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.
Hoshiarpur is based in the Doaba region of Punjab. This municipal council is surrpunded by the Una district and the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Hoshiarpur is said to have been founded in the 4th century and was ruled by Maharaja Karanvir Singh in the year 1809. Hoshiarpur experiences very hot summers and so, the best time to visit this place is during winter i.e. from October to March.
Places to Stay
There are budget friendly hotels available in Hoshiarpur. Some of them are Presidency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1600), Maharaja Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1600), Amber Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Shiraz Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1400).
The official spoken language of Hoshiarpur is Punjabi. Hindi is also spoken here.
Some of the festivals that are celebrated in Hoshiarpur include Guru Nanak Jayanti (Novemebr), Baisakhi (April), Diwali (November) and Dussehra (October.)
Places of Interest
There are many places worth visiting in Hoshiarpur. Some of them include the Tomb of Shah Noor Jamal (15 km), Kamahi Devi (11 km), Gurudwar Tahli Sahib and Gurudwara Akal Graha.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Ludhiana airport. It is located 74 km away from Hoshiarpur.
Hoshiarpur has its own railway station and is well-connected with other cities through the railway network.
There are daily buses to Delhi, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and other cities from Hoshiarpur. Some of the best bus operators in this region include Punjab Travels and Noor Travels. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.