Himalayas: Manali to Leh and beyond + PIX

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Re: Himalayas: Manali to Leh and beyond + PIX

Postby spacey1 » Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:49 pm

Hi Raider,

You are welcome. You should go there... The geology is live, constantly moving... falling rocks, landslides...
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Re: Himalayas: Manali to Leh and beyond + PIX

Postby spacey1 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:37 pm

Tips 2: More thoughts and memories...

When, and if, you have a weak moment and decide to leave New Delhi International Airport, even at 01.30 hrs (like I did...). Do not skip the following. Read carefully... :!:

Once you leave the airport main entrance hall into the outside world, you pass armed guards. There's no going back inside to safety. Choose wisely.
Perhaps, purchase a telephone sim from inside the airport. It's as good as anywhere else. Mostly unhelpful :lol:

The riding season in the Himalayas is, unsurprisingly, in SUMMER. Summer in the Himalayas is pleasant. Summer in New Delhi, well that's another story. Think 40 degC to 45 degC.

At 01.30 hrs, there are still several hundred thousand locals waiting to pounce on you to offer their services. No exaggeration, several hundred thousand. If you don't know what that many people look like, you'll get used to it... :lol:

Oh, you didn't book a transfer directly from the New Delhi International Airport to Manali. That was your get-out-of-jail-free card. These are not a regular flights. Check the departure dates and try to coordinate. There will be permits. There will be problems, errr, hold-ups.

So, you've got adventurous and decided you're going to leave the safety of the airport... Next you'll need transport. A taxi maybe. The sheer volume of humans shouting and offering services is numbing...

However, there is a solution. Sadly you have to cross the road. There is a little shack directly across the road from the main entrance hall, from memory. Go there and talk to the gentleman therein.
He is a government official and you will tell him politely where you would like to go (an address is good). Pay the man for said taxi fare. He will write you a pink ticket (in english and hindi) for any taxi, guarantee-ing you a price and legal conditions to your destination. Fare paid, no negotiation on your journey. The driver keeps a duplicate that you will need to sign at your destination. He takes this back to the Government official who pays him.
A photo of your hotel's name and address (business card) in english and hindi would have been an extremely handy item to have. You'll learn quickly... or perish :P

Here's a picture of same. A bit tattered, but still a decent representation.

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This little number will stop the haggling and crap you will have to put up with.

Try not to let anyone touch or grab your bags. You shouldn't have much, as the local flights to Manali only allow 15 kg, meaning you'll be wearing your riding gear to save weight on the flight into India.

Remember, as soon as someone has a hold of your bag, you have to pay. And they get grumpy... after all It is still frickin' hot at 02.00 hrs. Make sure you have Indian rupee to pay...

Once firmly ensconced in your transport, in whatever form that may take, choose a seat as far away from the front as possible. You'll quickly understand why.

If you're into sitting in the front seat of big theme-park roller-coaster rides, you'll quickly get the idea.
On the plus side, it's a much cheaper fare than any roller coaster ride... and far more exciting :lol:

Wearing your riding gear might actually save your life. The drive experience is other-worldly.

Or you may have to walk down a dark alley packed with wild dogs that even your porter takes a wide birth around. Rabies lives here. With leather boots and armoured jacket and pants, I felt perhaps a little more comforted knowing that it would take several bites to transfer the rabies from dog to my weak flesh...

Which allows me to segway into health... :|
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