MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
I have found your Amritsar flight in Amadeus; accessible to anyone, look at http://www.amadeus.net/home/en/bookings/avail.htm
Direct IC A-320 service. But it didn't recognize "Shimla" Maybe search with another spelling or name.
As a Non Indian citizen, maybe you are aware Indian Airlines have an airpass where you can fly as much as you want for $400 or so.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Amo757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1213 times:
i dont think there is a scheduled service to shimla from delhi although i am not sure, i think u can get flight there from chandigargh, and there are flights from delhi to chandigargh and shimla is a few hours drive drom there, or a couple of hourse or so by train.
shimla does have an airport, and i think i remember seeing a sign for it about 18 km ahead from shimla. i dont know if your chances of getting flights out there in the winter are very high if thats when ur planning to go.
i know that air india has a flight from LHR to amritsar via delhi including a change of aircraft at delhi. dont know what aircraft is used though. i dont know how much the cost of domestic flights in india are, but i think air india should have something on their web-site-(but i am unsure)
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1210 times:
Pearson, you're probably right. I forgot about the new regional airlines that have sprung up in India that exclusively fly small turboprops. That having been said, the drive from Chandigarh to Simla over mountain roads is far more exciting than a flight there. I did it 10 years ago. Frankly, Simla is a bit of a let down though - it may have been charming 30 years ago. There are lodges and hill resorts several miles outside of Simla which avoid the crowds and traffic of Simla (Yes, I've seen traffic gyms on roads at 9000 ft), which are a better choice. And, if you really want to fly over mountains, then I suggest the flight to Leh in Ladakh. For one, you'll be on a 737 (IC or Jet) and the views from the plane are amazing !! In the 1980s IC allowed photographs of the 20,000+ ft peaks but I'm sure they won't allow it now.
Pe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
Ok, here's the deal:
I'm planning to visit India in August for little over a month. Whilst most of India, especially the plains, is unbearably hot, the Himalaya region is best visited during the cooler months (during the summer).
My trip will begin and end in Delhi. Although I haven't yet decided the length of my stay in the city, I'll probably stay 7 nights in the Indian capital. From Delhi, I'll head to Dalhousie-Dharamsala-Shimla-Manali-Leh-Delhi. I'm not yet sure how to reach Dalhouise from Delhi. One possible way is to fly or catch a bus/train to Amritsar and then connecting by bus (probably the next day) to Dalhouise. I'll probably fly from Leh to Delhi, connecting with my flight back to LHR.
Anyone know of the best way of reaching Dalhousie?
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Amo757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1169 times:
according to mom (lol) dalhousie is nr shimla, or closer to shimla than it is amritsar, so unless u just wanna check the airport out or c amritsar it wud b a waste of time, dalhousie is in HP (himachal pradesh) whereas amritsar is in punjab near the border of pakistan, the quickest way to get to dalhousie would be via delhi by plane (if it is served) or coach, cars are also very cheap tp hire with the drivers, however i do not know whether they do single journeys i.e. one way, unless you pay for their return, unsure about this.
IndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1166 times:
IC has nonstop flight using A320 eqpt on most days, and 737s (of subsidiary CD) on others. flying time is around 55 minutes.
9W has a daily service too using 737NGs.
Y Class Fare is Rs.2800, and J Class should be around Rs.4000. Atleast one of IC's flights is codeshared with AI.
The best option for Delhi to Amritsar would be take the train. There is a decent one called the Shatbdi series of super express trains. Pretty decent, comfortable and cheap too.
IC operates tourist flights to 4 destinations Dehradun, Dharamshala, Simla and Kulu in Himachal Pradesh. All these flights are operated using Dornier 228's.
IC does not have any Twin Otters.
A private carrier Archana Airways has has flights using Let-410's and supposedly Dash 8's as well. But that one is best avoided.
Ladakh has 2 airports Leh and Thoise. There is a daily non-stop service to Delhi from Leh operated by IC using A320 eqpt, and a couple of 1 or 2 stop flights to Del via Jammu (IXJ) and Srinagar, both in Jammu & Kashmir.