Delhi is one of the most populous metro cities in India. The residents here are from various parts of India following different cultures and customs. Travelling to nearby places during a weekend or on holidays from the capital city is not something rare. Some of the places that you can visit from Delhi on a road trip are Jaipur, Agra, Mathura, Shimla and Manali. Travelling to Delhi via Shimla is exciting as it covers a few popular travel destinations on the way.
The road trip would cover a distance of not less than 620km on road. This would take a minimum of 11 hours to drive from Delhi to Manali, and if you stop by at the tourist spots on the way, it would take more time. Plan this trip over a long weekend so that you can relax and travel, making sure you don't miss a single thing on the way!
Let's start from Delhi!
Let's start our road trip from Delhi to Manali. Taking the Outer Ring Road till you reach the Jahangirpuri industrial area, from where you can connect to the Grand Trunk Road.
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Sonipat is around 38km from Delhi and would take less than an hour to reach the place by road. Sonipat is a picturesque town which has mentions in the Hindu epic, Mahabharatha. From various sources, it can be concluded that the town was in existence from around 600 B.C.
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The Battlefield of Panipat
As you travel further on the Grand Trunk Road, you would reach Panipat which is just 55km from Sonipat. On the way you can also visit the ethnic village of Chokhi Dhani which is around 28km from Sonipat on the way to Panipat. The city is where three major battles in history took place. Visit these historic sites in Panipat.
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To Karna's Land
Driving further by the Grand Trunk Road, you would reach Karnal which is a popular tourist destination in North India. The places of interest include the Karna Tal, Babar's Masjid, Kos Minar among other monuments and buildings. Karnal is located around 36km from Panipat. Though the road doesn't have many eateries, you can find McDonald's near KM Stone on the way.
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The Mythological Land of Kurukshetra
Kurukshetra is located around 36km from Karnal. Both historically and mythologically popular, Kurukshetra has some tourist places to visit like the Bhishma Kund, Brahma Sarovar and Jyotisar among the rest.
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Ambala, which is around 52 km from Kurukshetra, is a popular tourist destination on the way from Delhi to Manali. Apart from the tourist places here, you can also visit the Cloth Market here which is famous among shopping lovers. The 'Puran Singh ka Dhaba' in Ambala is famous for its mouth watering mutton curry.
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Off to Shimla
The famous tourist destination Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is located around 148km from Ambala. The major road to be taken is the Ambala-Shimla-Kaurik road. You can reach Shimla in less than three hours' time. Here are the tourist places and stay options in Shimla.
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The Crown of Shimla
Manali, our Final Destination!
The jouney from Kufri to Manali is a bit long as it covers a distance of around 245 km on road. The major roads to be taken are the Ambala-Shimla-Kauirik road and Sainj-Ani-Banjar-Aut road. On the way you pass by tourist destinations like Bhuntar and Naggar. In four hours, you can reach Manali if you are not stopping by for sightseeing. Manali is one of the best places to visit in India and these attractions and hotels would be helpful for a comfortable time spent in Manali.
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