Getting to Himachal

The Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after tourist destination in India. Its alpine climate, panoramic beauty makes it one of the preferred hill stations to enjoy several recreational activities and feel rejuvenated. Thronged by vast number of travellers from across the world, the state has great infrastructure, roads, good luxurious and budget hotels and communication network and transportations system which connect this hilly town to most part of the country. The state is accessible from any part of the country with all modes of transportation.

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. With the availability of these airports the state can be easily reached from the neighbouring states like Delhi, Chandigarh etc. which connects the state via regular flights by Indian airlines, Kingfisher, Jet Spice etc.

By Rail:-Kalka is the most important railway station of Himachal Pradesh. Besides this the state has various railway stations in all the major cities. The railway station at Jammu, Shimla and Palampur are particularly popular and receive trains from all parts of the country. A narrow gauge railway track connects Kalka with the capital city Shimla while the longest railway line is from Pathankot in Punjab to Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh.

By Road:-The state of Himachal Pradesh has very good network of roads which connects it to the major cities with in the state and outside the state. Chandigarh is located at a distance of only 117 km whereas; Delhi is situated at a distance of 343 km. During the monsoon some of the roads remain closed due to land slides and heavy snowfall. One can also enjoy the glimpses of the state with private taxis, and luxury coaches.

There are five major zones that draw the maximum visitor or act as base camps for most of Himachal – Shimla, Kullu and Manali, Dalhousie and Chamba, Kangra- Dharamshala-Palampur and Paonta-Nahan. From these routes one can explored "off-beat" destinations also. A wide range of accommodation like tourism hotels, private hotels, guest houses, home stays, rest houses etc. are available in these areas.

Shimla
By Air: The airport is at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from Shimla city and is connected to Delhi. Taxi/cabs are available.

By Rail: Shimla is connected by a broadgauge line up to Kalka (90 km). The journey between Kalka and Shimla takes about six hours and is one of the finest ways of enjoying the landscape. The quaint rail car, which runs on this stretch, takes about five hours. A luxury coach that accommodates six persons has recentely been introduced and can be attached to any train of your choice. The Shivalik Express is a deluxe train on this route. Delhi (380 km), Chandigarh (120 km) and Kalka (90 km) from Shimla.

By Road: Shimla is connected by road to all major cities in north India. Taxi cabs for Shimla are available at Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala and Kalka. Several state-run transport corporations including the Himachal Tourism Development Corporations ply Volvo ac and deluxe buses from Delhi and Chandigarh. Buses can also be chartered.

Dharamshala, Kangra and Palampur
By Air: The airport at Gaggal is 14 km from Dharamshala, 10 km from Kangra and 23 km from its twin town Mcleodganj. Palampur is 40 km away. Taxis are available.

By Rail: Pathankot is the closest broadgauge railhead and is 85 km from Dharamshala and 124 km from Palampur. Taxis are available. You can opt for the narrow gauge train for a taste of the area. It connects Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The station feeding Dharamshala is Kangra Mandir (20 km) and the one for Palampur is Maranda.

By Road: Dharamshala is accessible from National Highway No. 20 and is well linked to the region. It is 12 km from Gaggal town. Palampur is 38 km from Dharamshala and even independently is well linked. Dharamshala is 17 km from Kangra.

An interesting variation of the standard can be made by taking the train from Delhi up to Jalandhar or Una and then traveling by road. En route you can visit the shrines of Chintpurni, Jawalamukhi and Bajreshwari Devi (Kangra). The shrine of Naina Devi is also easily accessible if you opt for the Nangal railway station. The road distance from Jalandhar to Dharamshala is 165 km along this route.

Kullu and Manali
By Air: The airport at Bhuntar is the common base that feeds these towns. This is 10 km from Kullu and 50 km from Manali. Public transport buses and taxis are available.

By Road: Kullu and Manali are connected by an extensive network of road with the northen region. Air-conditioned and non air-conditioned deluxe coaches are run by HRTC, HPTDC and by private sector operators. National Highway No. 21 runs through the valley and connects Chandigarh and Delhi. Kullu is 535 km from Delhi.

Dalhousie and Chamba
By Air: The closest airport is at Gaggal (Kangra) near Dharamshala which is 125 km (Approx) from Dalhousie and 170 km (Approx) from Chamba via Banikhet route. Taxis are available.

By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Pathankot 85 km from Dalhousie and 120 km from Chamba . Taxis are available.

By Road: Both Dalhousie and Chamba are well connected by road. Taxis and regular coaches connect the towns.

DISTANCES BETWEEN MAJOR DESTINATIONS
Stations
Distance (Kms)
Stations
Distance (Kms)
Delhi - Manali
570
Delhi - Shimla
370
Delhi - Renuka
315
Delhi - Dharamshala
520
Delhi - Dalhousie
555
Delhi - Chamba
600
Delhi - Mandi
460
Delhi - Rewalsar
455
Delhi - Kasauli
325
Delhi - Barog
325
Delhi - Chail
380
Shimla - Manali
260
Shimla - Mandi
150
Shimla - Palampur
235
Shimla - Dharamshala(via Mandi)
270
Shimla - Dharamshala(via Hamirpur)
235
Shimla - Dalhousie
336
Shimla - Sarahan
175
Shimla - Sangla
230
Shimla - Kalpa
244
Shimla - Nako
324
Shimla - Tabo
374
Shimla - Kaza
421
Shimla - Keylong (via Kunzum Pass)
609
Shimla - Khara Pathar
085
Shimla - Rohru
120
Shimla - Hatkoti
109
Shimla - Chirgaon
137
Shimla - Dehradun
245
Shimla - Arki
052
Shimla - Nalagarh
139
Manali - Rohtang Pass
051
Manali - Keylong
115
Manali - Leh
475
Manali - Udaipur
150
Manali - Trilokinath
150
Manali - Palampur
200
Manali - Dharamshala
235
Manali - Dalhousie
385
Manali - Chamba
402
Manali - Pathankot
325
Manali - Chandigarh
320
Manali - Kasauli
275
Manali - Shimla
260
Manali - Mandi
110
Dharamshala - Chamba
185
Dharamshala - Pathankot
090
Dharamshala - Chandigarh
252
Dharamshala - Chintpurni
078
Dharamshala - Jwalamukhi
054
Dharamshala - Mandi
125
Dalhousie - Chamba

(via Banikhet)
056

 

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