Palampur is one of the finest hill station located in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is covered by tea gardens and pine forests from all sides which merge later on with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is known as the tea capital of India. It is a favourite among tourists for its hilly landscape and for its options of adventure sports like Para-gliding, mount climbing or rock-climbing.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Palampur. Some of them are Anupam Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Snow Crest Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Anand Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Silver Oak Mountain Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500).
The official language of Palampur is Hindi. Other languages spoken here are Kangri, Garhwali, and English.
The important festivals of Palampur are Holi in March, Dusshera in October and Diwali in November every year.
Places of Interest
Some places of tourist attraction in Palampur are Chamunda Devi Temple (20 km), Bundla Stream (2 km), Saurabh Van Vihar (4 km), and Baijnath (12 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to reach Palampur is the Gaggal Airport in Kangra (40 km).
Palampur is connected by railway route through Pathankot. Maranda Railway station (3 km) is the nearest station.
The major nearby cities that are connected by road to Palampur are Chandigarh, Delhi, Kangra, and Dharamshala. There is a facility of AC buses, deluxe buses or Semi-Deluxe buses from private travel operators like Yak Travels or Sharma Travels which operate on everyday in Palampur. One can book tickets in advance or online or from private operators. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.
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.