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Chandigarh to Manali by Road

Holidays at the hill station of Manali is surely an alluring experience with the snow covered mountains and the exhilarating climate than the rest of the sober parts of India. It definitely brings a revolution from the daily monotonous activities of life.

Chandigarh to Manali Route Map

Be it a couple tour or a family venture or trips enjoining friends, Manali is well suited to all the above to engage in the pleasures of a true holiday. As direct flights and trains do not operate in the Chandigarh-Manali route, by road is the sole way to reach Manali from Chandigarh. The nearest airport from Manali is 50 km away in Bhuntar; so private cars, cabs and buses are relied on to reach the destination.

Paragliding in Manali near Chandigarh

Whilst cars take 5 hours and 50 minutes to reach Manali, the buses take a longer time of 7 hrs to cover the 310 km. Buses like Punjab road ways, Himachal Volvo bus Service, Mangalam Holidays and Travels, India Holiday-Laxmi Holidays, State Road transport and Manali Mail are buses traversing to Manali. Buses can be grabbed at Sector 43 bus stand.

Chandigarh to Manali Distance by Road: 291 km (NH21)
Estimated Time of Journey: 5 hours 54 Minutes
Estimated Fuel Cost: Approx. - Rs.1500 (15kmpl mileage, 76/L petrol)

The Route:

NH 21 is the better route to take from Chandigarh that passes Rupnagar, Bharatnagar and finally to Kiratpur. In the Kiratpur-Manali route you find the Hotel Hill Top to quench your hunger and thirst from the exhaustion of the journey. On resuming the journey to Manali, It is in Bilsapur that you can store water and snacks for fueling energy for further drive.

The Beautiful View of Manali  at Night

In this route, a dam over the River Beas is encountered. It is a land mark suggesting Kullu is in the vicinity. From there on, the roads take a steady elevation and conditions of the road are not that bad. Mandi is the next landmark and after crossing the Pandoh Dam and Mandi tunnel, you land up in Kullu. Passing the Mandi tunnel requires a great deal of prudence as the air is replete with Diesel fumes and the overtaking berserk vehicles are indeed a hurdle for smooth driving.

A view of the car moving from Chandigarh towards Manali

Kullu to Manali is just one hour drive and once you reach Kullu take the left over bridge to reach Manali. On the drive, a check post is confronted where Rs.300 have to be paid as environmental tax per car. Shortly you reach your destination to enjoy the time in the snow covered mountains of Himachal Pradesh.

Driving Directions from Chandigarh to Manali:

Starting Point: Chandigarh

  1. Take South East direction towards Circuit House Road 3.2 km towards Sparsh resort Road
  2. Turn right, traverse 37 km on to NH 21
  3. Again turn Right and steer in 10.5 km to reach NH 21/Kullu bypass road
  4. Kullu bypass road turns right to become the Manikaran Road/NH21
  5. Turn to right from Bagasidh Stationers
  6. Turn left and continue NH 21
  7. Steer to right at ChathroKhadii Chowk
  8. Turn right and travel  11.3 km to stay in NH 21
  9. Again turn right and pass 18.8 km to stay ay NH 21
  10. Travel to right and cover 31.5 km to remain in NH 21
  11. Left from Police station Swarghat
  12. Again left to stay at NH 21
  13. Take right 12.8 km to Chandigarh Baddi road
  14. Turn left 10.2 km to Kurali Chandi garh road
  15. Continue to Madhya Marg at 4.5 km
  16. Turn Right 0.6 km to Himalaya Marg
  17. Turn Left 0.2 km
  18. Take round about at first exit
  19. Turn left 92 m, and turn Right 66
Destination: Manali

Chandigarh to Manali on the Way:

Places of Interest:

  • Valmiki Mandir, Sector 38A
  • Shri Vishnu Temple, Dadu Majra
  • Dahlia Garden, Sector 36C
  • ISKCON Temple, Sector 36B
  • Hibiscus Garden, Sector 36A
  • Alliance Francaise, Sector 36 A
  • Sri Sanatan Dharm Mandir, Sector 37C
  • Shiv Mandir, Sector 23D
  • Shree Gorakhnath Mandir, Sector 38B
  • Dhanas Lake, Dhanas
  • Mharishi Balmaki Temple
  • Bhakra Dam, Sutlej River,Rupnagar
  • Shree Bharav Jati Mandir
  • Lord Shiva Temple
  • Shri Bhagwan Vishkarma Mandir, National Highway 21A
  • Ganesh Mandir, National Highway 21A
  • Nalagarh Fort
  • Vaishno Mata Temple, National Highway 21,
  • Durga Mandir, National Highway 21,
  • Baba Nahar Singh Ji Temple
  • Gobind Sagar Reservoir, River Sutlej,Bilaspur
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple, National Highway 21
  • Deoli Fish Farm, Near New Bilaspur Township,Bilaspur
  • Sumitra Mahamaya Mandir
  • St. Marys Catholic Church

Petrol Pumps:

  • Bharat Petroleum at NH 21
  • HP Oil Pump at NH 21
  • Petrol Pump at NH 21
  • Lt. Raj kumar Petrol Pump at NH 21
  • Petrol Pump at Chandigarh Baddi road


  • Saro Medical
  • Neelam Medicos
  • Viru Medicos
  • Sahib Medical Store
  • Dukhbhanjan Medical Store
  • Jindal Medicos
  • Luthra Medicos
  • Aman Medicos
  • Sethi Medical Store
  • Mehta Medicos Hall
  • Hardcare Chemist
  • Anand Medicos
  • Bharati Pharmaceuticals
  • Dhawan Medical
  • Sunil Medicos
  • Gurunanak Medicos
  • Gautam Medicos
  • Preet Medical Hall
  • SP Medical Store
  • Kalia Medicos


  • Punjab National Bank ATM
  • Axis Bank ATM
  • State Bank Of India ATM
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank ATM
  • Bank Of Baroda ATM
  • Yes Bank ATM
  • UCO Bank ATM
  • Axis Bank ATM

Eating Joints on the way:

Camrad Sweet
Dadu Majra

Frontier Biscuits
Booth No. 105 & 112,
Main Market
Near Gurudwara Sahib
Sector 38 - C

Domino's Pizza
SCO 307,
Ground Floor & Basement
Near Reliance Fresh
Sector 38

SCO No. 314,
Ground Floor,
Near Federal Bank
Sector 38 - D

KT Farmer's
SCO No. 309
Ground Floor
Near Federal Bank,
Sector 38 - D

Cafe Jade
Booth No. 254,
Ground Floor,
Near Reliance Fresh,
Sector 38 - D

Near Reliance Fresh
Sector 38 - D

Kebabs N Kurrys
SCO No. 81,
Near Fire Station,
Sector 38 - C

Verka Ice Cream Parlour
Sector 38C

Casino Food Zone
Sector 38C

Gobind Dairy And Sweets
Sector 38C

Golden Bakery
Sector 37D

Golden Bakery & Confectionery
Sco No. 372,
Ground Floor,
Block D,
Main Market
Near HDFC Ban
Sector 37

Amritsari Zaika
Booth No. 326
Ground Floor
Main Market,
Block D
Near Chhabra Medical Store
Sector 37

Accommodations on the way:

Hotel KC Residency
SCO 377 - 380,
Sector 35 - B

Hotel Sangam
Shop no 25,
Sector 45 A

Hotel Yashika Palace
Dhar Road,
Near Gangwal Bus Stand

Hotel G.K. International
S.C.O. 353-356,
Sector 35 -B

Park View
Sector 24

Hotel Gianz
Hotel Site,
Village Bagbania,

Hotel Legend Sarovar Portico
Village - Malpur,
Tehsil Baddi,
District - Solan

Best Western Royal Park
Nalagarh Road Bhud,
Distt. Solan - Baddi

Khushboo Resort
Behind Border Road Officers Mess,
Left Bank Aleo

Manali Resorts
Kallu Manali National Highway,
Chauri Bihal
Po Kalath

Manali Resorts
Manali District,

Wood Valley Cottage
Bhutani Monastery Road

Hotel Status Inn
Left Bank Naggar, Aleo New,
Manali distt- kullu

Thus, after an adventurous odyssey from Chandigarh to Manali, it is now time to engross in the peeking adventure endorsed by the hill station. The food, the climate, the lakes and the landscapes are awe inspiring and cross all boundaries of aesthetics.

Have  sound and safe Road trip!

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