Rohtang Pass Declared Open for Tourists for 2011

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Finally, the much awaited opening day of Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu Valley to Lahaul Valley and Spiti valley is declared open for the tourists for the year 2011 by BRO. This marks the opening of first most major hurdle on Manali – Leh Highway. Tourists will be allowed to go to Rohtang Pass from June 2, 2011 onwards. BRO can now focus entirely on the opening of Baralacha La pass and after its opening the 474 KM long Manali – Leh highway will be declared open too. Currently, the road from Sarchu to Leh is Open and now Manali to Keylong is also open for tourists, hence the only blockade on Manali – Leh Highway remains Baralacha La which is also expected to open in the coming week or by the second week of June. So ,guys get ready for passing through the 50 feet high snow walls at Rani Nalla, en-route Rohtang Pass from Manali…

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MANALI: Here is a good news for millions of tourists who plan to visit Manali this summer. The picturesque Rohtang Pass is ready to entertain them with 10 to 25 feet of silvery snow.

Border Roads Organization has made the highway up to Rohtang worth plying of tourist vehicles and waved the green flag on Tuesday evening.

The organization commander, AK Dixit, said the 52-km highway between Manali and Rohtang has been made wide enough to accommodate two vehicles at a time, and snow has been cleared from the parking area of Rohtang.

"Earlier, we had decided to let tourists reach Rohtang from June 1. But due to traffic and security constraints, vehicular movement would be allowed beyond Marhi from June 2 onwards. All preparations to welcome tourists here will be completed on Wednesday," Dixit added. The border force has been working against odds to keep the road free of snow and remove the debris on a particular patch off it.

Kullu superintendent of police Abhishek Dular said police would make a survey of the highway on Wednesday and if everything goes well, tourists could see the Rohtang on Thursday.

External Source: Rohtang Pass opens for tourists for 2011

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253 Comments

  1. hello,we are vising manali on 20 oct,how much snow can we find there?and can we trek in rohtang pass?
    Please tell me in detail

    • Hello Anshul,

      There isn’t much snow up there at Rohtang Pass, I think last week there was a spell of snowfall but by now that would have melted for sure. You can surel trek from Marhi to Rohtang Pass.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • we are visiting to manali during January is it good month to have journey in winter please suggests us frndz this in 7 January 2012

      • Yes Nikhil, it is indeed a very good time to visit Manali and enjoy snow all around.

        Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc, Snow Points are at either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass and do check out Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place if possible).

        Johnson's, Jimmy Johnson's, Manali Heights are some good options of stay in Manali. For cheap and economic options you can explore hotels around Manali – Naggar Road, Old Manali and Vashisht.

        I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

        If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  2. im planning to visit manali for honeymoon along with 2 other couples, as it is a 7 day trip, we want to add a couple of places on the travel itinerary apart from delhi n manali. and also more importantly, nov8th – nov 18th is our visit period, is manali open at that time for tourists.

    • Hello Shekhar,

      Yes, Manali remains open at that time. For 7 day trip, you can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 – Reach Manali, take rest for the evening
      Day 2 – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      Day 5 – Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol (Enjoy Kasol with Israeli culture and cuisines)
      Day 6 – Kasol – Tirthan Valley
      Day 7 – Tirthan Valley
      Day 8 – Tirthan Valley – Delhi (in overnight volvo from Day 7 evening)

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  3. Nujum H Mayyanad on

    Rohtang Pass is a wonderful place to visit. I have visited Rohtang Pass on 24-6-2012. It was an unforgettable journey and thrilling experience – Posted few pics on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/nujum.h

    Anybody requiring present information about Rohtang Pass is welcome to contact me on FB

    • thanks alot Nujum for sharing the pictures, they are really nicely captured, liked the road to keylong one… Somehow, personally among so all the places I have travelled in here at North, I found Rohtang Pass as ugliest of them 😥

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharam

  4. Hi Dheeraj

    We are planning to visit manali either this weekend or may be the next as per my friends' availability. Please tell me will there be snow to watch at rohtang pass, and will we get a chance to enjoy any adventure activities like skiing and para gliding??

    • Hello Neha,

      Yes, there is ample of snow stock available at Rohtang Pass and lots of activities are there on offer. You will enjoy it to the fullest. For Paragliding, go to Solang Valley which comes on the way to Rohtang Pass, about 16 KMs from Manali.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dheeraj, our plan has shifted to June 6 weekend. I want to reconfirm whether there will be snow at that time?

        And we are planning to come by bus (from Delhi),then what will be the cost involved if we visit rohtang and solang valley by a taxi or cab hired there itself?

        • Hi Neha,

          Guess, you meant July!! Snow is present at Rohtang Pass but it is all dirty 🙁 … You can check the rates at the link at the official site here. The rates may be a bit old guess an year or so but you will get the idea for sure.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  5. hey sir,we are arriving for manali from delhi day after tommorow .could u tell me whats is the weather condition of manali ….and also tell me the best sites of manali…yours faithfully

    • Hi Sunny,

      Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc. You can visit Naggar Castle and Solang Valley other than Rohtang Pass which is now open for tourists.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hello Sir,

        I would like to know that whether there will be snow to play for kids in the 1st week of october 2012. We are avoiding to visit in winter season as we have 2 kids below 5 & 3 senior citizens. So have planned for 3 rd October 2012 to 11th October 2012. We are not expecting snowfall, but at least snow to play.

        Also, how will be weather in Dharamshala ( staying for one night ) & Dalhousie ( staying for 2 nights ).

        Thanks and kind regards,

        • hi Rupali,

          I am afraid that there might not be any snow present in October unless there is some fresh snowfall in recent dates when you plan to travel. Weather in all these location will be cold at night as by September it is the onset of winters in most of the Himalayan regions. So, go with at least a couple of pair of heavy woolens.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  6. Atul Kaushik on

    HI Dheeraj…i am coming to Manali on 6th June…Can you please let me know whether Rohtang Pass is open for tourists…I ll b back on 10th of June.So just wanted to know whether I wud be able to make out to visit rohtang pass this time?

    Thanks

    Atul

  7. Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning to go in second week of june to rohtang, Keylong and Lahaul&Spiti. it would be a great help if u can guide us the journey and also where to stay and from where we can get a car.

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanx for your response buddy. We will be leaving on 18th of June and will be coming back on 25th of June so we have 6 days and we will be reaching from Delhi to Manali by bus and will look for hiring a taxi as we are 3 in total. As we are not aware of the roads and route so it would be better for us to go by taxi, rest you can guide us.

        I will be waiting for your reply. And please also let me know about the wheather conditions. Thanx for your help buddy

        • Hi Rajan,

          For six days tours to Lahaul/Spiti, you can try something like below:

          Day 19: Manali Local, Sleep Overnight
          Day 20: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Jispa
          Day 21: Jispa – Keylong – Udaipur (55KM) – Triloiknath Temple – Guru Ghantal Monastery – Keylong/Jispa
          Day 22: Jispa – Deepak Tal – Suraj Tal – Baralacha La – Jispa
          Day 23: Jispa/Keylong – Chandratal (if camps available then stay at camps or go to Losar or check at Battal Dhabha for bed availability overnight)
          Day 24: Chandratal/Battal/Losar – Manali
          Day 25: Manali – Back home

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Hi Dheeraj, all thanks to you i had awesome new year trip last year to Manali, Kasol, kalga, Pulga and Tosh but i missed Rohtang due to weather. This time i am planning to visit in june to capture Rohtang, kheerganga. Please advice me about Keylong, Sarpass, Lahaul & Spiti and Kheer ganga. Thanks!

    • Hey Ankur,

      How many days do you have?? Sar Pass might take too much time AFAIK but I have very least knowledge about it, just that the trek starts from Kasol 🙂 …

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Dheeraj… I can make the trip for 5-6 days…. Keylong and Lahaul&Spiti is must.. please suggest how can i plan the trip…..

        • Bhai, in just 5-6 days it is not possible to cover so much places. At max. you can do is Lahaul Valley including Keylong. Spiti needs more time for better exploration.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Okie… So ho much time for Rohtanf pass Lahaul Valley… Do help in planning the trip as well. Thanks!

        • Hi Ankur,

          For 5-6 days I will suggest following:

          Day 1: Manali Local, Sleep Overnight
          Day 2: Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Jispa
          Day 3: Jispa – Keylong – Udaipur (55KM) – Triloiknath Temple – Guru Ghantal Monastery – Keylong/Jispa
          Day 4: Jispa – Deepak Tal – Suraj Tal – Baralacha La – Jispa OR Jispa/Keylong – Chandratal (if camps available then stay at camps or go to Losar or check at Battal Dhabha for bed availability overnight)
          Day 5: Jispa – Rohtang Pass – Manali OR Chandratal/Battal/Losar – Manali
          Day 6: Manali – Back home

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Deepak.. If you don't mind could you please share your contact number with me… Need to discuss some plans with you

  9. Hi Dheeraj,

    Wen is the estimation date when Rohtang Pass will be open for tourist.

    Please let me know coz i got the inputs from other people that it is not open for tourist as of now.

    Regards

    Neelam

    • Hi Neelam,

      Rohtang Pass is open as of now but tourists are allowed only upto Marhi because most days taxis are finding it difficult to cross the snow present on roads and just to avoid traffic jams due to tourist rush BRO is not allowing tourists to go ahead of MArhi. Local are crossing Rohtang Pass every day to meet or reach Lahaul Valley or Keylong. Rohtang Pass might open by third week of May even for tourists, I believe if there is no snow flurry in coming days.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Nice to see all your knowledgeable replies on Manali tour. I am planning to travel in the 2nd week of June. Will Rohtang Pass be open. My Tour agent has included that in his itinerary, but says it may not be open. We cant go. I will see if any local ppl help with some cost charge for it (say 500/- per head). Could you please guide me on this.

        Thanks – Raj

        • Hi Raj,

          Rohtang Pass is open but only for locales going to Lahaul Valley and other places. By second week of June it should open I guess.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

      • We are planning to visit on the 1st week of November 2012. can we expect snow at Manali? i also need confirmation regarding the entry at Rohtang pass at the same time.

        • Hi Abhishek,

          Rohtang Pass might be open till then judging by the trend of its closure for last few years. Snow presence would surely depend upon the luck and if weather gods will favour you, you would be able to see it. But, nothing in confirmed in Himalayan terrain 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  10. A.Saravanan on

    Hi dheeraj

    I am coming to Delhi on 24th June with 6 members and started to manali by taxi for three days. Will u advise the places to visit for two days till evening of 26th june and few hygenic budget hotels names for our stay

    • Hi Saravanan,

      For two days you can do like:

      Day 1 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 2 | Manali – Snow Point (Rohang Pass or Marhi) – Manali

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  11. Hi dheeraj,

    I have planned to visit Manali,Manikiran and Rohtang pass in June'12 third week so please tell me the rohtang pass open or not.

    • Hi Deepak,

      Rohtang Pass is opened for locales but for tourists it depends upon the BRO/GREF guys whether they allow or not considering safety measures.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanxxx deeraj for ur reply………i jst want to knw the how many % chance to open the rohtang pass in June 3rd Week for tourist.

        • Hi Deepak,

          Almost 99% chance that Rohtang Pass will be open by that time. Other than any natural calamity, I do not see any reason why it shall not be open by 3rd week of June 🙂 …

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  12. Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for replying.

    But the problem is ,we are planning our trip next month i.e. June .Does the snow get over till then coz i hv heard from someone that it's of no use to go late there as all the snow get dirty??

    • Hello Neelam,

      Yes, the later you go the dirtier snow you get. The early you go, more white snow you get 🙂 … I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries. But, snow stock remains present almost upto July.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hello Neelam,

      Rohtang Pass is open as of now 🙂 … You can plan your trip to Rohtang Pass.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

      PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks 🙂 …

  13. hello,
    i want to visit rohtang pass between 7 to 11 nov 2012., is it possible?? Will it be snowing then n will the pass be open for tourist vehicles. if not for tourists can locals arrange a visit??

  14. Hi,

    Can any body lemme know whether Rohtang pass will be open if i plan to go there by 1st week of May…if not what would be the right time so that I can get a chance to visit Rohtang Pass as well. I am planning to go there by VOLVO. I shall be going there for 3 days like I wud be moving from Delhi on Wednesday evening and reaching manali on Thursday morning. I be taking bus back on Sunday evening.

    Also if I plan going to manali..what are the hot destinations I can hang on depending upon the said number of days.

    Thanks

    Atul

    • Hi Atul,

      No one can predict the exact date of Rohtang Pass opening but post mid May, there are high chances that Rohtang Pass might be open. If you wanna be dead sure, then most safe bet will be first or second week of June. Any predicted opening of May can be washed away with one or two heavy snowfall and considering the weather in last couple of week, it might have surely disrupted the snow clearance operations 🙁

      You can follow a plan like below:
      Day 1 | Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
      Day 2 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 3 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 4 | Manali – Naggar Castle
      — Make day trip to Naggar Castle in the morning and reach back Manali to take the evening Volvo to Delhi.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • HI Dheeraj,

        Thanks a lot for your response. I would like to know whether 4 days would be sufficient for us to scan all good spots in Manali?

        Secondly as suggested by you I am thinking to plan my travel on 30 May,6 June or 13th June…Most probably i shall take the 30th may slot …I hope there wont be huge rush on account on ongoing summer vacation in schools. But still if we find huge rush how much impact it makes on a good trip and in what ways?

        I have also shorlisted two budget hotels( as per trip advisor ratings) for which I would like to know the location of these hotels and which location would have more plus points.

        1.Hotel New Adarsh & Restaurant.The Mall, Manali

        2.Hotel Silmog Garden

        Model Town.Manali

        Also can you please suggest what would the approx fare for taxi from manali to rahtang covering the solang valley and gulaba as mentioned by you. And where all would we be requiring the Taxi service.

        Thanks a lot again for your time and response.

        Atul

        • Hi Atul,

          As I suggest above, that plan suits you in most apt way AFAIK to cover most of the nice places around Manali. Go early, that is May 30 as you might see fresh snow by that time up above Rohtang Pass if it gets open by that time. May and June are very much peak tourist season with June even on higher side of the curve. Take the one at Mall road. I hope it is not too far away from Mall road.

          Cheak the Himachal Kullu Taxi Union rate card at the link here and you will get to know approximate cost of it.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma
          PS -> I am traveling to Ladakh on today for 10 days, so might not be able to reply instantly.

        • Atul Kaushik on

          HI Dheeraj… I would like to know what would be the approx. temperature that prevails in Manali and Rohtang pass. I need to decide on whether I need to take my woolan clothes along as it would be cold out there.

          Also as I can see from one of your posts that Rohtang pass is open now, can you tell me whether it would be the right time or It would be better If i plan coming in 1st week of June as suggested by you earlier.

          Thanks

          Atul

        • Hi Atul,

          Better do it in last week of May or mid May types as you might avoid the heavy tourist rush of June in such case. If there are overcast conditions then temperatures could go down sharply. So, better go with woolens in any case. Also, you may rent the overcoats and snow dresses on the way to Gulaba as it will help you keep your own clothes clean and dry 🙂

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have any queries or doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Dear All,
      I will be travelling to India at the end of April and as part of my tour, I wanted to go to Manali, Kullu, Rohtang Pass between the first week of may, approx., 4/5 days. Can anyone suggest what kind of weather I can expect. I checked on the weather forecast and it seems to be with -7/8 to +3/4 which is still managable unless it rains. I am planning to book the HPTDC Volvo bus service from Delhi to Manali and back. Also since I am new to this part of India what is the standard of hygene that I can expect. I was not able to find much details from trip advisor and so was curious.
      It is possible to rent car or vehicles on sharing basis to take the trip. Also is there any possibility to avail trekking at this time of the year.
      Thank you very much in advance.

      Regards,
      Sanjay
      Antwerpen, Belgium.

      • Hi Sanjay,

        Weather will be pleasant at that time. Try Johnson's Hotel near Circuit house, it is good in terms of hygiene. Not sure, what you mean by renting car on sharing basis. there are lots of treks possible from Old Manali towards the higher woods.

        I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

        Regards,
        Dheeraj Sharma

        PS -> Sorry for the delayed reply. I was traveling Ladakh for past two weeks 🙂 …

        • Hello Dheeraj,

          Thanks for responding and never mind the delay as I had to postpond the trip to the 2nd week of May..planning to travel on 7th/8th of may. I checked a hotel, hotel adarsh..the rate seems to be quite within my budget.

          Let me see..checked the weather and seem to be quite promising.

          If I am sucessfull in making the trip, will share my experience with you.

          I hope it is normal in India to travel solo ;).

          Till next time.

          Cheers…Sanjay

        • Hi Sanjay,

          Traveling solo is started becoming normal in India and in fact many people have started doing it every now and then. Would be glad to hear about your experience. You can trek ahead of Manu Temple as there are ample of walks present ahead of it. You can check walk towards goshal village which start near Manu temple or otherwise hike towards Lamadugh whose trail starts near Hadimba temple. Ask locals for direction, great views from the top 🙂 … Also you can try Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. Just do not divert form the trails and I guess you should be fine without a guide.

          I hope this helps. Let me know incase you need more info. or have any queries or doubts.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

  15. hi dheeraj

    we are reaching kullu on 26th evening and returning back on 28 th evening in April ,kindly suggest me tour plan for these day.thanks

    • Hi Prashant,

      You can follow a plan like below:

      Day 1 | Reach Manali, Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
      Day 2 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 3 | Enjoy local Manali sightseeing and take rest till evening. Or you can do day trip to Naggar Castle and come back by evening to take overnight Volvo in he evening.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  16. Devendra Bansal on

    Hi Dheeraj

    Please tell me about the rohtang pass when it will be open at this year as i am planning to go shimla & manali in end may or start june.

    is there possible to reach shimla by train and should i book the hotels in advance in shimala and manali.

    please let me know the status of all these things.

    • Hello Devendra,

      Rohtang Pass might get open by early May or late April types if weather holds good since the road to Marhi has been cleared by BRO but all depends upon the weather in coming weeks. Yes, you can take a train to Kalka and then from there a toy train goes to Shimla and the journey is really beautiful. In June it will be peak season and tourist will be all over Manali and Shimla. Do book the hotels in advance since it is your honeymoon and you do not want to screw up things 🙂

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  17. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am from Chennai. I want to start my journey from Chandigarh somewhere mid or end May'12 to cover Shimala+ Manali ( Rohtang pass must)+ Chandigarh for a day and half while returning. will you please guide me for a rough travel plan and the minimum days required to cover all places. That will be great help for me. I am getting confusing info about opening of Rohtang pass.

    • Hi Navin,

      It will be better if you can suggest me the number of days you have in hand as there is plenty to see around that region. Also, what will be your mode of transport? If self-ride, then do you have prior experience with driving in hills? I will suggest the best possible itinerary once I know these required inputs from your side.

      Rohtang Pass may or may not be open depending upon snow stock and clearance activities. For the last two years, it has been opening around June first week only. I keep posting the updates, so stick to the blog for updates on these roads. You can find the updated status on right side bar of the blog.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

      • Hi Dheeraj,

        Thanks for the reply. I am coming with my wife and daughter. plan is to reach Chandigarh on 19th May by flight. From there straight leave for Shimala by taxi or bus. Stay ay Shimala. Next day Shimala and around and stay at Shimala. Next day morning if something is left in Shimala and then proceed for Manali latst by afernoon to reach Manali by night for hault. Next day for manali and around. Next day for Rohtang pass if open or any snow point. Same night start for Chandigarh by bus. Reach early morning to Chandigarh. That day is for Chandigarh. Next day flight is at afternoon 3 p.m.

        Plan is to take a cab from Chandigarh to Shimala to Manali till return of snow point. No plan of self driving.

        This is rough travel plan based on internet information. I'll be thankful if you refine the same with your vast experience.

        • Hello Navin,

          If possible for number of days I will suggest you the below plan:

          Day 1 | Reach Shimla from Chandigarh. Check-in and rest at hotel. In the second half explore local Shimla including Shimla Ridge, Mall Road, Lakkar Bazaar, Back to Hotel By Evening.
          Day 2 | Around Shimla, a relaxing day. Jakhoo Temple, State Museum, Mall Road, Ridge etc. as you like or may be you can do Shimla – Kufri – Chail – Shimla (Kufri will not be much worth a visit in May) and on return visit Jakhoo temple.
          Day 3 | Shimla – Narkanda – Jalori Pass – Shoja
          – I will suggest that you take Jalori Pass route to Shimla and halt night at Shoja. The drive is extremely adventurous and beautiful + too scenic as compared to other routes to Manali from Shimla.
          Day 4 | Shoja – Kasol – Manikaran – Manali
          Day 5 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
          Day 6 | Manali – Snow Point at Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
          Day 7 | Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place. Very romantic with great views and food. Visit Roerich Musueum, Art Gallery and do not miss the hike to ancient Krishna Temple at the top)
          Day 8 | Naggar Castle – Manali – Chandigarh. Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volvo to Delhi will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or you have the option to come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus. Or, you can also co-ordinate with bus HPTDC guys so that the bus pick you from the nearest pickup point for Naggar on the way to Delhi. Naggar Castle guys will arrange the taxi for the drop there.

          ** if you have time then try, Manali Sanctuary can also be covered as it is just about 2-3 KMs from Manali town and there is trail which starts from Manali Log Huts or Dhungri temple that leads you into the woods. 

          ** If you are short on number of days then skip Day 7 and return to Chandigarh at night from Manali on Day 7.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Mayuri Ghosh on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      We wre travelling to manali on 6th of March and will stay there till 9th of March. Can you let me know places where I can enjoy snow.

      Thanks,

      Mayuri

      • Hello Mayuri,

        You can follow a plan like below:
        Day 1 | Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
        Day 2 | Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
        Day 3 | Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
        Day 4 | Manali – Naggar Castle(stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
        Day 5 | Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi (Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volov will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend a sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus)

        If you want to return to Delhi on Day 4 then make day trip to Naggar Castle and take the evening Volvo to Delhi.

        I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you need any details or have any queries.

        Regards
        Dheeraj Sharma

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    we are planning for Rohtang pass we will be moving from delhi on friday night so can u tell some other places also where we can see the snowfall excluding shimla also any places near by, which will not be costly. please help me in making a 3 days plan.

    • Hi Priyanka,

      Rohtang Pass is already closed, you will be allowed only upto Gulaba or Solang Valley snow points where you can find plenty of snow. You cannot include Shimla in three days plan. So, better go to Manali only. Please keep in mind that nothing will be cheaper at this time of the year. Best bet is to find hotels near Manali-Naggar road or Vashishth or Old Manali for decent and economic options. It is the costliest week of the year. In three days just follow something like below –

      Day 1 – Reach Manali by overnight Volvo. Rest for half day and then Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc for rest half of the day.
      Day 2 – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
      Day 3 – Manali – Delhi. Relax in Manali only for the first half of the day for local sightseeing and then in the evening catch overnight Volvo to Delhi.

      I hope this helps. Let me know incase you have some queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • thanks..few more things should we carry our own vehicle or volvo & then taxi will be a good option as we are around 6-7 people also should we make booking in advance in hotels & can u suggest some

        • Also any specific place ove there to celebrate 31st nyt and will kasol can also be an option for 3 days

        • Hi Priyanka,

          Nopes, not a good idea to add Kasol in three days, enjoy Manali only. There will be plenty of hotels arranging the parties and you can check in at Johnson’s, Jimmy Johnson’s, Piccadily, Manali Heights, Snow Valley Resorts, Club House Discotheque etc.

          If you are around 6-7 then it will be good that you hire Innova and then go ahead because monetarily it will be more or less same or may be even cheaper than Volvo which may cost about 2500 per person for two and fro. If you guys are comfortable with bus journey then I guess Volvo will make more sense. And Yes, the advance booking is a MUST DO to avoid running out of places in Manali at this time of the year. It does happen so in the xmas and new year week. So, do book them in advance if you do not like to run places after 14 Hrs of journey 🙂 …

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  19. ANKIT VAKHARIA on

    hi dheeraj ,

    we are planning to come to manali end december , can you please suggest a few places in and around manali where we could find some snow and whether its possible to head to rohtang pass this time round !

    look forward to your reply.

    Also if you could suggest a decent 3 star hotel in manali to put up in !

    • Hi Ankit,

      You will find ample of snow around snow points of Marhi or Gulaba and Solang Valley. Rohtang Pass is closed for the year. Some good hotels in Manali are Johnson's and Jimmy Johnson's (both are great options), Picaddily,Snow Valley Resorts, Manali Heights, Hotel Iceland (Solang Valley) etc. But, please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car)… Don't miss a stay or atleast a visit to Naggar Castle.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  20. Hi Dheeraj… Thanks for the input.. Can we get Bike for hire @ Manali… Can we go Kalga – Pulga – Tosh & Manikaran via bike.. Will finding a place to stay @ kasol will be an issue ? Please suggest

    • Hi Ankur,

      Yes, finding place at that time of the year may be an issue in Kasol as they might be booked already. So, book something in advance. The taxi can only go upto Bershani from where you need to trek to Kalga – Puga – Tosh. Also, bike would be difficult to find in Manali in winters but still you can contact the numbers mentioned in the article here of various bike rentals available in Manali and check with them the availability. I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks Dheeraj for the numbers… I'll now be sticking to the trip plan suggested by you… Kasol, Malana,Kalga – Pulga – Tosh and Manikaran with base @ Kasol. By any chance you have nay idea abt what to do to book place @ Kasol in advance.. I am not lookin g for resort, just what you suggested a place with decent basic facilities. Thanks in advance

        • Hi Ankur

          You can try to contact Alpine Guest House (01902273710,09418400328,09816271067) or Hotel Sandhya Kasol (1902-265662,265762,09218525595, 09218525695) or Sun and Wind (1902265651,09816499561) at Kasol. Evergreen restaurant, Moon dance cafe,The German bakery adjoining the Moon dance cafe, Little Italy restaurant, lucky dhabha etc are some good food joints. At Manikaran you can also check Sharma Guest Houses (01902273742, 09816973742, 09418422343) in case you do not find bookings at Kasol.

          I hope this helps 🙂

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Just one more thing Dheeraj… I'll find snow @ kasol…. ? Thanks in advance

        • Ankur, nopes buddy you will not find any snow at Kasol but you can ask locals if the snow is present at Kheerganga or not. From Tosh you can further go towards Kheerganga where on the way you may find some snow. But ask locals before you go. Also, there are some guest houses at Pulga, so incase you go towards Kheerganga and believe that before end of day you will not be able to make it back to Kasol/Manikaran then stay at Pulga only.

      • Hi Dheeraj.. Thank u so much.. I had got lot of information from this page 🙂

        We have planned to visit Manali & Shimla from 25th to 29th Dec.

        We would be arriving delhi on 25th morning & will have to comeback to Delhi by 29th evening.

        Please advice the plan if we want to see Manali first & later shimla. Will it be too hectic to travel or will u suggest only Manali..

        regards,

        Harika

        • Hi Harika,

          I guess it is better to leave out Shimla from the plan and Manali circuit. But, please keep in mind that first you will be traveling in the costliest week of the year, second there will be hefty tourist rush around both Shimla and Manali and third that you will need pre-booking at either of the places to avoid sleeping in taxi/bus itself (I am not joking but around X-mas and new year, have known people who slept in car :))…

          Now, coming back to topic., for Manali and around you can follow below mentioned plan –

          25 Dec – Reach Manali, take rest for half of the day and enjoy the x-mas in the evening including Mall road. (I assume that you will be reaching in the morning by Volvo)
          26 Dec – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.
          27 Dec – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali
          28 Dec – Manali – Naggar Castle (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
          29 Dec – Naggar Castle – Manali – Delhi (Checkout from Naggar Castle by noon. Since, the volov will be around 5.30 PM types, so either you can spend a sometime hanging around Naggar only and after lunch leave for Manali or come back to Manali and hang around on Mall road and finally take the return bus)

          I hope that helps. Please let me know incase you need more details or have some queries or doubts.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Thanks for the prompt reply Dheeraj..

          No no no no.. We don't want to sleep in car!! 😛 We are in touch with Travel agent and 6 of us are planning to come together.

          They had quoted below routing to us.

          Itinerary:

          Day 01: Delhi to Shimla (370kms/9hrs)

          Pick up from New Delhi airport and transfer by road to Shimla in Innova. On arrival check in hotel. Evening at leisure. Day free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

          Day 02: Shimla

          This morning you will visit Kufri situated at an altitude of 2500 meters just an 2hours drive from Shimla. Later in the afternoon Vice Regal Lodge and walk down the Mall Road.

          Dinner and overnight at hotel.

          Day 03: Shimla – Manali (260kms/7hrs)

          After breakfast depart to Manali, a picture perfect hill station at an altitude of 1929mtrs. On arrival check in hotel. Evening at leisure to walk in Manali market. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

          Day 04: Manali

          After breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing to Manali (Vashisht, Hadimba temple) and evening free for rest and relaxation. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

          Day 05: Manali to Delhi (570kms/16Hrs)

          Early Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi will drop you to Delhi airport.

          Starting from Hyderabad, we would arrive delhi airport on 25th morning 8am. We had booked return flight on 29th Dec 8pm, we don't want to take risk while coming back from Manali as it takes 16 hrs to reach delhi.. we don’t want to miss out return flight. That’s why we wanted to start trip from Manali and return from shimla. (Heard its 7 hrs drive from Shimla to Delhi)

          Please suggest us the plan if we want to start our trip from Delhi – Manali – Shimla – Delhi. Starting from Delhi on 25th Morning and should return delhi by 6-7 am on 29th Dec.

          Awaiting ur reply 🙂

          Thanks in advance..

          Harika.

        • Hi Harika,

          Ideally, if I see you just have 3 days only. 25th will be spent in traveling to Manali from Delhi, So, you have like 26,27 and 28th till evening. In just three days no point covering both Manali and Shimla. Do it either one of them and yes, Manali + around is far better than Shimla and chances of playing in snow is 100% guaranteed in Manali. As I suggested do something like –

          25 Dec – Reach Delhi early morning and take a taxi to Manali. You will reach Manali in Dark as it takes about 13-14 Hrs to reach Manali. I guess you will not get any volvo before 5.30 PM types. So, if you like then may be you can go in Volvo to save some bucks but it will cost a day for you else continue with private taxi in the morning itself.

          26 Dec – Manali Local sightseeing which includes Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Mall Road, Local Monastery, Vashisth Hot Water Springs (never found it interesting) etc.

          27 Dec – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back to Manali and on the way back you can visit Solang Valley too, if you choose to go to Marhi/Gulaba.

          28 Dec – Manali – Naggar Castle – Manali.
          — Take local taxi to Naggar Castle, enjoy for the first half of the day there and after lunch come back to Manali. This way your hired taxi driver will get a chance to sleep in the day. After coming back you can leave Manali by 5-6 PM types to reach in the morning on 29th Dec.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards,
          Dheeraj Sharma

    • Wow, I was just trying to find a blog like this and bang on. I am also thinking of sticking to the same plan that you laid out to Ankur. (me and my friends planning to visit Manali and Kasol this weekend)

      However I was just thinking whether if it's possible to cover both Kasol and Manali in two days? (we will be traveling back on Sunday evening) If not whether we should head over to Manali or Kasol only? (Trip to Parvati hills is definitely tempting!) And we also want to avoid crowd… Just some quality fun time and site seeing!

      • Jitu, if you want to avoid crowd then please avoid Manali. Otherwise, you can spend one day at Kasol + around and the other day at Manali – Solang Valley. 2 days at Kasol and around as in above itinerary of Ankur will be really rejuvenating but if you looking for snow then head towards Solang Valley or Manali.

        Regards
        Dheeraj

  21. Hi Dheeraj, I am planning to visit Manali or kasol around Christmas. I am confused between Manali and kasol. I just want to spend some nice time in the hills, bit of trekking also with snow and smoke some good stuff.I want to avoid family crowd ( hope you understand). Could you please guide me, any other place apart from Manali and Kasol are also welcome. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Ankur,

      Avoid Manali at any cost, it will be flooded with tourists at that time of the year. You can definitely try some hikes around Kasol to avoid the crowd at that time of the year. Kalga – Pulga – Tosh (a day's hike) is good to go, or on another day you can do Kasol – Malana – Kasol and there enjoy the stuff on these hikes. I am not sure but I guess there are couple of guest houses in Malana where you can spend a day but the facilities might be very basic. So, better make Kasol as the base and hike around 🙂 …

      From Tosh you can further go towards Kheerganga but I guess the route will be snowed out by that time. Check with locals there. From Kasol or Manikaran, you will get taxi/bus to Barshani from where the hike to Kalga – Pulga – Tosh – Kheerganga starts.

      I hope this helps. Do carry heavy woolens with you.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  22. hi dheeraj

    as u 9 we are coming manali on 31st dec.can u tell me some places where we can enjoy new year parties with dance,singing,and much more other entertainments for our child and also 2day weather update.thank u

    • Hi Bhawna,

      Well, there is a discotheque/party hall at Club House and there will be various good hotels throwing parties on that night… check Johnson's Hotels and I am sure they must be having some great arrangements and food is just great at Johnsons 🙂 … It is predicted to be clear weather for upcoming days but incase you are not in Northern part, there is great chill in the breeze today so do carry heavy woolens. You can keep track of all weather updates of Manali for a week at this link here

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

  23. hi dheeraj

    can u tell me 2day weather condition of manali.u told me that we can see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley. but i want 2 also know how many snow (feet)we can see on mall road on 31st dec.

    • Hi Bhawna,

      Well, yesterday itself there was ample of Snowfall in Manali itself but that will go away pretty soon. So, in case there is fresh snowfall around 30-31 December then only you will be able to see snow on Mall road. For an update, Rohtang Pass got 2 feet of snow yeaterday but Manali town and Solang Valley got about 6 inches of snowfall only. I doubt that you will be able to see more than 8-12 inches of snow at mall road at max. even if it snows around those days.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  24. HI DHEERAJ
    I M FROM DELHI.WE R MAKE PLAN TO MANALI IN DEC LAST WEEK.CAN U TELL ME THAT WE CAN SEE SNOW ON MALL ROAD.

    • Hi Bhawna,

      As per the latest updates yesterday updated here, Manali did received first snow fall of the season. Having said that, it depends on your luck if you will be able to see snow at the mall road itself. But, yes of course you will be able to see and play in plenty of snow at snow points of Gulaba or Marhi or Solang Valley (all not very far from Manali). If your luck favors and weather gods permit then who knows, you might see the snowfall in Manali itself.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  25. Hello Dheeraj,

    We are planning to visit manali in DEC end. My only concern is Rohtang pass open during DEC end?

    • Hi Ganesh,

      As per few news report I read two days ago, the tourism department has requested BRO to clear the roads, if possible, and keep the road to Rohtang Pass open for tourists as well for the x-mas – new year week. However, if there is snowfall in upcoming days then it will be difficult for BRO to keep the roads open beyond Gulaba snow point. Nevertheless you will be able to enjoy ample of snow in anycase 🙂 …

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  26. Sayantani on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Since you are helping so many people in their travel plans,I thought of sharing mine with you.Will it be ok to travel to Manali,Naggar and Kulu in the last week of December 2011?

    • Hello Sayantani,

      Yes, perhaps it will be great to travel Manali,Naggar and Kulu in the last week of December but you need to consider the fact that it is the costliest week of the year. So, if you are OK with it then probably a great time to enjoy snow and celebrations 🙂 … If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  27. devashish on

    we are planning for a trip to manali from 19th december to 25 december..is it a right time?? we also have a second option for nainital….

    • Hello Devashish,

      It is right time but it is the costliest time of the year including Nainital as well… If you are OK with it then plan for Manali where you will surely get plenty of snow at snow points of MArhi or Gulaba or Solang Valley. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  28. Hello Dheeraj,

    I am planning to come Manali tomorrow (1st Dec 2011) for 3-4 days? Is it possible if i can see snow or snowfall in/near manali this week?

    Please let me know asap so i can plan accordingly.

    thanks in advance

    Gulshan

    • Hello Gulshan,

      It is always hard to predict snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc. As far as snow is concerned, you will find plenty of snow out there.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  29. Hello Dheeraj,

    I need some guidance for holiday in manali. I have planed to go manali on 18th Dec to 21 Dec for my anniversary. Would rohtang pass be open and would there be snow there? will we be allowed to visit rohtang pass at that time? We want to see snow.. Can you suggest any other month in 2012 to visit manali (May or June) in which rohtang pass will be open, or in december is there any other place where we can enjoy snow fall.

    • Hello Umesh,

      Rohtang Pass will be closed at that time, infact already it is closed. However, there will be plenty of snow at that time on the snow points of Solang Valley and Gulaba or Marhi, so enjoy the snow there. Manali is an ideal spot to enjoy snow in Northern India in the month of November and December. Once, January comes in whole lot of other options also opens. But, Manali is safest bet to enjoy snow in November mid to December mid alteast as compared to others. Rohtang Pass will most likely open in the month of June. But, for snow you can spend the vacation in December as well. Also, for a romantic day out do not miss a meal or stay (I will say) at Naggar Castle. Check the link for Naggar Castle here for complete review and views.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks for the guidance Dheeraj. Few queries.. Is it safe to go Manali in December. is it too cold? Can I enjoy in December because of too cold weather. Please suggest any hotel having good reviews and cost effective. Thanks.

      • Hi Dheeraj, Can you please suggest travel plan from 18th Dec to 21 Dec (3 Nights / 4 Days). Please advise for below plan :

        Day 02 :: 18-12-2011 :: A car will drop at the Resort, When you will reach at Manali and check in to the Resort and Honeymoon Rest, half day local city tour.

        Day 03 :: 19-12-2011 :: Full Day Rohtang Pass Tour by personal Indica/Alto Car (Snow Point in case Rohtang is closed due to snow fall) and Solang Valley.

        Day 04 :: 20-12-2011 :: Full Day Kullu Manikaran Tour by personal Indica/Alto Car, Naggar Castle & Art Gallery Sightseeing

        Day 05 :: 21-12-2011 :: Check out to the Resort Manali and Half Day Local Manali Tour by personal Indica/Alto Car and drop you at the Manali Volvo Stand

        • Hello Umesh,

          It is indeed a nice plan. I will suggest a change though. Swap the Day 03 with Day 04 so that when you reach snow points of Marhi or Gulaba or Solang Valley then your body is accustomed to hilly conditions and altitude much more than on second day itself. It will help you enjoy more. Naggar Castle is a great place to spend night as well, if you like. So, on Day 04 day you can directly go to snow points of Solang Valley or Gulaba/Marhi from Naggar Castle itself.

          I hope this helps.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  30. hi Deeraj

    i m planning to visit manali on saturday i.e 26 i wanna know is rohtang pass open and if not than what r the places where i can enjoy the snow please do suggest me is this the rite time to go for this trip

    thanks n regards

    Nikhil

    • Hello Nikhil,

      Though the Rohtang Pass is already closed for tourists. But, I guess for locals it is still operational and if the weather is clear and local vehicles are doing it then confirm from Manali taxi stand if they can take you along. Even if you are not allowed to go to Rohtang Pass then also you will find lots of snow at Marhi snow point or Gulaba snow point. So, do no worry about snow, you will find ample of it.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  31. Hi Deeraj,

    We are planning for Manali trip on December 10 and 11 (2 days). Is it enough(2 days) for visiting all the places in Manali. Also what if Rohtang Pass road is closed? and tell me the nearest place for snow and snowfall. Mainly we are interested in seeing snow and snowfall.

    Thanks & Regads

    Dinesh.

    • Hello Dinesh,

      Well, 2 days will be less I feel but still if you do not have the option then go ahead you can atleast visit all places in around Manali and would be able to see snow as well. Now, as per the plan you can do is

      Dec – 10 | Manali with local sightseeing including Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, local monastery, mall road etc etc.
      Day – 11 | Visit Gulaba or Solang Valley snow points. Once you are free by noon, you can go over to Naggar Castle and choose either to return back to Manali on that day or spend night at Naggar Castle only and then carry forward the journey back to home from Naggar itself. If you want to skip Naggar and play more in snow or take rest then also it will be fine.

      Rohtang Pass is already closed dear 🙂 …

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Hey Dheeraj,

        Thanks for ur suggestion. Just tell me, will der be snowfall at that time(dec 10 & 11)? Also tell me, what are the sight seeing places from Manali to Rohtang Pass and apart from Rohtang Pass, what are the places that will be closed at that time?

        • Hello Dinesh,

          It is hard to predict the snowfall as it depends on the luck and the weather on the day you plan to visit :)… Well, yes at that time you will be able to see ample of snow stock around the snow points of Gulaba/Marhi or Solang Valley. So, if snow is the priority then there are no issues but for snowfall best bet is that, you keep the plan flexible and keep a check on weather updates on the day you plan to visit. The links here: Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Manali regions respectively can be helpful for you in tracking the weather updates of Manali and around. If it says raining in Manali, or rains/snow at Kothi or snows at Rohtang Pass then expect snowfall at nearby snow points of Solang and Marhi/Gulaba etc.

          Nothing will be closed for you apart from Rohtang Pass. all other sightseeing places lie below Rohtang Pass. Though I have already provided you all the tourist places which you can visit in 2 days in the previous reply, but I would duplicate them below too…

          Dec – 10 | Manali with local sightseeing including Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, local monastery, mall road etc etc.
          Day – 11 | Visit Gulaba or Solang Valley snow points. Once you are free by noon, you can go over to Naggar Castle and choose either to return back to Manali on that day or spend night at Naggar Castle only and then carry forward the journey back to home from Naggar itself. If you want to skip Naggar and play more in snow or take rest then also it will be fine.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Deeraj,

          Thnx for ur kind help & suggestions. Ur blog s very useful for planning hill station trips. Keep going man…:-)

  32. sunny girdhar on

    hello, i am planning to go rohtang in dec last week. could you tell me wheter roads will be open dt time to rohtang….

    • Hello Sunny,

      Rohtang Pass is already closed buddy for the tourists, so you will not able to reach Rohtang Pass in last week of December. I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries. If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thanks Dheeraj, the info helped me too. However, we are visiting Shimla-Manali-Dharamshala-CHD in the last week of december as part of a family tour. The kids would like to play in snow since its the only attraction for them hailing from Chennai. Would they be up for disappointment since Rohtang Pass is already closed. Kindly guide me. Should we reschedule the trip to a better time of the year?

        Regards

        Prashanth

        • Hello Prashant,

          There will be ample of snow stocks present at snow points of Marhi or Gulaba and Solang Valley. Hence, if snow is the vital thing then no issues with the time window you are planning. However, last week of December is the costliest week for any traveling throughout India when the rates are rocket high of whole year. If you can make the trip in third week before 25th December or after 1st January then I am sure it will save alot of bucks for you.

          If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

          You can also refer a sample itinerary linked here and tailor it according to your needs for Manali and Dharamshala. If you have any doubts then we can discuss and plan it for you.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi Dheeraj.

          I read all your post and it seems that its helping many people.

          I have small question for you.

          If i am not wrong,rohtang pass is closed, so there is no maening to go to manali.

          Could you please tell which is the good hill station to spend 4 days including travelling time.

          I am thinking for dharamshala, shimla, nainital and maussori.

          Also please tell where the snowfall is happening.

          Can i have your contact no., so that i can take some more information.

          Thansk and regards

        • Hi Harshul,

          Buddy, if Rohtang Pass is closed then it does not mean that Manali is not worth a place to visit. Whenever, I make plans for my family members and loved one I never recommend them going to Rohtang Pass no matter it is open or not. For people going to Leh there is no way out than to cross that dirty and ugliest of tourist places I have ever seen. To reach Rohtang Pass you need to spend sometimes hours in the traffic jam caused by utter traffic mis-management and lack of logics/ethics by mostly local taxi drivers.

          But, any ways my point here is though some part of journey to Rohtang offers some great views but for me one has to go through too much pain to see them. Manali, overall is a great tourist spot and you always have an option to go to Solang Valley which also offers some tremendous views. Adding to it, there is too much to see and enjoy as tourist around Manali like Naggar Castle, Solang Valley, Kasol, Manikaran or may be Tirthan Valley if you have time on hands. Out of all which you have mentioned I will always pickup Manali if I am looking for some spice in my vacation. Shimla is way too commercialized, Dharamshala is not a tourist place rather a crowded town, but yes Mcleod Ganj (Upper Dharamshala) is a good option if you want peace along with Khajjiar + Chamba if you have time. Nainitaal and Mussoorie again are not that great and crowded+commercialized as compared to Manali and McLeod Ganj + Khajjiar.

          So, if I were you I will first ask if I need to many flavors from the holiday then I wil go with Manali – Naggar – Solang Valley – Kasol and yes not to forget snow, which only Manali has brightest chance for you to see snow or snowfall currently. Now, if I am looking for too much peace, relaxing and almost where time stops kinda vacation will go with McLeod Ganj + Khajjiar or even include Chamba into the trip. But, chance of finding snow are less as compared to Manali here.

          I hope this helps. Feel free to let me know for any doubts or queries. I will email you my contact number.

          Regards
          Dheeraj

        • Thanks a lot Dheeraj.

          Will ask you if i have any questions.

          Well your answers are very good for the people to manage their holiday plan.

  33. Dear Sir,

    thank u for the information.

    please suggest me some good hotel near kullu airport as i have a early maorning flight of Air India to Delhi .

    Waiting for early reply.

    • Hi Pooja,

      Though I have never stayed in Kullu itself as it is not much far from Manali or Kasol so cannot comment much on hotels but yes you can surely check the HPTDC properties in Kullu linked here . The airport will be about 10-12 KMs away I guess even from Kullu town whereas Kasol will be about 40 KMs away. I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  34. Hello Dheeraj,

    I need some guidance or info regarding kullu trip. We arrive and planned to stay in Kullu from 28th – 5th. I have been to Kasol before and it was wonderfull experience for me but came alone. Now i scheduled along with friends to visit Kullu. 1)Can you suggest me what are the best places to visit from Kullu (apart from temples) ? I planned to go to Rohtang pass and Leh, but after reading your reviews on status of the above places are shutdown , i dont think so we can make it there. 2)I am planning for short time trekking from Kullu , need to watch snowfall , camping and rafting. 3)Can you also give me some information about dos and donts. If there any answers that i need to know apart from the above qeries , please do write about that too. Thanks in advance.

    Regards,

    Venkat

    • Hello Venkat,

      Well, great to know that buddy. Do you plan to visit Kasol again and do you want to visit Manali? Kullu itself is not a destination as you might know as it is highly commercialized and populated town.

      1. Keeping base as Kullu/Manali, you can visit snow points around Manali including Marhi/Gulaba or Solang Valley, Kasol, Manikaran, Naggar, Malana (though different experience, you can even trek to Malana village from Naggar or Kasol), Tirthan Valley, Great Himalayan National Park, Shoja, Jalori Pass, Parashar Lake near Mandi etc.

      2. For snowfall or snow you need to either visit snowpoints of Manali i.e. Marhi or Gulaba or Solang Valley. There is Jalori pass and Shoja as well but finding snow there you need to ask the locals before you make any plans. Snowfall depends upon your luck though. You will not be able to do rafting these days but camping and trekking can be done either in Great Himalayan National Park near Tirthan Valley or trek to Seroloskar Lake from Jalori Pass, if Jalori Pass is open at that time.

      3. It appears you have about 7 days and I will say enjoy it around Tirthan Valley + Great Himalayan National Park along with a trip to Shoja – Jalori Pass and snow points of Marhi/Gulaba or Solang Valley.

      I hope this helps. You can decide on the places and we can further discuss the plans/itinerary for the trip. Let me know if you have any doubts or queries.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • Hi Dheeraj,

      Thank you for your Prompt response.Your email is very usefull to schedule our visit. Thanks once again and if we have any doubts we will email you. Thank you Dheeraj.

        • Hey Dheeraj,

          Hello Dheeraj, atlast i am back from the trip. Wow have lot of words for me to explain about the trip. Rohtang is ultimate, i visited Naggar castle, kothi , manikaran, Rohtang, trek to malana village, kasol , Solang Valley and Places near Manali . Beautifull experience for my group. Snow was ultimate but we were unfortunate that we dint see the snowfall . Thanks for the updates once again, the only pain is travelling from South. if i am put up in north somewhere i would have covered all the places in HP and J&K :))

  35. im reaching manali on 18 nov 2011.

    will i be able to see snow..??

    go to rotang pass??

    i want to visit manikaran also??

    kindly advise me how to proceed my trip.

    im leaving on 23rd nov 2011 early morning from kullu..

    • Hello Pooja,

      Well, Rohtang Pass is closed for tourist for season 2011 due to heavy snow presence over there. So, you can expect snow stock at the Marhi snow point atleast and can enjoy the activities over there. Also, snowfall is expected in this week as per weather predictions so you can surely expect snow in the higher reaches of Manali like Marhi by the day you are planning to reach Manali 🙂 ..

      As per the plan, toy can follow something like below —
      18th Nov – Reach Manali and take ample of rest for the day. In the evening or late noon you can check out Mall road and local monastery

      19th Nov – Enjoy Manali town and explore region around Manu Temple, walk through old Manali town, visit Hadimba Temple and woods around, if you like and have time then visit Vashishth hot water springs (though nothing special I found about that). Again in the evening spend time in-around Mall road or hotel.

      20th Dec – Visit Snow Points at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba and enjoy the activities up there for the day. On coming back instead of going to Manali again you can opt to go to Naggar Castle for the overnight stay and to explore Naggar next day.

      21st Nov- Enjoy Naggar Castle and the walks to Shiv Mandir/Krishna Temple in the Naggar village. Krishna temple offers great vantage point views but requires a little hike to reach there.

      22nd Nov- Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol (Visit Manikaran in the day and enjoy evening in Kasol with overnight stay there)

      23rd Nov – Kasol to Kullu by taxi and take flight back.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • HI!!Just returned from manali today mng. Had a gr8 time. We reached on 5th morning and were greeted by fresh snowfall. Went to rohtang pass on 6th Nov and had a rollicking time in snow though its freezing!! Even paragliding was a gr8 experience, midway to Rohtang..

        • Hey Amit, thanks a lot for posting the details here. Glad to know that you had an amazing trip and also saw fresh snowfall. In the coming days too there will be snowfall up there in Manali region, so all the people going there will surely have great fun 🙂 … Your inputs will surely help others planning their journeys.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

        • Hi good to hear that there is fresh snow in heaven. I reaching on Saturday, will I able to go to Rohtang ?

        • Ankur, I guess yes (though unofficially) as of now if the weather is clear and there is not much snow on roads. But, keep in mind that officially the Rohtang Pass is closed. Best chance is to get hold of some local taxi driver and confirm with him if he would be able to take you to Rohtang Pass despite being officially closed? If he says, yes then go with him 🙂 … Enjoy your trip and have loads of fun… Best wishes 🙂 …

        • ASHISH MITTAL on

          I visited Manali and Rohtang Pass on last week. Awesome experience! One must experience the heavenly abode on earth. Did paragliding, sking at Rohtang Pass…was very cold…would suggest people to take warm clothings… Very Cold air at high altitude! Once you reach on top, you can also taste the fresh snow!

        • Hello Ashish,

          Thanks for sharing this wonderful info. with us too. Yes, Himachal towns has started shivering with cold now and anyone going up there do need heavy woolens to get some respite. Snow has also accumulated there making it an ideal snow adventure time for the tourists. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the beauty of Manali and around that much. Again thanks for sharing it with us.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  36. Hi,

    I am reaching Manali on 12th Nov for my first anniversary and have booked Manu Allaya resort for for the same. Could you please let me know where can i expect snow because we are more keen on going for some adventorous sports on the snow. Also if you could let me know about the resorts review, it would be simply great…Regards, Ria

    • Hello Ria,

      Well, Rohtang Pass is closed for tourist for season 2011 due to heavy snow presence over there. So, you can expect snow stock at the Marhi snow point atleast and can enjoy the activities over there. Also, snowfall is expected in this week as per weather predictions so you can surely expect snow in the higher reaches of Manali like Marhi by the day you are planning to reach Manali 🙂 .. I do not have the idea of the resort that you have booked, so sorry on that front.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more doubts or queries.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  37. Hello, we are planning to visit Manali between 15 November and 20th November. Kids want to see snow and they want a memorable fun filled activity trip. Any suggestions? will they be able to see snow?

    • Hello Rashmi,

      There has been recent snowfall at Rohtang Pass and more is predicted in the coming week. So, you can surely expect snow or may be if you are lucky even snowfall at Marhi snow point near Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass has been officially closed for the tourists for the season but if the weather is clear and you have local driver with you he may be able to take you there but no guarantee. However, you may be able to find snow around Marhi snow point till where the tourists are allowed. Do not miss to include a visit to Naggar Castle near Manali on your vacation and a meal too there 🙂 …

      Do not forget to carry heavy woolens as cold waves are blowing up there and take atleast a complete day's rest in Manali itself before planning to go to snow points.

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • aarjkumar on

        Dheeraj, it is wonderful to see the way u help people to plan their trip to Manali. Most of my questions got answered when I saw ur replies.

        Similar to others, I am planning to visit Manali & Rohtang pass from 24 dec to 30 Dec. Obviously, 1st thing that I had in my list was Rohtang pass but looking at your comments, it seems I won't be able to visit there. Is it worth making a trip towards manali if I am not able to visit Rohtang pass as my family is very keen to see lot of snow and do ice sports like skiing etc.

        I no, then pls let me know when should I plan.

        If yes, then can you pls help me plan my trip there from 24th Dec (day I reach there) to 30th Dec (day I leave for Delhi).

        Tx.

        • Hello Aarj,

          Thanks for the liking the stuff present on my blog, a very warm welcome to you here 🙂 … First and foremost, Manali itself is a great place to hang out and you will be able to enjoy all such activities which you wish to do at the snow points of Solang Valley and Gulaba or others around Manali at that time. You will find ample of snow at these points in December end in which you can play as you like. If lucky, may be even fresh snowfall. Just keep an eye on weather updates… So, doesn’t really matter if you are able to go upto Rohtang Pass or not, if snow is the only point of consideration.

          Now, the second suggestion would be that if you can plan a week later or a week earlier it will be great on your pocket if you are concerned over budget because it is the costliest week in the year when you are planning to travel. The rates right from hotels to taxis will be sky high at that time from the normal rates forget about any discounts. Same trip would cost much cheaper if you exclude the last week of the year. If there are no budget constraints or you plan to spend the Xmas and new year then go and enjoy 🙂 …

          As per the plan —
          24th Dec – Reach Manali and take ample of rest for the day. In the evening or late noon you can check out Mall road and local monastery
          25th Dec – Enjoy Manali town and explore region around Manu Temple, walk through old Manali town, visit Hadimba Temple and woods around, if you like and have time then visit Vashishth hot water springs (though nothing special I found about that). Again in the evening spend the xmas celebrations in-around Mall road.
          26th Dec – Visit Snow Points at Solang Valley or Gulaba and enjoy the activities up there for the day. On coming back instead of going to Manali again you can opt to go to Naggar Castle for the overnight stay and to explore Naggar next day.
          27th Dec – Enjoy Naggar Castle and the walks to Shiv Mandir/Krishna Temple in the Naggar village. Krishna temple offers great vantage point views but requires a little hike to reach there.
          28th Dec – Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol (Visit Manikaran in the day and enjoy evening in Kasol with overnight stay there)
          29th Dec – Kasol – Tirthan Valley
          — Enjoy the Tirthan Valley and nature walks around
          30th Dec – You can catch the Volvo coming from Manali near Aut tunnel in the evening (as you join main Delhi – Manali highway from Tirthan Valley). Just make sure you have the tickets booked and have the number of the driver or conductor of the bus. They will pick you from near the tunnel or suggest you the appropriate pick up point. alternatively, if you like you can go back to Manali and take bus from there which I guess you can avoid.

          Since, you had good number of days in hand, so I have tried to accommodate as many places with decent rest and relaxation too. These places are not too far away from each other hardly, ranging between 1-2.5 Hrs drive at max. If at any place you feel the traveling is a bit tiring you can always skip to either next place of your interest or stay back on the same place there by skipping the next one 🙂 …

          I hope you have gone through the Delhi to Manali Travel Guide earlier, if not then lease check for more info.

          I hope this helps. Please let me know incase you have more queries or doubts.

          Regards
          dheeraj sharma

        • Thanks Dheeraj for these details. It certainly helps. Thr is a slight change in the program – instead of 24th, we will be reaching Delhi on 26th & from thr we plan to visit Shimla & Kullu-manali. Cld u pls suggest a itenerary based on this schedule. I need to reach back to Delhi by 1st evening. Also, do u think i sld take a tour package from delhi or so. If yes, then cld u pls suggest me the tour packages that are decent in terms of travel plan, hotel acco and price.

          Also, i heard abt HP tourism's home stays – how r they? if gud, can u pls suggest some gud ones based on your proposed itenerary.

          Again, appreciate all your time on this.

        • Hello Aarj,

          You have around 5 days, so I will advise you that you stick to Manali circuit only and leave aside Shimla, otherwise it will get a bit hectic and you will be missing the charm. Based on this assumption I will advice you below plan —

          26th – In the evening, take Volvo from CP to Manali.
          27th – Reach Manali, check in and take rest for half of the day. In the evening, spend time around Mall road, visit Hadimba devi temple, manu temple, local monastery etc
          28th – Full day tour to Solang Valley or other snow points at Gulaba or Marhi. Come back and take rest.
          29th – Leave Manali and reach Naggar Castle. Check-in and spend whole day there at Naggar Castle visiting, Roeric hart gallery, museum etc. Do not miss out on Krishna Temple at the top of hill but for that you need to hike a bit or ask local cabiie to take you there. Some skills are required to drive on the path if you are not hiking, hence confirm from the local taxi driver if he can take you there or not.
          30th – Leave Naggar Castle in morning and visit Manikaran. On the way back from Manikaran either stay at Kasol (very nice place with Israeli cuisines and flavors in culture as well).
          31st – If you decide to come back to Manali the previous day then enjoy Manali and around till evening or if decided to stay at Kasol only then, leave Kasol by 12.00 PM types and reach Manali by 2PM, take lunch and stroll at mall road. Finally, take the evening Volvo to Delhi and reach on 1st in the morning.

          There is no need to involve any travel agency in between. That time period, the prices will be rocket high, I will advice you to book hotels and volvo tickets well in advance to avoid last minute hassles. for Manali, I will advice you Johnson's Lodge if you are OK with its budget, Naggar Castle at Naggar and Alpine Hotel or Sun n Wind, Hotel at Kasol. So, you do not need anything much from Travel agent 🙂 …

          I hope this plan suits you. Let me know incase you need further inputs or have any doubts.

          Regards
          Dheeraj Sharma

  38. Priyanka Dasgupta on

    Hi there,

    I am planning for a trip to north on in this month.

    We start on 16/11/11 from Mumbai and reach jalandhar on 18/11/11 early morning 4.30am.

    We plan to take the car throughout our journey.

    Plans to visit

    1. Dharamshala (mcleodgunj),

    2. Manali

    3. Rohtang pass,

    4. Tirthan valley and

    5. Golden temple in the end (i.e., on 25/11/11).

    Our last day would be in Amristar 25/11/11 as we want to visit the golden temple and our return is on the same day on an evening train.

    Can anyone please help as to how should we plan our travel and how many days should we spend at each place?? I am personally quite keen on tirthan.

    Please advice as to which of the places would be closest from jalandhar to visit first. Kindly revert ASAP…pleaseeeeeee

    • Hello Priyanka,

      Since you have just 7 days I will advice you to drop McLeod Ganj – Dharamshala from the trip and enjoy your relaxing stay at Tirthan and Manali and around. You can follow a plan like below if it suits you and may be we can further discuss to improve on it —
      Day 1 – Jalandhar to Tirtan Valley
      Day 2 – Tirthan Valley
      Day 3 – Tirthan Valley – Naggar Castle – Manali.
      — Reach Manali + Relax + Visit Naggar Castle, Naggar and spend some time at Naggar enjoying the vistas. Do not miss a meal on the balcony of the restaurant.
      Day 4 – Manali Local sightseeing including Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Local Monastery, Shopping at Mall road etc etc
      Day 5 – Manali – Marhi Snow Points towards Rohtang Pass – Solang Valley – Manali
      — You can enjoy the first half of the day at snow point of Manali and if interested may also visit Solang Valley for other adventure activities like
      Day 6 | Manali – Amritsar
      Day 7 | Amritsar and return

      If interested in more details on Manali including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here.

      For more information on Tirthan Valley including sightseeing places, accommodation options, food joints, etc you can go through the Tirthan Valley Travel Guide at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  39. Hi Sir,

    I am planning to visit hills around 15 Nov. I suppose Rohtang would be closed by them. Could you please suggest some trip plans in hills for 4 days, we fiends wana see snow and relax.

    • Hello Ankur,

      As per BRO they will keep Manali-Leh Highway open for the month of November as well . This means that Rohtang Pass will also be open in the month of November. However, I doubt if there is inclement weather then BRO will allow tourist to visit Rohtang Pass on that particular day or not. Otherwise, I see no issues but please keep in mind that this is happening for the first time that Rohtang Pass or Manali – Leh Highway will be open in the month of November (officially), so you should always be ready for the surprises. You can expect snow for sure either at Marhi snow point or if open on that day, then Rohtang Pass as well.

      Day 1 | Delhi – Manali
      Day 2 | Manali Local sightseeing
      Day 3 | Manali – Snow Point (Rohang Pass or Marhi) – Manali
      Day 4 | Manali – Naggar (in the first half), have lunch at Naggar Castle and then come back to Manali to board overnight Volvo to Delhi

      For complete information on Manali including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

      I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  40. i wanna c snow……me n my 7 frnds r goin to visit jammu vaishnav devi 1st ….n after that wat yu suggest…..climate shuld b child….:)

    • Hello Dhaval,

      In that case you guys should plan to visit McLeod Ganj and Manali circuits. Since you will have about 7 days at your disposal after you visit Vaishno Devi you can cover both McLeod Ganj and Manali circuits.

      22 Dec – Delhi – Jammu – Katra
      23 Dec – Katra – Vaishno Mata Bhawan – Katra
      24 Dec – Katra – Jammu – McLeod Ganj
      25 Dec – McLeod Ganj — Enjoy the Christmas there. You will love it.
      26 Dec – McLeod Ganj – Manali
      27 Dec – Manali Local sightseeing
      28 Dec – Manali – Snow Point either at Solang Valley or Marhi/Gulaba on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy in snow and come back
      29 Dec – Manali – Naggar (stay at Naggar and enjoy the place)
      30 Dec – Naggar – Kasol – Manikaran – Kasol; (Enjoy Kasol with Israeli culture and cuisines)
      31 Dec – Kasol – Tirthan Valley (Book Raju Guest House Now) and enjoy the new year in great Himalayan National Park. If you want crowd and fun then go back to Manali and enjoy the new year there. You can also go to Shimla from Tirthan Valley to enjoy new year and then explore areas around Shimla.
      01 Jan – Tirthan Valley
      02 Jan – Tirthan Valley – Shoja – Tirthan valley (Enjoy the snow up there at Shoja)
      03 Jan – Tirthan Valley – Delhi

      I hope to start with this rough sketch of travel plan helps. We can discuss and finalize the plan for you depending upon the interests. Let me know incase you are interested in some other place.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

  41. dheeraj hie 🙂

    cn yu guide me which al places shuld v hav to visit in last week of december……22 dec 2011 – 3 jan 2012

    • Hello Dhaval,

      Please let me know what exactly are you looking forward from your Travel plan. If you are looking forward towards a place which will be happening at the time with crowd and parties or you would like to spend your vacation in a calm secluded place. How much comfortable are you with cold climate or you would like to go to some warmer place? Do you want to see snow or beaches?

      I hope you get the idea of what I am looking forward from you in order to correctly suggest places to Travel.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

    • HI Dheeraj

      We are planning a manali trip from Oct 27 to Oct 31. Will there be snow during that time?

      If there is no snow in rohtang pass during that time is it worth to go to rohtang. i want to see snow 🙂

      Can you suggest some good places which we should visit.As of now we are staying at Nagar – One day anagar sightseeng,one day manali sightseeing, one day solang valley + manikaran, and one day rohtang.

      did i miss anything.

      How are adventure sports in solang ? are they safe?

      Are they available now?

      • Hello Srividya,

        Now a days snow is usually falling every other day in higher reaches of Himalayas. So, if you are in hard luck then you won;t be able to find snow but generally it looks like that you will get snow. Actually, the snow that falls in this season melts away quickly as sun comes up next day. So, if there is a dry spell of snow for few days before you plan to reach Manali then you will not find snow otherwise you will be able to find snow at Rohtang Pass. Skip Manikaran as it will be in other direction from Solang Valley. If required, try to visit Manikaran on the day you plan to stay at Naggar. You are covering most of the places in the number of days you have in hand, so just enjoy the place and weather. Yes, adventure activities will be ON at Solang Valley but they will be limited as there is no snow present. Also, Paragliding depends upon the current weather conditions. So, check from locales before you leave.

        For complete information on Manali and Rohtang Pass including accommodation options, food joints, must see places etc you can go through the Manali travel guide available at the link here

        I hope this helps. Let me know for any further queries or doubts.

        Regards,
        Dheeraj Sharma

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