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.
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.