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How to Reach Manali from Bangalore - A Complete Travel Guide

Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Known for its scenic beauty and adventurous activities, Manali attracts tourists from all over the country and even abroad.

Bangalore, the IT hub of India, also sees a large number of people traveling to Manali for vacations. The distance between Bangalore and Manali is about 2,025 km. There are no direct flights or trains between the two places.

However, you can still easily reach Manali from Bangalore by taking a flight, train, or bus - or a combination of these modes of transport.

How to Reach Manali from Bangalore

By Air

The fastest way to reach Manali from Bangalore is by taking a flight. Some options by air are:

  • Take a flight from Bangalore to Bhuntar Airport near Kullu. It takes around 2.5 hours. From Bhuntar you can take a cab to Manali, which is about 50 km away.

  • You can also take a flight to Chandigarh airport, which takes 2 hours. From there, you need to cover the distance of 310 km to Manali by road.

  • Flights from Bangalore to Delhi take around 2.5 hours. Delhi to Manali is 550 km, which you can cover by an overnight bus or private taxi.

Make sure to book your flights in advance to get good deals.

By Train

There are no direct train connections between Bangalore and Manali. However, you can take a train to the nearest railhead - Ambala, Chandigarh or Pathankot - and then take a bus or taxi to cover the remaining distance.

Some popular trains from Bangalore are:

  • Karnataka Express - Bangalore to Chandigarh (40 hours)

  • Kerala Express - Bangalore to Chandigarh (45 hours)

  • Sanghamitra Express - Bangalore to Chandigarh (47 hours)

The train journey takes 2-3 days depending on the train you take. From the railway station, Manali is 8-9 hours away by road. So plan accordingly.

By Bus

If a bus journey suits your budget more, there are both state-run and private buses available from Bangalore to Manali.

The route usually followed is:

Bangalore - Ambala - Chandigarh - Mandi - Manali

Some popular bus services on this route are:

  • KPN Travels

  • Parveen Travels

  • SR Travels

The bus journey takes around 38-40 hours to cover the distance of 2,000+ km. Make sure to carry necessities for the long journey.

Combined Journey

You can also combine modes of transport to reach Manali for a more comfortable trip:

  • Take an overnight Volvo bus from Bangalore to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh bus stand take a taxi to Manali, which takes 8-9 hours.

  • Fly to Chandigarh from Bangalore. Cover the 310 km from Chandigarh to Manali by an AC luxury bus.


So in a nutshell, Bangalore and Manali are well connected through flights, buses and trains - though some travel time is required between transfers. Advance planning for the long trip can make your journey comfortable.

Manali awaits with its snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and adventurous activities like skiing, paragliding and river rafting. Plan your trip from Bangalore to this Himachali paradise for an unforgettable holiday!


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