, Stay at Leh

    31st May | Leh – Sarchu/Jispa in hired cab, Stay at Sarchu/Jispa

    1st June | Sarchu/Jispa – Manali

    I have read that on the way from nubra to Pangong to tsomoriri. There is only one fuel station which is around 180 km to nubra. Is it?
    If yes, then how can we plan to travel nubra to Pangong and from Pangong to tsomoriri the next day with bikes.?
    We are planning to rent 3 RE 500cc bikes. We’ll rent these from leh, and drop them to leh itself on 30th may as per the itinerary. Then we’ll hire a cab from leh to Manali.
    Please suggest.

  3. Subramaniam (Subbu) on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    This is Subbu@Mumbai, I am looking at an 8n/9d trip exclusively to the Kumaon region (first time) around May end timeframe.
    ***I am looking at an holiday plan that is not too hectic (considering children along) but does give us ample chances to explore around.

    I need your support on a suggested itinery and possible references for places of acco and car transport.

    Much appreciate the efforts of passionate explorers like you. This is some real inspiration!

    Regards, Subbu

    • You can follow a plan like below

      1. Delhi to Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar
      2. Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar – Chaukori via Sheraghat route
      3. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar – Chaukori
      4. Chaukori – Munsiyari
      5. Munsiyari rest day
      6. Munsiyari rest day
      7. Munsiyari – Bageshwar – Kausani/Gwladam (long drive so start early)
      8. Kausani/Gwladam rest day
      9. Kausani/Gwladam – Delhi

  4. Vanam Sridhar on

    Hi dheeraj
    We are from Hyderabad and two of us planing to leh. One way by air and one way by road. Please guide us when is the ideal time and which route is good either from manali or Kashmir.
    With regards
    Vanam Sridhar

    • How many days do you have in hand? You can fly into Leh and then travel by road from Manali – Leh Highway which is more scenic in comparison to Srinagar – Leh

  5. Mahesh Kumar Nair on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I was struggling to plan a himalayan trip and by chance happened to find this blog. You are truly amazing and your contribution is Simply great. My heartiest compliments. I need your valuable help in planning a ten day trip in self driven personal Logan car (AP regn) with my wife n daughter and two bikes with four riders (total group of 7). We wish for a Delhi-Manali-Kullu-Rohtang-Kaza-Kinnaur-Rampur-Shimla-Delhi round trip. Looking primarily for driving/biking adventure, skiing/trekking/snow fun and site seeing. 17th May to 28th May. Please suggest:
    a) best suited itinerary for the round trip (with list of major must see attractions)
    b) alternate plan if round trip is too long or not possible in 10 days
    c) Places of probable halt (to book rooms)
    d) Availability of a Guide-cum-driver (for support)
    e) We are first timers- so this round trip is good or kullu-leh trip is still better.?
    f) The car Logan is tough enough for rough terrains, Still you feel any issue with the said car.?

    Thank you
    With regards

    • Hello Mahesh,

      I will suggest that you travel from Shimla to Kinnaur to Spiti to Manali direction as it has many advantages. I will say that you go in the month of June so that the road from Manali to Kaza is open and you can do the full circuit else you can only do Shimla to Spiti and back via same route. You can check a very balanced and most common itinerary for Spiti Valley followed by many travellers including me at the link here for 10-11 days: Most Common Itinerary for Spiti Valley.
      You can get connected directly to some drivers in Himachal or Spiti Valley or Kinnaur Valley at the link: List of Taxi Drivers for Spiti Valley & Kinnaur Valley. These drivers can come and pick you up from Manali / Shimla / Delhi / Chandigarh too, of course with a price of the pickup as well.

  6. Sreekumar on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning a 2 week bullet trip (4 people) to Chandigarh to Chandigarh during july first week.

    Below is my plan :
    Chandigarh —> Srinagar —> Leh —> Manali —> Chandigarh

    Could you please suggest.

  7. I am planning a trip of 4 people
    I want to ask fee questions
    1) bike trip to Rohtang pass is ok or not and will we be able to return on same day or not?
    2) if we are not allowed to return on the same day from rohtang to manali in our bikes
    Where we can stay at rohtang pass route n return back the next day?
    3) camping in Rogtang?

    • 1. Yes, you can do a day trip to Rohtang Pass if you get the permit
      2. If you have day trip Rohtang Pass permit, you will be allowed else you need to get Beyond Rohtang Pass permit for which you should stay at Keylong or Sissu and come back to Manali the next day.
      3. Camping is not recommended at Rohtang Pass

  8. Hi Dheeraj….. will swift dezire perform good for sangla chitkul kalpa roads via shimla, during 8th April to 15th April weather (especially the off-road parts) as snowfall also expected in these days.
    innova or xylo is costing more since we are only a family of 3.

    chances of road blocks in this periods are how much.

    is this period of 7th april to 15 april is offseason or top season…. should we expect packed hotels or normal rush in this period.

    Also could we expect a white valley in those period.

    plz suggest

    Regards
    Alok

    • Hey Alok,

      There are less chances of snowblocks but if in case it snows heavily then road might close for a day or two. I will suggest you to take high ground clearance vehicle if budget is not too much of an issue else Dzire is good enough if you have experience in driving in mountains. You can expect normal rush and unless it snows that very days, it will not be white anywhere.

  9. Aashish Jain on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh on bikes between 10th Aug to 19th Aug. We are reaching Leh by flight. so please suggest an itinerary.

    Thank you

  10. Vinod Kumar on

    Hey Dheeraj,
    We are planning a 10 day trip to Himachal from Delhi during May end, could you suggest us an itinerary. Read your article on offbeat places and would love to explore those.

    • Vinod, if want a mix of both Offbeat and Tourist location, you can go with below plan. Let me know in case you looking for complete offbeat plan:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Kalka – Shimla 
      Day 2 | Shimla Local sightseeing including Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar
      Day 3 | Shimla – Narkanda – Jalori Pass – Shoja
      Day 4 | Shoja – Tirthan Valley
      Day 5 | Tirthan explore GHNP
      Day 6 | Soak in Tirthan (besides the river)
      Day 7 | Tirthan Valley – Naggar Castle – Manali
      Day 8 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 9 | Manali – Rohtang Pass / Solang Valley
      Day 10 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass or Rohtang Pass if safe to reach there. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali and on the way do paragliding at Solang Valley, if required.

        • You can follow below:

          Day 1 | Reach Tirthan Valleu
          Day 2,3 | Spend and relax in Tirthan Valley
          Day 4 | Tirthan Valley – Shoja / Jalori Pass
          Day 5 | Shoja – Jalori Pass – Rampur – Sarahan
          Day 6 | Sarahan – Sangla Valley – Rakcham
          Day 7 | Rakcham – Chitkul/Rakcham
          Day 8 | Chitkul/Rakcham – Kalpa
          Day 9 | Kalpa – Narkanda
          Day 10 | Narkanda – Delhi

        • Vinod Kumar on

          Wont this be too much of travel . what is the mode of transportation ?
          We would interested in doing some trekking as well . which place do you suggest here ppl go for a group trek ?

          Day 1 | Reach Tirthan Valleu
          Day 2,3 | Spend and relax in Tirthan Valley
          Day 4 | Tirthan Valley – Shoja / Jalori Pass
          Day 5 | Shoja – Jalori Pass – Rampur – Sarahan
          Day 6 | Sarahan – Sangla Valley – Rakcham
          Day 7 | Rakcham – Chitkul/Rakcham
          Day 8 | Chitkul/Rakcham – Kalpa
          Day 9 | Kalpa – Narkanda
          Day 10 | Narkanda – Delhi

        • Not sure what is your idea of travel but in general this is quite relaxed but then it depends upon the definition of relaxed from person to person and also too much travel. You can opt to then just focus on Kinnaur Valley

  11. Thanks Dheeraj.

    Also in mid of July Month, Nubra to Pangong is accessible. Or Do we need to come back to Leh from Nubra and then Leh to Pangong route.

  12. Hi Dheeraj
    I am planing for leh trip in July Month
    Below is my plan

    Day 1 Manali to Sarchu
    Day 2 Sarchu to leh
    Day 3 leh
    Day 4 leh Nubra
    Day 5 Nubra to pangong
    Day 6 pangong to Leh

    Could you please hep if this plan is OK or need some changes.

    • Nitin, the only change I will suggest is that instead of Sarchu sleep at Jispa and then travel ahead to Leh directly from Jispa. You will not be acclimatized to sleep at Sarchu

      • Thanks Dheeraj.

        Also in mid of July Month, Nubra to Pangong is accessible. Or Do we need to come back to Leh from Nubra and then Leh to Pangong route.

  13. pradeep SARODE on

    We are planning to come at arounf 15 th august 18 to leh ladakh.

    We are thinking to enter from Srinagar side . Around 12 people.

    We are thnking to cover only shrinagar side places and drop the manali side.

    Further we are thinking of Vanity van on hire.

    We like to have your opinion about this.

    Thanks

    • Well, tempo traveller will be suited for such a group to travel together and will be economical too. Also, your plan is good that go from Srinagar side and come back from Manali side. Did you refer the common itinerary?

  14. Koushik Karmakar on

    Hi,
    Koushik here from Kolkata, please suggest me a trip starting point is Amritsar 24th March night because after visiting the Wagha border and ends the trip in Manali 28th March evening because already booked Toy train tickets. We are couple and a 6 yr old kid.

  15. hey i am planning a trip to chandertal lake on 22 to 26 march and my route is through shimla so is it good to travel in this month

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