Originally Posted by mukeshus
Vibhor how far is Haridwar from Delhi?
Can one go upto Haridwar by car?
As i heard its a hilly region.
Well,Haridwar lies just near the valley,so you can say that most of it is plains but hills are visible just in front of you.
Its about 220 kms from Delhi and takes some 4-5 hours to reach in busy hours and 3-4 hours in early morning drives.Although the road is quite good but there is excessive load of traffic(its felt once you come on dual carriageway)and some totally broken roads too.
One can easily go there by car,no issues at all.
There is a place called Chandi Ghat in Haridwar from where a narrow road goes to Rishikesh via Chilla dam,that is amongst my favorite roads and is really very much scenic with pure natural beauty all around and the Ganga river flowing just 5-6 meters away from your car..the serenity and vegetation of this place will make you forget everything.simply mind blowing road it is.And it has some most adventurous parts of the hilly drive too with a narrow road passing through sense forest with some steep inclines and curves.
In fact,if you plan to visit Haridwar the I'd advise you to come to Dehradun instead of Delhi by train or by air(don't know if flights are available from your place)and then get an Innova from there(for about 13-15 rs/km)and then enjoy the place.Dehradun is about 50 kms from Haridwar.
Originally Posted by ToughGuy
Today we are very excited for our Auli visit but to our disappointment there is no snow fall. We wake up by 8:00AM and able to start our journey to Joshimath by 9:00AM by hired local vehicle. We were told by hotel staff and others that we can easily do this journey by our own vehicle but I don’t wanna take any chance and wanna enjoy our visit rather than stuck in any unforeseen situation again. Our ride is quite scenic and smooth. Auli is just 14Km from Joshimath, our driver for the day is quite experienced and had quite good knowledge about the place; he was also our local guide for the day. After reaching Auli I realized that our vehicle can easily make out till here, but to add that road is quite narrow, slippery and steep at some places also there was ice formations on the road but I must say overall a very good experience.
Taken the lift car to Auli from GMVN Ski resort and reached there is no time. Mountain View from here is quite good but without Ice there is no excitement. Stroll here and there for quite some time and after that enjoyed maggi and tea at shop there overall a wonderful experience.
Will move towards Srinagar tomorrow morning.
These days you won't find any much snow in Auli,for that purpose you need to visit there in December or January.
I have once visited there in snowfall and can say that driving in snow is very joyful,you just need to be quite attentive and slow.But at the same time,if the snow has got older and mist has fallen on it then its very dangerous and slippery to drive.
Plan your next trip in December or January especially at the time you get the news of snowfall in Mussoorie.Go to Srinagar and hire a Bolero or Innova for going to Auli.The drivers of those places are pros in snow driving.
Driving to Auli is a great experience and you missed it buddy,also why haven't you people took your car up there to GMVN resort?
There is a narrow road which goes up there.I take that way itself as driving up there is very much joyful.
Originally Posted by ToughGuy
Started by 9:00AM from Joshimath and reached Srinagar by 3:00PM, taken a fuel break and a maggi break en route, most of the route was empty but very scenic as usual, now i was familiar with the route little bit so drive was fast paced compare to the onward drive. Srinagar was quite a large town and largest district of Garhwal region.
Srinagar,well you may have missed the 'Dhari Devi' temple,its a temple just outside the Srinagar and is situated in the middle of Alaknanda river.Or say on the banks of river because its designed in a way that it looks like its in middle.
There you could have found pythons etc.
Srinagar is the largets hilly district in Uttarakhand and has got quite good roads considering the hilly roads,on those roads you can do upto 80-90 kph easily on some stretches.