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.
Bilaspur is a city in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh and also happens to be the administrative headquarters of a district with the same name. The state capital, Raipur, is at a distance of 113 km. The vast Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a part of the district, is located at a distance of 78 km.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel Anand (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Shivnari (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Deep (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Raja (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Bilaspur as a city, however, will always keep you on your toes as a tourist. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Mahamaya Mandit in Ratanpur, Kanan Pendari Zoo, Mungeli Maa Mahamaya Mandir, Rani Sati Mandir, Amarkantak (a beautiful place from where the rivers Narmada and Son originate) and others. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, popularly known as ATR, located within the district’s limits at a distance of 78 km is a must-visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Raipur Airport at a distance of 128 km.
The city has its own railway station, the Bilaspur Junction Railway Station, which is one of the major stations in the area.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites