Let’s break down the process here:
Our favorite websites for online flight bookings are expedia.com and kayak.com as they compare a number of airlines and give you the most competitive rates. These aggregate websites don’t provide all the airlines that run international flights, but at the end of the day the convenience and their customer service is useful in the event that you need to make changes to your reservation.
Search for flights from the closest international airport near your home to Kullu, Manali, India (Bhuntar Airport – KUU). Delhi is the only international terminal that flies to Kullu (KUU).
Prefix for Manali : KUU
Be sure to book your flights from home all the way to Manali (KUU). Why? Because if there is a delay or other unmentionable, the airline is not liable to get you to Manali (KUU). Be sure to book your flights from home all the way to Manali (KUU). This helps with potential baggage issues as well.
All flights leaving from Delhi – Kullu (Manali) depart from 5-10 am in the morning, so as you research different flight options, keep this in mind. Many flights arrive internationally to Delhi in the late evening, so it’s possible to stay in the airport with only a few hours transfer time before your Kullu (KUU) flight. There is a hotel within Indira Gandhi International airport (Delhi): Eaton Smart Hotel, and there are nice recliners in many of the waiting rooms for your regional flight from terminal 3, if you don’t need a hotel.
When you arrive in Kullu (Manali), we will be there to pick you up at the airport with a sign with your name on it. Do be sure and share your flight arrival details with us so we can make the proper arrangements. It is a 45 minute taxi ride to Manali.
It is possible to travel overland from Delhi to Manali, using the “deluxe” A/C buses that travel to and fro. We find that people respond much better to flying into Kullu (Manali). The bus trip to Manali is 12-14 hours, and leaves folks feeling quite tired after an already long international flight.
Feel free to contact us for your travel options and any updates on travel.
Hotel in Delhi
We like using Hotel Cottage Yes Please in Paharganj, as it does the job. You’ll need to book at least three weeks in advance for this hotel, as it stays full due to its excellent staff. All of them are switched on and know what’s going on, can help and answer questions for you. The rooms are average but everything actually works (including A/C), and they have WI-FI hotel wide (the also actually works!).
If you want a nicer place on the way home, we can recommend a few, contact us for options. We should have a page up for this soon.
Airlines that fly Delhi-Manali
Currently, only Air India flies in and out of Kullu (Manali), we expect this to change soon. Do contact us for the latest information on this.
Himalaya Alpine Guides, LLC