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					HPTDC ( Himachal Tourism Development Corporation ) -- Details

Has daily bus service from Delhi to Manali

Note: Online booking not available, also booking has to be done from the city of
departure only!!!

2 Non A/C Dlx Buses

Fare : Rs.550
Delhi Departure : 18:30 & 19:00
Manali Arrival : 10:00 am Approx

2 Volvo A/C Buses

Fare : Rs.850
Delhi Departure : 18:30 & 19:00
Manali Arrival : 10:00 Approx ( Gets delayed Pretty often )

1 A/C Sleeper Bus

Fare : Rs1,100
Delhi Departure : 19:00
Manali Arrival : 10:00 Approx ( gets delayed pretty often )
P.S - Even though the HPTDC guys will tell u this is a sleeper Volvo - truth is it aint no
Volvo & the A/C is pretty bad - it isnt cool enough in the summer & quite surprisingly
theres no heating!!! so if ur travelling in this bus in the winter carry some thick blankets
to keep urself from freezing!! However despite all that its still my fave coz the beds are
just great & u wake up in manali after a great comfy sleep!

Departure Point for all buses :
Behind Chanderlok Building, Janpath, New Delhi.

Contact Details:

Website :http://hptdc.nic.in/

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HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) -- Details

Operates several buses daily between Delhi & Manali

Online Reservation available. Reservation can be done 1 month in advance
http://www.himachalhotels.in/bus_booking.asp
IMer johnrx99 who'd booked online, says these guys charge a surcharge of about Rs.50
on international credit cards!

Distance - 580 Kms
Journey Time - 15 hrs approx.

Types of buses:

[Hi-Tech] - Fare Rs.358

Delhi to Manali Timetable

Dep: Delhi
05:40:00 AM
11:30:00 AM
04:40:00 PM
05:40:00 PM
06:40:00 PM
09:03:00 PM
10:15:00 PM

Manali to Delhi Timatable

Dep:Manali
01:20:00 PM
01:46:00 PM
03:30:00 PM
03:40:00 PM
03:45:00 PM
04:30:00 PM
05:05:00 PM


Super Deluxe - Fare Rs.620

Delhi to Manali Timetable
Dep: Delhi
8:25:00 PM

Manali to Delhi Timatable
Dep: Manali
04:20:00 PM


Volvo Airconditioned - Fare Rs.885
Delhi to Manali Timetable
Dep: Delhi
8:25:00 PM

Manali to Delhi Timatable
Dep: Manali
5:00:00 PM


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Raj National Express -- Details

Has daily service between Delhi & Manali. decent service & normally stick to schedules.
Online Reservation & url : http://www.rajnationalexpress.in/

Bus Type - Volvo A/c
Fare - Rs.839

Borading Points

Delhi
Cannought Place Office:
A-25/4,Middle Circle,
Cannaught Place,
New Delhi-110001
Tel-01132014068/41516545

Manali
The Mall,Manali
Tel-01902-252480/252990/251718

Delhi to Manali

Dep: Delhi - 18:30
Arr: Manali - 09:00

Manali to Delhi

Dep: Manali - 18:00
Arr: Delhi - 08:30


A word of caution on the volvo Buses!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by EOS
if you suffer from road sickness on mountains then avoid Volvo. The reason being even if
you are feeling OK and one of your co-passanger vomits then the stench fills the whole
bus. Since the bus is all AC it takes lot of time to clear the air and by that time a chain
reaction starts and one passenger after another starts vomiting. No need to say further
whats the condition when you reach manali.
A bus with open windows is much better.

EOS

Please note that, apart from the operators mentioned above, there are several private
operators runnig buses between Delhi - Manali, but they are ALL a bunch of crooks.
Their buses are terrible except the odd Volvo & they never ever care abt the schedule &
on top of that dont be surprised if you've to fight it out for ur seat even after paying
through your nose for the crappy service!!

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Catch a Train!

If you are the sort who hates 15 hr bus journeys then u can cut down ur journey time on
road by abt 6-7 hrs! There are two options here -
You could travel on a train upto Pathankot or Kalka/Chandigarh & then hire a taxi or
catch a bus to Manali. For people travelling to the north from Cal/ Mumbai / Chennai , if
theres a direct train to the above places - this wld be the best option!

Indian Railway Info Site :
http://www.indianrail.gov.in/inet_metro_trns.html
Online Ticketing :
http://www.irctc.co.in/

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Hire a cab!

If you can afford it then it sure is a great way to travel. However there are pitfalls also. A
good driver can make for a great trip but in case ur driver turns out to be a rogue then ur
trip can get completely ruined. Its not wise to hire a cab at random - ask someone to recco
a good taxi operator & negotiate all the details before u actually hire the cab.
Manali: Good Eating places
1. Sa Ba (alfresco eatery on main square)
2. Khyber opposite the above are good.
3. Johnson's Lodge / Café (breakfast, Trout and ice cream)
4. Tibetan run Olive Pizza (Old Manali)
5. Spanish food in restaurant uphill above the bridge to Old Manali (on New Manali
side).
6. Italian Restaurant IL Forno. Dessert-tiramisu. Up the hill on the way to the Hadimba
temple, in an old house.
7. Mom's kitchen on Log hut road in Manali. (desserts and baked potato, pizza)
8. Gozy
9. Chopsticks
10. Shiva Café. Next door up from Olive Pizza
11. Moondance Cafe (Old Manali, To the left on your way up)
12. Sher-e-Punjab (Mall Road, strictly for North Indian Food)
13. Tibetian Eateries on the road




These are the tour packages run by HPTDC from Manali.
Manali - Rohtang Pass - Manali ( Tour No. 1 ) 10:00 AM Rs. 250/- per seat
Manali - Naggar - Solang - Manali (Tour No. 2 ) 10:00 AM Rs. 200/- per seat.
Manali - Kullu - Manikaran - Manali (Tour No. 3) 10:00 AM Rs. 275/- per seat.
HPTDC also conducts package tours to Leh and Kaza from Manali. (Only for groups)

Bookings can be done at
H.P. Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Ritz Annexe, Shimla
Himachal Pradesh - 171 001
Tel: 0177- 2652704
Fax: 0177- 2652206
E-mail: hptdc@hptdc.in

CHANDERLOK BUILDING
36, JANPATH, NEW DELHI-110001
Tel: (011) 23325320, 23324764 Fax: (011) 23731072
E-mail: hptdcdelhi@hub.nic.in

THE MALL, MANALI -175131
Tel: (01902) 253531, Fax: (01902) 252325
E-mail: manali@hptdc.in
Things to see at manali

Day 03: Manali - Solang Valley - Manali
Nehru Kund, Kothi, Gulaba Camp, Rahla Falls, Marhi, Rani Nala, Solang Nullah.
Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Manali - Naggar - Manali
Jagatsukh, Roerich Art Gallery, Naggar Castle, Arjun Gufa, Beas Kund.
Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Manali - Rohtang Pass - Manali
Paragliding at cafe Green Peace, Rohtang Pass
Overnight at hotel

Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Vashist Hot water springs and
Temple, clubhouse


SECOND OPTION

reach manali at 11-12pm.search for hotel and lunch upto 2.pm.after that,go to

1.hadimba temple(1.5kms)walk
2.old manali(2.5kms)walk
3.vashist.

DAY.2:

SOLANG VALLEY.(15 kms on the way to rohtang pass)

heading to solang valley by local cab.watch out and walk along the valleys and play
paragliding and other sports.i dont know skiing is possible or not in solang valley.

if time is having,walk upto dhundi village a vissible distance from solang valley.(if
possible).


DAY.3:

ROHTANG PASS (50 kms)

1.kothi village for best views for riverflow.(12 kms)
2.rahalla falls(around 24 kms)
3.marhi - gulaba camp.(around 30 kms)
4.rohtang pass.(50 kms).
in marhi or rohtang,you can play skiing and some snow games.


DAY.4:

NAGGAR AND SURROUNDINGS

on the way to naggar,
you can see lot of apple trees,deodhar trees,plums trees,pine trees,and yellow colourfull
plant(may be kadugu plant)i forgot that plant name.(beautiful to take photos).

1.jagatshuk temple.(around 6 kms)
2.visit kullu shawl industry cum sale show room(if you want)on the way to naggar.
3.naggar castle(25kms)
4.roerich museum(26 kms)
5.patlikhul (around 5 kms from naggar),you might get some amazing trouts to eat over
there.if you are veg.avoid this place.

if possible,

6.suspension bridge(15 miles from naggar)pandrah meel.
7.walk around naggar interior.

				
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