Road Trip to Himachal Pradesh
A road trip is always fun and especially when it happens to one of the most beautiful states in India; Himachal Pradesh. The lush scenery and sudden breathtaking views are best enjoyed when you travel by road unencumbered by public transport hassles. You are free to get down at tiny hamlets, hairpin bends and green meadows to savor the moment and take a few clicks. You free to sample roadside stuffed omelets and sip on Chai while chatting to locals. A road trip, be it by car or bike will give you an unforgettable experience. Here are 3 road trips to beautiful destinations in Himachal.
Delhi to Kaza
Start off from Delhi early (no later than 9 a.m.). Check the fuel tank, brakes and wind shield of the car and don’t forget to carry warm clothes, coffee thermos, umbrella and plenty of loose cash. You must target to reach Narkanda via Shimla from Delhi on the very first night for a secure night stay. Narkanda is full of alpine jungles but also has great accommodation options. Depending upon your preferences you can either book a hotel for the night or decide to camp on the borders of the alpine forest at night. Make sure that you light up a camp fire near your tents in case you decide to camp out in the open.
Your next destination should be Sangla; a picturesque hamlet full of gushing streams and pretty apple orchards. It will take you 5 hours to reach Sangla after which you will be tired so it’s better that you spend the time exploring the quaint architecture of the village. Stay at one of the local home stays available (this has to be prearranged) as the next morning you will experience the most amazing scenery after a tough hike.
Your next stop on the 3rd day of your trip should be Chitkul where you should stock up on food and fuel. Kaza is about 55 km from this place and you will only be able to drive till Schilling after which you will have to hike up to 7-10 km to reach the famous Kaza Pass which is also known as the gateway to Tibet.Total Distance
- 754 kmTotal Time
- 15 hours of driving time ideally split between two and a half days
Dalhousie to Sach Pass through Pangi Valley
This one is great not much explored option amongst road trips. The drive will begin from Dalhousie which is well known hill station near Pathankot
. The first lap of your road trip will be from Dalhousie to Kajjiar to Chamba. This is a well explored pleasant path offering many excellent views. Chamba is also the place where you should have lunch and fuel up your car tank.
After Chamba the first hill town is Baraigarh where there are plenty of lodges where you can halt at night. Ideally you should stay in the PWD guest house. In the morning head off to Sach Pass which first begins its crest 29 km away from Baraigarh. There are gigantic glaciers which look amazing when viewed up close. The Sach Pass has to be maneuvered across by an expert driver only. The road further leads to Pangi Valley which is untouched by noisy construction work and is a spectacular vista of nature.
Pangi Valley is a very pretty place and from here you can reach the Lahaul district if you travel on further for 30 km. If you are a bird lover then you can spend hours in the Pangi Valley as currently its home to more than 15 varieties of endangered Himalayan birds including Golden Eagle, crested Robin and red headed Jay. The whole valley is filled with Edelweiss and Rosemary blooms which make it look like a fairyland. However it’s best that you target the beautiful hill town off Udaipur which is further 40 km away for your night stay and rest.Total Distance
-1531 kmTotal Time
- 25 hours of driving time ideally split between three days
Delhi to Manali to Rohtang Pass
Start off from Delhi early as you are off to an exciting and exhilarating road trip to Himachal. This road trip can also be begun from Chandigarh
where it will take approximately the same time and distance. Drive on from Delhi using the national highway till you reach the picture perfect town of Mandi which lies 5 hours away from Delhi.
If you are spiritual then this Himachali town will captivate you by its fierce focus on divinity. Nicknames “Chota Kashi” o the “Varanasi of the Hills”; Mandi sparkles alongside the river Beas
. It’s advisable to stay over in Mandi from the afternoon to explore the marvelous attractions like Joginder Nagar, Rewalsar Lake and Prashar Lake. Mandi is one of the finest examples of Colonial architecture too. After a night’s stay in Mandi (preferably at the Government Guest House); you can start off for the second lap of your journey.
Mandi to Manali road along NH 21 Highway is excellent. However it’s recommended to take a little detour towards the hot sulphur springs of TattaPani which presents you a unique opportunity to bathe in its curative powers. Tourists visit this spring to carry away bottles of its water for their near and dear ones. You can also see the Gumma Salt mines which are nearby.
Your next stop will be Manali; one of the most famous and beautiful hill stations of Himachal. Raghunath Temple
, Gadhan Monastery, Akhara Bazaar, Hadimba Temple
, Nehru Kund
, Old Manali Bazaar; the list of all destinations you can enjoy in Manali are endless. After a full day of sightseeing head off to the Rohtang Pass
which is a haven for winter sports lovers. Trekking and skiing happens here all throughout may to October after which the pass becomes inaccessible due to heavy snow.
Drink in your fill of beauty in beautiful Manali
before staying over at night at one of the many hotels available there. This is going to be an experience to remember.Total Distance
- 554 kmTotal Time
- 10 hours of driving time ideally split between two days