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.
The city of Haridwar is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of the Indian subcontinent. The River Ganges flows through this city due to which it is considered to be one of the seven holy place for the Hindus.
Places of Stay
Hotel Khanna Palace, Hotel Har Ki Pauri, Hotel Jewel, Hotel Jahanavi etc are some of the well-known hotels of Haridwar where you can have a comfortable stay with your family.
Places of Interest
Har Ki Pauri: This is a sacred Ghat which is about 2.5 km from ths bus stand twas built in King Vikramaditya fond memory of his brother during the 1st century.Kankhal : Houses the Daksheswara Mahadev Temple is 54 km from the Haridwar Bus Stand.Mansa Devi Temple: This temple dates back to the 11th century and the bus stand is only 2km from this temple.The Chandi Devi temple: Has Goddess Chandi as its presiding deity lies at a distance of 3km from the bus stand.The Sapt Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar. The bus stands are 5.5km from here.Shantikunj at a distance of 6km from the main bus stand.
How to Get There
Jolly Grant Airport and the Indira Gandhi International Airport are the nearest airports to Haridwar.
The Haridwar Railway Station connects this holy city to almost all the major cities across India.
Tourists who wish to get to Haridwar by bus can get ac and Volvo buses through Online Bus Ticket Booking facility which is offered by Online Bus Booking websites like TicketGoose.com. Bus booking offers at Ticketgoose.com can be availed of when you book your tickets.