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.
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.