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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.

By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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.

DistanceBy AirBy RoadBy TrainBy Sea
Pune to ManaliN/AN/A35.0 hours33.0 hoursN/A
Mumbai to ManaliN/AN/A33.0 hoursN/AN/A
Kolkata to ManaliN/AN/A36.0 hoursN/AN/A
New Delhi to ManaliN/AN/A11.0 hoursN/AN/A
Bangalore to ManaliN/AN/A44.0 hoursN/AN/A

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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. 

There are quite a few options to go trekking in Manali. The most mainstream yet one of the best treks is the trek to Hampta Pass. This trek is ideal to see thick pine woods and serene valleys.Tourists of all ages can go on the trek to the origin of the river Beas, also known as Beas Kund

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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