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Shimla to Manali by Road

Shimla and Manali are the most enchanting tourist destinations of India nestled in the nature’s lap have something different for every traveler. Manali is situated 270 km North of the summer capital Shimla making it a must visit place for travelers. A hassle-free journey is always welcomed by travelers on board, and when it comes to Shimla to Manali via road, traveling a beautiful memoir should be attached for a lifetime.

Shimla to Manali by Road

Shimla - Manali the queen of holidays presents picturesque sight of snow-clad mountains, deep valleys, waterfalls and lot more to refresh you. Shimla to Manali takes a 4 hour and 13 minutes’ drive via road. You will be passing through various places on NH-21, for customizing your travel journey you might consider stopping over some places or spending a day or two as well. Let’s get started!

The Road Guide from Shimla to Manali

Start early morning from Shimla, then you can spend some time on road enjoying the midway places and reach Manali before dark. Now traveling from Shimla, you reach Shalaghat crossing 33 km. You can enjoy your breakfast here with hot paranthas and home-made butter. After crossing 49 KM you will arrive at Daldamode, where you can take a look on the factory of Ambuja Cement. After Daldamode its Bage, which is 66 km from Shimla and here’s the factory of JayPee cement located.

On the way to Shimla to Manali by Road

Then, crossing more 80 km Beri Junction will come before Bilaspur where roads from Delhi & Chandigarh join the driveway of Shimla - Manali. Next you reach Bilaspur, followed by HariBag where you can have lunch as it hold good restaurants and dhabas.Trailing off more you will pass by the beautiful Sunder Nagar Lake. Traveling around 25 km you reach Mandi where you will cross the river Beas onto your right till Manali. The Pondoh Dam within a reach of 12 km from Mandi is a must spot to visit.

Then comes the long tunnel of 2.8 km crossing which you reach Aut town which offers quality food junctions, tea breaks. Heading now you reach Bhuntar Airport where Parvati River connects the Beas, another place of interest is the Baisnab Devi Temple constructed in similar to Vaishno Devi in Jammu. You can enjoy rafting out here as it is a popular here. Now you will be traveling for more 29 km and reach Kullu wherein spending a day for sightseeing and shopping will not at all be a bad idea.

Naggar on the way to Shimla to Manali by road

To avoid the traffic, you may take a bypass road and reach your destination Manali. Before reaching Manali you drive past the Naggar town a wonderful detouring itself quenched by the Naggar Castle now turned into a hotel with stretching views on Kullu Vallley.

Places to Eat on the Way

With such a long distance journey food is a key element to be noted. Firstly, suggestions wherever you see trucks in large resting do stop in and look for dhabas for breakfast for example in Shalaghat. To help you with restaurants and dhabas, some classifications have been made as follows:

Eating on the way from Shimla to Manali by road

  • Bilaspur offers the lake View Hotel and Hotel Sagar View,
  • At HariBag, you will find many lunch points; all the restaurants and dhabas will be located on the right side of the road with a view of Sunder Nagar Lake at your left side.
  • Reaching Mandi, as you cross the bus-stop after the gurudwara on the right you reach Bheemu Dhaba locally known as 4 miles. The place offers tasty dishes as rajmah, makhanidaal, rice, paranthas, etc. enough to satisfy your hunger.
  • Also you can rest in Bhor Famous Chicken Dhaba at Mandi
  • Aut Dhabas, here you can find many rest places wherein you take a cup of tea, snacks and head towards Kullu.

Public Conveniences during the Trip

Tourist Information Centre (Himachal Pradesh)

The district tourism department offices are located in noted places between Shimla to Manali so you can always seek help in any case or situations. The contact numbers and details are listed below:

0177 265 3888

Phone: 01905 225 036

Phone: 01902 250 221

Car and Bus Services

Let’s start with Shimla, since you will be traveling by road so, first here’s the contact numbers of cars and bus services you can avail depending on the budget and comfort.

There are Himachal Pradesh state transport bus services available from Shimla to Manali at an approximate cost Rs.550 (one-way). For queries and reservations you can mail at shimla@hptdc.in or call on 0177 280 0073 / 0177 265 2561 these numbers.

Coming to taxi services there are loads of decent car hires ranging from 5000 and above. To get a complete list of different Taxi services in Shimla, Click here.

Emergency Services on the Way

This is a crucial link when you are traveling a long distance; medical help is always a mandatory enclosure. You will find the understated information helpful in case of emergencies, do take a look.

Hospitals on the Go

Rainbow Hospital

Hospital Road,
Near Ghumarwin Bus Stand 
Bilaspur - 174021
Phone no.:  01978 254 302 / 01978 254 303-6

Sri Harihar Hospital & Research Centre

National Highway 21,
Kullu -175001
Phone no.: 01905 246 60

Kullu Medical Centre

Akhara Bazaar,
Kullu HO,
Kullu – 175101
Phone no.: 01902 224 524

Police Stations on the Go

Police Station Ghumarwin
Phone no.:
01978 255 216

Aut Police Station
Phone no.: 
01905 228 028

SunderNagar Police Station
Phone no.:
01907 266 229

Wishing all the travelers a happy and safe journey, hope all the information listed above pay you a treat to the ecstatic journey.

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