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.
An ancient city in the Panipat district of Haryana, the city of Panipat is located about 95 km from Delhi and 160 km from Chandigarh. The river Yamuna flows across this city. Panipat is known for the battles fought during the Mughal era in India. It is also popularly called the ‘City of Weavers’ due to the presence of several handloom industries. The city has one of the longest flyovers in India built across the Grand Trunk Road.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Panipat. Some of them are Hotel Midtown (Tariff – Rs. 1400), Gold Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1100), Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Sainath Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700).
The official language spoken in Panipat is Hindi.
Important festivals and events of Panipat include the Surajkund Crafts Mela in February and Baisakhi in April.
Places of Interest
The historic city of Panipat has many tourist attractions, which include Panipat Museum, Salar Gunj Gate (1.5 km), Shiv Mandir Lake (2 km), Kabuli Bagh (4 km), Panipat Battle Field (6 km), and Kala Amb (6 km).
How to Get There
Muzaffarnagar Airport (75 km) in Uttar Pradesh is the nearest airport to Panipat.
Express trains from Delhi, Rohtak, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Amritsar arrive at Panipat Junction Railway Station.
There are many buses to Panipat from cities like Delhi, Katra, Jammu, and Karnal. One of the private operators providing bus facilities is Moon Light Travels. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.