How To Reach Manali, Himachal
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Travel To 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 neighboring states through various means of transport.
The following information will help you on how to go Manali via modes of transport available:-
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 HimachalReturn Bus journey was very hectic because of the bus booked by Assure trip. Seats of bus were not at all comfortable considering the journey of 14-15 hours. Also the condition of bus was not good. I am not satisfied with assure trip because of this Bus and also they had not properly communicated with Hotel management. Further, I still not got ₹500 cashback which Assure trip promised. Mini Switzerland was awesome and also the Kwality restaurant's food was delicious.
Trip to HimachalOverall excellent trip planned on short notice.......baring aside the payment issue they had with the driver (he said the travel agency didn't pay him so he will have to stop the trip on last day). The issue was settled in few hours. Manali and solang valley trip Both Hotels were with a awesome view
Trip to HimachalLR Holiday is best travel company.they provided us best deal and services to dalhousie trip.Hotel Bear vally resort was good,food was good and Near to mall road location was awasome. Mr Pappu (Tempo Traveller Driver) was very cooperative and professional.I always prefer to LR Holiday to visit any Himachal tour. Regards
Trip to HimachalIt was a nice trip! However i do want to mention that Travel Triangle agent wasnt much active and I had serious doubts before going on the trip, unlike my last TT trip where the agent was very proactive and supported me to plan my trip. Anyway, the selected agent i.e Tanish Tours and Travel managed my trip really well. The resort stay was comfortable, served good food and staff was helpful and polite. The cab driver was also very polite. Overall a good trip and we enjoyed our stay.
Trip to HimachalAs the trip was extremely good. the hotel staff was also good. The view in shimla and manali was extremely superb.
Trip to HimachalAfter reaching Shimla there was a little bit inconvenience as we had to travel another 50 mints by cab to reach the hotel after our overnight journey. But apart from that we had a fantastic experience. The hotel in Manali was superb we had a three star experience. Though the car provided to us was Alto which was not that comfortable the driver was really a nice and helpful guy and guided us in a proper way. Overall the experience was really nice and the agent Ms.Rennam had properly coordinated the trip.
Trip to HimachalHi folks, We have departed in the Chandigarh at around 5PM. So, Many Thanks for you guys as the trip planned and thanks for your kind support and cooperation.. Also, special thanks and kudos to Sonia Nogai for on call support on every issue.. just wanted to mention that hotel room service was not good as expected otherwise all trip was awesome and driver (Sashi) was also having helping nature so thanks for him too.. solang vally, snow fall view from hotel
Trip to HimachalWe are very comfortable with the driver Mr Sohan. An excellent service was provided time to time by the trip advisors Mr Amrit and Akash for all the queries posed. We are very happy with the services, hotels, trip advisors and all. We will definitely opt for travel traingle for our next trip. Thanks a lot for everything. Horse riding, Snow skating, Some adventures undertaken...
Trip to HimachalWe enjoyed our trip with Guruji though there were some communication barrier with our cap driver who can not speak English but things could be eventually solved out. We have faced unexpected problems during our visit to Manali; one member lost her purse and passport and the other got a stray dog bite while walking in downtown. But with our skilled and supportive driver despite limited English, my friend's passport could be located and eventually being picked up on the way of our next destination to Amritsar, thanks god. The member who got dog bite could reach to the public hospital in Manali for treatment. So thank you to Mr. Mukthiar, the driver, for the good job. I also like to thank you Avinash and Rehka for their support and fast responsive to our questions and needs from the beginning through our itinerary. I will definitely come back and choose Guruji Travels for our next trip.
Trip to HimachalDuring trip travel agent was not picking up the calls, The honeymoon inclusions was not provided. we had a discussion with hotel staff they people said that they dont have email confirmation from agent side at the same tym agen didn't pick up the call. At last after a huge discussion hotel staff provide the honeymoon inclusions. But this thing totally making my mood off. surprise to my wife was spoiled Hotel staff was polite. Cab driver also very good.
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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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