McLeod Ganj is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. This area got its name from Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; Ganj in Hindi means neighbourhood. This town was once the summer capital of the British. Today, it attracts a huge number of tourists from across the country as well as abroad. McLeod Ganj became the official residence of the Dalai Lama since 1960.
Places to Stay
There are comfortable budget accommodations available in McLeod Ganj. Some of these hotels are Hotel Akash (Tariff – Rs.590), Hotel Pink House (Tariff – Rs.763), New Varuni House (Tariff – Rs.978) and Hotel Highland (Tariff – Rs.876).
The languages spoken in McLeod Ganj are Kangri and Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated here are Lohri in January, Holi in March, Baisakhi Festival in April, Dussehra in September and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
The entire region of McLeod Ganj is famous for its tourist attractions. Some of them are Bhagsu Nag Water Fall (3 km), Jangal Reserve Banoi (6 km), Dal Lake (3 km), St. John in the Wilderness, an Anglican Church (700 m), Tota Rani (4 km) and Dharamshala 5 km away from this area.
How to Get There
Kangra Airport, located 18 km away McLeod Ganj, is the nearest airport.
There is no railway station in McLeod Ganj. Nagrota Bagwan Railway Station is the nearest railway station situated 29 km away from McLeod Ganj.
McLeod Ganj is well connected through a network of buses from various states. Various private bus operators such as Laxmi Holidays, City Land Travels, Ama Travels, India Holiday Travels and Raj Himachal Holidays run buses from Delhi to McLeod Ganj. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.
Pathankot is a municipal corporation in the Indian state of Punjab, and serves as the headquarter of the Pathankot district. It connects Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. Pathankot is the meeting point of the three northern states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. It is also a major hub for defense and home to the largest military base in Asia.
Places to Stay
Pathankot has number of good hotels to stay. Hotel Venice (Tariff – Rs1500), Abhi International (Tariff - Rs.1100) and Hotel Woodland (Tariff - Rs.1700).
The official language of Pathankot is Punjabi (Gurmukhi). Hindi is also spoken by a large section of the population.
Baisakhi is the most important festival and is celebrated in April. Another festival that is popular at Pathankot is the Shivaratri fair (March) held at the Mahakaleswar Temple.
Places to Visit
Places worth visiting near Pathankot include Shahpur Kandi (15 kms), Dhruva park (2kms), Ranjit Sagar Dam (16 kms), Madhopur headworks (15 kms) and Hydraulic Research Station (7 kms).
How to Get There
The airport of Pathankot is jointly shared by defense and civilians. The nearest International airport from Pathankot is Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar (119 kms).
Pathankot city is one of the rarest cities in North India, having 4 railway stations of its own, with Pathankot Junction station under A-category.
Maharana Partap Interstate bus terminal is one of the biggest bus terminals of North India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Pathankot include Himgari Adventure Tour, Rana Volvo Bus Service and Ashok Travels. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.