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I want to do a self drive trip from Amritsar, Dalhousie, Manali (or Dharamshala or Shimla, ) and then back to Amritsar in first week of Jan 16.
I have following questions :
1) How is the road conditions between Dalhousie & Manali?how these conditions change during snowfall?
Ans: For Dalhosie to Manali - you need to do Dalhousie - Kangra (Dharamshala is nearby, you can cover this place also) - Baijnath - Jogender Nagar - Mandi - Kullu - Manali, IMO
there is nothing to worry about this stretch, the road is a normal 2 lane road, expect bad patches at times.
2)How is the road condition between Dalhousie to Shimla?
Ans: For Dalhousie to Shimla: For this route, there are two options: One is via Kangra - Hamirpur - Ghumarvin - Bilaspur - Shimla and other one is Pathankot- Hoshiarpur - Ropar - Chandigarh -Shimla, The route No. 1 is hilly terrain and would approximately take about 8-9 hours to reach Shimla, route 2 covers large part of -Punjab and the terrain is flat, hills start post Chandigarh Total time would be about 8-9 Hours
& How is the road condition between Dalhousie to Dharamshala?
The Road condition is OK nothing to worry about.
3) which amongst above three routes is likely to be blocked due to snowfall? IMO
Manali might get heavy snowfall and thereby blocked, but even then you dont worry about, the road gets cleared within a day.
4) If snowfall is heavy and if I need to stay only at one place? Which place is more enjoyable Shimla /Manali /Dharamshala /Dalhousie during snowfall? IMO
Manali it is, although Shimla is lovely too, but it doesnt get heavy snowfall. Dalhousie also gets snow but IMO
there is nothing much to do there.
5)Which vehicle is better for above three routes? SUV or Sedan?
Both are equally good, it is upto you if you want to ride SUV or a Sedan.
6) During January which airport has got more chances of cancellation of flights due to weaather? Amritsar or Chandigarh?
I think Amritsar.
7)How much is the distance between mubarakpur & Jassur?
If you travel to Shimla via route 2 that i mentioned, you will cover these places)
8)How much length of the road near Chowkari is a bad stretch?
I dont have much idea about this route.
9)I have visited Shimla & Manali during summer (no snowfall, only snow play at Rohtang pass) 10 years back during May. So during snowfall which amongst Dharamshala, Shimla & Manali is more enjoyable during snowfall, which place gives you more chances of sight seeing as compared to others in January?[/QUOTE]
I will go to Manali for this.
Originally Posted by Tornado
Hmm... No answer yet.
Apologies for replying so late.