After exploring Manali, I had planned to visit the capital of Himachal, Shimla.It takes 7-8 hrs to reach Shimla from Manali depending on the traffic you get as the roads are narrow .And if you are coming from Chandigarh it will take 3-4 hrs. I will suggest to take toy train from Kalka to Shimla as it offers marvelous views in case you are coming from Delhi or Chandigarh.
Stay In Shimla
Unlike Manali, Shimla is crowded and little expensive. Cars are not allowed in the mall road hence you should avoid hotels/home-stays in or near mall road if you traveling in your own vehicles.If you have booked through online portal ,make sure you confirm if they have parkings facilities.Since this was my first time, I was unaware of all this.