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Delhi to Himachal Pradesh travel guide

Nestled into the laps of Mother Nature is the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh as the name itself suggests the beauty it envelops. If any state is referred to as the fruit basket of India, it is Himachal Pradesh. It is a crime to not visit this epitome of beauty in your life and relish the memoirs for a life time. The climate is generally moderate due to presence of the great Himalayas in its territories, which also makes way for various types of flora and fauna species. The winters are extremely chill but summers are warm in Himachal Pradesh, India. The best time to visit Himachal Pradesh is during spring, which extends from February to April. The enchanting hilly region Himachal Pradesh has a rich and varied history. The most astounding fact the historians have discovered is that about 2 million years ago prehistoric men lived in the regions of Kangra and Sirsa valleys. It is also known for the crafts work and woolen garments which are exported to countries like USA, China, European nations as the Pashmina variety of woolen goods is considered most adequate for cold countries.

 In this article we are going to explore various destinations that can be reached from Delhi by different modes of transport.

How to Reach Himachal Pradesh

The state is easily accessible from any part of the country and how to reach Himachal Pradesh is not a problem. 

By Air
The state of Himachal Pradesh has three airports located at Bhuntar near Kullu and Manali, Gaggal Airport near Dharamshala and Jubbarhatti Airport near Shimla. 

By Train
due to uneven terrain the construction of stations at some cities cannot be materialized, however there are connecting links available at the drop of the hat and commuting from one location to another is achieved. Shimla is connected to Delhi by a broad gauge up to Kalka. From Kalka tourists can take the toy train to reach Shimla while taxi service is also available charging up to Rs 1,750.


By Road

The state has a well developed network of roads and is connected to all the major cities of the North India. Delhi is situated at a distance of 343 km. Himachal Pradesh Road Transport (HRTC) runs several buses to and from the state to the neighboring cities and states. National Highway 1-A, National Highway-20, National Highway 21, National Highway 21-A, National Highway-22, National Highway-70, National Highway -72, National Highway73-A and National Highway 88 connect to the state of Himachal Pradesh.


Destinations Kullu Manali Shimla Dharamshala
Distance by road 507 km 570 km 370 km 520 km
Distance by train No train station No train station No direct train No train station
Distance by flight 330 km NA 270 km 420 km
Time taken road/train/flight 10hrs/NA/1hr 12hrs/NA/NA 7hrs/NA/NA 9hrs/NA/1hr
Best mode of transport Airways and for nature enthusiasts roadways Roadways Any one Airways and for nature enthusiasts roadways


Noticing that trains and airways facilities have not been started in few parts, but they are very much near to the railway stations and airports of the neighboring towns.

Buses to major destinations

Travel agency Delhi to Destination Time taken Fare Connectivity to other destinations
HPTDC Delhi to Manali-kullu 12hrs 675 yes
HPTDC Delhi to Manali-kullu 12hrs 700 yes
Cityland travels Delhi to Shimla 9hrs 900 yes
JBG travels Delhi to Shimla 9hrs 1050 yes
RST volvo Delhi to Dharamshala 22hrs 1200 yes
Kanak holidays Delhi to Dharamshala 24hrs 1350 yes
Shan e Himachal Delhi to Manali 17hrs 1300 yes


Other noteworthy destinations which are accessible by state run transport buses and private taxis are

  • Khajjiar
  • Chail
  • Dalhousie
  • Kullu
  • Kasauli
  • Bilaspur
  • Chamba
  • Palampur


Flights Airlines Nearest destination Fare Fare (early bird)
IC-7803 Air India Kullu 4500 3000
IC-7805 Air India Kullu 5400 3900
IC-7811 Air India Kullu 6200 5000
SG-2191 Spice Jet Dharamshala 15000 13000
AI-9813 Air India Dharamshala 12000 10500


There are very limited options available to reach Himachal Pradesh by air due to turbulences and weather conditions. From Delhi there is also a private airliner Jagson airlines that commutes to and from major HP locations.

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Last modified: May 14, 2014