Himachal Pradesh has an extensive network of roadways which connects the state and most of its important tourist destinations to many major cities of the country. Despite having a difficult terrain, Himachal Pradesh has developed a well-connected road network having the highest road density among all the other hill states of the country. The important travel destinations like Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala are easily accessible by roads.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), the state-owned bus corporation of Himachal Pradesh, has numerous buses connecting all the major cities and towns within the state as well as linking it with nearby places like Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana.
Being one of India’s first RTCs (Road Transport Corporations) to provide online booking facilities, HRTC runs buses on some of the highest motorable roads in the world such as the Shimla-Kaza, Leh-Delhi, Manali-Reckong Peo and Kullu-Kaza routes among others. From ordinary and non-A/C buses to Deluxe and Volvo buses, HRTC offers a plethora of options for tourists and travelers. HRTC is renowned for being the first bus operator in India to run luxury Volvo Buses on its Manali- Delhi and Shimla- Delhi routes.
Himachal Pradesh has 8 National Highways passing through it. The NH-21 runs between Chandigarh and Manali through Mandi. The NH-21A connects Pinjore in Haryana with Nalagarh and ultimately links up with NH-21 at Swarghat. The NH-72 is an important road which connects Ambala with Haridwar in Uttarakhand via Amb and Paunta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh. Another major road is the NH-22 which connects Kaurik and Ambala and passes through the capital Shimla. Kangra is connected with Shimla by the NH-88.
Apart from these, the state also boasts a large network of tunnels, which are also considered as some of the longest road tunnels in the country. This includes the 3 km long Aut tunnel. Owing to its topography and climate, Himachal Pradesh also boasts some seasonal roads which get closed during winters and monsoons due to snowfall and landslides respectively. The most famous such road is the Manali-Leh road which remains closed for most of the winters. Himachal Pradesh also has a wide network of roads which offer tourists the opportunity to explore its many beautiful and offbeat destinations. Private buses and taxis are also available regularly to and from all the important tourist spots of the state.