The most frequently used means of transportation in Himachal Pradesh is by bus or car, since most of the parts of Himachal are only accessible by road. Therefore, the state boasts a strong network of public and private buses to abley support the ever-booming tourism industry in Himachal Pradesh.
If you are coming from Delhi to visit Himachal, these are the following routes you could take to connect you to all the major places and hill stations:
- Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Dharamsala or Delhi-Chandigarh-Kangra-Chamba
Considering the topographical challenges that persist in Himachal Pradesh, the penetration of the Indian Railways Network is very limited. However, there are many patches in the state where a narrow-gauge railway network exists that attracts a lot of tourists.
One such example is the Kalka-Shimla heritage line which has received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the breathtaking train journey starts from the lowly foothills of Kalka and then eventually cut through the mountains on a scenic journey all the way up to Shimla. Other narrow gauge railway lines like one from Pathankot (Punjab) to Kangra and Kalka (Himachal Pradesh) is also a famous tourist attraction.
Shimla, Kullu, and Kangra (or Pathankot) have small operational airports that receive commercial flights from all over India. However, for a smoother flight connection and cheaper price, it is advisable to take a flight to Chandigarh airport and then take a short road journey to the desired destination in Himachal.