The cool and calming breeze of hill resorts offer immense respite from the otherwise scorching hot summers in India. Having an immensely diverse geography makes it easy for families and friends to travel to cooler climate when the cities begin to experience the hot summers.
Why not enjoy your trip even before you reach Manali? This is an excellent chance to plan that car trip with your loved ones and embark on a special Delhi to Manali tour. It is a little less than 540 km by road from Delhi to Manali via the NH44. This distance can be easily traveled in around 12 to 13 hours, due to the winding roads amongst the hilly region.
Our travel experts got together to design an efficient travel plan for a 4 days/5 nights car trip that starts at Delhi, the impressive capital and continues through the winding roads towards Shimla before finally reaching Manali.
This itinerary includes the top tourist destinations between New Delhi and Manali via Shimla on national highway no. 44.
Our travel itinerary starts with a tour of Delhi. It is not only popular as the capital of India but is home to some of the oldest and most popular tourist destinations in the country too. Here’s how to spend your day in Delhi.
1. India Gate - Start off your day with an early morning visit to the India Gate. This popular monument immortalizes the sacrifice of tens of thousands of Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for their country since World War I.
2. Red Fort - The “Lal Qilla” is the next ideal tourist place to visit after India Gate. This Mughal-era fort has become an icon for the capital and draws millions of tourists all around the year.
3. Qutub Minar - The Qutub Minar, built by 3 consecutive Mughal emperors, is an example of the ingenuity and strength of Mughal architecture.
4. Hauz Khas - The Hauz Khas is the perfect place to spend your evening in Delhi. This quaint and charming south Delhi neighborhood houses numerous arts and craft galleries and offers an immense chance for shopping.
Travel to Chandigarh for Day 2 of your car trip from Delhi to Manali. Chandigarh is a little over 240 km and takes around 4 hours 30 minutes to reach from Delhi. This modern city is known not only for its well-organized design but also houses several popular tourism spots too.
1. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden – The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is the perfect place to view the natural beauty of this modern city. This beautiful botanical garden has around 50,000 rose bushes which includes over 1,600 species.
2. Rock Garden - The Nek Chand’s Rock Garden is another perfect place to visit. This 40+ acre garden hosts numerous common and unique sculptures and art-pieces that have been made entirely of recycled waste material.
3. Sukhna Lake - After your visit to Rock Garden in the late afternoon, you can drive down to the base of the Shivalik hills at the city limits and enjoy a peaceful time at the lake-side. Numerous adventure activities, such as sailing, boating, etc keep you enjoying your stay in the Green City.
Shimla has been a popular tourist place since the British era. Shimla is a little over 110 km from Chandigarh and it should take around 4 hours for you to reach. It has immense tourist spots that help tourists experience the natural beauty of our country.
1. Kufri Valley - The Kufri Valley is probably the first spot that tourist visit on their trip of Shimla. This iconic valley has become a center for adventure activities, including nature walks/treks, skiing and has several national parks.
2. Christ Church - The Christ Church is a popular landmark in Shimla. This is the oldest church in northern India and has featured in numerous movies and TV shows till date.
3. Mall Road - Mall Road is the main thoroughfare in Shimla. Make sure to visit Mall Road in the evening. This will allow you to view the beautiful local handicraft and do a bit of shopping too.
4. Rewalsar Lake (Mandi) - The Rewalsar Lake, also called “Kashi of Himachal”, is a little outside Shimla, but on your way to Manali. This scenic town is a major tourist destination and is popular for being the starting point for the Prashar Lake trek in Himachal. With ancient Hindu temples to old Buddhist monasteries and even a Gurudwara, this is a hit tourist spot in the hill state.
Manali is an incredibly scenic and impressive tourist spot. The route from Shimla to Manali takes you through some of the popular tourist destinations in the region.
1. Pandoh Dam - The Pandoh Dam is situated in the Mandi district of Manali and can be accessed easily from Rewalsar Lake. The dam powers the huge Dehar Power Plant and forms an impressive spot on the banks of the beautiful Beas River.
2. Great Himalayan National Park - After having spent the day gazing the natural beauty of Pandoh Dam, you should visit The Great Himalayan National Park in Manali. This UNESCO world heritage site is home to over 200 species of exotic birds, 31 species of mammals and over 1,000 types of plants. An afternoon at The Great Himalayan National Park is refreshing.
3. Solang Valley - The Solang Valley is undoubtedly one of the top tourist places in Manali. Here, you can enjoy spending your evening winter sports, including skiing, tobogganing, paragliding, etc surrounded by beautiful majestic snow-capped mountains.
4. Rohtang Pass - The Rohtang Pass is one of the most popular tourism spots in Manali. Enjoy the car ride through winding, snow-bordered road in the mountains to reach the higher altitude and enjoy the panoramic view.
This is one of the best and most efficient travel plans if you wish to escape the heat of the cities and rejuvenate in the peaceful and cool mountains of Manali. Make sure to have confirmed hotel reservations in the towns you visit to spend your nights comfortably before embarking on the next leg of your Delhi to Manali car trip. Book Group tour packages with jingo holidays.