Travel from Delhi to Manali

A magical milieu of cultures, the Himalayan town of Manali is one of the oldest and most popular mountain destinations in India. From the exquisite views of the Greater Himalayas, ancient Hindu and Buddhist communities, and the vibrant international culture has made this place a respite for the wandering souls and travelers with a love for quirky locales. The journey to this fascinating town can be equally fascinating when you take a road trip from Delhi. When you book a cab with Savaari, you can turn your ride into an experiential journey by customizing the trip to your liking and enjoying the interesting pit stops en route.

Traveling from Delhi to Manali by Road

A Manali trip from Delhi by car is the best way to experience the shifting cultures from the metros to the smaller towns, villages, and finally into the pine-laden hills and lush valleys of Himachal. Although a long drive, you can make your travel more exciting, when you book Delhi to Manali Trip packages with us,. On your Manali trip from Delhi, you will get to enjoy the rustic landscape of Haryana and Punjab, and the scenic mountain views of Himachal Pradesh. Let us help you discover the best routes for your Delhi to Manali trip by road.

Thus, experience the joy of being on the road by booking a cab from Savaari.

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Best time to Take a Road trip from Delhi to Manali

The best time to travel to Manali from Delhi is between March and June, when its summer in the mountains and the valleys are in full bloom. But, if you want to experience the snow-covered winters, then travel between December and February. The temperatures are also perfect to explore the outdoors. Delhi to Manali by car distance is approximately 540 – 650 KM, depending on the route you take. The average Delhi to Manaly by road time is somewhere between 12.5 to 14.75 hours, which will vary according to the route and other travel conditions. Choose any of the following Delhi to Manali road routes for the best travel experience.

Route 1: Distance and Time taken from Delhi to Manali Via NH 44

Delhi — Panipat — Karnal — Kurukshetra — Ambala — Chandigarh — Mandi — Naggar — Manali

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Popular Places Along the Way

  • Panipat – Take a tour of the historical battlefield of Panipat and its associated memorial and museum/        
  • Kurukshetra – You can visit the tranquil Brahma Sarovar and sites from Mahabharat.
  • Chandigarh – If you have time, you can take a quick tour of the most planned and beautiful city of India and see its iconic monuments.     
  • Bilaspur – You can catch a glimpse of the Bhakra-Nagal Dam from a distance.
  • Mandi – A major transport and trading junction, Mandi is famous for Prashar Lake and Rewalsar Lake.

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  • Kullu – You can get the first look of the Himalayan ranges from here. Kullu market near the highway is also a good place to stop by for tea and Tibetan trinkets.
  • Naggar  – Stop by the ancient Naggar Castle.

Places to eat on Delhi – Manali road

  • Haveli, Murthal, Haryana – landmark highway side family restaurant and food complex with themed setting and plush interiors.
  • Amrik Sukhdev, Sonipat – popular and busy highway side eatery with multi-cuisine buffet and a la carte options, good for families and large groups.
  • Pooran Singh Da Dhaba, Ambala Cantt.– family-owned old dhaba famous for home-style lunches.
  • Bahadur Dhaba, Bilaspur – local eatery, popular among travelers, offering traditional meals and quick bites.
  • Chawla’s, Mandi – one of the oldest eateries on this highway offering Punjabi delicacies and popular among travelers.

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Route 2: Distance and Time taken from Delhi to Manali Via NH 9

This is the alternative route you can take to cover Delhi to Manali distance. This route experiences a little more Delhi to Manali road traffic, especially around the city areas. Delhi to Manali road distance via this route about 650 KM. You should always check for live maps and traffic updates for a real-time understanding of Delhi to Manali road conditions.

Here’s a basic Delhi to Manali road map for this route:

Delhi — Hansi — Samana — Patiala — Sirhind — Mandi — Naggar — Manali

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Vital Statistics – Distance, Time & Highway Quality

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Places to see on Delhi – Manali road

  • Patiala – Take a tour of the 18th-century royal palace of Qila Mubarak or the mirrored palace of Sheesh Mahal, the erstwhile residence of the Maharaja of Patiala.
  • Swarghat – You can take a detour to the tranquil surroundings of the Gobindsagar Lake.
  • Bilaspur – You can catch a glimpse of the Bhakra-Nagal Dam from a distance.

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  • Mandi – A major transport and trading junction, Mandi is famous for Prashar Lake and Rewalsar Lake.
  • Kullu – You can get the first look of the Himalayan ranges from here. Kullu market near the highway is also a good place to stop by for tea and Tibetan trinkets.
  • Naggar  – Stop by the ancient Naggar Castle.

Places to eat on Delhi – Manali road

  • Star Highway, Rhotak – Highway side eatery, popular among travelers for late-night food options.
  • Bhai Ji Da Dhaba, Hansi – classic highway dhaba serving, traditional home-style meals.
  • Chawla’s Chicken Treat, Patiala –  locally famous eatery specializing in chicken dishes.
  • Heritage Haveli, Rupnagar – village-themed, family restaurant serving North Indian food.
  • Bahadur Dhaba, Bilaspur – local eatery, popular among travelers, offering traditional meals and quick bites.
  • Chawla’s, Mandi – one of the oldest eateries on this highway offering Punjabi delicacies and popular among travelers.

Book a cab from Delhi to Manali

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Other means of traveling from Delhi to Manali

By Train

You can also cover the Delhi to Manali distance by train. Although there are no direct trains from Delhi to Manali, you can take an express train from Delhi to Chandigarh or Kalka. From Chandigarh you can take a bus or car and from Kalka, you can take the singe-gauge trains to Manali. For Delhi to Manali train booking, you can visit the website of Indian Railways or any online travel portal for the best deals. The Delhi to Manali train fare will depend on the train route you choose and the season of travel. The total train time from Delhi to Shimla can range from 10 hours to 23 hours, depending on the train. From Delhi, there are 17 weekly trains to Kalka, of which, 7 run on a daily basis, and 70 weekly trains to Chandigarh, of which 34 run on a daily basis.  The fastest train from Delhi to Kalka is KALKA SHATABDI SUPERFAST EXP (12011) and to fastest train to Chandigarh is NEW DELHI CHANDIGARH SHATABDI (12045). For updated Delhi to Manali train timings, visit IRCTC and check the latest timetables.

By Flight

There are numerous flights available daily from Delhi to Manali. The nearest airport is Kullu – Manali Aiport (KUU).The average Delhi to Jaipur flight duration is 1.5 minutes to 5 hours, depending on the air route. For your Delhi to Manali flight booking, you can easily visit any airline website or get the best deals from online travel portals. The Delhi to Manali flight cost can range from Rs.5000 to 10000, depending on the booking window, available deals, and travel season.

Explore Manali Like a Local: A Handy Guide

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Once a small Himalayan hamlet, Manali is not so small anymore and has evolved into an eclectic hub of nature, night-life, art, and adventure. A paradise in the hills, Manali tourism can offer anything from a serene vacation to a party paradise, and everything in between. Beyond the scenic mountain views, lush forests, and gurgling rivers, Manali also offers endless adventure options. With our tips and suggestions, you can make your Manali trip exciting and memorable. You can always book a tempo traveller in Delhi in case you are travelling in a large group.

Attractions in Manali for Sightseeing

Some of the most significant places to see on your Manali tour are the Buddhist Monasteries of Manali Gompa, Gadhan Thekchoking Gompa, and the Himalayan Nyingamapa Gompa. Also visit the Vashisht Temple and its hot springs, Hadimba Temple, hidden in the forests, and nature park of Van Vihar. Explore the Mall Road for shopping and dining options. Manali sightseeing is not complete without exploring the Solang Valley and enjoying paragliding or skiing (in winter). 

Things to keep in mind when touring Manali

  • When traveling during holiday season (Christmas and New Year), always book weeks in advance for the best deals.
  • For long treks to nearby locales like Bijli Mahadev, Chandratal, or Deo Tibba, etc. always sign up with a professional and local adventure group.
  • Temperatures in February and March can jump radically, so, always look for accommodation with ample heating option.
  • If you are planning to drive or trek to Rohtang Pass, check with local for exact time of accessibility, since sometimes snowfall lasts till May.

Places to Eat in Manali

  1. Johnson’s Café, Circuit House Road.
  2. Café 1947, Near Nehru Kund, Bahang.
  3. People Art Café &Lounge, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali.
  4. Chopsticks, Mall Road.
  5. Drifter’s Café, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali.
  6. Café Nirvana, Old Manali.
  7. Lazy Dog, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali

Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Manali

Hotel Name Address
The Manali Inn NH 21, Rangree, Near Indian Petrol Pump, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131 PH: 1800 11 3939
Apple Country Resort Log Huts Area Rd, Log Huts Area, District Kullu, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131 PH: 098166 00188
The Orchard Greens Log Huts Area Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131 PH: 093501 71709
Fog Hills Prini, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175103 PH: 094182 34297
The Blue Magpie Jhadang Village, Chichoga Rd, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131 PH: 099155 43910