A hill station nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali in the Beas River Valley it is situated about (270kms) north of Shimla. Other than being a hill station that attracts millions of tourists, Manali is also an adventour junkie’s paradise as it provide incredible options to experience adventure sports like Rock Climbing, Ice Skating, white water river rafting, river crossing, trekking and much more.
Places to Stay
Travellers can find very good and affordable accommodation in Manali. Some places to stay near the bus depot are Sarthak Resorts (Tariff-Rs.1104 onwards), White Mist (Tariff Rs.1883 onwards) and Heritage Village Resort (Tariff-Rs.1323).
The annual Hadimba Devi fair, Doongri Forest festival, Winter Carnival and Spring Festival are celebrated with great zest.
Hindi is the Local Language here. Himachali and English are also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The Hadimba Devi Temple (1km), Manu Temple (2kms), Vashisth (3kms) and Rahalla falls (16kms) are some places of interest near the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bhuntar town (50kms)
The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (275 kms)
The Manali Bus Stand runs regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. Private bus operators like Kalpana Travels, Royal Travels , Mangalam Holidays & Travels and Laxmi Holidays run regular buses to and from the town.Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.
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.