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Please help..!!

by myzteriouz


I planned a bit of my trip with my spouse during july end (25th - 31st)

From delhi to pathankot by air (no stay at pathankot)

By road to Dalhousie – stay for 3 days/ 4 nights or so

Visit khajjiar

And Mcleod Ganj & Triund (may be one night stay over there)

Then back to Dalhousie-pathankot (by road – no stay there again!! ) and then by air to Delhi !

I also intend to include Lucknow in my trip somehow.!!

Complete trip should be of one week... like starting from Monday morning/Sunday night n ending Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I need HELP HELP HELP ..!!

Please help me planning this trip. Advise me what will be best option to cover these areas.
Including hotel options in all staying places and mode of transport best to travel at that time. Will it be monsoon already??

Replies n loads of help awaited.! Thanks in advance ..! :)

Re: Please help..!!

by earthflyer

Some of your trip looks possible, just give yourself time between Dalhouise and Mcloed Ganji.

As for Lucknow I would scrap it. that will be to much for such a short visit.

Himachal Pradesh is very senic state set up in the Alpine of the Himalayas, you should focus all your time there and leave Lucknow for another trip.

There is an airport in Gaggal just down the road from Mcloed Ganji, can you get a flight from there back to Delhi.

Just another option have you considered taking a flight to Amritsar to see the Golden Temple and from there make your way to Dalhousie that is a far better location then Lucknow. I regard the Golden Temple the No.1 sight in India to see beating the Taj Mahal.

Re: Please help..!!

by myzteriouz

oh thank you.... !

Have u travelled by air to gaggal.. I cudnt find any flight though...

N as of lucknow...I ws actually thinking to keep lucknow saperate.. Like aftr returning to delhi n thn nxt day to lucknw..
I hv to visit relatives thr...
N as of visiting golden temple m not interested. ! Sorry abt tht.. !

Re: Please help..!!

by earthflyer

Ok, Sounds like you are Indian.

My answer is no I have not flown to gaggal, I was looking at the map of Himachel Pradesh and see a little airport, But if you have no luck finding a flight then maybe it is not popular airport.

Ok, you say not interested in Amritsar, that is fine but you have a good reason for going to Lucknow. Then continue with your plan and leave Lucknow until you return back to Delhi and see how much time you have left.

you have enough time for your trip in Himachel Pradesh but I don't know about Lucknow. I take it you will travel by train.

The answer to your other question is yes I have been to India many times and my last trip was up in Himachel Pradesh.

Re: Please help..!!

by goutammitra

I was reading the question and the answers with interest. I dont' think there is regular flight to Pathankot. The best way to travel to Dalhousie from Delhi by night train to Pathankot, then by road to Dalhousie ( 4 hrs)- to Mc Leodganj/ Dharamshala- back to Pathankot- Night train to Delhi. For Lucknow, you can take Shatabdi Express or any express train to Kanpur early morning- by road ( 2 hrs) to Lucknow- back same way.

I agree with Earthflyer, Himachal is today perhaps most beautiful, peaceful, scenic state of India. Gaggal has an airstrip, not an airport. Now you can buy your tickets accordingly.

Happy Journey!

Re: Please help..!!

by WWFRanger

I have another suggestion.From Delhi take the Kingfisher flight to Dharamshala.Stay at Dharamshala/Mcleodganj for 2 nights.Drive down to Dalhousie.Stay at Dalhousie/Khajjiar for 3 nights.Sixth night take the night train from Pathankot to Delhi.Catch a flight to Lucknow or a train like Shatabdi Express.7th Day you are in Lucknow.If you want you can cut down 1 day at Dalhousie and make it a 2 day stay.

Re: Please help..!!

by goutammitra

I fully agree with WWF Ranger. The suggestion given by him seems to be the most logical one. I really appreciate, I should have thought that option as I have travelled to that part many times. This is the best possible tour itenerary indeed!

Happy travels!

Re: Please help..!!

by myzteriouz

tht ws truly very very helpful...! thank you all..!! :)

i too ws thinking of going with WWFranger's reply..! let me work out on this n see whts the final plan..!

till thn i'd love to have some tips n suggestions for visiting and travelling to himachal pradesh from frequent travellers..!!

also, excluding lucknow... wht price estimates you think i mit hv.. including all hotel, travel expenses..!

air india flies to pathankot fr around 2,500 rs per person... hw much does train costs..? i chose airways jst to save time ,..! :)

once again Thank you all for all these nice advices..!

Re: Please help..!!

by earthflyer

Have you looked at, they have flights from Delhi to Dharamsala via Gaggal airport which is 15km south west from Dharamsala.

This may help you.

Re: Please help..!!

by myzteriouz

few options tht seem to be working... anymore suggestions.??

option 1

26th july night: catch train n reach pathankot in morning around 4 am...

27th july: chk in Dalhousie rest and sightseeing .. night stay at dalhousie

28th july: sightseeing at dalhousie and reach khajjiar, night stay at khajjiar

29th july: sightseeing at khajjiar n evening reach dharamshala. night stay at dharamshala

30th july: visit mcleodganj n sightseeing, evening reach pthnkt n take train to lucknow

31st july: reach stay rest, roam around.. night stay at lucknow

1st august: fly back to delhi..! one hour travel

option 2:

26th july night: take bus n reach Dharamshala by early morning

27th july: visit mcleodganj and set for khajjiar in evening stay at khajjiar

28th july: sightseeing at khajjiar... evening set for dalhousie, night stay at dalhousie

29th july: sightseeing.. night stay in Dalhousie

30th july: sightseeing evening set for pathankot and catch night train for lucknow

31st july: stay rest roam around... night stay at lucknow.

1st august: fly back delhi... one hour travel

option 3:

26th july night: catch train n reach pathankot in morning around 4 am...

27th july: chk in Dalhousie rest and sightseeing .. night stay at dalhousie

28th july: visit khajjiar .. sightseeing at khajjiar n evening/night reach pathankot to take train to lucknow

29th july.. morning reach lucknow, stay rest roam around,

30th july: stay roam around, take night train to delhi

31st reach delhi... rest rest rest,,..!!

Re: Please help..!!

by earthflyer

Sounds like you could do with an extra day or two.

It's a shame you need to go to Lucknow, but understand you have family their and want to see them.

All I can say is pick one and see what happens on your trip.

Have a good time either way.


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