Panchkula, the satellite city of Chandigarh, derives its name from the five kuls (irrigation canals) in the city. It is considered the base town for the numerous surrounding hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Panchkula, Mohila and Chandigarh are collectively known as the Chandigarh Tri-city. Panchkula experiences extreme weather conditions both during summer and winter. They receive moderate rainfall.
Places to Stay
Panchkula has a variety of accommodation options and some of them are the Jatayu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and the Talwar Guesthouse (Tariff – Rs. 700).
Hindi, English and Punjabi are among the most widely spoken languages here.
The festival of Baisakhi which usually falls in the month of February is celebrated with great fervour in Panchkula.
Places of Interest
Morni Hills (40 km from Panchkula), the Gurudwara Nada Sahib, the Cactus Garden, the Mansa Devi temple and Ramgarh Fort are a few in the endless list of tourist attractions in Panchkula.
How to Get There
Panchkula does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Chandigarh airport which is situated at a distance of 12 km.
Chandigarh railway station is 5 km away but is the nearest railway station from Panchkula.
The Panchkula bus station is located in the centre of the town. Buses to Delhi, Chandigarh, Simla and Morni (among many other places) are available from here. Ajanta and Co, JMK Travels, Rama Travels, Samay Travels and Guru Nanak Tourist Bus Services are among the many private operators which ply on this route. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.
The capital town of the Kullu District, in Himachal Pradesh, Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha - `the end of the habitable world`. Located on the banks of the Beas River, which is believed to nestle the fabled `Silver Valley`, Kullu is a broad open valley between Manali and Largi. Sandwiched between the Pir Panjal, Lower Himalayan and Great Himalayan range, Kullu is famous for the breathtaking beauty of its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards.
Places to Stay
There are great many hotels in Kullu that offer good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Some of them are the Derpoyn Guest House (Tariff-Rs. 1,082), Hotel Shivalik & Restaurant (Tariff-Rs. 1,991), Hotel Aroma Classic (Tariff-Rs. 721)
The prominent annual events and festivities in Kullu include the Dussehra, Pipal Jatra, Shamshi Virshu, Mela Bhuntar, Sainj Fair, Luhri Lavi, Anni Fair, Dalash Fair, Ganter Fair, Ghatasani Fair, Dhoongri Fair, Bhadoli Fair, Buddhi Diwali, Phagli Fair, Birshu Fair and the Sharhi Jatra.
The Language spoken in the valley is Kullu, a Western Pahari language spoken in many parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Places to Visit
Some of the tourist attractions in the place include Raison, Shoja (69kms), Kasol, Naggar (26kms), Kaisdhar (15kms) and the Chandrakhani Pass.
How to Get There
The Kullu-Manali airport is at Bhuntar town, situated on NH21; while the Chandigarh airport is the nearest large airport.
Being a hill-station Kullu is not approachable by rail. The nearest major railway station is at Chandigarh (235 km) away; while Joginder Nagar which is at a distance of 100 kms is a small railways station.
The Kullu bus stand is in the center of town and there are many great bus operators like Leo Travel Heights, Kanak Holidays, Himachal Volvo Bus and Mangalam Holidays and Travels. If you are booking bus tickets online check out for discount codes at Ticketgoose.com.