Mandi district is one of the central districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This town is located on the banks of river Beas. Mandi derives its name 'mandi' or 'market' as it was a major trade route from Ladhakh. It is a major transit route to Kullu-Manali and other adjoining places from NH-21 and NH-20. Raw-silk and the rock salt mines at Drang and Guma are the special features of Mandi.
Places to stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Mandi are Munish Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Manjul Mandi (Tariff – Rs. 1450) and Hotel Visco Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
People in Mandi converse in Mandyali and Mandyali.
The famous festival celebrated in Mandi is the Mandi Shivaratri Fair (February). It is an annual fair that is held for seven days starting with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri)
Places to Visit
Mandi is renowned for old stone temples and their range of fine carving. Because of this, it is called the "Varanasi of the Hills." Places to see in and around Mandi include Bhootnath Temple (900 meters from bus stand), Rewalsar Lake (23 kms from bus stand), Joginder Nagar (56 kms from bus stand), Sunder Nagar (24 kms from bus stand) and Sunken Garden (550 metres from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mandi is a small domestic airport at Bhuntar (75 kms).
The closest railhead to Mandi is in Kiratpur (125 kms).
Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. Himachal Pradesh State Road Transportation (HRTC) and private operators run busses from major cities to Mandi. Some of the private bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Raj Himachal Holidays, Heera Himachal Holidays, Himachal Volvo Tour and Mangalam Travels. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
Being the capital city, Delhi is a city of two diverse worlds —Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi was formerly the capital of Islamic India with narrow lanes, old magnificent havelis and mosques, while New Dehi which was earlier ruled by the British Raj is modern state with spacious garden avenues and plenty of government buildings. Delhi which was once ancient Indraprastha —the capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata , is now the largest commercial city and major political centre of India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Delhi. Some of them are Hotel Delhi City Centre (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Picasso (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Formule 1 (Tariff – Rs.1000) Hotel Golf View (Tariff – Rs.2500).
The official language Delhi is Hindi The other languages spoken include English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalm.
The Important Festivals of Delhi is Mahavir Jayanti ( March), Guru Nanak's Birthday (November), Durga Puja October , Holi( March) Krishna Janmastami (August), Maha Shivratri (March) and Eid ul-Fitr (July).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist interest in Delhi . Some of the places include Akshardham Temple ( 4kms from busstand), Jama Masjid ( 3 km from bus stand) , Qutab Minar ( 19 kms from Delhi station), Safdarjang Tomb (2.4 kms from bus stand), India Gate, Jantar Mantar ( 3kms from bus stand) ( 10 kms from bus stand), Birla Mandir ( 5kms from bus stand), Red Fort ( 20 kms from North of Delhi) and Parliment House (3 kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
Indira Gandhi International Airport, is located at the southwest of Delhi.
There are five railway junctions in Delhi. They are New Delhi railway station, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla.
The state owned Delhi transport is most popular means of transport for the public. There are many buses that connect to various cities . Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include RS Yadav Travels, City Land Travels and Rishabh Travels. Volvo bus ticket booking has become very popular amongst travellers in India.