After much contemplation and speculation, you have finally chosen Himachal Pradesh as your destination. You have finally decided to heed the call of the hills. We will make sure that your plan works out by creating a timeline for you and guiding you step by step.
Pre-trip jitters are no strangers to us, which is why, it is essential to prep yourself way before the travel date! Here are a few tips to make yourself trip-ready and ensure that everything is in place before the D-day! Be it two weeks prior to the trip or just a few days before it, we have got you covered with all the necessities that you need to look into.
Two Weeks Prior
Here are some questions that you may have before you head on to that fun trip in Himachal.
What Should I pack?
What Is The Maximum Luggage Allowed By Airlines And How Many Kgs?
However, please check the luggage rules of the airline you are flying as these tend to differ across carriers.
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
Power Banks And Adapters
You need to make sure that you are accessible at all times. It is essential to stay connected with the people you are travelling with and to have access to information while on the go. Hence, make sure that your power banks are always charged in case your phone batteries run out during the trip. You do not want a dead phone when you reach an unknown destination. Also, do not forget to carry universal plug chargers and adapters. You will usually find two and three round pin plugs used in Himachal Pradesh.
Always keep a first aid kit bag handy with you in case of any emergencies.
The Day Of Travel
Carry some ready to eat food like biscuits, nuts, sandwiches or rolls to keep your stomach full during the trip and just in case the airlines food doesn’t suit you. Homemade food is safer as you do not want an upset stomach on a flight or a train. Also do carry some toffees, candies and sweets since the sudden change in altitude could make you nauseous.
God forbid, if unwanted circumstances interrupt your trip or cut it short after the bookings have been made, travel insurance is a way to get some of your money back. Most domestic travel insurance companies in India provide you services such as medical assistance on your phone across the country and reimbursement of medical costs during the trip, no matter where you are.
Always keep handy the numbers of the local Consulate, police and other emergency services as well as of the travel consultants and agents you have organised your trip through.
Confirm your hotel bookings and ask for the payment receipt or booking voucher before you reach your destination. Some resorts also provide pick up and drop facilities from and to the airport. SOTC also organises hotel bookings for you as a part of its holiday packages.
Credit cards are accepted by most hotels and restaurants in Himachal. You will also find 24/7 ATMs. MasterCard and Visa are the widely accepted credit cards. However, do keep some amount of cash with you if you plan to travel to remote areas.
During The Trip
If you are visiting Himachal, learning a few phrases in some its local languages depending on where in Himachal you are could prove to be handy. Here are some phrases in the most widely spoken language in Himachal:
Tips For Travelling In Himachal
Head to Shimla if you enjoy the hustle bustle and want to marvel at the remnants of British history. For some adventure sports, visit Bir Billing. Make your way to Malana if you wish to disconnect from the world.
Getting around - The most convenient way to explore Himachal would be to get behind the jeep. This is the best option if you wish to travel to remote areas with hardly any bus services. You could also try state, private bus services in places like Shimla, Manali, Kullu and Solan.
Lodging options – Depending on where you are, you have a choice of plush hotels, nature resorts, Govt hotels, hostels, OYO and Air BnB, guest houses and homestays.
Some food specialities of Himachal include Madra, Dhaam, Tudkiya Bhath and Bhey (spicy lotus stems)
If you wish to travel to off-beat locations, head to Chamba Valley, Chitkul, Nako and Pangi valley.
Tipping - It is not really necessary to tip the waiters in Himachal Pradesh. However, if you do plan to tip, 5 to 10% of the bill would be acceptable.
Cost Of Living In Himachal
Please note that these costs are only indicative and are subject to change.
When To Visit Himachal
A Glimpse Into Himachal's Culture Through Art
Movies – Jab We Met, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan shows picturesque locations in Manali and Shimla.
Music – Aaoge Jab Tum from Jab We Met shot in Shimla.