Chandigarh is one of the most popular cities located in the state of Punjab/Haryana in India. The people of this city are full of life and welcome tourists with open arms. This city is famous among tourists for its cuisine and tradition. The temperatures here remain hot in summers and cold in winters. Must-visit places in Chandigarh are the Rock Garden, Sukana Lake and Rose Garden.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Chandigarh. Some of them are Hotel Emrald (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Diamond Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 1000), White Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Sood Bhawan (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Chandigarhis Punjabi and Hindi. Other languages spoken are English and Haryanvi.
The important festivals of Chandigarh are Makar Sankranti (January), Lohri (January), Baisakhi (April), and Diwali (November).
Places of Interest
The important tourist attractions in Chandigarh are Zirakhpur (10 km), Karoran (10 km) and Panchkula (9 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport is Chandigarh Airport, located 7 km away from the city.
The nearby railway station is Chandigarh Railway Station, which is 5 km from the city.
The nearest city is Panchkula (9 km). The nearest bus stand is Chandigarh Sector-17 Bus Station (2 km) from the city. Local travellers may use buses operated by Punjab Roadways. Local buses travel from Chandigarh to nearby cities like Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. Booking bus tickets online is very convenient as you can book from the confines of your home.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is known as the hub of India’s tourism sector. It is also among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. Shimla is famous for its apples, natural beauty and architectural buildings. The city has a large number of temples and palaces. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India during British rule.
Places to Stay
Shimla offers a wide variety of options for budget travelers near the main bus stand like Hotel Gulmarg Residency – 3km (Tariff – Rs. 1200-1500), Dreamland Hotel – 2.8km (Tariff – Rs. 600-800), Rajdoot Hotel – 0.2km (Tariff – Rs. 800-1100) and Samrat Regency Hotel - 0.4km (Tariff – Rs. 900-1200).
The Summer Festival held in the month of May is a cultural function with performances. Ruhru Fair, held in April on the banks of river Pabbar is a religious and cultural fair. The Winter Sports festical, running between months December and February, experiences ice skating and ice hockey. The famour MTB (mountain biking festival) is held in Shimla each year.
Tha official language of Shimla is Hindi.
Places to Visit
Jakhoo Hill, highest peak there, offers a great view of Shimla is 2km from main bus station. The Tara Devi Temple, located on top of a hill is 11km from main bus station. Shimla State Museum is located 5km away from the main bus station.
How to Get There
The Jubbarhatti Airport is located 23km from Shimla.
Trains operate from Shimla Railway Station to Kalka and connecting trains can be taken from there onwards.
The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operates buses from all cities in the state to Shimla. City Land Travels and Laxmi Holidays are some of the major bus operators here. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.