From my experience I have found having some knowledge about route always pays off. It helps you to choose a route which is quicker to reach your destination or to decide on a more enjoyable route (Scenic / some attraction on the way etc.) which may not be the fastest but preferable. While planning a travel it always helps if you have some ready and recent information about the road conditions. This is helpful in planning and chosing a route. You will find many people asking about route input of a particular destination. My plan is to provide a common place where people can search and get the route information and latest update. I need all other forum member's help to make this a better place to share information about various routes. With this intention I am starting this thread of New Delhi - Manali best route and route update If anyone can post photos of the latest road condition or may be something interesting on the road in these routes please do post your photos here to make things more colorful and enjoyable. Also please do not forget to put your journey dates so that people can refer how recent the updates are. Here are my inputs on the New Delhi - Manali best route and route update: 1. New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Banaur - Kharar - Rupnagar - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali (548 KM) 2. New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Zirakpur - Chandigarh - kharar - Rupnagar- Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali (560 KM) 3. New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Zirakpur - Panchkula - Pinjor - Baddi - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali (544 KM) 4. New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Zirakpur - Panchkula - kalka - Dharampur - Sabathu - Bradighat - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali (552 KM) Being a residence of South India (Chennai) till now I have only travled to Manali by car once. I took this route as per suggestion of some local people after already making the mistake of taking the route through Kalka not knowing about the route which direstly leads to Bilaspur. But I found this route was OK when I travelled on October 2011. The road from Dharampur - Sabathu - Bradighat was very narrow hill roads with very less traffic. There were plenty of junctions and I did make few wrong turn on our way to Bilaspur. 5. New Delhi - Karnal - Ambala City - Zirakpur - Panchkula - kalka - Solan - Jutogh - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Kullu - Manali (610 KM) I know there are many expert in our forum who has tons of experience on on this route. So seek suggestion and route update here so that others can use this for reference for planning their trips.