Delhi to Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Travel Guide

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Destination Point: Manali

One of the most popular tourist places in Northern India is situated in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh on the banks of Beas River and at an altitude of 1950 Meters or 6500 Feet (approximately) Manali, Valley of Gods. The term stands for Manu (Manu Rishi) + Aali (Home) and I bet you his home (Manali ;)) is just MAGICAL in nature. Manali is one of the oldest towns of Kullu Valley. The place surrounds with the the aura of ROMANCE everywhere, right from the hustle-bustle of mall road to the very calm, traditional, firang (foreigners) dominated old Manali to the woods/villages around/beyond Manu temple to the walk path around Hadimba temple. It can easily be called one of the ROMANTIC destinations of India. The place is ideal for families as well as young couple looking for some hide and seek with the flavor of romance on top of it. Manali is largely visited by the honeymoon couples (me did so 😉 Read story Snow at Manali and Naggar | Honeymoon Trip ) and in summers people from all walks of life (children to old) run to seek pleasant weather from low hot burning lands of Northern India. The Hadimba goddess runs the Manali town and is the center of worship of the people living at Manali. The almighty goddess also governs the tall mountains along with raw nature and it’s only after her permission that one gets to enjoy this beautiful place to the core. When people think of Manali the second keyword that comes is of course Rohtang Pass which no doubt is a must visit place if you go to Manali.

Some views of Manali…
View of Manali
View of Manali
View of Manali
View of Manali
View of Manali
Climate

Climate in Manali is almost nice throughout the year (if you like chill ;)) where you can enjoy chilling cold in winters (December-February) and nice pleasant cool weather in summers. The best time although to visit Manali is April to June when heat is burning the low lands of Northern India. July-August may experience rainfall but this place has again it’s unique beauty when it rains :). Snowfall may also occur in the months of January and February.

Article Last Updated on 20th May 2015
Best Time to Visit

April to June is the best time to visit Manali but do keep in mind that in summers (April-June) people from most Northern parts of India invade this place like anything and seeing the Mall road in the evening can cause serious shiver in your Head :D. It’s almost you are in Trade Fair of Pragati Maidan, Delhi 😆 But if you enjoy it, then it’s really awesome time to visit Manali. Also, you can take the shelter in Old Manali in such extreme cases which is far off from the hustle bustle of the (over) crowd. Right from accommodation to food to shopping to taxi / auto fares, everything is costly in this peak season summer holidays.

For honeymoon, of course if you get married in winters then Mid-November to February end is the best time as you get an additional benefit of heavy discount, being off-season topped with less number of tourists or at least you see similar love birds.

If you are looking for adventure sports then, hit for skiing December to February season is the best time and for rafting May to September would do good. All of you who seeks Paragliding in Manali, it’s always dependent on weather on the current day of the year 🙂

Do avoid Durga Puja holidays mainly in October when the rush is at peak again and people flood the Kullu Manali towns like anything :D… It is also the Dusherra Festival time in Kullu Valley with which also valley is under heavy tourist rush.

Also, there is official HPTDC off-season at the time of monsoon and winters (usually mid November-February) when they provide 30% discount on their services

Some More Views Manali…
View of snow cap peaks from Manali
View of strrets in Old Manali
How to reach Manali
By Air

Nearest Airport is Bhunter near Kullu about 50 KM away. From Kullu, you can hire a taxi to reach Manali in 90 minutes approximately. The fare of taxi could be Rs 600- Rs 800, depending upon the bargaining skills as well as season time.

By Train

Chandigarh is the closest major Railway Station from where it would take anywhere around 9-10 Hours to reach Manali by bus/car.

By Road

Manali is about 570 KM from Delhi (approximately) and takes around 12-14 Hours to reach.

Generaly the route followed for Manali from Delhi by road is –

Delhi – Ambala (188 KM) – Chandigarh – Roopnagar (282 KM) – Kiratpur – Bilaspur (371 KM) – Sunder Nagar – Mandi (440 KM) – Pandoh – Aut (481 KM) – Kullu – Manali (570 KM)

HPTDC Volvo Buses also run from Delhi at 6 P.M. everyday from HPTDC Office, Janpath and reaches Manali next morning around 8 AM. The fare is around Rs 990 on side. The similar buses leaves from Manali every evening 5.30 PM and reaching Delhi by 7.00 AM next morning.

Road Conditions

Delhi to Manali roads run on NH-21 and NH-1 highways and are pretty much in great shape being a highway. In the entire route there are one or two rough patches so that you never loose your concentration, specially the drive from Kiratpur to Sunder Nagar is horrible with with trucks running madly all over the road on both sides, slowing you down terribly. A slight Chandigarh to Roopnagar stretch is also in bad shape but rest of the road conditions are pure bliss to drive.

For updated road conditions of Delhi to Manali, please refer the DoW Community thread: Delhi – Manali Road Conditions

Preferred Vehicles

Best way is to take your car/bike and hit the road as there is no such specialty required in the vehicle be it 2X2 or 4X4. You can take it as long as its engine runs and fuel exists 😉

Bus Service from Delhi – Manali

As per HRTC FB Page, HRTC & HPTDC operates 6 daily Volvo buses from Manali to Delhi. While HRTC charges ₹1283- for this service, HPTDC charges ₹1300/-. Travel time is roughly 13.5-14 hours (592 kms).

Timings from Manali: 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Timings from Delhi: HPTDC (from Himachal bhawan)- 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm; HRTC (from Delhi ISBT)- 7:35 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:25 pm and 9:03 pm

Itinerary

From Delhi to visit Manali you require at least 3 Nights, 4 Days and it would be great if you have more 🙂 But ideally in 3 Nights / 4 Days you can cover majority of this place. I would also provide some add-on or pop-up day tours which you can include exclude as you like.

Night – 1: Leave Delhi in the evening to reach Manali next morning either by car/or Volvo bus. You can take a morning flight to Kullu as well which takes you to first day.

Day – 1: Check-in at the hotel, rest for few hours and go on for Local Sightseeing. This may include Mall road (which of course you can’t avoid any day), Local Monastery, Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Rishi Temple in the evening through the streets of old Manali. Have Dinner at one of the traditional / western cuisine restaurant at Old Manali. Come back to hotel for the rest.

Day – 2: Leave for Rohtang Pass early in the morning to avoid traffic JAM. Mind it, it’s worse JAM of the trip so be prepared and it’s always better to avoid by shooting for Rohtang early morning may be 7 A.M. Come back to hotel by evening or around 4 PM to rest at the hotel and enjoy the Mall road in the evening / night.

Day – 3: Leave for Solang Valley if you want to do some adventure sports and enjoy the day there. Come back in the evening. Leave for home in the night, either by taking the evening Volvo or by you own car.

Add-on or Top-up Days

Day – 4: If you are not interested in visiting a unique place then include Naggar Castle in your trip with a night stay at Naggar Castle. Well the views it offers is just breathtaking. So you can also opt for Naggar in place of Solang if you don’t like adventure sports then replace this day with the trip to Naggar Castle, just 30 odd KM from Manali. For honeymoon it’s one of the best place to stay and must visit for couples looking for ideal romantic point.

To get the glimpses of the views from Naggar Castle, check these links of my visit to this beautiful place.

You may take a day trip to Naggar and leave for Manali same day if you don’t like much but better include a night stay at this lovely Hotel. Next morning you can leave to Delhi from Naggar itself.

Day – 5/6: Another set of location you may include is that you leave for Kullu or Kasol in the evening if it’s the penultimate day of the trip or early morning on any day if you have ample amount of time. Just it would be great if you can do it on the way back to home towards Delhi or similar route.

Reach Kullu, shop in the market and head towards Manikaran. Visit this holy place and leave for Kasol where you can enjoy the evening in nice Israeli flavor. If you have time then dedicate a day for Kasol and try to enjoy the environment to the core besides the Parvati River. If you have ever been to Goa (Check My Goa Valentines Trip), you would say it’s almost a mini form of it without bikinis ;)…

Leave for Delhi in the evening and reach by morning.

Accommodations

There are a lot of Hotel options available in Manali for accommodation ranging from luxury Hotels to budget range Hotels. Well I have been to all three kinds on my previous trips to Manali and this is what I felt a nice list to narrow down the choices. Of course I would say these are just Hotels either known to me or I have taken feedback from my family members who have stayed there 🙂

  • HPTDC, Kunzum: Hotel Kunzum is just on the Mall road provides you with ample facilities being on the Mall road. Everything is so near by and I would really recommend it for families with children. Kids tends to demand this and that every now and then which makes Hotel Kunzum a good choice as everything you get in Manali is so near by. Range is Rs 1700 – Rs 3000
  • HPTDC, Hadimba Cottages / Log / Hamta Huts: These huts ideal for honeymoon lovers are located a bit isolated towards Old Manali, again which is what love birds seek. But, don’t catch it into very off – season as it may also scare a bit out of you being alone. At least we felt so when we stayed and moreover food is not that good quality. You can check the entire review Hadimba Cottages, Manali | Hotel Review
  • Johnson’s: Located near Circuit House is very famous for it’s cuisines. The rooms are really comfortable and worth the money. Even if you don’t stay do have a meal or two in it’s restaurant. Range is Rs 2200- Rs4000.
  • Picaddily Resort: This is at the start of Mall road and not at all a budget hotel. We stayed here in very off season and still we got a room for 1500 😯 I believe. But I must say the money was worth it as the Hotel have all sorts of deserving offerings one would like.
  • HPTDC, Rohtang Manalsu & The Beas: This hotel is a bit away from hustle bustle of town but very moderate budget hotels. Range is 650-2000 and you can always stay here if you are short on budget.

So, if you are no short of budget go for Johnson’s or Picaddily Resorts, although there are more luxury Hotel also available which you may check for sure.

If you are short on budget either choose HPTDC, Rohtang Manalsu or HPTDC, The Beas or else you can very well walk to the streets of Old Manali where you will get very good deals for some cheap hotels in Manali.

HPTDC is always a safe bet if you are in dilemma for cheap hotel, I believe.

Budgest Hotels in Manali

You can find lots of budget hotels around Manali in Vashishth, Old Manali and hotels on the Manali – Naggar road near Beas Bridge. The one at Manali – Naggar road named The River View and one just before that hotel are real good and economic options of stay in Manali. Read the complete review of The River View hotel at the below link: The River View, Manali | Hotel Review

Food Joints
  • Johnson’s,located near Circuit House is very famous for it’s cuisines. A meal here is a must for us whenever we go to Manali.
  • Chopsticks, located at Mall road, has a great variety of Chinese dishes topped with great taste.
  • Grozy, located just at the start of Mall road shops is also quite good in food quality. In fact on of the trip we just had our meal on this restaurant only.
  • IL Forno is by far the best place for Pizzas in Manali. If you love Pizzas then do not forget to check this awesome place.
  • Sher-e-Punjab or Shan – e -Punjab (original one) is also a good food joint although I have never been there due to long queues 😀
Tips to travel in winters
  • Do take heavy woolens with you especially a heavy woolen jacket.
  • Do take 2-3 pairs of inner thermals cots
  • Do take woolen long socks. Airtight shoes would be perfect to help you avoid freezing feet.
  • Do not exert yourself too much and try to keep your body hydrated on the day when visiting snow points.
  • Take at least one complete day rest in Manali before venturing further heights. i.e. snow points in Solang or Gulaba. DO NOT go to snow points on the very first day you reach Manali region.
  • In Winters (except xmas – new year week) HPTDC runs about 30% off season discounts [also valid for Naggar Castle], if you like to stay in their hotels. All other private hotels can offer as much as 40-50%
Around Manali:

There are ample of places around Manali and inside Manali town which as a tourist can be visited and clicked for some great memories in life. I will try to enlist some of them below –

Local Sightseeing

You can check below destinations within Manali town –

Manali Mall Road

You can enjoy food and shopping at this very road. There are few Hotels as well on the road including Hotel Kunzum, HPTDC. There is one Temple as well at the Mall road just aside Bus and Taxi Stand

View of temple at mall road of Manali
Hadimba Temple

It’s near Circuit House approximately 15-20 minutes walk. Autos run all time in Manali to take you to the local tourist joints but charge a bit high. I feel walking down to these places has fun of it’s own kind.

View of Hadimba Temple in Manali
Manu Temple

As you cross through the streets of lovely Old Manali you will reach this temple. Chingu Chingu is what you will hear all over as you start entering the road. Don’t fall into the trap of sales man of buying it, most of them are duplicate makes.

View of Manu Temple in Manali
Local Monastery

Local monastery is situated just few 200 odd Meters from the bus stand at Mall road. You can surely buy some souvenir from the shops in front of the local Manali monastery.

View of local monastery in Manali
View of local monastery in Manali
Vashishth Hot Water Springs

Personally I didn’t like this place at all and considered it as total waste of time.

Other trails

Other trails in the woods through local villages and old Manali which can be enjoyed as well.

Rohtang Pass

At an height of 13,051 feet or 3978 Meters, this Pir Panjal Range pass is a must visit for every tourist who goes to Manali. You can find snow throughout the year at this place and is reachable from May End – October It connects the Kullu Valley to Lahaul-Spiti Valley and is one of the main blockage point of Delhi-Manali-Leh Ladakh connectivity.

Partial view of Rohtaang Pass with tourists all around
Solang Valley

Mountaineering and Allied sports Institute, Manali conducts various courses on Skiing at this place and if you love adventure sports you may find this place very exciting. Along with this, it also offers snow capped views of glaciers and even snow in winters. The place also helps in proper acclimatization if you are wishing to head Leh Ladakh.

View of Solang Valley
View of Solang Valley while going from Manali
Naggar

This is just amazing place which I have already explained in the Itinerary section and if you are really looking for some romantic joint, Naggar Castle is surely the place to be. Do read more at Naggar Castle, Naggar

View of Naggar while going from Manali
Kullu

It’s a major district of Himachal Pradesh and is located at the banks of Beas River. The Airport Bhunter is just 10 KMs from this place and you will find ample of place to shop.

View of Kullu while going to Manali
View of Kullu while going to Manali
Kasol

42 KM from Kullu, Kasol situated at the banks of Parvati River is yet another place which is a must visit and provides a completely unique experience with Israeli atmosphere dominating the air.It’s an hub of backpackers and what they are after, you very well know.

Manikaran

It’s a Hindu and Sikh pilgrimage center located between the Beas and Parvati Rivers. Well you may like it or you may not like it. It’s a matter of taste but couple of hours giving to this place is worth enough.

Kalath

A hot water spring about 10 KMs before Manali on the road side itself. Thanks to Ajay for sharing this place with us at the comment here, will check next time I visit up there.

Conclusion

If you ever have been to Manali then please share you valuable thoughts and suggestion as well so that it can help other fellow travelers to plan their journey to Manali accordingly. I will be looking forward to your comments and suggestions.

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  1. Riya Mallick on

    Hi Deheraj,

    Had a small query!!
    We are a group off 6ppl and are planning a bike trip from delhi to manali over a period of 5days between 11th to 15th august 2017.
    Is it advisable to visit manali on bikes during august? Are there any chances of landslides over the delhi manali route via shimla?? How difficult would the terrain be?

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks

    • Well Riya, it will be rains in Himachal or North India during that time of the year. The roads are fine but with bikes you have to face the rain hassles all throughout in case it rains on those days which in general does every year. Roads are tarred up to Manali. There will be landslides or road blocks but then again, if it rains heavily it will not be possible to ride on bikes.

      • Riya Mallick on

        Thanks for the insight Deheraj.

        Can you please let me know if the its advisable to travel from delhi to shimla during that period in bikes?

        Thanks,
        Riya

        • Riya Mallick on

          I am extremely sorry for mispelling your name continuously. Its cos of this damn autocorrect.

        • Delhi to Shimla is still fine as roads are wide and well laid out till Shimla. Also, there is no river nearby too in Shimla route. I will suggest to keep the options open, in case there are no rain predictions for the week, go for Manali trip else go for Shimla. But, be cautious and avoid taking unnecessary risks.

  2. Hi dheeraj

    We are planning himachal Pradesh tour in the month of July what will be the weather? . does the roads blocked at that season

  3. Hi,
    We are planning 9 days trip for following places. 2 adults and 2 children. April 25th to May 3rd.
    Delhi – 1 day
    Shimla – 2 days
    Manali/Kulu – 3 days
    Agra – 1 day
    Can you give your opinion and best places to stay in shimla and manali.

  4. Sanjay Saxena on

    Hi Dheeraj – thank you so much for such detailed information for Manali visitors. I need to an advise, would it be safe if I travel by Sadan car (Mahindra Logan) with family (2 adult and 2 Kids)?

    Actually, I am planning to Visit Manali in the last week of May for a full week and wanted to cover Rahtang Pass, Solang Valley and Kullu in first 4 days and then want to move Kajjiar which I believe approx. 400Km from Manali and from Kajjiar back to Gurgaon.

    • Yeah Sanjay, the roads to Manali are fine barring the stretech from Swarghat to Bilaspur where road conditions have pot holes and truck traffic but nothing a sedan cannot handle. Your plan looks fine to me. Have couple of spare days at least for Khajjiar.

      • Sanjay Saxena on

        Thanks Dheeraj! My only worry was my Sedan Car as the length of car is more compared with SUV or small car so I was thinking it might be problem on narrow hill roads and curves… Thanks Again!

        • No Sanjay, I have been driving my sedan for last about 8 years in Himalayas, it has it challenges but had survived all the trips 🙂

  5. Hi Dheeraj,

    Good day to you.

    Excellent blog !! well narrated …

    Thought of seeking your advice for a trip planning in April 2017.

    I am planning for a second honeymoon trip to Shimla-Kulu-Manali. 🙂 and the trip is planned in Second week of April.

    Plan is to go to Shimla first then to Manali-Kulu. We are planning for 4-5 days of trip.

    Can you give me the list of places to visit in Shimla-Kulu-Manali? And best hotel to stay in (3/4 star)

    And Is it a good Idea to hire a bullet to roam around in the city?

    We will be landing in Delhi from Singapore.

    Thanks & Regards
    Riby

    • Thanks Riby !!

      4-5 days for both Shimla and Manali will be very hectic considering you planning the honeymoon. I will suggest to restric it to one of the places preferably Manali. You can opt for Johnson’s Cafe or Log Huts in Manali for it.

  6. Dheeraj, you’re amazing man. HATSOFF for selfless service.

    I would like your opinion on my iternary which is not completely planned.
    We’re 3 couples from Bangalore. We’ll reach Delhi on 24th January 2017 morning.
    24th – Delhi Local sight seeing
    25th – Morning reach Manali
    28th – Evening Leave Manali for Delhi
    29th – Agra
    30th – Morning back to bangalore.

    I would like your suggestion on places to visit and activities during our manali stay.
    I don’t have much info since it’s winter time.
    *Please advice on hotels for staying also. I’m thinking we can’t book hotels like “honeymoon Inn” because it’ll be difficult to travel local places since it’s far from mall road??
    *What will be cost of cabs like Innova?
    *Last query, Is it advisable to take a cab for
    1. Entire delhi-Manali-Agra-delhi trip
    2. Sepate cabs for Manali and Agra and rest by buses

    • Thank you Manu !! 🙂 🙂

      I will not suggest you undertake such a hectic plan. You should keep Agra for some other time in future and focus over just a relaxing holiday in Manali and around. The journey is 14 Hrs from Delhi to Manali and takes a toll on your body. Then again going over 8 Hrs journey for Agra and back will surely gonna exhaust you all !! Hence, best is to stick to Manali and enjoy it at leisure.

      1. You can go for Johnson’s, both are near to mall road and exceptionally good.
      2. Cabs should range from anywhere between 3000-4000 for a day trip to snow points.
      I suggest to skip Agra. Use Volvo to reach Manali from Delhi and Volvo to come back. No private volvo, only opt for HPTDC or HRTC volvos. For local sightseeing in Manali, hire local cab.

  7. dodiyaelec on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    So much information about Himachal, Great job by you friend, heartly appreciate.
    i m going to visit himachal tour with Day 8 & Night 8.

    Here is my ltinerary. need to some your suggestion or inpur wheater we can added anything we covered during these time which i have no idea. or possible to covered??

    Day 01 AMBALA CAN’T:
    Pickup and proceed to Pinjore Garden and Rock Garden After lunch proceed to Timber trail enjoy Cable Car Ride (at your own cost), . Night halt at Shimla.

    Day 02 Shimla -Kufri – Mall Road :
    After breakfast visit Kufri and Mini Zoo also enjoy horse riding in this Apple Orchids (please be aware, here you can be cheated by horse riders). After lunch we will have free time for shopping at Mall Road. Night halt at Shimla.

    Day 03
    Shimla Local Sight Seeing of Mini Train and Rest Day is Free for Shopping.Night halt at shimla.
    Night Stay:Shimla (B.L.D)

    Day 04 Shimla – Manali:

    After early breakfast proceed to Manali by road (10 hrs. journey) En route we will visit kullu local Sight Seeing. Night halt at Manali.

    Day 05 Manali – Rohtang snow point:
    After breakfast full day visit at snow point Rohtang / Madhi / Gulaba ( by Self Expence). Night halt at Manali.

    Day 06 Manali – Local sights:
    After breakfast visit Hadimba Temple. After lunch visit Solang Valley (known as shooting point)(at your own cost). Night halt at Manali.

    Day 07 Manali – Delhi:
    After breakfast proceed to Dalhousie ,by 2×2 bus, total distance is 350 kms. En route Palampur tea gardens,Baijnath Temple night halt at Dalhousie.
    )
    Day 08 Dalhousie – Khajjiar
    After breakfast we will visit Khajjiar (If road is open),which is also known as Mini Swiss for a breath taking view of the ground covered with pine trees. This place is famous for horse riding (at your own cost), film shooting and photography. After lunch day is free for shopping. Overnight stay at Dalhousie

    Day 09 Dalhousie – pathankot:
    After Breakfast proceed to pathankot Rly. Station by road (2 hrs. journey) and board Train with memorable experience .

    Any special inclusion during these time please suggest.

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  9. Hello Dheeraj,

    Greetings! 10 of our family members have planned for a trip to Manali from 27th to 31st December. We are planning to take a tempo traveler from Delhi to Manali. Is it safe to do a overnight travel to Manali during the last week of December?

    Thanks,
    Venkatesh

    • Yes Venkatesh, as long as the driver has slept for the day and fresh to drive the whole night, it is fine to travel overnight. All volvo buses of himachal tourism run overnight only.

  10. HELLO sir me and my friend wants to go manali then rohtang pass on my bike from Delhi……We are planning to go there on 26th oct…Do you have Any Advice for us regarding permit do we go to rohtang pass same day when we got our permit if applicable….Someone said to rohtang pass you can go freely without a permit from SDM office if we go beyond rohtang pass we need a permit it is so confusing we book a hotel for 2 nights we just want see rohtang pass this time…Plz reply as soon as possible…

  11. Sonali Oberoi on

    I really want to visit Manali. i’m coming to visit Golden Temple Amritsar. Can anyone suggest me from where I can book a taxi from Amritsar to Manali.

  12. Nice write up dheeraj…. it really provides ample information about the complete manali…But what i would love to know is that how is the climate at the end of september ? Heard that from my friends its right now its flood over there at manali… is it true?

  13. Hi ..we planned to visit shimla n manali by Nov… As per plan we are first visiting shimla n then manali …the last day of your ends with travel from manali to Delhi by cab…I need suggestions regarding that long travel…suggest me some alternate plan to avoid hectic travel

  14. Hi Dheeraj

    I m dilip We are 5ppl planing for manali trip pls guid us , 11th august 2016 morning we will reach delhi , pls help us with cab drivers delhi to manali and how to plan for 8 days till 20th august 2016

    • Sorry Dilip, never hired a cab for Manali. If anyone of you know to drive, it will be less costly to take a self drive car to Manali and there are many options available in NCR for self drive cars.

  15. Hey Dheeraj

    I would like to buy cheap bus from Delhi to Manali but can find anywhere where to buy it… should i buy it through internet? Are there sleeping bed? What is the best for solo travelling women?

      • Thank you dheeraj 🙂

        do you think should i buy this ticket through internet in advance? I want to go there 7th of august! It looks like a few places are already taken … 🙂

        Whats the difference beetween standard and semi-deluxe?
        I have heard that volvo dont have to be always as comfortable asthey should be 🙂

        In which busses there are sleeping possibility??

        Thank you for you help!!

        • Standard is a general bus and semi-deluxe one have a bit comfortable seats than the standard buses. I have mostly travelled with HRTC and HPTDC volvos and they were always as comfortable as they are supposed to be 🙂 … Sleeping lie down will not be possible in any, volvos do have a kind of recliner seats to an extent and most comfortable among all options.

        • Dheeraj!

          But if I stay in Jispa and take a bus to Leh next morning i can get only “standing” places in the bus! Is in not true? The bas leaves from the village before Jispa.

          If I book in advance will i have quarantee to get sitting places ??

        • Yes, it is true. It will be difficult to get a seat from Jispa as bus starts from Keylong and gets full from Manali itself mostly. If you book in advance, there is no guarantee of seat then as well because you book a ride in Indian on a bus which does not mean you get to travel seated, in general 🙂

        • SO whats the best way of doing this route to avoid high attitude sicness when starting from Manali??

          Sleep in Keylong and next day drive to Leh
          Sleep in Sarchu and drive to Leh next morning?

          Something else?

  16. Hi Dheeraj,

    After reading your blog I’m very much interested in visiting manali. We are a gang of 6 members and will be going in the middle of August’16. we will be planning from Delhi and we have opted for bus from Delhi to manali and hire bike or taxi in manali for the local trips.

    1.we have only 4 days so main areas to visit would be rohtang pass, solang valley for some adventures sport.

    2. I would prefer hiring bikes, is that required getting permit in advance for that and as you have specified bike would cost around 700 – 1300 rs and what would be the security deposit?

    3. Is it better to hire taxi from delhi itself for the whole trip?

    Please suggest some best options and a budget friendly one. At-least we would need bikes for a one day trip to Rohtang pass.

    I would be very thankful to you.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,
    A very Informative blog. Thanks for helping co travelers.
    I Will be travelling to Manali in Last week of June . Will be Self driving my Honda City with family including my mother.
    Request your advice on 2 questions.
    1) What is the latest update on road conditions after Kiratpur Sahib? or should I take the Una route?
    2) I need to stop overnight at some place after driving for 6~7 hours. PL suggest a good decent place for family stay.
    thanks a lot in advance.
    Atul

  18. nice travelogue..

    planning to go to hp in nov16

    our tentative itinerary is
    5th Chandigarh-shimla- shimla l/s ViceRegal Lodge, Annadale, SankatMochan
    The Ridge,Mall Road,Christ Church,Lakkar Bazaar,St. Michaels Cathedral
    6th shimla- -narkhanda-hatu peak- mashobra-naldehra–shimla l/s ,jakau temple
    7th shimla-kufri-chini bunglow-fagu -chail
    8th Shimla – Sundernagar – Pandoh Dam – Hanogi Temple – – Vaishno Mata-Temple – Manali
    9th manali –rohtang-solang-, Gulaba, Rahla Falls
    10th manali-local sightseeing- Hadimba Temple, ,manu temple,vashisth, Hot Water,solong valley(if not done the previous day) Nehru kund,the Mountaineering Institute nagar castle
    11th manali-Nagar Castle(if not done on 10th), & manikaran Sahib,kullu-babeli -rafting
    12th kullu-palampur-mcleodanj- Tsechokling Gompa, Kalachakra Templ,dharamkot
    13th Mcleodganj-day excursion to Kangra Valley,dharamshalla stadium.bhagsu
    14th mcleo-dalhousie-chamera lake-(via jot)-panchpula
    15th dlhousie-dainkund-khajjar-chamba -dalhousie
    16th dalhousie-chandigarh

    we r 4 ppl(2 adults n 2 kids 7yrs n 10yrs) is this doable

  19. Dhruv patel on

    Hi dheeraj

    We are planning to visit manali on 1st week of june we have 5 to 8 days

    We want to cover all best places around manali

    Also want to do activities like paragliding, river rafting, sking and other sports

    Want to experience 1 or 2 night stay in tents too

    Please suggest the day wise schedule of the trip

    Thank you

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