11 Amenities at Keylong Bus Station

Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) operates a canteen at the first floor. The canteen serves all three meals. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are on the menu. The menu is Indian, for example, coffee, tea, kari chawal, rajamh chawal, and meat chawal.

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HRTC Bus Stand, Mandi: hassles and harmony

    On ninth day of March 2013, we alighted at Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) Bus Stand Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) on busy Manali highway around 5AM. The bus stand was reeking of urine. The waiting area was somewhat littered.  However, the spacious stand was brightly lit. Many passengers were…

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Facilities at HRTC Bus Stand in Mandi

    Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) Bus Stand in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh (H.P.), overlooking Paddal Ground, features thirteen (13) platforms. Each platform represents two or more destinations. The bus service is primarily for places within H.P.  The buses also ply the few other routes connecting Mandi to Delhi, Punjab and…

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Current transport options for Himachal Pradesh

Travel by road is the only option to reach Himachal Pradesh, India.

Since Kingfisher is facing financial problems, air transport has come to a halt in Himachal Pradesh. The airline was offering regular air services to Bhuntar (Kullu), Gaggal (Kangra) and Jubbarhatti (Shimla). Air India offers air services to Bhuntar (Kullu), but the service has been suspended. No other airlines offer regular air…

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Heli taxi service linking remote areas in H.P.

Fragile nature of the Himalaya and cost involved minimize the feasibility of road building, especially at higher altitudes and in remote areas. However, helicopters are one of relatively economical substitutes to roads and rails. In 2010-11, Himachal Pradesh, nestled in the mountain, introduced heli taxi service to link the remote…

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Supervise private bus services to stop overcharging

During July 2010, we traveled by private buses between Katrain and Manali (Himachal Pradesh) on at least four occasions. All the buses except one charged INR 20.00 per person (US$ 0.45 ,  € 0.34 , £ 0.29) for the journey. The fourth time the conductor demanded two rupees extra per…

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Where can you buy bus e-tickets for H.P.?


With online application of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.), you can purchase an e-ticket (s) for several big and small destinations located in Himachal Pradesh (H.P.). You can even book a ticket online at 8.00 PM for the bus departing at 9.00 PM, but you have to approach the booking counter at the bus stand for purchasing the ticket less than an hour before the departure.  The flexible online application is available for buses starting from Bajinath, Chamba, Chandigarh, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Haridwar, Kangra, Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Mcleodganj, Palampur and Shimla. You can choose from ordinary, deluxe and air conditioned (A.C.) buses depending on the destination. Book the ticket for a holiday in Himachal Pradesh.

You can also purchase bus tickets at the website of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.). The corporation offers luxury bus service from New Delhi to several places within the state. For instance, non-A.C. deluxe and Volvo A.C. buses ply to Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla.


Poorly Maintained Car, Rude Driver

Traveling by rental cars saves time and enhances comfort but drivers could be a big nuisance. Do not give them plenty of rope and money in advance. On April 2, 2010, we hired an Indica for Kharapathar, Himachal Pradesh (HP),Indiafrom Raja Tourist and Taxi Service,Chandigarhfor INR 4140.00. The deal covered…

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