A town in Ambala district of Haryana, Ambala is located near the Punjab border. The place is referred as the Twin city since it has two sub areas Ambala Cantt and Ambala City, The two subareas are nearly 3 kilometers away from each other. There are three main Gurudwaras are located in this region which include Manji Sahib Gurudwara, Sis Ganj Gurudwara and Badshahi Bag Gurudwara. Ambala is a major pass over for tourists who plan a trip to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ambala. Some of them are Hotel D.R. International (Tariff – Rs. 1631), Hotel Batra Palace (Tariff – Rs.1,500), Hotel Kwality (Tariff – Rs.1200) and Saugaat Regency (Tariff –1000).
The official language of Ambala is Punjabi. The other languages include Hindi.
The Important Festivals of Ambala is Lohri (January)
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ambala. Some of the places include Manji Sahib Gurudwara ( 4 kms from Ambala) , Sis Ganj Gurudwara (1 km from Ambala) Badshahi Bag Gurudwara, (4.2 kms from Ambala) Rang Mahal ( 12 kms from Ambala) and St Johns Cathedral (2.7 kms from Ambala).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport to Ambala is the Delhi airport. It is located about 200kms away from this city.
Amabala junction is considered to be the oldest. There are regular trains connecting to districts and cities like Jaipur, Pune, Indore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmadabad, Chennai and Howrah.
The state transport buses connects to Delhi on a regular basis. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Laxmi Holidays, Indo Canadian Transport and Moon Light Travels. Where ever you travel in the country, you can opt for bus booking in India and travel with ease.
Mandi district is one of the central districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This town is located on the banks of river Beas. Mandi derives its name 'mandi' or 'market' as it was a major trade route from Ladhakh. It is a major transit route to Kullu-Manali and other adjoining places from NH-21 and NH-20. Raw-silk and the rock salt mines at Drang and Guma are the special features of Mandi.
Places to stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Mandi are Munish Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Manjul Mandi (Tariff – Rs. 1450) and Hotel Visco Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
People in Mandi converse in Mandyali and Mandyali.
The famous festival celebrated in Mandi is the Mandi Shivaratri Fair (February). It is an annual fair that is held for seven days starting with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri)
Places to Visit
Mandi is renowned for old stone temples and their range of fine carving. Because of this, it is called the "Varanasi of the Hills." Places to see in and around Mandi include Bhootnath Temple (900 meters from bus stand), Rewalsar Lake (23 kms from bus stand), Joginder Nagar (56 kms from bus stand), Sunder Nagar (24 kms from bus stand) and Sunken Garden (550 metres from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mandi is a small domestic airport at Bhuntar (75 kms).
The closest railhead to Mandi is in Kiratpur (125 kms).
Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. Himachal Pradesh State Road Transportation (HRTC) and private operators run busses from major cities to Mandi. Some of the private bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Raj Himachal Holidays, Heera Himachal Holidays, Himachal Volvo Tour and Mangalam Travels. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.