Delhi-Shimla-Reckong Peo-Kaza Route
This route is an all-weather route open throughout the year, but subjected to weather and road conditions after Reckong Peo onwards. According to the Google Maps, this route is 755 Kms long and required 13 hours and 10 mins to travel by your own own car.
But in reality, It takes upto 30 hours to complete this route if you travel by your own car and upto 36 hours if you travel using the public buses, that too without a long break, which is highly recommended on this route. In this long journey, you indeed pass through the numerous historical and natural attractions, tourist places etc, but I assume that your intention is to reach Kaza first, so no description of en-route places is here.
This helps me to keep this post shorter, because each en-route attraction requires a post for itself, so I left them for other posts in the future. Now,let us start our journey from Delhi.
Start from Delhi to Reach Shimla: It takes 8-12 hours by road depending on the mode of transport.
There are two ways to reach Shimla:
First to catch a Volvo AC or an ordinary bus from Delhi ISBT direct to Shimla. Volvo bus takes around 9 hours, while ordinary bus takes around 10 hours to reach Shimla. Volvo AC Bus Fare: INR 800/- and Ordinary Bus Fare: INR 320/-. There are lots of ordinary buses running between Delhi ISBT and Shimla on hourly basis, specially in the evening hours and in the morning hours. They belong to Himachal Roadways, Haryana Roadways or to Punjab Roadways. Four Volvo Buses timings are at 6:30 AM,9:25 AM, 21:00 PM and 22:00 PM. These four Volvo buses belong to Himachal Roadways. Apart from this, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) also runs two Volvo AC Buses from Delhi at 8:00 AM and 20:30 PM, fare is INR 880/-. Himachal Roadways AC bus starts from Himachal Bhawan, while HPTDC AC bus starts from HPTDC Office at Chanderlok Building near Janpath, but you can catch both the buses from Delhi ISBT also .
Second way to reach Shimla is to travel via Chandigarh. Chandigarh is 250 kms away from Delhi and Shimla is further 120 kms away from Chandigarh. There are lots of ordinary as well as AC buses running between Delhi ISBT and Chandigarh at every 10-15 minutes round the clock. If you do not get a direct bus to Shimla from Delhi, you can board a bus going to Chandigarh and from there; you can catch another bus to Shimla. I have seen the list of about 180 buses at Chandigarh ISBT running between Chandigarh and Shimla, that means you can get a bus to Shimla in every 10 minutes from Chandigarh. Fare: Ordinary Buses, Delhi-Chandigarh: Ordinary Bus INR 200/- AC Bus INR 500/-, Chandigarh-Shimla:Ordinary Bus RS.150/- AC Bus: Rs.320/-
Important Caution: Be careful that there are two ISBTs in Chandigarh. One is in Sec.17 and another is in Sec.43. Sec.17 ISBT is the hub for the buses departing towards Delhi from Chandigarh, while Sec.43 is the hub for the buses departing towards north of Chandigarh to the state of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. So if you catch a bus from Delhi to Chandigarh, it may terminate at Sec.17 ISBT. In this case, you can catch a local Chandigarh Transport Undertaking Bus to Sec.43, which is about 15 minutes away and fare is Rs.10 for AC bus. From Sec.43, you can catch a bus to Shimla. To avoid this situation, it is better to catch a northbound bus from Delhi that has a halt at Sec.43 ISBT in Chandigarh.
Train Availability Between Delhi and Shimla: There are also a train link available between Delhi and Shimla, but it takes the same amount of time, even more as compared to the buses. First you have to catch a train from Delhi to Kalka. Then, catch another train from Kalka to Shimla. Kalka-Shimla line is a narrow gauge line and tourists regularly enjoy the toy train journey between these two stations. Kalka-Shimla Railways is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage .
Flight Availability between Delhi and Shimla: One daily Kingfisher flight is available between Delhi and Shimla. This Flight departs from Delhi IGI Airport Terminal 3 at 09:45 AM and reaches Shimla at 10:45 AM. Fare remains above INR 5000/- in all season. Shimla Airport is located at Jabarhatti, approx. 22 kms away from the Mall Road.
Reached Shimla, now Move to Reckong Peo: It takes around 8 hours to complete this part. Fare: Rs.205/- for ordinary bus
Shimla is a most sought, over-crowded hill station near Delhi and the honeymooner’s paradise in India.If you want to rest here, you can spend many days exploring the beauty around this hill station, but I take you further away to Reckong Peo a.k.a.Kinnaur. There are many government as well as private buses running between Shimla and Reckong Peo at nearly every hour from 5 AM in the morning till the 8 PM in the evening. Beyond these hours, there are only 2-3 buses to Peo (shorter and popular name of Reckong Peo). You can get these buses from the New Bus Stand of Shimla, which is 3 kms away from the old bus stand below the Mall Road. Few Buses are available from the Old Bus Stand as well and all the buses going to Peo make a stop at Lakkar Bazaar Bus Stand in Shimla.
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