Manali in the Beas River valley is an beautiful hill station in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 250 km north of state capital, Shimla. It is today the most sought after hill station among tourists for it offers tremendous scopr for sight-seeing and interesting activities to do.
Best Time to Visit Manali: May to October
How to Get There:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21 about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town. The airport is also known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. Indian Airlines and some private airlines have regular flights to the airport.
By Road: Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh and from there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns. The road distance from Delhi to Chandigarh is 248 km and from Chandigarh to Manali is 273 km. The total distance from Delhi to Manali thus is 521 km.
On Tracks: Manali is not easily approachable by rail. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 km), Pathankot (325 km) and Kalka (310 km). The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 km).