Shimla-Manali by Car Trip from Delhi

Planning Shimla-Manali by Car trip from Delhi – things to know!!

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Suggested itinerary route for car trip from Delhi:

Day 1: Delhi – Shimla by car (380 km / 08 Hrs) (Kalka-Shimla toy train also possible).
Day 2: Shimla and around
Day 3: Shimla – Manali drive (250KM / 07 Hrs)
Day 4: Excursion to Rohtang pass or snow point on Rohtang road and Solang Valley
Day 5: Manali – Chandigarh (320 km / 08 Hrs) or Kalka
Day 6: Chandigarh or Kalka – Delhi (250 km / 5 Hrs)

Other Distances:
Shimla – Chandigarh 115 Km / 3 Hrs
Shimla – Kalka 88 Km / 2 Hrs
Shimla – Dharamshala 235 Km / 07 Hrs

Best time to do car trip from Delhi- weather and road condition:- Not advisable during the monsoon (July to September) due to increased possibility of landslides and other mountainous calamities that create risky road conditions. Best time to visit is April to June. Parking can be hard to obtain during the summer.

To travel to Shimla – Manali one can hire expert driver and cars from Delhi or also from nearest train station or airport if arriving by trains or flights.


About places:

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh located in northern India. It used to be the summer capital of India during British Raj.  Set in the midst of hills and dense forests this hill station has its own charm. The area is full of Pine and Deodar trees. Wood has been extensively used to build temples and palaces of Shimla. The elevation of the city ranges from 300 to 2200 metres.
Shimla is ideal for walks around the busy Mall Road in the centre of town. Famous places to visit are: The Ridge, Christ Church, The Mall, Scandal Point, Gaiety Theatre, The Annandale Ground, Vice Regal Lodge, Kali Bari Temple, Jakhoo Temple and Sankat Mochan Temple. It can be interesting to visit Jakhu Temple situated on the highest peak of Shimla. Enjoy Pony riding or yak riding here.

The other Interesting places around Shimla to visit during the car trip from Delhi: –
Naldhera is famous for its golf course and scenic beauty.
Mashobra is famous for many adventure activities like rafting, paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, bird watching and camping.
Kufri, is famous for horse riding to nearby peak, skiing and national park.
Fagu Valley is great place for nature lovers to stay away from crowded tourist areas.
Tattapani is popular for hot water spring, river rafting, caves and temples

The Kalka – Shimla – Kalka Toy Train is a narrow gauge train from Kalka to Shimla through mountain landscapes. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley is a popular hill station in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas, it is a popular destination for Indians specially honeymooners in summer and as a magical, snow-covered place in winter for snow lovers. In Manali- visit to Hadimba Devi Temple, Club House, Tibetan Monastery, Old Manali Village, Manu Rishi Temple, Vashisit Village. Activities: River Crossing/ Rock Climbing/ Rappelling / Paragliding/ Mountain Bike/ Zorbing/ Hot Air Ballooning / Pony Riding/ Cable Car
Rohtang Pass :  Rohtang Pass is 51 kms from Manali on highway to Leh at an altitude of more than 13000 feet. The pass is open from June to October each year although trekkers can cross it earlier. It is a gateway to Lahaul Spiti, Pangi and Leh valley just as Zojila pass is a gatway to Ladakh. One can enjoy beautiful sight of glaciers, peaks and Chandra river flowing down the Lahaul valley.
Solang Valley: Solang Valley drives its name from combination of words Solang (Nearby village) and Nullah (water stream). It is on the way to Rohtang Pass from Manali and is known for its summer and winter sport:- parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing.
Bhrigu Lake: Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district. Bhrigu Lake is famous for its hot water springs.
Other places of interest include: – Bijli Mahadev Temple, Shoja, Jalori Pass and Seolsar Lake

Places of interest between Shimla and Manali to visit during the car trip from Delhi:
Manikaran – Located in Parvati valley on the banks of Parvati River 40 km from Bhuntar, famous for Sikh gurudwara and hindu temple as well as hot springs.
Kasol– a small village full of natural surrounding and pleasant weather conditions, located on banks of Parvati river on the way from Bhuntar to Manikaran.
Naggar palace– An interesting stopover while driving to Manali, it was the capital of local kings of Kullu.
Enroute visit to famous Kullu Shawl factories
Enroute visit Pinjore Gardens or Ropeway at Timber Trail, Parwanoo.
Chandigarh – Visit to Rock Garden, Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake

Places to stay:

Shimla: The Oberoi Cecile, Radisson Shimla, East Bourne resort

Manali: Hotel Mountain Top, Rohtang Manalsu, Silmog Garden,  Dreamview Resorts.

Places to eat during the car trip from Delhi: You will find many food courts, dhabas, restaurant for food, snacks, tea/coffee etc. You can also try from below options:
-Punjabi food from R K Restaurant in Panipat
-Cheese BadamiBahar (or Chicken Badami for non-vegetarians) from Kulz Family Restaurant in Chandigarh
-Butter Chicken and Chilli Cheese from Copacabana Bar & Restaurant in Mandi

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