States Himachal Pradesh How to Reach Himachal?

How to Reach Himachal Pradesh?

A popular tourist destination in North India, Himachal Pradesh is also easily accessible and boasts good air, rail, and road connecetivity. The state is home to UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site Kalka-Shimla Toy Train. It is also well-connected to various national and state highways and has an excellent roadways transport arrangement.

By Air

Himachal has 3 operational domestic airports namely, Jubbarhatti Airport near Shimla, Bhuntar Airport near Manali and lastly Gaggal Airport in Kangra. One can easily get a flight from Delhi to any of these airports. Flying to Himachal cuts off the travelling time to more than half, making it an easy and comfortable way of transfer. The nearest international airports to Himachal are at Chandigarh and Delhi.

By Train

Due to the mountainous terrains, only a few places in Himachal have rail connectivity. The Kangra Valley Railway is a major railway connect serving from Pathankot in Punjab to Jogindernagar in Himachal. From here one could hire a taxi or travel on a local bus to reach their required destination.

Another scenic rail route is the Kalka (Haryana)- Shimla (Himachal) rail connect. The toy train running on this route has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and why not? It passes through 102 tunnels, runs for approx 96 km and has 900 curves. Moving through the lush green mountains and enchanting valleys, travelling in it is indeed a treat to one's eye. If opting for this route, one can reach Shimla in around 6 hours. It passes through some passenger stations, namely Solan, Barog, Totu, and Tara Devi, etc.

Other trains that operate on the Kalka-Shimla route are- Rail Motor Car (14 passengers), Shimla Express, Himalayan Queen, Shimla Kalka Passenger and Shivalik Deluxe Express

By Road

The easiest hence the most preferable way of reaching Himachal is via road. There are HRTC buses as well as private buses operating from Delhi's Kashmere Gate ISBT, Majnu Ka Teela and Anand Vihar ISBT providing with 8-18 hours overnight journeys to Himachal. The buses directly take you to the main areas of Himachal such as Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Aut, Bhuntar etc. From here you can take a taxi or hop on to a local bus and reach desired destinations in Himachal Pradesh. There are around 20 national highways including NH-1A that connects Himachal to many cities and towns of India. Numerous state highways also boast excellent internal connectivity in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Travel Information at a Glance