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Driving from Dehra Dun to Leh to Srinagar and back

26-June-11 to 10-July-11


[Driving to Leh and Srinagar] [Planning] [When] [Dehra Dun to Manali]
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Dehra Dun To Manali




It is a 12 hour drive, initially very pleasant but as you get closer to Manali the traffic starts getting denser and jams are common. We got stuck in a traffic jam for 2 hours 200 kms from Manali.



Map of the drive
Map from Dehra Dun to Manalia and Jammu


Have breakfast at Panchkula.

One word of caution, after Nalagarh DO NOT GO to Barmana and Sundernagar on way to Mandi, take the left turn and go along NH 88 & 70. The direct road is horrible and has more holes than road. Though it is about 40 kms shorter yet time taken is longer. You will see the traffic taking this route, while the direct road is deserted. We took the direct road and repented it throughly.

Also take Kullu Bypass, do not cross the river to enter Kullu town as it is congested. The bypass road runs on the other side of the river while the Kullu Manali road is on one side. The Kulu Manali road is narrower but has lots of picnic spots and a hot air balloon point.

Road from Kullu to Manali
Road from Kullu to Manalia


In Manali we stayed at Hotel Kunzum La, which is a HPTDC hotel, bang in the center of Manali. You can book online at:
HPTDC Website


[Driving to Leh and Srinagar] [Planning] [When] [Dehra Dun to Manali]
[Manali to Jispa] [Jispa to Leh] [Leh to Kargil] [Kargil to Srinagar] [Srinagar to Jammu] [Jammu to Dehra Dun]