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How To Reach Kullu Manali

Kullu Manali is a stunning hill station and is easily accessible from the major cities and towns of the country. Located in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu Manali is among the top tourist destinations in India that attracts a large number of travelers. The hill stations of Himachal Pradesh are great places to visit to escape the humid climate of the plains. The district of Kullu Manali has a stunning landscape and is a popular destination for honeymooners. Kullu Manali is well-connected by road, train, and flight from the rest of the country. Here is detailed information about how to reach Kullu Manali from different towns and cities of the country.

By Air

You can reach this prominent hill station in Himachal by air. The nearest airport is Bhuntar, around 50 km from Manali. Regular flights are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, and Leh to Bhuntar. However, during monsoons, there are flight disruptions due to rain showers and thunderstorms. Kullu lies at a distance of 10 km from the airport, which is accessible by cabs and buses.

Travel by Flight Travel Time  Distance 
Delhi to Manali 2 hrs & 15minutes +1 Stop  403 km
Chandigarh to Manali  1 hr  172 km
Jaipur to Manali  1 hr, 05 minutes  597 km
Kolkata to Manali  2 hr, 30 minutes  1,538 km
Mumbai to Manali  2 hr,  10 minutes  1,024 km
Kochi to Manali 3 hr,  10 minutes  2,482 km
Chennai to Manali 2 hr,  50 minutes 2,153 km

By Train

There is no railway station in Manali. However, the nearest railhead to Manali is the Jogindernagar railway station. It connects Manali with several important cities in the country. Chandigarh and Ambala are other nearby railway stations to reach Manali. From the railway stations, tourists can reach Manali through several modes of transport such as taxis and buses.

By Road

Many vacationers prefer to travel by road to Kullu, especially from Delhi. However, you can hire cabs or opt for Volvo buses plying daily from New Delhi, covering a distance of 522 km. This region also has good connectivity with Ambala, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dalhousie, and other districts through regular bus services of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

Travel by Road Travel Time  Distance 
Delhi to Manali 22 hrs & 47 minutes  533 km NH 44
Chandigarh to Manali  8 hrs & 33 minutes  288 km NH 154

Delhi to Manali by Bus

Manali is well-connected to major cities in India, such as Delhi, Leh, Shimla, and Dharamshala. There are several state-run and private buses that run from Delhi to Manali. You can opt for air-conditioned Volvo buses or go for non-ac buses. The journey is delightful, with scenic views along the way.

  • Route: Dr NS Hardikar Road - NH9 - NH44 - Mehmadpur - Kharar - NH154 - Mandi - NH3 - Manali
  • Distance: 533 km (approx.)
  • Travel Time: 12 hours, 49 minutes (approx.)
  • Road conditions: Delhi to Manali roads are pretty smooth. However, after Mandi the road runs in a zig-zag fashion. So, drive carefully.

Delhi to Manali by Train

Several trains run from the Delhi railway station to the nearest railway station from Manali. However, Manali does not have a railway station and you have to take a bus or taxi from the nearest station. Also, try to book in advance if you do not want to miss this beautiful train journey.

  • Manali’s Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh (288 km approx.) or Kalka (278 km approx.)

Popular trains to Manali:

  • 12005 Kalka Shatabdi
  • 12011Kalka Shatabdi
  • 14095 Himalayan Queen
  • 12925 Paschim Express
  • 12311 Hwh Dli Klk Mail
  • 12057 Uhl Janshatabdi
  • 13008 U A Toofan Express
  • 14217 Unchahar Express
  • 12449 Goa Smprk K Express
  • 22455 Snsi Klk Sup Express

Chandigarh to Manali by Bus

The bus route between Chandigarh and Manali is one of the most scenic journeys you will ever come across. You can easily plan for a quick trip or a weekend getaway.

  • Route: Kurali Chandigarh Road - NH105 - Shahpur - NH205 - NH154 - Mandi Bajaura Road - NH3 - Manali
  • Distance: 288 km (approx.)
  • Travel Time: 8 hours, 37 minutes (approx.)
  • Road conditions: Chandigarh to Manali roads offer a smooth ride. Drive carefully after Mandi as the roads take abrupt turns.

Chandigarh to Manali by Train

Manali does not have a train station. So, one has to take a bus or taxi from Chandigarh. You can also travel in your own car to Manali.

  • Manali’s Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh (288 km approx.)

Jaipur to Manali by Bus

Manali is very well-connected to Jaipur by bus. One can take private buses or can travel in state-run buses till Manali. Also, the travelers have the option to travel during the day or can take an overnight bus to Manali.

  • Route: Sikar Road - NH48 - NH44 - Panipat - Karnal - Ambala - NH205A - Kharar - NH105 - NH154 - Mandi - Bajaura - NH3 - Manali
  • Distance: 796 km (approx.)
  • Travel Time: 16 hours, 38 minutes (approx.)
  • Road conditions: Jaipur to Manali road conditions are safe and in good condition.

Jaipur to Manali By Train

There is no direct train to Manali from Jaipur. You can take a train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantt. and further a bus to Manali.

  • Manali’s Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh (288 km approx.) or Kalka (278 km approx.)

Popular trains to Manali:

  • 12464 RJSTHN S KRANTI
  • 12462 MANDOR EXPRESS
  • 12957 SWARNA J RAJ EX
  • 19579 RJT DEE EXPRESS
  • 19565 UTTARANCHAL EXP
  • 12915 ASHRAM EXPRESS
  • 14660 RUNICHA EXPRESS
  • 12985 DEE DOUBLE DECKER
  • 09731 JAIPUR DELHI CANTT SPL





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