Himachal Tourism really Unforgetable

ssp1Visit any of the touristy places around Shimla and you come face to face with poor road infrastructure. It’s been ages when the roads in Shimla district were mettaled last. Visiting Naldehra, Kufri, Chail or Narkanda from Shimla is a big bumpy ride and a nightmare for the tourists. One feels cheated coming on a vacation to Shimla since all one enjoys is broken unmettaled stretches of road.

The first bump starts appearing when one crosses the Goyal Motor showroom at Tara Devi. As the magnificent view of Shimla appears near Kachhi Ghati so does the bumps multiply and once you are crossing the railway station area the entire vehicle starts rumbling and jumping in a strange fashion. If you have to cross the Victory Tunnel and travel to Sanjouli side, do not forget to remember your gods as the road here is just a track with even and uneven bumps. By the time you are stuck at the traffic jam at Rivoli Bus station and moving your car in centimeters, you start having serious doubts about your decision to choose Shimla for your vacation. Anyway, welcome to Shimla, you sucker!! This is the real Shimla and not what you read about Shimla being Queen of Hills and the countless hero and  heroines romancing and dancing in Shimla on silver screen.

There is a real treat in store once you cross the IGMC. Absolutely shambled road with craters as wide as 5 feet and the dust cloud to complete the whole experience. Still counting on Shimla, better read on. There is a releif of sort once you enter the Sanjouli bypass road and as your body and car start enjoying the smooth ride of 5 km, you enter the (in)famous NH 22 at Dhalli. I bet if you survive the first 50 meters  on this stretch, you are really a man of steel. Hats off to your spirit. Drive to Naldehra will exhaust what ever patience you have had preserved and once you reach Naldehra you dread thinking about making the journey back. That’s much to speak about the holiday you have planned and saved for so long!!

In case you have to travel to Kufri, Chail or Narkanda, then may God really help you. I will not waste time and space lamenting about the road condition. Come here to experience it. Once, you “been here done that”, you need not go in for Raid-de-Himalaya. The experience is far more thrilling and challenging than the original Raid. Spruce up your car with brand new shockers while traveling in these neck of woods. You will be needing another set once you get back to the plains.

Tag line of Himachal Tourism says it quite aptly – “Unforgetable Himachal”. You won’t forget your Himachal experience very easily. After all which state lets you spend your hard earned money to experience the dusty tracks up in the North. You are transformed into the 19th century where it all started when the popular mode of transport used to be a bullock cart. We are very close to owning our own carts. Shimla roads make the Hondas & Suzukis pale in shame.

Really Unforgetable – That’s a promise.

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25 Responses to "Himachal Tourism really Unforgetable"

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  2. abhishek   February 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    i too had my share of nightmares. and was living in an allusion that roads in & around shimla would be better though i was visiting shimla after a gap of may be one year. but as soon as i reached dhalli i gave up. parked my bike at my bro’s office and preferred hrtc bus towards narkanda for rest of the journey. wish i was man of steel..

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    • NITYIN   February 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks for dropping in Abhishek. Even I have a taken a decision not to take my car from Shimla onwards. It is becoming a costly affair to take out the car on such roads. A visit to my village makes me poorer by 500/ for fuel and 1500/ for the repairs. It is only the old sturdy HRTC buses which can take the bumps in their stride.

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  3. abhishek   February 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    i too had my share of nightmares. and was living in an allusion that roads in & around shimla would be better though i was visiting shimla after a gap of may be one year. but as soon as i reached dhalli i gave up. parked my bike at my bro’s office and preferred hrtc bus towards narkanda for rest of the journey. wish i was man of steel..

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  4. abhishek   February 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    i too had my share of nightmares. and was living in an allusion that roads in & around shimla would be better though i was visiting shimla after a gap of may be one year. but as soon as i reached dhalli i gave up. parked my bike at my bro’s office and preferred hrtc bus towards narkanda for rest of the journey. wish i was man of steel..

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    • NITYIN   February 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks for dropping in Abhishek. Even I have a taken a decision not to take my car from Shimla onwards. It is becoming a costly affair to take out the car on such roads. A visit to my village makes me poorer by 500/ for fuel and 1500/ for the repairs. It is only the old sturdy HRTC buses which can take the bumps in their stride.

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  5. abhishek   February 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    and all this made us do hatu trek in the evening.. which was indeed unforgettable for obvious reasons.. sunset what else!!!

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    • NITYIN   February 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

      Sun set is a great time to be at the peak. I like traveling to the top as my house is visible from here. Was there any snow on the top as I can see some snow from here at home

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  6. abhishek   February 28, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    and all this made us do hatu trek in the evening.. which was indeed unforgettable for obvious reasons.. sunset what else!!!

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    • NITYIN   February 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm

      Sun set is a great time to be at the peak. I like traveling to the top as my house is visible from here. Was there any snow on the top as I can see some snow from here at home

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  7. abhishek   March 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    we visited it in last week of dec so no snow..

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  8. abhishek   March 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    we visited it in last week of dec so no snow..

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    • NITYIN   March 4, 2009 at 5:47 am

      This year there has been no snow. Can you believe that Narkanda was not even blocked even for a day during winter season!! I was at Narkanda yesterday and it was around 20 degrees during the day. Till last year, we could not wear off our jackets till April. Right now there is some snow at the top

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    • NITYIN   March 4, 2009 at 5:47 am

      This year there has been no snow. Can you believe that Narkanda was not even blocked even for a day during winter season!! I was at Narkanda yesterday and it was around 20 degrees during the day. Till last year, we could not wear off our jackets till April. Right now there is some snow at the top

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  9. abhishek   March 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    we visited it in last week of dec so no snow..

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    • NITYIN   March 4, 2009 at 11:17 am

      This year there has been no snow. Can you believe that Narkanda was not even blocked even for a day during winter season!! I was at Narkanda yesterday and it was around 20 degrees during the day. Till last year, we could not wear off our jackets till April. Right now there is some snow at the top

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  10. abhishek   March 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    at delhi too the temperature is going 5 degree above normal this march. summers are just round the corner and gonna be more dreadful than expected. already choked city can only expects some miracle in the coming times.. anyway it would be business as usual as environmental issues hardly make any difference in the mindset of already overburdened people of metros.. unless govt. stepsin in a big way.

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  11. abhishek   March 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    at delhi too the temperature is going 5 degree above normal this march. summers are just round the corner and gonna be more dreadful than expected. already choked city can only expects some miracle in the coming times.. anyway it would be business as usual as environmental issues hardly make any difference in the mindset of already overburdened people of metros.. unless govt. stepsin in a big way.

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    • NITYIN   March 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

      Shimla is pretty chilly in the evenings these days. Traveling to Manali tomorrow to see some snow around Rohtang! Vivdh has penned down the thoughts beautifully about our greed here.

      See all you all in a week’s time!

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  12. abhishek   March 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    at delhi too the temperature is going 5 degree above normal this march. summers are just round the corner and gonna be more dreadful than expected. already choked city can only expects some miracle in the coming times.. anyway it would be business as usual as environmental issues hardly make any difference in the mindset of already overburdened people of metros.. unless govt. stepsin in a big way.

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    • NITYIN   March 9, 2009 at 12:41 am

      Shimla is pretty chilly in the evenings these days. Traveling to Manali tomorrow to see some snow around Rohtang! Vivdh has penned down the thoughts beautifully about our greed here.

      See all you all in a week’s time!

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  13. abhishek   March 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    and that is altogether an another topic.

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  14. abhishek   March 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    and that is altogether an another topic.

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  15. Geetali   March 22, 2009 at 2:26 am

    A well-timed post about a serious problem!
    The stretch of road from where the Dhalli bypass ends up to Tara Hall is not just pot-holed, it is unsightly beyond compare with all sorts of garbage and construction debris piled up on both sides of the road.
    Where are our town fathers? Asleep at the wheel?

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  16. Geetali   March 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

    A well-timed post about a serious problem!
    The stretch of road from where the Dhalli bypass ends up to Tara Hall is not just pot-holed, it is unsightly beyond compare with all sorts of garbage and construction debris piled up on both sides of the road.
    Where are our town fathers? Asleep at the wheel?

    Reply

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