How To Reach Manali, Himachal
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How To Reach Manali
A hub of natural beauty, adventure activities and mesmerizing religious sites, Manali is one of the most popular destinations that gets visitors round the year. If you are planning a trip to Manali, you would surely want to know how to reach Manali. Reaching Manali is not a hassle as the beautiful hill station enjoys excellent connectivity with neighbouring states through various means of transport.
The following information will help you on how to go Manali via modes of transport available:-
Location: Manali is located in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley.
The nearest domestic airport to Manali is Kullu-Manali Airport (KUU) in Bhuntar, which is located at a distance of 50 km from Manali. Regular flights connect the airport to Delhi and Chandigarh. You can book a cab or a taxi to go to Manali from the airport which should take about 2 hours to reach your destination.For tourists coming from other countries, the nearest international airport to Manali is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. You can then opt for another flight from Delhi to Kullu-Manali Airport and reach Manali similarly.
Manali does not have a railway station. To reach Manali by railways you have to get down at the nearest railway station to Manali which is Joginder Nagar Railway Station at a distance of 162.6 km from Manali.There is no direct rail connectivity of this station to major cities in India. You have to first take a train to Pathankot and then take another train from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar Railway Station. You can take a taxi from the railway station which will take around 4.5 to 5 hours for you to reach Manali.Also, there is an alternative if you are planning to come by train. Chandigarh Railway Station is at a distance of 315 km from Manali. You can take a train till Chandigarh Railway Station and then opt for a cab or a bus from there. It is a better option as there are a number of trains going to Chandigarh Railway Station connecting a number of major Indian cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kolkata, Madurai, Lucknow and many more. The journey from the station to Manali will take about 8 to 8.5 hours.
Since Manali is a very popular hill station, the roads connecting to this place are very pleasant. It should be a beautiful journey if you are travelling by road with scenic views of the mountains and the river. You can opt to self drive or hire a taxi. Make sure the driver knows how to drive on hills as there are some sharp cuts en-route. Moreover, there are a number of state buses as well as private buses plying to Manali. Semi-sleeper Volvo buses are very common going to Manali and are easily available.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|Pune to Manali||-||35.0 hours||33.0 hours||-|
|Mumbai to Manali||-||33.0 hours||-||-|
|Kolkata to Manali||-||36.0 hours||-||-|
|New Delhi to Manali||-||11.0 hours||-||-|
|Bangalore to Manali||-||44.0 hours||-||-|
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Trip to HimachalWe had 4D and 3N stay in partriage hotel resort in manali and this was the most memorable trip. The best thing was the nature and greetings given by the owner of the hotel mr and mrs negi. We had very comfirtable and good stay there. Another most important and good thing is the food which we got. Its really good and you can't expect such hygenic home type food outside. They are always ready to prepare/cook extra items (if available) on demand as you might find less food items. In our case it was enough because you can't eat many things in such a place where temp alway be negative. They also guide for local sight seeing by giving suggestion as per their experience.
Trip to KeralaI went on a trip to Himachal In Feb, 19 and Travel Triangle via Discover myTravel assisted me in the best way possible. Rishi - Discover myTravel helped me a lot in making my trip delightful and pleasant. They made arrangements according to my convenience and I am very thankful to them. I would definitely recommend them to others when they plan to travel. Thank You Discover MyTravel for making my trip super fantastic!!
Trip to HimachalSaritha from North India tours and travels was just amazing in coordination. She is the one who was with us in regular touch for all the updates regarding our Manali trip. She is polite, humble and very informative. We wish she should be accoladated with more incentives. Her works made us to have a very positive note towards TT and North India tours and travels. Thank you Saritha for making this honeymoon trip of ours a cherishable one. Thank you TTL.
Trip to HimachalWe blindly trusted agent but there were some hidden charges and we asked for honeymoon inclusions which was pathetic
Trip to HimachalIt was great travelling to shimla with all India darshan travel package, every thing was made as per my convenience . Every thing Hotel, Cab, Bus was booked as requested.
Trip to HimachalTrip was good. Hotel provided was good though away from market in Shimla. Quick response from agent Robin. Trip was well arranged and all requirements taken care of.
Trip to HimachalLast week we went to manali. We found that camera was installed in our room. We thought to inform the same to hotel but almost all rooms are vacant in the hotel and only 2 people in reception and to keep our safety in mind we didnt inform. We cancelled our trip plan and left from manali. We people came from long distance to enjoy the trip. But due to this type of incidents we lost our enjoyment. We missed our happy moments and also spent additional accomodation and travel expenses. Only my money got wasted.
Trip to HimachalWell mannered, humble, professional cab driver.. Unforgettable trip for us
Trip to HimachalThe entire trip was excellent. Everything was on time, no delays. Had an amazing experience. Jatin (our travel coordinator from Getz Destination) was super awesome right from the beginning. Stay in Manali was better compared to Shimla. Enjoyed much more in Manali, Shimla seemed overcrowded. Manali cab driver (Shiv) was a really jolly and proactive person. We enjoyed his company for the entire 3 days in Manali. The journey from Manali to Shimla (in a cab Swift Dzire) was a bit boring one as the driver was not much friendly. Sightseeing in Shimla, Kufri and the mall road was also good. I would recommend Getz Destination to my friends and family and would surely consider while planning my second trip to Himachal.
Trip to SpitiI had booked a trip to do the tribal circuit in Himachal comprising of Kinnaur/Spiti/Lahaul from Prince Tour and Travels towards 2nd week of September (nearly end Season). And I have a lovely memory of the entire journey. Also I must say that not only they are very wonderful people, but they understand the spirit of the a traveller. It has been a memorable experience with them. Special thanks to their head Mr. Sharma Ji, and Deepika for taking care of us. For fellow travellers, I have a suggestion, please travel in this circuit with atleast 2 weeks of holidays at your hand. - Waking up at Karcham Village's hotel (Rupin Resort) and the view from there was amazing. - Chitkul is yet another amazing spot - Trekking to view key monaestry from a distant spot (Recommended for photographers) - Lakes in the route is not to be forgotten. All of them are beauty in themselves - Kaza monastery morning prayer (8:00AM) try not to miss it!!! - The Grand Statue of Buddha at Lanza village, kibber village is an asset in itself - Chandratal camps
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Snowfall in Manali in December, especially around Christmas and New Year's Eve, is common. It is rare to see snowfall in Manali in November or October.
Manali has quite a few markets that have very specific items that you can buy. At Manu Market near Mall Road, woollens are available for sale and are quite nice and quaint. There is also the Old Market that has a lot of souvenir items for sale. The Tibetan Market is a place for Tibetan handicrafts and jewellery. You could also pick up a jar of apple pickle, as it is local and delicious.
The local language spoken in Manali is a dialect of the Pahari language called Mandiali. However, Hindi works everywhere in Manali as well and most of the locals do understand and speak English as well.
The best time to visit Manali is between October-February, during the winter season, when the whole town is covered in snowfall. This is also the ideal time for honeymooners. Summer is also ideal for trekkers as some of the higher trek points become inaccessible in winter.
If you want to travel by air, the nearest airport is the Kullu-Manali airport at Bhuntar. You can get a taxi from there to take you to Manali. However, due to the climate, it's not the most reliable route to Manali. There are several buses from New Delhi and Chandigarh. There is also an option to drive there which goes through a very scenic route.
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