The Best mode of Transport to reach Manali
Manali is a small hill station which is in the laps of Himachal Pradesh North India. The unique thing about the Manali hill station is the weather there. Because of its stays colder in summers as well and on another end, cities remain faces heavy humid. Here people can speak Hindi, English and their mother tongue Himachali As well, Manali is the nearest place from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh.
Why is Manali famous?
There are many reasons for the popularity of Manali. Some are shared with you below.
Environment of Manali
I have been Manali seven times in my life. Two times in winter & rest five times in summers & whenever I visited. Always Manali feeling enhanced my experience there. In the summer period April to June. You will enjoy the weather of Manali is approximately 15 to 20-celsius where the plains temperature will be 40 to 50 Celsius in metro cities. On the other hand, the monsoon period July to September month, the temperature fell from 10 to 20 Celsius & the plains area faces the humidity problem.
Snowfall time in Manali
October to Mid of April is the time when you will enjoy the live snowfall on consecutive days. Oct to November is the time when snow will be at Rohtang Pass only. But after that, you may enjoy the live snowfall in the main Manali mall road area.
Roads blocked due to heavy snowfall in Manali.
December to last of February month is the time when you will get the 4-5 feet snowfall in one time. It’s the time when most people love to travel for Manali. Because there are two benefits to cruising.
The first benefit is you will enjoy the snowfall or live snowfall because it’s the time when you will get the snow in every 2-3 days.
Secondly, prices are on the lower side due to the off-season duration. Except for 20th Dec to 05th Jan in between this period hotel charge always peak season rates due to holidays of Christmas & New year.
Is Manali a budget-friendly travel destination?
Manali is the destination which suits everyone’s pockets because of the economy to luxury class of hotels with the Journey connected through Volvo and private vehicles as everyone can not afford the private cars from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. They can go to Manali through Volvo itself. Also, the Dehradun government has operated the bus service from Dehradun to Manali. Which has given more relief to Uttarakhand people? Otherwise early, they would have to come to Delhi or Chandigarh first to catch the Volvo bus.
Distance between plain to Manali and How to connect?
Few cities have regular connections to Manali. Such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Shimla.
New Delhi is the first place where plenty of travellers come first here and then start their Journey. Because of functional flight connectivity & train connectivity. Delhi connected to the maximum metro cities. If you are coming from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Pune, Chennai, then you have an option train & Flight. There are direct flights available from Delhi to Manali.
Delhi to Manali is just a 580 km journey, which requires 12-14 hrs to reach Manali.
Chandigarh to Manali is just 320 km, which requires at least 8 hrs to reach Manali
Amritsar to Manali ( 420 Kms), which requires at least 10 hrs to reach
Shimla to Manali is just 280 km, which requires 9 hrs to reach Manali because of the Hilly area.
The traveller has two best ways to start their travel journey through Delhi.
Delhi to Manali Volvo Details
There are frequent services available of Volvo from Delhi to Manali. If you are coming to Delhi & looking out an economical tour package. I would say go with Volvo. Because the Journey will feel more comfortable than a private vehicle, also it will not hamper your budget. Few best Volvo names I have mentioned below.
1. Rail Yatri
2. Mercedes Benz
3. Indo Canadian
4. Leo Travels
Timing of Volvo buses from Delhi to Manali
Volvo bus operator has fixed their schedule to move buses from Delhi & origin place also. Provided details will help you to make out the tour itinerary.
The first bus timing is 5:30 in the evening for which you have to report before half an hour. After that in every half, any hours buses move till 9 pm from Rama Krishna Ashram. For the bookings of Volvo buses, you can coordinate with Ankit Travel Stories as well; they have a tie-up with Volvo operators.
The second slot of Volvo departure
As the first slot was Rama Krishna Ashram metro station for Volvo pick up & the second one is Majnu Ka Tila. If you are coming from another state & you, do not know the exact Majnu ka Tilla location. You can inform to tuk-tuk driver or cab driver for Church or petrol pump near the majnu ka tila they will quickly drop you. However, you can take the assistance from us also trough phone calls
Majnu Ka Till is the second slot of Volvo buses. Where buses get ply from 09:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
Nearest metro station:- Vidhan Sabha
You can book these Volvo mentioned above buses through Ankit travel stories. Also, there is no problem with seating in the last seat in the Volvo. It was a problem earlier. When 9400 suspension Volvo was not in the market. Now all of the Volvo has a decent suspension of 9400.
Manali Through Private Car
A personal car is also a good option, but only when you are in a group. Because then only you can save some amount in the package. Suppose you are six adults travelling Together. Then private car decision is right for you. Because of transportation cost will be divided into six people. Also, one more significant point in a private vehicle is you can stop anywhere you like.
What to see in Manali & nearby?
Manali is a beautiful travel destination in Himachal Pradesh where numerous sightseeing there. It’s the place where you will see Snowfall, Snowcapped Mountains, Waterfalls, Pine tree, lush & green valleys, Pilgrims, Mall road, beautiful resorts. Even hot water spring is also there.
Snow point of Manali
It depends on the month & the weather when you are travelling to Manali. Because of Manali is the place where you will discover snow 12 months. But it depends upon the travelling month.
In my earlier experience, I never found a complete off-season of Manali. Because people always travel here. However, hotel revised rates during the summer period. Because of plains remains hot and humid. So extreme people begin to move for Chilly place & in summer Himachal Pradesh is the only travel destination which suits easily to everyone pocket.
Is Rohtang pass open?
First of all, I would let you know that Rohtang Pass is a place where no gates. It’s not gate opened by any government. It’s a place where very early snowfall gets started due to elevation is 13000 ft from sea level & Rohtang pass gets closed on Tuesday due to cleaning by NGT & its 51 km from main Manali mall road. You will get the snow here for 12 months. But If you travel after November, then the Rohtang pass area will be covered totally with heavy snow, and it remains covered till the Mid of may. When the summer gets started and sun at the peak of it. Then only snowmelt & people can ply for Rohtang pass.
Permission Required For Rohtang Pass
In the 2015 May month NGT has implemented fixed vehicles that are allowed for Rohtang due to traffic and pollution at Rohtang Pass. If you have to visit Rohtang Pass. You would have to compulsory need to take the permit for a visit.
Who Provide Rohtang Pass Permit?
It’s turning on you how are you travelling by your vehicle or using a taxi for your Journey.
Suppose you are going through your vehicle. You would have to take the permit from the SDM office of Manali. Because of none, another person can authorize you. Whether you are plying through Motorcycle or Car. You can hire a taxi from Manali union. Because some have interlinks. Union charge per person INR 1800-2500 per person in May & June month after that rates get revised due to the low season. But recommend you must check prices with 2-3 vendors. Also, Ankit travel stories people can help with this.
Hiring a Taxi for Manali
Hiring a taxi is a good option for you if you do not want to be in hassle. We travel through private vehicles because to save some amount & problems, but we have to face this problem because of the strict rule of NGT.
If you are coming by, Volvo would recommend you book everything before you start your Journey & for assistance, Ankit Travel stories are always ready.
What will be another snow point in Manali if Rohtang closed?
Always you need to remember that if you are travelling in the winter from Oct to Last of April. You might face Rohtang closed due to heavy snowfall, and you will be allowed by Manali union upto the Solang Valley. But on another end, I would suggest its better for you. Because visitors have to pay extra for the snow point from May to September. But you can visit the same or more than snow which you were looking at the Rohtang pass.
Way while reaching to Solang Valley in January Solang valley is the place where you can enjoy the recreations Paragliding, Snow Scooter, Tyre skating, Pony ride, Skiing, Zorbing, Cable car, etc. Solang valley is just 30 km from Manali mall road & Rohtang pass is only 20 km away from Rohtang Pass.
Which vehicles are suitable for Manali Sightseeing?
There are plenty of automobiles in Manali, but few are suitable for sightseeing. The reason comes up always the narrow roads & one-way traffic. It still hampers to the crowd of Manali & visitors.
List of transportations suitable for local sightseeing in Manali
01) Luxury vehicles ( BMW, MERCEDES, JAGUAR, etc. Same level vehicles are not fruitful for Manali local sightseeing. Because those vehicles have less ground clearance & it has the maximum size. But yes there are some cars in the brands mentioned above which made for hills only. You need to confirm it before you leave for Manali through dealers.
02) Hatchback & Sedan Vehicles
Sedan & Hatchback is suitable for Manali roads. Because of those vehicles do not take much area to park on highways & they have proper ground clearance as well.
Frequently Swift D’zire, Etios, Baleno, Manza and amaze these are extremely good for the tourist for travelling.
03) Is alto suitable for Manali sightseeing?
I had heard this question several times from the guest. Is alto good transport for Manali sightseeing? I always say yes. Because of the reason is a compact & patrol vehicle. Alto & eon is the car that can be quickly accelerated up & down in the traffic side and in-season period. You will 100% faces little traffic issue. Because of a good number of crowd travel for Manali.
04) Suv cars are the favourable choice
I always recommend to the people for SUV cars for hill station travelling. Because of those vehicles have power & it can be driven on hills easily. Especially if any Himachali driving on.
The best options mentioned below.
Innova, Fortuner, Mahindra Thar, Mahindra Scorpio, Sumo, Bolero, one of the best options is ISUZU, Mahindra XUV 500 given options are best in the race of cars in hills station.
Available bikes for hills and off-roads of hills stations.
Bike driving remains a risky driving on every road, whether we travel to plains or hills. But bike lovers love to do that. Even I also like to do the bike riding tour & I have done many biking tours on hills & plain. Both have a different experience. I would also recommend the new biker keep carry safety things with you while you are driving on gradients. Because of hill driving, do not suit everyone.
There is some decent bike option referred to below.
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Whenever I travel to hills, this is the first option to come into mind. Because of the power & height of the wheels of this motorbike. This bike is a good option for hill station driving only.
Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and 500
The Royal Enfield has a great list of road plains & hill station vehicles. One of them is a bullet. It also the heartbeat of many bikers. It’s slightly heavy, but yes, you can opt for it. You can handle the weight of it. You can ride through it desert itself.