What is a good way to travel from Delhi to Manali?

#1 Sep 22nd, 2005, 17:40
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Hello,

Am Ashish and I stay in Mumbai, India. I have plans to holiday in Manali & Simla from 11th December 2005 till 18th December 2005.

We (me and my wife) will be flying to Delhi on 9th Dec to attend a wedding on 10th Dec. We are then planning to leave for Manali on 11th Dec, stay there for atleast 3 nights and from leave for Simla or any other nearby places. (please suggest here)

Here I would like to get few suggestions on the mode of travelling:

a) Delhi to Manali - I would prefer hiring a private car from delhi to manali, but since it is approx 570 kms, it may prove costly. What are the othe feasible options. Train/ Bus .. how safe and comfortable are they?

b) In Manali - Shall I keep a private car along with me till I stay there or do I get enough taxi's there on rental basis.

c) Where should I go after Manali and from there how can I go to Delhi back.

I have return flight from Delhi - Mumbai on 19th Dec Morning.

If someone can give me some ideas, it would be easy for me to draw my plans.

Thanks
Ashish
#2 Sep 22nd, 2005, 21:57
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A. Delhi to Manali by taxi will indeed prove costly, as you'll be charged for the return journey too, which means that effectively you'll be paying for minimum 1140 kms. !

You can take a direct overnight deluxe coach from Delhi to Manali. The journey time is approx. 16 hours. HPTDC operates a deluxe coach. Its quite comfortable and pretty safe too.

B. Taxis for sight seeing are available very easily at Manali.

C. From Manali you can visit Vashisht, Solang Nullah, Jagatsukh, Naggar, Manikarn and Kullu. Spend the last three days at Kullu.

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Am not too sure of taking a coach from Delhi to Manali as I had never travelled for 16 hrs in a coach. Is that really so comfortable? How about train? Can you please provide assistance on train connectivity from Delhi to Manali?

I would like to be in Malani in the early hours on 12th Dec, so that I can stay there for atleast 3 nites (12,13 and 14)

From Manali, I was then thinking of going to Simla, if thats really worth. I believe that Manali - Simla is approx 300 kms by road.

How far are the places that you had mentioned from Manali?

My plan is to spend less time in coach and more time in visiting places.
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In that case you can travel by train from Delhi to Chandigarh on the afternoon of Dec. 11 and take an overnight bus from Chandigarh to Manali (aprox. 10 hrs.). You'll reach Manali in the early hours of Dec. 12.

You may follow this itinerary:
Dec. 12 - Manali local
Dec. 13 - Solang, Vashisht, Jagatsukh and Naggar by taxi. Full day
Dec. 14 - Manikarn by taxi, halt at Kullu.
Dec. 15 - Kullu local
Dec. 16 - Raison, Katrain, Patli Kuhl, these places are very near Kullu, visit by bus.
Dec. 17 - Leave for Mandi in the morning, reach afternoon. Halt for the night.
Dec. 18 - Leave Mandi in the morning for Chandigarh, reach afternoon. Late evening take train to Delhi, reach Delhi at night.

Keep Shimla for a later trip, as Shimla alone requires at least 6 days.
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Thanks a lot for this detailed itinierary. I would like to knwo that how far is Kufri from Manali? Can I include that as well i this trip?
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Kufri is near Shimla, hence very far from Manali.
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Is it a off season or average season in and aroudn manali during december? Do I need to make any advance reservations for transport and hotels in Kullu before I reach there?

I already have a tentative reservation in a hotel at manali

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