#From 24th December To 2nd January
#No. of people: 5
#Total Expense: ₹25000
#Adventure Sports: Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, River Rafting
Route taken: Chandigarh-Shimla-Manali-Rishikesh-Varanasi
Our original plan was a lot different but we kept changing it as and when needed. You can do all the planning in advance and never now what destiny has for you, rest assured it’s always better.
“The most scenic roads lies around the detours you never meant to take”
Up to Chandigarh we travelled in train.We had a cab booked for over entire journey through Himachal i.e; for 5 days @ Rs.3700/day. Driver picked us outside Chandigarh to Shimla, Manali and Dropped us at Rishikesh. In Manali since it was peak season we had our cab at standby and booked 3 Royal Enfield for our 2 day stay at Manali, so we do not get stuck in traffic.In Rishikesh we booked scooters for local sightseeing and roaming. From Rishikesh to Varanasi we travelled in Train. In Varanasi we roamed around and did local sightseeing using local transport.
One of the best things about having a cab was we didn’t had to worry about the bus timings or seat availability, we left places as and when we wanted to and on the top of it all is the fact that you can stop your car anywhere you want to click photos or have something to eat.
You can easily find places where you can stay at quite less than what I have mentioned. I have met many people who prefer staying at Dharmshalas and Guest Houses which is quite cheap too.
Shimla- Stayed at a shady hotel. Bad Decision. Prices of hotels at Shimla is quite steep. While booking Hotels in Shimla, plan well in advance, and try to stay somewhere around Mall Road.
Manali- Backpackers Panda. Great Hostel. Great management.
Rishikesh- Shiv Shakti Hostel. Super Cheap and great beds. Helpful staff.
Rishikesh Camp- Camp Treepie. Booked through Himalayan Travels, included our meal for an entire day, and a 16 km rafting with 6 rapids for 2.5 hours.
Varanasi- At Jain Mandir Dharamshala. Okay for one-night stay, centre of the city, and easily available transport.
Chandigarh- Back Packer’s Café, Katani Dhaba or do try some street food.
Shimla- Hotel Combermore, Café SOL and La Pizzeria
Manali- Café Johnson, Café 1947
Rishikesh- Little Buddha Café.
Varanasi- Madras Cafe.
Paragliding: This we did at a village called Dobhi near Manali. Most people do this in Solang valley which I would suggest you to avoid. Dobhi is the highest point around Manali for Paragliding, take off at 8000ft. and landing at 3000ft. You stay in air for around 10 mins. Ask your pilot to do some ‘stunts’ as they call it during flight, they charge 300 more for that, but it is a lot thrilling and totally worth it.
Bungee Jumping: At Rishikesh, this is the highest point to do bungee in India. Run by an organization called Jumpin Heights, it is also the safest and they use the best equipment. You have to pre book your slot at advance for these as they do not accept and offline applications.
River Rafting: River Rafting was organized by our camp and was included in our camp stay at Rishikesh. It is one of the best things to do in Rishikesh. There’s no worry if you do not know to swim. We had booked our rafting through Himalayan travels and they took care of all the safety gears and wet suits. Make sure you also ask them for the GoPro video which comes out great.