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.
A historic city in Haryana, Karnal belongs to the Karnal district. It was originally called Karnalaya, meaning home of Karna. The city is known to be founded during the Mahabharata era by King Karna. It is located almost halfway between Chandigarh and Delhi at about 130 km south and north of the two cities respectively, on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-1). Karnal is a walled city with 10 gates originally, but not all exist today.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Karnal. Some of them are Hotel Gian Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Pearl Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Dreamz Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Rama (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Karnal is Hindi.
Karnal celebrates many festivals such as Lohri in January, Gangore in March, Baisakhi in April and Teej in July.
Places of Interest
The important tourist places in the ancient city of Karnal include Karn Taal (1 km), Atal Park (3.5 km), Cantonment Church Tower (7 km), Durga Bhawani Temple (near Karnal Bus Stand), and Karna Lake (10 km).
How to Get There
Karnal has its own airport at about 8 km away from the centre of the city.
Karnal is connected with major cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Jammu, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.
Karnal is well connected by road to Jammu, Manali, Katra, Chandigarh and Delhi. Jamna Travels, Moon Light Travels and City Land Travels are some of private bus operators. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.