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 enjoyed the taxi travel from Shimla to Manali with lots of snow on the route and no traffic jams on the way. Nice sight scenes with good food joints on the way. No problem for filling fuel on the route. Nice scenery from Shimla to Manali. River Beas looks beautiful and we enjoyed rafting in Manali.
I miss my days when I went to Manali and the snowfall was awesome that day and our vehicles were jammed but our Zipsy didn't stop anywhere it rocks!! Must visit this place in your life time in winters in the month like October to November or March and April. There are plenty of good hotels for staying.
My 2 other friends and I went for summer vacation to Manali. Our exp was very enjoyable and we spent a good time travelling in the bus. The best time to travel to Manali is by December. Non AC bus was a good option for travelling.
Journey was very comfortable and I always enjoyed in the bus. Seats were great but donít provide the entertainment like movies, songs, etc.
We had booked a private vehicle to travel to Shimla. It was a good experience for us; we had great fun. The driver was good and he knew all the places. It was fun. If you love to witness the beautiful mountains and have a good time, then Manali is the place to visit. And hire a car, just like we did and make sure the driver knows the place well.
This route has:
Ambla-Shimla-Kaurik Rd and Sainj -Ani-Banjar-Aut Rd/SH 11
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