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How to Reach Manali

How to Reach Manali by Air

Manali does not have an airport of its own and the nearest airport is at Bhuntar (KUU Bhuntar Aiport), near Kullu and is 50 kms, and 40 minutes away from Manali. Airlines connecting Manali from Delhi, Mumbai are Kingfisher Airlines and Indian Airlines. From Kullu airport, take a pre- paid taxi from right outside the airport terminal or take a regular bus (tickets are very reasonable) to get to the main town of Manali. If you have too much luggage on you then it is well advised to take a taxi to the town as it is more convenient than taking a bus. The taxis have fixed fares so don’t hesitate asking as the taxi drivers tend to over charge for a ride to the town. Taking a taxi from the airport is quite convenient as you can enjoy the overview of the hills and descending valleys.

How to Reach Manali by Rail

If you are planning to take a train, the nearest railhead to Manali is on the narrow gauge line at Joginder Nagar 95 kms away. The Joginder Nagar Railway Station is well connected to all other Indian cities via Chandigarh. From the railhead, you can take a bus to Kullu first and then from there get on the bus which departs for Manali. The bus services from Kullu to Manali are very regular and depart daily throughout the day. The distance between Kullu town and Manali is about 40 kms.

How to Reach Manali by Bus

Manali is well connected with direct bus services from all cities of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Depending on which route you take, road distances from various Northern cities in India can vary. However, the closest distance from some cities is as follows: Kullu is 40 km, Shimla- 257 km, Chandigarh- 288 km, Delhi- 543 km, Pathankot- 299 km and Dharamshala- 217 km. The road connections are quite good and computerized reservation facilities are available at the bus stand itself. Regular deluxe buses and Volvos ply to and from Delhi and Chandigarh daily and usually run overnight. The Manali bus stand is in the centre of town on the Mall Road.

You can hire a private taxi from Delhi and Chandigarh and get to Manali. There are a number of car rental agencies in Delhi like Bagmati Taxi (+91 11 29521284, +91 11 64124093) and Car on Hire (+91 11 29820773, 74) that offer luxury, mid size and budget cars and coaches. From Chandigarh, Nagla Taxi Service (09417018737) and Avtar Travels (0172-4650065, 5088818, 5088801) also rent cars, minibuses and SUV’s for Manali.

Driving on your own isn’t a bad idea either. But, you’ll have to be very careful and equally experienced to drive in the hilly areas.

Getting Around Manali

The easiest and the most convenient way of getting around in Manali is by a private taxi. You can hire a taxi from the Manali Mall itself. Though all taxi rates are approved by the Government, you may need to bargain with the taxi driver as there is a tendency to overcharge. Him- Aanchal Taxi Operators Union (located in the main mall of the town) is one such reliable place in Manali (91-1902-52450, 52205, 52120) which is up for round the clock service ensuring safe and comfortable travel. Toyota Qualis, Tata Sumo, Mahindra Marshal and Maruti Van are the vehicles available on rent.

A number of car rental agencies operate in the town too but the traveller would be well advised to rent a car from a well known car rental company. Special Tours India (09805367675?) and Manali Information Office (91-01902 2254334) are the reliable places to book cars/coaches/ minibuses or SUV’s. Travellers can choose a deluxe or economy car, according to their budget. Parking is not at all an issue in the town and special parking places are provided for rented cars.

Getting around in a bus is not advised in Manali. It gets really tiring and sometimes there’s even no space to accommodate passengers in the bus. To avoid a chaotic journey avoid the local buses for getting around.

Manali town can also be covered on foot. With its amazing walking trails and scenic routes that lead you to the dense lush environs, the town seems more commendable when you decide to walk it.

Motorcycles are widely available on hire at the Enfield Club on Vashisht Road. Other places that rent motorbikes are- Anu Auto Works on Vashisht Road (9816163378), Himalayan Inder Motors on Gompa Road (9816113973) and Life Adventure Tours on Model Town Road (253825). Both cruiser bikes like Bullet and sport bikes can be rented and the rental charge for a 500 cc Enfield would be in the region of Rs 450, for a 100 cc- Rs 300, for a 150 cc- Rs 350. Yamaha, Honda and Bajaj motorbikes are usually rented. The Bullet is the most commonly seen bike on Manali roads and during the peak season the rent even goes up to Rs. 500- 600 per day.


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