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After months of research and interviewing the best of best, we have listed down the important questions every first timer has in mind while heading to God’s Own Getaway. Pick your pen and add the keynotes that we are giving away with the FAQ about Himachal.
What is the best way to reach Himachal?
You can reach Himachal best by road or air.
There are a number of Volvo buses and non-AC buses available from Delhi to different locations in Himachal that runs at an average gap of 30 minutes from Kashmere Gate.
There are three main airports of Himachal Pradesh- Gaggal airport in Kangra, Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla and Bhuntar airport in Kullu. Flights run from Delhi to these locations. The airports are seasonal and operation is subject to weather conditions. It is advisable to travel by road.
How is the weather in Himachal Pradesh?
The summer season in Himachal begins in the month of May and continues until August. The temperature in summers varies from 22-37 degrees Celsius.
The monsoon seasons begins in the month of July with moderate rains and continues until September. The average rainfall received during this period is 3800 mm and temperature varies from 18-30 degrees Celsius. This is considered off-season to travel to Himachal due to heavy rainfalls and risk of landslides, however, the rates fall during this time.
The winters are the best time to visit Himachal to see it covered in snow. The temperature varies from 0-15 degrees Celsius and in some areas can go below zero as well. The winter season begins in the month of October and continues till March.
How many days do I need to travel all around Himachal?
You need at least 8-10 days to travel around the main destinations in Himachal which includes- Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala.
When can I book a ticket for the toy train in Shimla?
The booking for toy train begins online one month before the date of journey. You can book your tickets through IRCTC or other online vendors. Try to book your tickets as early as possible as the availability of tickets is very low due to the high demand of tourists all around the year.
Station code of Shimla- SML
What is the route of the toy train in Shimla?
The toy train runs on Shimla- Kalka covering the distance of 96 km in 5-6 hours. The beautiful journey crosses the mountains covered in pine and deodar and has 103 tunnels on its route.
What clothes should I be carrying to Himachal?
If you are visiting during summers, summer clothes for the day and light winter clothes for the evenings are suggested.
If you are visiting during the winter season, then you should carry thermals, woollen jackets, boots, gloves to protect yourself from the cold.
When can I visit Rohtang pass?
Rohtang Pass is open from the month of June to September or October depending on the snowfall. You need to get a vehicle permit at least one day prior to visit Manali- Rohtang pass. The permit is available online you can also collect it from Manali office.
What are the places to visit in Manali?
Best places to visit in Manali are- Hadimba temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang pass, Gulaba, Manu temple, Club House, Vashisht temple and hot water springs.
What are the best things to do in Manali?
You can go for- paragliding in Manali, zorbing in Solang Valley, rafting in Beas river, buy souvenirs from Mall road.
What can I buy from Manali?
Manali is famous for its Kullu shawls and woollen apparels, apples and apple products (apple cider, wine, pickle etc) and wooden handicrafts.
What are the places to visit in Shimla?
Best places to visit in Shimla are Mall road, The ridge, Scandal point, Jakhu temple, Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda.
What are the best things to do in Shimla?
Best things to do in Shimla are- skating at the open skating rink, trek to Jakhu temple, take car cable ride, skiing and adventure sports in Kufri, visit the Kufri amusement park
What can I buy from Shimla?
Shimla is famous for its wooden artefacts and woollen handicrafts. You can visit Lakkad bazar to buy wooden handicrafts.
What are the best places to visit in Dalhousie?
Best places to visit in Dalhousie are- Dainkund peak, Kalatop wildlife sanctuary and Khajjiar.
What are the best things to do in Dalhousie?
Try paragliding in and zorbing in Dalhousie, buy the local souvenirs from Tibetan market and trek the Kalatop wildlife sanctuary.
What can I buy from Dalhousie?
Dalhousie is famous for its woollen handlooms and Tibetan handicrafts. You can visit Thandi Sarak to buy famous souvenirs of Dalhousie.
What are the places to visit in Dharamshala and McleodGanj?
Best places to visit in Dharamshala and McleodGanj are Dharamkot, Triund trek, Bhagsu Nag falls, Palampur tea gardens and Namgyal monastery.
What are the best things to do in Dharamshala and McleodGanj?
Best things to do in Dharamshala and McleodGanj are- go for a trek to Triund, visit the local Tibetan markets and visit the monasteries.
What can I buy from Dharamshala and McleodGanj?
McleodGanj is known for its famous Tibetan market which sells brass and metal sculptors. You can also buy Tibetan woollen handicrafts such as shawls, sweaters and coats.