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How to Reach Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in North India. This state is connected with major cities and towns of the rest of the country by all the modes of transports. The detailed information about how to reach Himachal Pradesh is mentioned below, which allows tourists to plan their Himachal trip hassle-free. The popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh are flocks by tourists throughout the year due to the pleasant and calming weather, which makes the sightseeing tour memorable. The renowned towns of this state are full of mystical dreamy charm and enveloped in a unique mesmerizing appeal. This state has its airports, railway stations, and interstate bus stands where tourists can arrive. Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by Punjab, Jammu, and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand, owing to which it has great connectivity from the rest of the country. Hence, presented here is a comprehensive guide on how to reach Himachal Pradesh most conveniently by Air, Road, and Train mediums. 

How to Reach By Road 

This is the cheapest and most convenient to reach Himachal Pradesh. There are regular buses ply from Delhi, Chandigarh, Panipat, Jammu, Amritsar, and other towns for the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department Corporation (HPTDC), Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC), Haryana Roadways (HR), and J & K State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) is the major bus service providers to the Himachal. The roads are tough and reliable. Besides, the bus services are affordable. Tourists can also travel in their own car or hire a taxi. The state is connected by national and state highways.

Cities Distance Travel Time
Delhi to Shimla 349 km 8 hours
Delhi to Dharamshala 471 km 9 hours 30 minutes
Delhi to Dalhousie 566 km 11 hours 20 minutes
Delhi to Chamba 582 km 11 hours 50 minutes
Delhi to Manali 537 km 12 hours 40 minutes
Chandigarh to Shimla 115 km 3 hours 40 minutes
Chandigarh to Manali 291 km 8 hours 30 minutes
Pathankot to Dharamshala 85 km 2 hours 15 minutes
Pathankot to Dalhousie 86 km 2 hours 45 minutes
Amritsar to Mcleodganj 206 km 4 hours 30 minutes
Amritsar to Chamba 219 km 5 hours 20 minutes
Amritsar to Manikaran Sahib 395 km 10 hours 10 minutes
Ambala to Kasauli 83 km 2 hours 20 minutes
Ambala to Kangra 255 km 5 hours 15 minutes

How to Reach By Train

Being a mountainous area, surrounded by lofty hills, there are no major railway tracks anywhere within the state. For tourists opting for railway travel, the best option to reach Himachal is the Kalka Railway Station, located approximately 90 kilometers away from Shimla. From here, you either have the choice of traveling by road or ride the famous toy train (A UNESCO World Heritage) into the picturesque hilly regions of this amazing destination. Another narrow gauge railway station in Himachal Pradesh is in Jogindernagar which is connected by Pathankot. Tourists can hop on the toy trains and explore the enchanting beauty of the hilly area. There are several railway stations, which are located in the vicinity of the major towns of Himachal are serves as the primary railheads for them.

Railway Station Nearest Hill Station with Distance Travel Time
Pathankot Railway Station Dalhousie (87 km) 2 hours 50 minutes
Pathankot Railway Station Dharamshala (86 km) 2 hours 20 minutes
Pathankot Railway Station Palampur (113 km) 3 hours 10 minutes
Chandigarh Railway Station Shimla (112 km) 3 hours 30 minutes
Chandigarh Railway Station Manali (296 km) 8 hours 50 minutes
Kalka Railway Station Shimla (86 km) 3 hours 15 minutes
Jogindernagar Railway Station Manali (144 km) 4 hours 40 minutes
Jogindernagar Railway Station Mandi (54 km) 1 hour 45 minutes

How to Reach By Air

There are limited options available to fly into the state. Although being a major tourist destination in India, air connectivity to this state is not as robust and reliable as other stations in the country. Jubbarhatti Airport in Kullu, Bhuntar Airport in Shimla, and Gaggal Airport in Kangra, connected by flights to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chandigarh. Taxis and cabs provide easy connectivity from these airports to within the state. This is the fastest way to reach tourist places in Himachal Pradesh. However, due to harsh weather conditions, the chances of flights getting canceled are higher than in any other state.

Airport Nearest Hill Station Travel Time
Gaggal Airport Dalhousie (105 km) 3 hours 15 minutes
Gaggal Airport Dharamshala (14 km) 28 minutes
Gaggal Airport Palampur (38 km) 1 hour 10 minutes
Jubbarhatti Airport Shimla (21 km) 45 minutes
Jubbarhatti Airport Narkanda (82 km) 2 hours 25 minutes
Bhuntar Airport Manali (51 km) 1 hour 30 minutes
Bhuntar Airport Kullu (10 km) 20 minutes
Bhuntar Airport Spiti Valley (231 km) 6 hours 40 minutes)
Pathankot Airport Dalhousie (91 km) 2 hours 50 minutes
Pathankot Airport Dharamshala (90 km) 2 hour 20 minutes
Pathankot Airport Palampur (117 km) 3 hours 10 minutes

How to Get Around in Himachal Pradesh

There are numerous bus stands in the state from where one can board a government or private bus to travel to the cities, towns, and villages of Himachal Pradesh. The major bus stands in Himachal Pradesh are situated in Chamba, Dharamshala, Manali, Kullu, Una, Kangra, Hamirpur, Palampur, Mandi, Shimla, Rampur Bushahr, Reckong Peo, and Kaza. Tourists can hop on the buses and they can travel to the remotest corner of the state including Kinnaur Valley, Tirthan Valley, Lahaul Valley, and Spiti Valley. This is a cost-effective way to get around in Himachal Pradesh. Also, travelers can board a shared jeep, which is easily available everywhere. The facility of hiring a private taxi and renting a bike is also there in the major tourist cities of the state including Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Palampur, and Kaza.