Dharamshala, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, is a Hindi word for “Spiritual Dwelling”. Also the headquarters of Kangra district, which is 18 km away, the city is divided into two sections, lower Dharamshala and upper Dharmshala. The main attraction of this city is Mcleodganj, a suburb of upper Dharamshala.
Places to Stay
Finding accommodation in Dharamshala is not a problem as the city has sufficient budget hotels which offer great tour packages at affordable prices. Hotel Snow Crest (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Pine View Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 1000), Hotel Staywell (Tariff - Rs. 700), Seven Seas Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800) are some of the popular hotels near Dharamshala bus stand.
Hindi, Tibetan, Pahadi or Kangri and English are the main languages of the area.
A large number of events and festivals are celebrated in Dharamshala. The festive season begins with Haldi festival followed by Lahori in mid-January. One of the most important festivals of Dharamshala is Losar Festival or The Tibetan New Year which is celebrated between February and March .Other such events are the Saka Dawa festival, Prashar Fair held during the summer season, Dal Fair in August and the International Himalayan Festival around December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Dharamshala. Some of them are Dal Lake (11 km away from lower Dharamshala and 3 km away from upper Dharamshala), McleodGanj or upper Dharamshala, Triund (20 km), Chamunda Devi (15 km) and St. John’s Church (8 Km from lower Dharamshala).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Dharamshala is Kangra airport (10 km). Other airport which is situated near Dharamshala is Gaggla airport (13 km) from the hill station.
The nearest railway station is in Pathankot situated at a distance of 85 km from Dharamshala.
There are buses plying daily from Delhi, Manali, and Kangra. Various bus operators provide excellent services with best prices available like Joy Travels and Bus India. Numerous travel websites provide discount coupons for bus booking frequently to their customers.
A city and a municipal corporation in Ludhiana district of Punjab, Ludhiana is located 100kms west from state capital Chandigarh on NH 95. The largest city in the state, Ludhiana is centrally located on NH1 that passes from Delhi to Amritsar. In 2009 the World Bank ranked Ludhiana as the city in India with the best business environment. The city is a major agri-products producer, centre for dairy product packaging and a major consumer shopping centre.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay near Ludhiana bus stand. Some of them are Hotel Samrat (Tariff- Rs. 900),Hotel Nanda (Tariff- Rs.1,024) and Hotel Maharaja (Tariff-Rs.613).
Lohri, Basant Panchami, Holi and Baisakhi are celebrated here.
Punjabi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Nehru Rose Garden, Hardy's World (Amusement park), Guru Nanak Bhawan, Rural Museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum and Gurdwara Charankanwal Sahib Machhiwara are great places to visit within 1-5kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
Sahnewal Airport (Ludhiana Airport) is the local airport serving the city of Ludhiana.
Ludhiana has its own Railway Station.
Ludhiana Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Libra Travels, Banjara Satguru Travel, R.S Yadav Travels and Indo Canadian Travels run regular buses to and from the city. Opt for booking your tickets in advance and get cheap bus tickets from several travel portals.