Mandi has no airport of its own. The closest airport to Mandi is the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. The Bhuntar airport is considered to be a challenging airport for pilots to land their planes on mainly because the only runway is set in a valley and is surrounded by peaks. Plans to upgrade the airport so as to improve connectivity are being considered. The Bhuntar airport is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh, via Air India Regional and Deccan Charters. On reaching the airport, taxis are the best option to get to Mandi. Buses and auto rickshaws are other ways to get to Mandi from the Bhuntar Airport.
Nearest Airport: The closest airport to Mandi is the Bhuntar Airport in Kullu at a distance of around 59 km.
Safety Suggestion: In terms of weather, the region is prone to fog and as a result, there have been flight delays during the winter season, particularly in the month of December. There have also been flight cancellations in the month of July due to heavy rains.
Mandi is connected to New Delhi, Shimla, and Chandigarh by bus. There are quite a few buses connecting New Delhi and Mandi, which lie at a distance of 475 km from each other. The journey from Delhi to Mandi by bus should take around 12 hours. There are also many buses connecting Chandigarh and Mandi. Several buses from Delhi to Mandi often pass through Chandigarh. The distance between Chandigarh and Mandi is 200 km and buses travelling the route between these cities would take around 6 hours. A few tourist buses running to and from Mandi are City Land Travels, BFC Travels, Himachal Holiday Tours, and Northern Travels.
Journey Suggestion: The roads from New Delhi to Mandi are not very well kept but these are safe, and several visitors to Mandi prefer a road journey to the city. The roads from Chandigarh to Mandi are in good conditions though and driving from Chandigarh to Mandi should be quite a pleasant experience.
Mandi has no railway station of its own. The closest railway station is in Joginder Nagar at a distance of around 55 km. There are, at present, two trains that stop at the station. These trains connect Joginder Nagar to Pathankot. A plan has been proposed to extend the Kangra Valley Railway to Mandi to connect it to a new Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh Railway route.
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