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Transportation in Himachal Pradesh

Taxis, hired vehicles, local jeeps, train, etc. are the modes of transportation in Himachal Pradesh. The dense network of roads in the state provides excellent facilities for intercity commutation. When in Himachal Pradesh, you can choose from a wide variety of transportation, suiting your interests and budget.

Road transport is perhaps the most efficient mode of transport in the state. Most buses in the state are operated from Shimla, Dharamshala, Mandi and Hamirpur. The 23 bus depots in the state take complete charge of public transportation in Himachal Pradesh. The HRTC (Himachal Regional Transport Corporation) provides buses in the state for inner city, inter-city and intra-city transport. The inner city and intra-city bus services play vital roles in transportation within the state.

Most places in Himachal Pradesh are connected by roads owing to the undulating terrain in the state. Some of the major roads of the state are closed in the winters and monsoons because of heavy snowfalls and landslides. The HRTC buses in different cities of Himachal Pradesh provide facilities for commutation to even the most remote areas. These buses are frequent, reliable and make for an extremely affordable means of transport.

The HRTC provides four types of buses for public transportation in the city: ordinary buses, hi-tech buses, luxury coach buses and deluxe buses. Most private bus agencies operate in cities like Shimla, Manali, etc.

Railways hold a negligible share in transportation in Himachal Pradesh. A meter gauge railway line connects Shimla to Kalka and other places like Una and Solan. The computerized railway reservation counters at Shimla, Pathankot and Mandi enable tourists to make rail reservations and rail bookings for several regions in India.

Hired vehicles are other popular means of transportation in Himachal Pradesh. Tourists can hire jeeps, cabs, taxis, cars, etc. from the car rentals and travel agencies at cities like Shimla, Manali, and New Delhi, etc. Walking and trekking are great options for commutation, in case you wish to go up the hills or trek the lofty mountains there.

The three international airports in the state are the Bhuntar, Gaggal and Jubbarhatti airports. They connect Himachal Pradesh to Delhi and Chandigarh. The three national highways that criss-cross the state facilitate inter-state transport between Himachal Pradesh and the other states in India. The Pathankot-Jogindernagar railway line connects Punjab with Himachal Pradesh and it is the longest railway line in the state.

So take a bus or hire a cab, catch a train or walk up the hills; the options for transportation in Himachal Pradesh are endless.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/06