How To Reach Manali
Surface - Manali is about 550 kilometers ( miles) from Indias capital city, New Delhi, and there is a decent bus service connecting Manali with Delhi, Shimla, Dharamsala and Leh. For a bus service from Delhi to Manali, tickets and reservations can be made at the Inter State Bus Terminus as well as at the Himachal Tourism Office on Safdar Hashmi Marg near Mandi House in New Delhi. The approximate travel time from the capital to Manali is 18 hours, from Ambala to Manali 10 hours, and from Kullu to Manali 1.5 to 2 hours. Luxurious Volvo buses are available from Delhi, but you would need to book them at least two to five days prior to your journey. If hiring a private taxi, ensure that the driver has experience of driving in hilly terrain.
Train - The nearest broad gauge railhead to Manali is Ambala Cantt.( kilometers/125 miles), and then Chandigarh ( kilometers/156 miles) from Indian capital New Delhi. Ambala Cantt. is on the Delhi - Amritsar and Delhi - Jammu main lines, and is well served by rail. But you will have to first travel to Ambala, and follow it up with an approx. 10 hour bus ride to Manali. Jogindernagar and Kalka are other, though less preferable, railheads for the Himalayan hill station.
Air - The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport, about 50 kilometers (.25 miles) from Manali, and 10 kilometers (.25 miles) from Kullu. Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines operate flights to Kullu from New Delhi and Chandigarh.