How to reach

The main campus of IIT Mandi is situated in the village of Kamand, which is fifteen kilometers from Mandi town. IIT Mandi also has offices and a guest house in Mandi town.

To reach the IIT campus from Mandi town:

  • 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 IIT bus: IIT Mandi 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 AM, and the last bus is at 8.30 PM. The bus route starts at Kamand and end at Vallabh Degree College, Mandi.

  • By HRTC bus: Local buses also ply between Mandi and Kamand. The timings for these buses are also given in the above schedule. Note that these buses sometimes can be crowded.

  • Auto-rikshaws do not come till Kamand, although they can be used to travel around Mandi town.

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, which is above the main bus stand in Mandi. This is a 10-minute walk from the bus stand. The path has a fair slope, so if you have luggage, it may be easier to hire an auto-rikshaw from the bus stand. The cost should be about Rs. 20.

  • Offices at the Vallabh Government college: Some faculty offices are at the Vallabh Government College, which is located opposite the Mandi bus stand.

The guest house has a dining room. There are more dining options in Mandi town.

To reach Mandi

Mandi is a small town at the center of Himachal Pradesh, on the way to the popular resorts of Kullu and Manali. The usual travel route to Mandi is via Delhi or Chandigarh. There are two options for reaching Mandi.

From Delhi:

After reaching Delhi, one has to go to ISBT (interstate bus terminus), Kashmere gate. At ISBT, buses to Mandi are available on platforms 6-8. One can catch buses going to Manali or Mandi. The distance between Delhi and Mandi is ~475 km. This distance can be covered in approximately 12 hrs (it depends on traffic on the roads and other conditions) by bus. If somebody plans to come by car/jeep or other personal vehicle, the journey time may be less than this. There are different varieties of bus facilities from Delhi - ordinary, deluxe and AC buses. For details, one can visit hrtc.gov.in (Himachal Road Transport Corporation website). Other state buses and private buses are also available to Mandi.
The alternative to reach Mandi from Delhi is to travel by train up to Kiratpur Sahib by Delhi-Una Himachal express (Train number 14553). From Kiratpur one has to travel by road. However, the railway station is very small, and some distance from the bus-stand. It takes approximately 3.5 hrs to reach Mandi via taxi from Kiratpur Sahib. The bus frequency from Kiratpur may be good, but the details are not known to us, though all the buses going from Delhi and Chandigarh to Mandi have to pass through Kiratpur.

From Chandigarh:

From Chandigarh also, one can get buses to Mandi and Manali. The frequency from Chandigarh may be good because buses from Delhi pass through Chandigarh and some buses start from Chandigarh itself. The buses to Mandi are available at the Sector 43 bus stand in Chandigarh. 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.

    Time Table of Mandi-Delhi via Chandigarh (Volvo Bus
    Mandi to Delhi via ChandigarhDep. Time 8amArri. Time 6pm at Delhi
    Delhi to Mandi via ChandigarhDep. Time 8.25pm Arri. Time 6.30am at Mandi

Both Chandigarh and Delhi are well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of the country.

By Air:

The nearest airport to Mandi is the Kullu Airport at Bhuntar, at a distance of about 75 km. This small domestic airport cannot house large aircraft and consequently only small aircrafts fly to Kullu. Flights to Kullu are restricted to only from Delhi, and Shimla. There are no international Flights to Kullu or from other major cities of the country. Anyone interested in coming 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 the important cities of the world. From Delhi, the travelers need to take any of the connecting flights to Kullu which is a journey of about 90 minutes. Flights to Kullu are prone to delays or cancellations in the monsoons, and in the winter season on account of bad weather conditions.

Bookings for travel to Mandi can also be made through www.makemytrip.com, www.rebus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in.

Last updated on 8 May 2015

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