travel to Spiti from Manali and onwards to Delhi
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2012 10:50 AM Last Post By: Midnite_Toker
Jul 16, 2012 5:12 AM
Jul 16, 2012 10:12 AM
1Daily HRTC buses from each direction , and share jeeps. Under ideal conditions you can reach Kaza in ten hours from Manali - that won´t happen now , with both rains and the daytripper crowds at the Rohtang La. Doing this in the other direction is easier on your system , Kaza is same altitude as Lhasa and very little acclimatization down in Manali , below 2000. Inner Line Permits in Shimla or Rekong Peo , or Kaza coming from the Manali end.
Jul 16, 2012 10:55 AM
2Good info from vistet above. If you are set on going Manali --> Kaza, one way around both the acclimatisation and Rohtang issues is to take a bus or taxi up to Marhi (below the pass on the Kulu valley side) and stay the night there in one of the basic lodges. It's a place with fabulous views if the clouds aren't down.
Marhi is at an altitude of 3200m or so (it extends up the hill so an exact altitude is hard to give), and unlikely to give you any AMS symptoms. The next morning, fortified with an excellent alu paratha breakfast, you can be ready to board the first HRTC bus from Manali (actually I believe it originates in Kullu town) as it comes through at about eight. There are often delays on the stretches below Marhi, but if the road is clear of landslip, getting the first bus through gives you a clear run at the pass before the tourists hordes begin to thicken.
One disadvantage with this is that the bus may have no seats when it arrives in Marhi - but there will be some space to squeeze in, and Gramphooo over the pass is a place where people may jump off to head for Keylong. On this bus, lunch would be taken at Batal (3850m), if it's going well and the road is not too broken.
Jul 16, 2012 1:21 PM
3Just to clarify , not contradict : there are two HRTC buses going thru Gramphoo : the bus for Keylong , and the direct Manali-Kaza bus from the link in # 1. Another dhaba as you cross to the north side of the Chandra River , at Chattru bridge.
Good eats also as already mentioned by Midnite Toker in Batal ... which I would place at 4012 meters - roughly ;-) The 3850 figure probably comes from this map , which gives a very good overview but is flawed re altitude figures.
I know - I tend to get obsessive over this subject.
Jul 16, 2012 7:36 PM
Jul 16, 2012 8:14 PM
Jul 16, 2012 9:56 PM
...Batal ... which I would place at 4012 meters.
...from Manali to Spiti, (Kaza) by bus. Is this service reliable?
Despite the risks of delay, it's a great trip, with a different feeling from Ladakh.
Jul 17, 2012 1:55 AM
7In 2011 there were 2 busses Manali Kaza, I think they passed in Manali at 5 am and 6 am. Reliable ? Well the roads are poor, the Rohtang Pass is sometimes closed (for a short period)
There is one daily bus Kaza Shimla. THat road is renowned for landslides during the monssoon period. But even if the road is blocked, there will be a bus service (you may have to walk through the landslide sectior and take another bus on the other side).
Jul 23, 2012 4:15 AM
Jul 24, 2012 10:50 AM
...a good idea to have a nice stay in Marhi on the way, and taking two days over the journey. Can you tell me the name of the guest house you stayed in?
I've never stayed in Marhi, only spent the best part of a day sitting in various dhabbas waiting for the road to clear in 2010.
Other times I have zipped through on the bus, and admired the well-situated Marhi PWD resthouse. Government-run, it's probably your best best here. You must book it in Manali (Public Works Department office) and take the receipt with you when you reach Marhi. The caretaker of the resthouse will cook food, but there are plenty of other small restaurants (dhabbas) there. People in the settlement are helpful and will inform you of the best place to wait for the morning bus to Kaza.
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