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There are 7 ways to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj by train, taxi, bus, car or plane

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Train, taxi  •  22 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Nangal Dam (NLDM) Koaa-Nangaldam Wkly Exp
  2. Take a taxi from Nangal Dam (NLDM) to McLeod Ganj

$53 - $70

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Bus  •  33 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Varanasi to Lucknow Charbagh Station
  2. Take the bus from Charbagh to Dehradun
  3. Take the bus from Dehradun to McLeod Ganj 912

$15 - $28

5 alternative options

Train, bus  •  24 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Chandigarh (CDG) Ppta - Cdg Super Fast Exp
  2. Take the bus from Chandigarh to Dharamshala

$24 - $35

Train, bus via Chandigarh  •  24 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Chandigarh (CDG) Ppta - Cdg Super Fast Exp
  2. Take the bus from Chandigarh to Dharamsala 945

$21 - $34

Drive  •  18 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj 819.9 miles

$130 - $200

Fly to Dharamsala  •  16 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Varanasi (VNS) to Dharamsala (DHM) VNS - DHM

$112 - $515

Fly to Kulu, taxi  •  15 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Varanasi (VNS) to Kulu (KUU) VNS - KUU
  2. Take a taxi from Kulu to McLeod Ganj

$216 - $822

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The cheapest way to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj is to bus which costs ₹1,000 - ₹2,100 and takes 33 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj is to fly and taxi which costs ₹15,000 - ₹65,000 and takes 15 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj. However, there are services departing from Varanasi and arriving at McLeod Ganj via Charbagh and Dehradun. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 37 min.

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The distance between Varanasi and McLeod Ganj is 1008 km. The road distance is 1311.8 km.

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The best way to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj without a car is to train and taxi which takes 22 h 13 min and costs ₹3,800 - ₹5,500.

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It takes approximately 22 h 13 min to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj, including transfers.

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Varanasi to McLeod Ganj bus services, operated by UPSRTC, depart from Varanasi station.

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The best way to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj is to bus which takes 33 h 37 min and costs ₹1,000 - ₹2,100. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs ₹8,000 - ₹38,000 and takes 16 h 7 min.

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There is no direct flight from Varanasi Airport to Dharamsala Airport. The quickest flight takes 15 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Varanasi to McLeod Ganj bus services, operated by HRTC, arrive at McLeod Ganj station.

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Map of how to get from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj.
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  • Distance: 629.7 miles
  • Duration: 22 h 13 min

What companies run services between Varanasi, India and McLeod Ganj, India?

You can take a bus from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj via Lucknow Charbagh Station, Charbagh, Dehradun, and Dehradun in around 33 h 37 min. Alternatively, Spicejet, Air India Limited and two other airlines fly from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj every 2 hours.

Airlines
Air India Limited
Website
airindia.in
Flights from Varanasi to Dharamsala via Delhi
Ave. Duration
15 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Delhi
Ave. Duration
11 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Bengaluru, Delhi
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Kolkata, Delhi
Ave. Duration
16 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,200
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Mumbai, Delhi
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,400
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Hyderabad, Delhi
Ave. Duration
13 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Helitrans
Website
helitrans.no
Flights from Varanasi to Dharamsala via Delhi
Ave. Duration
15 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Delhi
Ave. Duration
10 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Bengaluru, Delhi
Ave. Duration
11 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Kolkata, Delhi
Ave. Duration
12 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Varanasi to Kulu via Hyderabad, Delhi
Ave. Duration
13 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Varanasi to Dharamsala via Delhi
Ave. Duration
15 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Varanasi to Dharamsala via Mumbai, Delhi
Ave. Duration
16 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $950
Flights from Varanasi to Dharamsala via Kolkata, Delhi
Ave. Duration
17 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $850
Train operators
Indian Railways
Website
indianrail.gov.in
Train from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Nangal Dam (NLDM)
Ave. Duration
19 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Book at
irctc.co.in
Train from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Chandigarh (CDG)
Ave. Duration
16 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Book at
irctc.co.in
Bus operators
HRTC
Website
hrtchp.com
Bus from Chandigarh to Dharamsala
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Schedules at
online.hrtchp.com
Bus from Dehradun to McLeod Ganj
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Schedules at
online.hrtchp.com
UPSRTC
Bus from Varanasi to Lucknow Charbagh Station
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Schedules at
upsrtconline.co.in
Bus from Charbagh to Dehradun
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
upsrtconline.co.in
Other operators
Taxi from Nangal Dam (NLDM) to McLeod Ganj
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45

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Yes, the driving distance between Varanasi to McLeod Ganj is 1312 km. It takes approximately 18 h 23 min to drive from Varanasi to McLeod Ganj.

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Air India Limited, Helitrans and Spicejet offer flights from Varanasi Airport to Dharamsala Airport.

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There are 375+ hotels available in McLeod Ganj. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Varanasi to Varanasi Airport is to taxi which takes 22 min and costs ₹460 - ₹550.

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