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As the Devil On Wheels™ blog buried its feet deep into the roots of travel blogging especially in the niche of traveling to Himalayas and emerged as a great source of information to the people traveling to Himalayas, I started receiving numerous requests where people wanted to contribute to this knowledge sharing platform about Himalayan Travel. Most of them wanted to contribute to the information portal and make it a one stop central place where all the required as well as effective information related to traveling to Himalayas can be explored.

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As the requests grew in numbers, I started building/developing a new platform behind the scenes seeing the need for it which will be hosted inside the Devil On Wheels™ website as I felt DoW Blog is my baby and I would like to keep it with me only. About 1.5 years ago, as I completed the development of the community platform, I shared the design with Aashish Rajgaria and Sandeep Kohli with the motivation and vision behind the launch of yet another travel community over the Internet that will change the way we travel to Himalayas in time to come and promote Responsible Travel in Himalayas from the core. Both of them agreed to join in hands in this noble initiative for the lovers of Himalayas and people of Himalayas, took up the role of moderators to share all the knowledge they had about traveling to Himalayas and also share the load of ever increasing queries on DoW Travel Platform.

On June 1st 2013, we launched the DoW Himalayan Travel Community and Forums which we call DoW Community. Over the past 18 months, we have seen almost 2500 members registered with the our community, 16800+ user posts and over 1650+ topics covering many aspects on traveling to Himalayas. Not just we received an expanded user base for Devil On Wheels™ website who started contributing their experiences and soon became a family of passionate lovers of Himalayas but we also launched few “one of a kind initiatives” including DoW Travel Calendar that helps people find travel partners on their Himalayan journeys and DoW Causes which aims at spreading smiles in Himalayas.

DoW – Himalayan Travel Community & Forums is a Non-Profit & Non-Commercial of DoW Travel Platform, completely dedicated to Himalayas where like minded lovers of Himalayas from various parts of the world can collaborate to share their Himalayan travel knowledge and experiences with each other.

The Vision of our DoW Community is to help the people from Himalayas grow in their own sense and space by promoting more causes, culture, dreams, people, homes and lives from Himalayas!! To make it simple, to do something or the other that benefits lives of Himalayan people and Himalayas!! Feel free to take out few minutes of your time and read about DoW Causes supported by us at the link: DoW Causes – Spreading Smiles in Himalayas. And, it is only this purposeful vision and mission of our community that makes us stand apart from rest of the travel communities running over over Internet and is the USP of Devil On Wheels™. You can read our vision & mission in detail at the link: Launch, Focus and Vision | DoW – Himalayan Travel Community

Some of our noble initiatives from the DoW Community members were also got published under various news media publications including Deccan Herald on DoW Causes, Zee News DNA for Clean Kasol Drive and Hindustan Times & some others names also quoted us for great efforts put in for Kashmir Flood Relief. You can read these articles under the Announcements forum of DoW Community. These were few initiatives that helped us expand the spirit of Responsible Travel in Himalayas with DoW Causes whose stories can be found under the link: Stories of DoW Causes in Himalayas

Still not a DoW Community Member?? Then don’t wait and JOIN US to Spread Smiles in Himalayas !! You can become a member of DoW Community by registering yourself at the link: Register Here and be a part of our mission on spreading smiles in Himalayas.

As many of the DoW Blog readers were still not aware of the DoW Community and how it is different from DoW Blog, I thought of sharing an article with all of you so that if you are looking forward to join the initiative of DoW Community, you know where to register yourself to become the member of our fraternity

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You can call me an avid traveler, a day-night dreamer and a passionate lover of the Himalayas who has a high zest for driving whilst exploring new places in the 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. You can read more about me in detail at the link here ...


  1. Vivekanand Sheorey on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Can we {group of 4] do Nubra Valley to Pangong on RE motorcycles via Shyok,Tangtse.

  2. Anand R Manjalkar on


    Does DOW arranges any bike trip for Leh?
    If yes please let me know the details of schedule and booking process, we are 5 friends and planning to travel min July.

    • No Anand, DoW does not organize any trips to Ladakh on commercial needs. It is a platform to share information for free and that’s it. There are people who are doing it under our name or similar name, PLEASE be aware of such frauds who claim to be us but can never be close to what we do for the love of Travel and Himalayas 🙂 🙂

  3. jayant sutar on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Need your help, we have plan for ladhak tour in july month as well as ticket also booked from bandra to ambala (swaraj express) which is arrive at ambala morning 8:00, so please let me know have we easly got transport facility from ambala to manali ? (morning time )

    • Jayant not easily but you can check out HRTC website and search in schedules of buses to find any morning bus to Mandi or Kullu or Manali itself. Even if you get for Mandi then from there you can get something for Manali.


    Dear Dheeraj,

    Your valuable inputs helped me & my family during our trip to Leh in the year 2012. We went by road from Srinagar – Kargil -Leh during 1st week of June. We planned to come back via Leh – Manali road but couldn’t.

    We are planning to go again Lah via Manali during second week of June this year (11th June at Manali) As we had been at most of the places at Leh except Dikshit, we now plan to cover Spiti (up to Kaza) while going to Lah. I have following Itinerary in mind;

    Day 1 reaching Manali & stay (preferably at Solang valley).
    Day 2 Manali – Kunzum La – Kaza
    Day 3 Kaza – Keylong & night stay
    Day 4 Keylong to Sarchu with night stay
    Day 5 Sarchu to Leh
    Day 6 Stay at leh
    Day 7 Leh – Nubra valley
    Day 8 Nubra valley
    Day 9 Nubra valley to Leh
    Day 10 Leh (Reserved day)
    Day 11 Leh to Mumbai

    Please suggest if above is OK. Is 3 days for Nubra are more? Is it possible for night stay at Tsomoriri in place of Sarchu while in route to Leh? In case if Kunzum pass is not open than can we cover Udaipur? or suggest any better place.

    • Rajesh, by the time you are planning to visit Spiti Valley, the road in general does not open by that time of the year between Manali and Kaza. Hence, this might not suit you unless you can sift the plan by at least a week or 10 days. Are you fine with it?

      • RAJESH SHARMA on

        Dear Dheeraj, I followed last two year status of Manali-Kaza road on DOW site and initially planned to reach Manali on 18th June but due to School opening I had to preponed. Best, I could try to reach on 15th June.
        Please comment on the Iteneriry and some of my doubts in last para of my last communication on 17th March,2015.

        • Rajesh in that case I will suggest something like below as visiting Spiti by that time will be tough:

          Day 1 reaching Manali & stay (preferably at Solang valley).
          Day 2 Manali/Solang – Jispa
          Day 3 Jispa – Leh
          Day 4 Leh rest day
          Day 5 Leh to Nubra Valley
          Day 6 Visit Turtuk and come back to Hunder or Deskit for stay
          Day 7 Nubra valley – Leh
          Day 8 Leh – Tso Moriri
          Day 9 Tso Moriri – Tso Kar – Leh
          Day 10 Leh (Reserved day)
          Day 11 Leh to Mumbai

  5. i am so impressed by your efforts. it takes a lot of effort on your part to be available to all of us. Me and my family 4 adults, 2 children are planning to visit himachal pradesh. we want to see a bit of snow but not very chilling. also we want to have a glimpse of nature rather than the routine and crowded shimla. It would be a trip of 7 days. can you suggest an itinerary from new delhi or chandigarh. i was impressed by the article on tirthan (Raja guest house) but that is bit old 2010. will spet/oct be a good month to visit?

    • Thank you Sachin. Well, the place will be same, no matter the article is old 😀 … Life moves very very slow in mountains. Well, Tirthan Valley OR Kinnaur Valley will be ideal in this case. You will not go wrong with any of them.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel Leh Ladakh in April end-early May by Flight. Can you please tell if this would be right time to visit Pangong Lake (including stay), Nubra Valley and Khardungla Pass. Are there any chances to see snow.
    What would be approximate cost of trip excluding flights. I would go for 3* hotels.


    • Anubha, May shall be fine to travel with warmness around and pleasant days. Pangong Tso more or less will be very freezing and high chances that tents will not be up and running by early May. So, you may need to stay at Tangste abotu 34 KMs before Pangong Tso.

      For doubts related to budget for Leh – Ladakh trip, I am sure the link below will help you alot for getting an idea of overall budget:
      How to calculate cost or budget for Leh – Ladakh trip

  7. Sunil V Chitre on

    Whether Sedan is OK for travelling from Delhi-Manali-Leh-Srinagar-Jammu-Delhi?If not than self drive SUVs are available on rent at Manali?

  8. Hi Dheeraj
    Thanks for the advice on tour operator.I have contacted them.I need another info regarding the best camp on the banks of Pangong lake.We want to stay as close to the lake as possible and the camp should be hygienic.I must add your efforts are commendable and we, fellow travel enthusiasts are having great benefit from your efforts.kudos to you man.

    • Avishek, there are many good camps now. Camp Watermark is there but have costly now, then there is Himalayan Wooden Cottages which is a good option too. Even Pangong sarai has recently got good feedback

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