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.
Rampur is one of the most diverse tourist destinations located in the Moradabad province in Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated approximately 192 km away from national capital New Delhi. It has a population of 0.325 million (2012). Rampur offers traditional Mughlai cuisine including mutton kebabs and fish. The Rampuri knife is showcased in many famous Bollywood movies including Zanjeer starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri.
Places to Stay
The budget hotel accommodations in Rampur are Hotel Tourist (Tariff – Rs. 500 to 1200) and Modipur Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000 to 2500). Both these hotels are in the vicinity of the Pantnagar Airport (5-10 km away).
The languages spoken in Rampur are Hindi and Urdu.
As Rampur has mostly a Muslim population, majority of events and festivals are celebrations such as Eid-e- Milad and Eid al-Fitr. The city further hosts book and art exhibitions all year long.
Places of Interest
Rampur offers religious, cultural and historical monuments such as Jamma Masjid, Rampur Planetarium, Gandhi Samadhi, Koti Khas Bagh, Ambedkar Park and Raza Library.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport which is about 58 km away. Daily flights operated by Jet Airways and Indigo come in from New Delhi
The train connections include Avadh-Assam Express, Jammu-Tawi Express, Howrah-Amritsar Express and Satyagraha Express. Other important ones are Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi and Delhi-Bareily Inter-city Express.
Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport (UPSRTC) operates frequent buses from New Delhi to Rampur with an average ticket price of Rs. 350. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism and Travel has non-deluxe buses from Chandigarh, Ambala and Palampur. City Heart Travels is a leading private bus operator from New Delhi. Before going on a holiday, check out various travel portals and get cheap bus tickets.