I plan to ride to Dharamshala from Pune on the 23rd or the 24th of this month and should be there on the 7th or 8th day. Eased out on the days as I would like to enjoy the journey rather than just have Himachal as my destination.
To beat the cold, my current packing includes 2 thermal inners, 1 fleece jacket, 1 quenchua windcheater, and a couple of full-sleeve t-shirts. Will this be enough or will I need to carry more? Some friends have recommended to carry Gum-Boots and some have also mentioned it’s unnessary since (from what I have heard) there are no streams that I will be crossing, and Manali will be the highest point of my travel. Would be good know your thoughts on this.
Also, is it possible to rent out a place to stay for a month or more? Have a budget of 5k/month. And if I need to stretch my budget, by how much will it need to be? This could be anywhere in Himachal and not necessarily Dharamshala. Even Uttarakhand will do. Need to be among the mountains for a bit.
I have never travelled up North, other than Darjeeling, and with this being a solo trip, am a little on edge. Your reply will honestly give me space to breathe easy.
Sincerely hope to hear from you soon.
No gum boots required, get a good riding boots or trekking boots with ankle height in case you dont have them. Dharamshala will be OK place to rent out a room and above all best will you travel to Barot and get a room on rent at river view home stay OR you can also travel to Tirthan Valley and get a room there for stay. Same is true for Kasol, Tosh villages but their culture is a bit hippie
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