The distance between Shimla and Manali is 250 km. It takes a little more than six hours to reach Manali from Shimla, by car, with couple of breaks in between. Take the Shimla bypass out of Shimla, which connects to NH 88. Follow Nh88 to Bilaspur via Jutogh, Sallaghat, Darlaghat and Brahmpukhar. After crossing Bilaspur, take a right turn to reach NH 21. Drive 50km on NH 21 to reach Mandi. From Mandi, 41 km away is Aut, with Pandoh in between. And from Aut, Manali is just 68 km away. It is an excellent road and there are many places to stop, for refreshment and refuelling.
Transport options from Shimla to Manali
Shimla to Manali By Car: Hire a cab or take a car from Shimla to Manali, which takes a little more than 6 hours. The cost of cab ranges from INR9 to INR160 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Travelling by car is suitable for kids, seniors and group travellers.
Shimla to Manali By Bus: Take a direct bus from Shimla to Manali, which takes about 9 hours. Manali bus stand is located in the city centre. Not recommended as it is uncomfortable.
We started early in morning at around 8 o clock. The view on the way was awesome and breathtaking. On the way stopped at multiple points to take snaps. We had lunch at a dhaba on the way. We visited Sunder Nagar Lake and we stopped by a dam. The river Beas was very photogenic. We stopped for an amazing rafting experience near Kullu. The journey was one of the best I have done in recent times.
This route has:
National Highway 22, National Highway 305 and National Highway 21
Road was so good that we enjoyed the whole trip from Shimla to Manali. We started early by 8 in the morning from our hotel, on the way we did the white water rafting at Kullu. That was really breath taking. Since they had a separate cloak room for changing we had no difficulties and enjoyed a lot.
The group who took us for rafting (introduced to us by our driver) was very friendly, decent helpful, kind with presence of mind. So the rafting was very much joyful. There are restaurant's along the way but we didnít stop anywhere as we didn't felt hungry.
If you are interested you can try one or more of them. Vaishnav Devi Temple at Kullu is one more place that is very special due to the wood work inside the temple and its a must see temple here.
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