Delhi is the capital of India and is known for its historical establishments. Distance between Delhi and Manali is 550 km and Delhi is well connected to Manali by roadways. There in no airport and railways in Manali. Chandigarh is the nearest railway station to Manali that connects it with Delhi. Rest of the journey can take place by car or bus. Therefore, the best way to travel from Delhi from Manali is by Bus. Private luxury buses and buses from Himachal Pradesh State Transport Corporation are available between the two cities. NH 21 connects Manali with Delhi. It's an overnight journey of about 14 hours. Petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil, Hospitals, dhabas and restaurants, ATMs are located on the way.
Transport options from Manali to New Delhi
Manali to New Delhi By Car: Hire a taxi or car from Manali to Delhi, for a journey of 14 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR 8 to INR 55 per kilometer, depending upon the type of car. Additionally, toll tax has to be paid. Take route of NH 21. Suitable for families travelling with children and groups.
Manali to New Delhi By Bus: Direct and regular buses are available from Manali to Delhi. Various bus services A/C, non A/c, private Volvo buses, Volvo buses from HSRTC and Himachal Tourism are available at Manali bus stop. It takes 14 hours from Manali to Delhi by bus. Ideal for families, groups, individuals and backpackers.
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The travellers should always prefer the AC bus depending on the availability. It's good that one should board the bus in the evening around 5:00 pm so that he/she reaches by the time the sun rises. I found Heera Himanchal good and can be my next times choice too.
I had a comfortable journey while travelling to Manali and I enjoyed at the halts where it stopped. Arrangement in the bus was up to the expectation. Locations for halting were nice, economic, safe and had good surrounding.
I did not have a good experience while returning back. Kalpana Travellers did not seem to be a good choice since no water got provided, place for night dinner halt was not nice.
Please be careful while choosing the right traveller and always carry the required amount of luggage specially clothing as per weather condition.
The volvo bus by which I travelled was good. I really liked it a lot. The bus was really comfortable and we hada great journey. It was a smooth travel overall. The AC was good. While travelling from and to Delhi to Manali, they had provided enough rest stops. Volvo from Manali to Delhi was not semi sleeper, it had only reclining push back seat and AC.(Half point deducted for this). Same Manali to Delhi Volvo have only one charging point near driver seat! There was no individual charging point at seat, as well. I have deducted ONE POINT for their pick up point (Majnu Ka Tila) which is a very isolated area. They had not provided any basic shelter for the passengers waiting for their bus. All passengers had to wait for the bus in the open. I faced one of the most horrible cyclones (on 29/05/2014 evening) at Majnu ka Tila area without any shelter, or any protection! I am very thankful to nearby people who offered us shelter, and we survived. During travelling they provided only blanket and one drinking water bottle and a plastic bag in case of vomiting. They didn't provide any pillows, neck rest, or any light breakfast during the journey. However, I am not sure that these amenities are included in the bus fair or not.. But I was expecting neck rest for better journey. Bus Staff is not clear about the sitting arrangement. They changed my seat twice and send me to the back seat and told me that front 6 seats are for Chandigarh passengers!!! I got 25 & 26 No seat for my Delhi to Manali and vise verse journey even though I had booked my tickets on 24/5/14 . And some passengers who booked their tickets after 24/5/14 were allotted front seat.
It was a horrifying experience to visit Manali. I started my journey on 14th August, 14, because we had an extended weekend ahead. The roads were flooded and it seemed the entire world is going to Uttaranchal. To top it all, it was rainy and we saw so many landslides on the way. The traffic jams made us feel as if we are stuck on the roads for lifetime. Eventually, we heard of some mishap that happened last night and a bridge broke off. We had to take a u-turn and move to Dharamshala/McLeod Ganj. In total, we were on road for 24 long hours.
It was a 12-14 hrs over-night journey from Delhi to Manali, reclining 120 degree seats, comfortable air conditioner temperature, TV viewing was available. Minimum of 7 halts during the journey at dinner at road side Punjabi dhaba for which they charged Rs. 600 for a plate of chicken! Wash-room to be used at the petrol-pumps and at road side dhabas, better to carry own food and people with motion sickness should avoid bus journey. The bus started 1hr late than the pre-determined departure time.
Choosing a bus is always a difficult decision but if you are travelling to a long route like Manali, prefer semi sleeper as you will be able to enjoy your journey. The halt at the bus is at a restaurant near Karnal, it is bit expensive one. The next halt was near Manali and you can enjoy the nice view and tea.
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