Manali is undoubtedly one of the most looked up and widely searched hill station on internet today. With its mesmerizing valley type topography and availability of adventure sports round the year, today Manali defines literal meaning of true holiday destination. As your travel partners we have collected some key facts regarding Manali so as better assist you with your travel and accommodation requirements in the valley of Gods. A warm welcome from MyManaliTrip.
By Bus : Manali is 570 kms from Delhi, the capital of India, and there are buses connecting the town with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh. For service from Delhi to Manali and back, tickets and reservations can be made at the Inter State Bus Terminus or the Himachal Tourism office on Safdar Hashmi Marg near Mandi House in New Delhi. You can book tickets online too. The approximate travel time from Delhi to Manali is 14 hours; from Ambala to Manali is 10 hours; from Chandigarh is 08 hours and from Kulu to Manali is 1.5 to 3 hours. Volvo buses—which depart at around 05 PM and reach at 09-10 AM next day—are available from Delhi and is the best option in terms of comfort and value for money to reach Manali but you need to book these in advance.
Some Hotels like Snow Valley Resorts will book your volvo & sightseeing along with their hotel package which results in good package deal as you get everything at one go . There are lots of volvo bus operators like Harison Travels , leo holidays , Swagatam Holidays , Kalpana 7 ,etc along with HPTDC which are quite popular for their punctuality and professionalism . Buses run from Chanderlok Building in Cannaught Place (near Hotel Imperial on Janpath) . (cost: 1220/-, can be booked online).
By Private Taxi : If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience driving in hilly regions and does not have the habit of drinking alcohol.Also make sure the driver has done the trip at least once before and knows all roads. Also make sure that the driver is used to drive for long hours. If you are going to Manali through Chandigarh-Ropar-Kiratpur-Mandi highway, then your driver would need to drive on hilly roads for at least 6 hours. Chandigarh to Manali would be about 8-9 hours by taxi.