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Asked by shankar on Saturday, April 09, 2011

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I am from Mumbai. Self , my wife, kid (8 years) plan to go to Delhi and from there like to go Manali via Shimla, Chandigarh. I came to know there is toy train available to Shimla, but I do not know from which place it departs. Pls guide.

Also I would like to know the places to visit like Manikaran, Dalhousie and any other places in and around Delhi, Chandigarh that are worth seeing. Pls let me know any travels can arrange such trips incl. toy train or i can arrange locally. Pls guide.

FYI, I have taken leave 2 weeks to cover these places.

Regards
shankar
mumbai

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Ans. by Hem BhandariHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 03 Jun, 2011

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Dear Shankar;
Best is to fly [Mumbai-Chandighar>.Jet Air has a morning 10AM direct flight to C'ghar.Suggest spend a day here and do visit"Rock Garden".After that if you are too keen to have a toy train ride,then come to Kalka by Road.Kalka-Simla stretch can be your train ride.You can book train ticket on line at site"www.irctc.co.in".There on, you have to go by road to all other destinations of HP.A pre arranged taxi for you 3 is the most comfortable option,otherwise there are AC Luxury Buses run by Himachal tourism. Hotel stays can also be pre-booked at Himachal Tourism Office at Cuffe Parade,World Trade Centre.Manali-Naldehra-Tattapani-Riwalser[near Mandi>-Kulu are interesting places.From Kulu , Manikaran is a day's programme. Best way to travel in HP,is to hire a private taxi on fixed terms.I can give you contacts for taxi Booking,if you plan to book[pl contact me at 022-26312360,if you are interested>.
Delhi,you can do on return. Return to C'garh by road,take Shatabdi for Delhi,which leaves around 10AM.
Hope these inputs are useful. Best time to go to Himachal is Second fortnight of Sept. Best Wishes for your trip to Himachal. Hem Bhandari
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Ans. by TRAVELGYPSYHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 24 May, 2011

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Hello Shankar ji
I would suggest you take train from delhi till pathankot from there dalhousie is 78 kms thats approx 2.30 hrs drive spend a night in dalhousie next day go for exertion to khajjiar (22 kms from delhi) and in evening stay in dalhousie i tell u dalhousie is most peaceful hill station in india today and lots of greenry.
Next day morning u go to mcleodganj(dharamshala) it will take approx 3.5 hrs from there (Tip: avoid kangra train its too slow) stay a night at mcleodganj a must visit place head quater of dalai lama and extremly goo hill station proably book hptdc club house it right in middle and tarrifs are okay as well. next day go to manali fromthere via mandi,kullu it will take approx 6/7 hrs but that route u will cover most of rural himachal and small towns as well.stay night in manali
next day go to rohtangpass and u will find snow there
evenign come back to ur hotel in manali
next day go for a day picnic to solang valley evening come back and visit hadimba devi temple and shopping inm markets. stay night in hotel next morning take taxi and u can visit manikaran and again evening come back to manali next day take bus/cab to shimla takes 7 hrs approx stay night in shimla and next day visit kufri etc
from there u take toy train and come back to kalka and take shatabdi stright to delhi
hope u will like my itenary all places are must visit
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Ans. by drnavinchahal on 23 May, 2011

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hi
toy train to shimla is from kalka book it before dep. n
delhi to kalka there is satabadi, manikaran is near kullu via manali, for dalhousie depart from manali around 10 hrs.

do call me on 09911481117
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Ans. by MicalMulan on 19 May, 2011

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Hi Shankar,,, as you are planning to visit Delhi and its nearby places... if you ask me thn i really wont suggest these places now coz its too hot here and i will really suggest you to visit the places like Leh, Andaman or shimla coz Delhi and its nearby destinations are not worth for 2 weeks leave in the summer season. Just try to search online 2 week trip packages for any cold weather destination. check out yatra.com coz even last year i found a good package on their website.
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Ans. by chaand on 11 May, 2011

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Dear sir,
It would be very difficult for you to get toy train ticket as this is peak tourist season in himachal. But you can try and contact MR.Vikas of himalayan tours as he arranged tour package for one of my friend from shimla to manali to dharamshala to dalhousie .His no. is 09857229051
regards,
rishabh
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Ans. by anjansarmaHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 05 May, 2011

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lol
sound like advertising

@Shankar Ji - don't go with any such agents
instead you can book package from makemytrip or from few reputed manali hotel who offer complete package (including Volvo bus ticket from & back delhi) if you not able to do all by yourself..
try "Holiday Cottages Manali" or "Snow valley resorts" etc
you can request them for adding toy-train option when returning to delhi
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Ans. by Rohan Chawala on 19 Apr, 2011

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I am just back from my Shimla & Manali trip for 8 Days.It costed me around 30k with all travel,sighteeing & meals.I booked it through www.antilogvacations.com .Honestly, I got a good deal else i was planning to do everything on my own, it would have costed much more in that case. A good travel agent can get you a decent discount on hotels, food & travel.

Regards,
Rohan Chawla

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Ans. by anjansarmaHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 11 Apr, 2011

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as you already know the name of Station for Toy Train - you can plan your journey - book ticketfor 'PASCHIM EXPRESS' (from BANDRA TERMINUS to Kalka. you need to spend that night there in station's retiring-room which is the best for SHIVALK DLX EXP - Departure-5.30am) or can stay just outside kalka station, few good Private Hotel there just 200mts kalka from station)
Don't - read again - DON'T plan anything else.just book TOY-TRAIN ticket.
for best shimla & Manali sight-seeing option - check Himachal Tourism's site here HP Tourism Development Corporation Ltd

Keep Dalhousie out of your plan for this time.

From Shimla - go to Manali,, for Chandigarh & Delhi - visit Chandigarh from Manali,, then go to delhi,,
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Ans. by Nakul GautamHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 11 Apr, 2011

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You have to take a train from Kalka..
Please plan your time as well while you want to visit all these places... Do you have enough time? From Kalka to Shimla in Toy train is one of the best experience in your life you can have, but.. it costs you more than 7 and a half hour, while you can cover this in less than four hours by road. Also Dalhousie is out of your planned trip. If time permits then you can visit this.
See Tatta Pani in Shimla. It will be a good experience. In Shimla visit Chail Palace, Kufri, Naldehra, The Mall.
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Ans. by NexGen on 11 Apr, 2011

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Dear Shankar,
U will take the Toy Train from Kalka. The toy train running between the kalka to shimla.U will reserve the seat via reservation. There is Shatabdi train from delhi to kalka. Kalka is the starting point of Himachal.
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Ans. by jamwalHats off: Trusted & highly rated by travellers on 05 May, 2011

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Rohan Chawla ji As You Said You Paid 30 k for 8 days tour that's so high . you can find the most reasnable rates on below links -
http://www.himalayanexplorer.com/shimla4.htm

Most Cheapest Rates for Himachal Tour

Regards - 9816285885

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Ans. by rishabh on 12 Apr, 2011

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Dear shankar,
You can book tickets in toy train from kalka to shimla. While in shimla you can hire a package tour by taxi/bus which includes sight seeing and travel to various places such as shimla, manali, dharamshala,dalhousie and dropping at chakki barrier.From chakki barrier(pathankot) you can book train tickets to delhi or you can go to golden temple amritsar.I think package tour by taxi is good option as it costs less and it is less cumbersome. If you want you can contact me as i am in travel business in shimla
nishant

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I am from Mumbai. Self , my wife, kid (8 years) plan to go to Delhi and from there like to go Manali via Shimla, Chandigarh. I came to know there is toy train available to Shimla, but I do not know from which place it departs. Pls guide.

Also I would like to know the places to visit like Manikaran, Dalhousie and any other places in and around Delhi, Chandigarh that are worth seeing. Pls let me know any travels can arrange such trips incl. toy train or i can arrange locally. Pls guide.

FYI, I have taken leave 2 weeks to cover these places.

Regards
shankar
mumbai
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