Drive from hotel in Chandigarh to hotel in Manali.
To drive to Manali, take NH 205, which you can reach via Hoshiyarpur. Stay on NH 205 till you reach Bilaspur, where you need to switch to NH 154.
Follow NH 154 till Mandi. Thus far, the pit-stops worth making en route include Shere-e-Punjab (before Bilaspur), Hotel Raja (in Jarol) and Visco Resort (in Mandi). Although regular fair, the food at these places is good, the restaurants are clean, and prices reasonable.
At Mandi, switch to NH3, also called the Manali Highway. The road hugs the turquoise-blue Beas River all the way to Manali,.
Head towards Manali, and you will pass Dhakpo Shedrupling, a Buddhist Monastery nestled in the hills alongside NH 3. It's a school and place of refuge for Tibetans. This perch also gives you the best view of Kullu's picturesque surroundings.
Manali is another 33 km from here.