John Banon’s is nestled in Manali in the Himalayan mountain region of the Beas river and Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. We are a small town at an altitude of 2050 m or 6726 ft and are on an ancient trade route to Ladakh. Named after the Hindu lawgiver Manu, the word Manali is regarded as the changed name of "Manu-Alaya" which literally means "the abode of Manu". Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world.
The nearest airport Bhuntar Airport (IATA code KUU) on NH21 is about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu. The airport known as Kullu-Manali airport and has more than a kilometre long runway. Air India and some private airlines have regular flights. Himalayan Bulls in collaboration with Deccan Charters have started flights on Kullu-Chandigarh-Kullu sector. Chandigarh is the closest international airport.
Manali can be reached from Delhi by national highway NH 1 up to Chandigarh and from there by national highway NH21 that passes through Bilaspur, Sundernagar, Mandi and Kullu towns. The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 592 km (368 mil) from Chandigarh to Manali is 327 km (203 mil). There are plenty of buses on this route that are available from all major bus terminals. Himachal Tourism is a popular bus option.
Manali is not easily approachable by rail. The nearest railheads are at Chandigarh 275 km (171 mil), Pathankot 325 km (202 mil) and Kalka 310 km (193 mil). The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar 135 kilometres (84 mil)