How to reach Manali from Delhi? It is one of the most common questions as Manali is one of the most popular tourist places in Northern India. It is situated in the Mountain range of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a very small and beautiful town which is about 250 km north of Shimla, and 545 km from Delhi. It touches the Kullu Valley, and also the Beas River Valley. There are many tourist destinations, and the beauty of the place is just mesmerizing.
Over here, we discuss the routes for reaching Manali from Delhi by Train. Manali does not have a Railway Station so tourists who tend to travel by Train, reach one of the nearest Railway Stations and then take other means of transport to reach Manali. Let’s list out all of the nearest Railway Stations to Manali first.
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION TO MANALI
1. CHANDIGARH RAILWAY STATION
Chandigarh is the capital city of Punjab and Haryana. It is 310 km away from Manali. Reaching Chandigarh from Delhi is very easy, and it takes around 4-5 hours depending on the train that you choose. Road transport like taxi and buses are readily available near the Railway Station to reach Manali.
Chandigarh is itself a magnificent city and a tourist destination. If you choose this route, you can spend some time at Chandigarh and explore the place. The architecture of the whole town is just breath-taking. There are a lot of places to explore about Chandigarh, including Rock Garden, Capitol Complex, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, Open Hand Monument, and others.
During the road trip from Chandigarh to Manali, you will experience some fantastic scenic views of mountains and valleys.
2. KALKA RAILWAY STATION
Kalka is a town situated in Northern Haryana. It is 280 km away from Manali. Kalka is well connected to Delhi by Railways, and it takes around 5-7 hours depending on the train that you choose. Road transport like taxi and buses are readily available near the Railway Station to reach Manali.
Kalka is also the terminus of Kalka-Shimla Railway which joins Kalka to Shimla, and this makes Kalka one of the best routes to reach Manali. You can reach Kalka from Delhi and then take another train to Shimla and then a direct transport to Manali. It takes around 5 hours and the journey is just incredible. It is filled with scenic beauties of mountains and valleys.If you are at Kalka, you can also visit the famous Kalika Devi Temple by which Kalka gets its name.
DELHI TO MANALI RAILWAY ROUTES & TRAINS
1: DELHI TO CHANDIGARH
Many trains join Delhi to Chandigarh. Here is the list of trains that you can select according to your convenience.
3 Hr 20 m
3 Hr 25 m
NDLS CDG SHTBDI
3 Hr 30 m
SNSI KLK SUP EXP
3 Hr 45 m
3 Hr 55 m
There are many other trains that you can choose according to your convenience. Transportation from Chandigarh to Manali is easily available in the form of road transport including taxis, rental cars, state-operated buses and private buses.
2: DELHI TO KALKA
There are many trains that join Delhi to Kalka. Here is a list of trains that you can select according to your convenience.
4 Hr 05 m
4 Hr 05 m
SNSI KLK SUP EXP
4 Hr 30 m
5 Hr 35 m
5 Hr 40 m
There are many other trains that you can choose according to your convenience. Transportation from Kalka to Manali can be done in two ways. You can either take easily available road transport like taxis, rental cars, state-operated buses and private buses to Manali or you can take the Toy Train to Shimla and then travel to Manali.
3: KALKA TO SHIMLA ( TOY TRAIN)
A total of 5 trains operate from Kalka to Shimla. Here is the list. You can choose any of the trains according to your timing preference.
KLK SML PASS
5 Hr 25 m
KLK SML SPECIAL
4 Hr 40 m
SHIVALK DLX EXP
4 Hr 50 m
KALKA SIMLA EXP
5 Hr 15 m
5 Hr 20 m
DELHI TO MANALI TRAIN TICKET PRICE
Delhi to Manali Train fare starts from Rs 110 in second class up to Kalka by passenger train, and Kalka to Shimla by Toy Train fare is Rs 65 for second class. A large number of buses operate to Manali from Kalka and Shimla which are both Government and Private. You can also take a taxi or a rental car which are readily available from Kalka and Shimla Railway Stations.
Manali Tourism Package: 4 Days
Destination: Kullu Manali,
Price: Rs 5950/Person
• Delhi – Kalka Train ticket(Sleeper Class)
• Chandigarh- Manali- Chandigarh Volvo tickets
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Deluxe Room
• Daily Breakfast & Dinner
• Manali local sightseeing tour
• All hotel & interstate permit charges
• Fuel, Driver Bata, and parking charges
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN MANALI
Once you have reached Manali, you may have experienced all the scenic beauty of mountains and valleys along the way, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a great many places you can explore while touring Manali. Here are some of them.
Situated at around 4000 m above the sea level, Rohtang Pass is one of the highest passes in India located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 50 km away from Manali. It is open from May to November for tourists. You need a permit for this beautiful location and permit can be arranged locally and online.
It is a two-hour trek to Jogini Falls, but once you reach there, it will feel amazing. There are two waterfall points, one close to a temple and the other one requires further trek. It is a religious place for locals. The water is ice-cold year round.
Hot Water Springs
Hot Water Springs are located near Jogini Falls and a must visit if you want to experience a fresh mineral water bath.
14 km north of Manali, Solang Valley is a great place. If you want to experience adventure, this site is a must go. The adventure sports most commonly offered are parachuting, paragliding, skating, and zorbing.
Vashishta is a small village located 3 km away from Manali. To reach this village, you have to cross the Beas River. Jogini Falls and Hot Water Springs are located in this village. This place is religious and has a genuinely refreshing atmosphere.
Nehru Kund is situated at a hilltop near Manali. All the year round, you will definitely find snow over here. A lot of Bollywood shooting has been done here. Must visit if you are in Manali.
It is a National Park situated on the banks of river Beas. It is filled with an array of trees and animals.
There are a lot of other places you can explore including Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Mall Road, Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, Himalayan Nyinmapa Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Siyali Mahadev Temple, Pin Valley National Park, Himvalley Amusement & Cultural Park Manali, The Great Himalayan National Park, and others.
Best Time to Visit Manali
The best time to visit Manali is from February to April when the weather is pleasant. April to June is peak season and crowded. July
Snow Fall season:
Snowfall is expected in December and January. There are chances that you might be able to witness the snowfall in February.
The Bottom line is whatever route you may take to reach Manali; it is a beautiful place to enjoy with your loved ones. Scenic Beauty, Adventure Sports, Religious sites and Treks, it is filled with almost everything. It is a charming tourist destination visited by thousands every month.
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