How to reach
Mandi is a small town at the center of Himachal Pradesh, on the way to the popular resorts of Kullu and Manali.
The main campus of IIT Mandi is situated in Kamand vilage, which is 14 kilometers away from Mandi town. IIT Mandi has several offices and a guest house in its transit campus in Mandi town.
To reach IIT Mandi's main campus from Mandi town:
By IIT bus: IIT Mandi's shuttle buses ply regularly between Mandi and Kamand. The schedule for buses is given below. On regular working days, the first bus to Kamand is at 8:00 AM, and the last bus is at 8:30 PM. The bus route starts at IIT Mandi Kamand campus and end at Vallabh Degree College, Mandi – the transit campus of IIT Mandi.
By taxi: Taxis are stationed outside Mandi main bus stand 24 x 7. The cost of a one-way trip to the IIT campus is about Rs. 600/-
By HRTC bus: Himachal Road Transport Corporation/Local buses also ply between Mandi and Kamand. Please note that these buses sometimes can be crowded.
To reach Mandi by road: The usual travel route to Mandi is via Delhi or Chandigarh.
By bus/taxi: Go to ISBT (interstate bus terminus) platforms 6-8, Kashmere gate. One can catch buses going to Manali or Mandi. There are many types of bus one can opt for from ordinary, deluxe to AC buses. For details, one can visit hrtc.gov.in (Himachal Road Transport Corporation website). Other state buses and private buses are also available. The road distance between Delhi and Mandi is ~475 km. This distance can be covered in approximately 12 hrs (depending on traffic and other conditions) by bus. The journey time may be less than 12hrs, if traveling by car/jeep or other personal vehicle.
By train: The alternative to reach Mandi from Delhi is to travel by train up to Kiratpur Sahib by Delhi-Una Himachal express (Train number 14553). It takes approximately 3.5 hrs to reach Mandi from Kiratpur by road. The Kiratpur Sahib railway station is very small and a bit far from the bus stand. All the buses coming from Delhi and Chandigarh towards Mandi, pass through Kiratpur Sahib.
By bus/taxi: From Chandigarh the buses to Mandi are available at the Sector 43 bus stand. The other choice from Chandigarh to Mandi is to travel by taxi. The distance between Chandigarh and Mandi is ~200 kms. This distance can be covered in approximately 6 hrs by bus. By taxi, it may take around 5 hrs.
|Timing of Volvo Bus to and from Mandi |
|Mandi to Delhi via Chandigarh||Depart 8:00 AM||Arrive 6:00 PM|
|Delhi to Mandi via Chandigarh||Depart 8:25 PM ||Arrive 6.30 AM|
To reach Mandi by Air:
The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, at a distance of about 75 km. This is a small domestic airport and cannot house large aircraft. Flights to Kullu are available only from Delhi and Shimla. Anyone interested to come to Mandi by air needs to first take a flight to Delhi. Delhi is well connected to different parts of the country as well as to most of the important cities of the world. From Delhi, the traveler needs to take a connecting flight to Kullu (about 90 minutes journey). Flights to Kullu are prone to delays and/or cancellations in the monsoons and winter due to adverse weather conditions. Kullu to Mandi has to be covered by road (about 1hr 30 mins journey).
Bookings for travel to Mandi can also be made through www.makemytrip.com, www.rebus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in
Offices and guest house in Mandi town: IIT Mandi has several offices and a guest house in Mandi town. These are spread across two locations, quite close to each other.
Offices, guest house and labs at the erstwhile Mandav Hotel, are situated above the main bus stand in Mandi. This is a 10-minute walk from the bus stand. The path is fairly steep, so if you have luggage, it may be easier to hire an auto-rikshaw from the bus stand. The fare is about Rs.20/-. The guest house has a dining room and other dining options are also available.
Offices at the Vallabh Government college: Some faculty offices are at the Vallabh Government College, which is located opposite the Mandi bus stand.
Last updated on 3/09/2015