Himachal Pradesh is a dream of every photographer and painter. The lush green meadows and the snow capped mountains are something that every photographer wants to capture in his camera and every painter dreams of recreating the same on his canvas. For all nature lovers, this is one tasty feast for their eyes. Russian Citizen, Nicholas Roerich, a renowned archaeologist and a painter, was so fascinated by the beauty of Himachal that he chose to become a permanent resident of this place.

To help the visitors get around, the city offers many good bus routes which are provided and well managed by none other than HRTC. HRTC or Himachal Road Transport Corporation is a government owned organization which is responsible for managing the network of roads and buses connecting all major tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

Specification of Buses

HRTC provides a variety of bus service available for people from all kinds of financial background and budget. They have Volvo buses, deluxe buses, Isuzu buses, Ordinary buses, AC buses and Semi Deluxe buses.

Volvo Buses

  • This bus is extremely comfortable when you have to travel for a very long distance. It   has a wheelbase of 6200 mm and its 1200 mm in length, 2600 mm in width and 3620 mm in height.
  • It provides full air suspension.
  • It is an air conditioned bus which provides excellent cooling service and makes your long journey comfortable. It also includes a very good branded carrier.
  • The bus can accommodate 44 people where they can comfortably sit on 2x2 passenger seats.
  • Laptop and Mobile Chargers are available for passengers.
  • To keep the passengers entertained, the buses have 21 inch flat screen TV along with a CD player.
  • Although the window panes are thick and tough yet they give a clear outside view to the passengers.
  • The front panel of the bus is quite wide. It also improves the vision of the road for the driver.
  • Under the seating area of the passengers, a luggage carrier area is also provided.
  • The engine of the bus is fuel efficient and powerful and it can be electronically controlled with the help of an intercooler and turbocharger which is Euro III Compliant.

Isuzu Buses

  • The ISUZU buses are 11400 mm long luxury buses. They come with 230 HP Bharat Stage III rear engines and suit the purpose of passenger transport.
  • The bus uses Denso Air Conditioner and Heater due to which it is fully air conditioned.
  • The bus can accommodate 40 passengers in 2x2 comfortable seats.
  • To keep the passenger entertained, the bus either has a foldable TV or an LCD.
  • Although the window panes are thick and tough yet they give a clear outside view to the passengers.
  • The front panel of the bus is quite wide which makes it look state of art and also improves the vision of the road for the driver.
  • The luggage storage space is just under the passenger seating area.

Deluxe Buses

  • The bus’s construction is based on 218 inch WB and 166 inch WB chassis.
  • The seats are comfortable, luxurious and 2x2.
  • An emergency door is also provided for passengers in case of an emergent situation. It is situated on the right hand side of the bus just behind the rear axle.
  • Lights are available for each and every seat. Speakers and Call bells are also provided for all seats.
  • The windows are laminated glass with single windshield.
  • 8 inch sized heavy duty fans are also provided.
  • For the entertainment of the passengers, a music system and a 21 inch TV set are also provided.

Air Condition Buses

  • They are built on 210 inch, 243 inch and 222 inch WB chassis.
  • The seats are of 2X2 and comfortable.
  • The bus uses Denso Air Conditioner and Heater due to which it is fully air conditioned.
  • The front window is laminated glass with single windshield.
  • There are thirteen 8 inch sized heavy duty fans.
  • An emergency door is also provided for passengers in case of an emergent situation. It is situated on the right hand side of the bus just behind the rear axle.
  • There are also minibuses of JNNURM.
  • The buses look pretty good and are red in color.
  • There is also a digital destination board fitted in it.
  • It is also fitted with power steering and air brakes.
  • Lastly they also have a Diesel Engine of Euro II Design.

Ordinary Buses

These buses have ordinary fare and they run within cities as well as intrastate. The seats are high tech and 2x3.

Semi Deluxe Buses

These buses have 2x2 seats which can be comfortably pushed back. For intrastate routes and long journeys you have to pay extra 20 bucks. It only asks for Rs 20 more than ordinary fare to make your trip comfortable as well as affordable.

Bus Services for Cities

The Volvo coach buses are available from capital city of India, Delhi. From Delhi they bring you to major Himachal destinations like Manali, Shimla and Dharamshala. As for the Deluxe, Semi Deluxe, Regular and Ordinary bus services are available from Shimla to other major North Indian cities like:

  • Jaipur
  • Chandigarh
  • Delhi
  • Jalandhar
  • Gurgaon
  • Amritsar
  • Dehradun/ Haridwar
  • Ludhiana
  • Ambala
  • Jammu/ Pathankot

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