Kullu Manali is a famous Hill Station situated at the northern part of the Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. It is a hill station situated at a height of 6400 ft) in the Himalayas.
Situated on the Beas river (Vyaas in Hindi) is the famous tourist destination for Indians in Summer Holidays and In Winter for Honeymoon Couples.
The small town, with a population of 9096 (in 2011), is the beginning of the old route to Leh Ladakh via Lahaul and Spiti Valley.
Manali is meant for its snow, famous Treks (Trek to Jogni Waterfalls, Hampta pass Trek, Khirganga Trek, etc) and some of the famous activities like River Rafting and Paragliding.
Kullu Manali Circuit
There are so many destinations and Hill Stations comes on National Highway NH 21. The highway starts from Chandigarh and ends up at Manali covering Swarghat, Bilaspur, Sunder Nagar, Mandi, Kullu.
This complete, from Chandigarh to Manali on National Highway No 21 is the Kullu Manali Circuit. Ahead of Manali is Rohtang Pass, Lahaul and Spiti.
What is the History of Manali
Manali is often referred to as the valley of gods. The name Manali is a changed version of the word Manu allaya, that means the home of Manu. The temple of Manu is still found in old Manali.
Believe is that Manu left his ark in Kullu Manali to recreate human life after a huge flood had overwhelmed the world. Manali is situated in the North of Kullu Valley – 50 km ahead.
We if talk about the story of Apple. It is like, The British Planted apple trees here. The first apple orchard was planted by the British near Patlikuhl (20 Km before Manali), and before this, no Apple trees grew in this area.
Till date Apple of Manali is being supplied all over India and one of the famous among all. Plum and Apple is also one of the main source of income for majority of Local Peoples. Trout Fish was also introduced into the Beas River first time by Britishers.
Before other Influencers started visiting Manali, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru favoured this as a holiday destination in the mountains. Sh Atal Bihari Vajpayi has its bunglow in Manali, near Prini area (Bheind Hotel Holiday Inn).
In Late 1990’s due to rise in disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir Kullu Manali welcomed a surge in Huge Tourist traffic. So this calm village slowly transferred into a hustling and bustling town with various Hotels in Manali, Cottages, Restaurants, Cafes, etc.
How to reach Manali
By Bus : Delhi to Manali is about 575 km. Buses from Delhi to Manali are on regular basis. Manali is also connecting to Chandigarh, Shimla, Dharamshala, and Leh. For Bus booking services you can book it online at www.kullumanali.com.
HRTC and HPTDC buses are also operating on a daily basis from Delhi to Manali and Delhi to Shimla.
The Approximate travel time from Delhi to Manali is 12 Hours, From Ambala to Manali is 10 Hrs and from Chandigarh to Manali is 9 hours time. Departure time from Delhi to Manali Volvo buses are 5 pm. It reaches Manali the next morning at around 7 am.
Some Hotels in Manali are including Volvo buses in their packages to provide comfort to the customer and they get all services at one platform. Get some of these all included packages.
Important Information for Volvo bus Travellers
Windows do not open in Volvo buses. Most of the Volvo buses provide Blankets and Water Bottles on Departure. Heavy and Spicy meals should be avoided before boarding the bus / while traveling.
Polythene bags are provided in Buses for the peoples if they feel like vomit. You will get a better view of the Valley and Beas River all the way from Mandi to Manali if you take a seat on the driver side of the Bus
There is no Railway station in Kullu Manali. The nearest Broad gauge Railway station in Chandigarh (320 km) or Una (250 km). So from any Railway station, it is around 8 to 10 hours drive.
The train journey is best for the travelers who preferred to go for Complete Himachal tour Packages by Car and come from Gujrat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and other South Cities and travel to plan by Car from the Railway Station onwards to various destinations in Himachal Pradesh like Kullu Manali, Dalhousie, Shimla, Dharamshala, etc.
The nearest Broad gauge station is Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab near the city of Nangal. It lies in Ropar district of Punjab. The station lies on the Ambala Cantt – Una route of Indian Railways. From here you can easily get buses for Manali.
Nearest Airport is Bhuntar in Kullu – 50 km from Manali. Flights are only from Delhi to Manali.
If travelers are looking for Kullu Manali Flight Packages from Mumbai or Bangalore, Hyderabad to Manali tour Package, or any other city, let us clear that they have to come down to Delhi first and from Delhi either they can go to Manali by Flight or by Bus.
Recently Air India has started Flights from Chandigarh to Kullu Manali but that are on alternate days and even that gets canceled due to fewer passengers or high prices, don’t know.
Delhi to Kullu Flight Charges are quite high (Approx Rs 9000 Per Person One Way) so we suggest to make your plan accordingly and either choose Manali Volvo Packages or Hire a car to Travel.