Flights to Kullu-Manali Airport / Bhuntar, India from the United States range from about 24.5h-35h. Your precise flight time will depend on factors like your airline, as well as the number and length of your stopovers. The airline you book your flight with will determine where you make stopovers along your way, as well as the route to go, both of which will affect your flight time. Flights on the shorter end of the range are likely flying from one of the two coasts and are flying on an airline that services flights to Bhuntar Airport daily.
There are no direct flights to Kullu Manali Airport or Bhuntar from the United States, unfortunately. There are ways to cut down your flight time, however. Keep in mind which airlines fly into Bhuntar Airport regularly, which include Air India, United Airlines, and British Airways, and try to book a flight on one of these airlines departing from your closest international airport. This can help cut down on stopovers and make your flight as direct as possible. When you do experience stopovers, you can expect these to occur in cities like Vancouver, New York, Tel Aviv, and/or New Delhi, all common to this route and dependent on your airline.
Bhuntar Airport, better known as Kullu Manali Airport (KUU), is located in Bhuntar, and close to popular nearby cities including Kullu (about 6.7 miles north of the airport), and Manali (about 31 miles north). If you’re staying in Bhuntar, you can take a taxi from the airport to your accommodations in the center of the city for just a couple dollars and a couple minutes’ drive. You can also take a taxi to Kullu if that’s your destination, which will take about 14 minutes and cost about $3-$4. To get to downtown Manali from the airport, your best bet is to also take a taxi, which will take about 51 minutes and cost about $9-$12.
Bhuntar is a major town in Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh. While here, visit the stunning Hindu temple Bishweshwar Mahadev, an ornately carved 9th century stone holy site surrounded by orchards. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kullu’s Great Himalayan National Park, a park filled with gorgeous flora and fauna, surrounded by snowcapped mountain peaks. Go white water rafting in the River Beas, which stretches between Manali and Largi. A guide will take you and your guests on the adventure of a lifetime, with plenty of waves, splashes, and jolts to delight the senses.
United States citizens traveling to Kullu Manali Airport in Bhuntar, India must apply for a tourist visa and have six months of validity remaining on their passport at the time of their visa application.