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.
A historic city in Haryana, Karnal belongs to the Karnal district. It was originally called Karnalaya, meaning home of Karna. The city is known to be founded during the Mahabharata era by King Karna. It is located almost halfway between Chandigarh and Delhi at about 130 km south and north of the two cities respectively, on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-1). Karnal is a walled city with 10 gates originally, but not all exist today.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Karnal. Some of them are Hotel Gian Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Pearl Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Dreamz Residency (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Rama (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Karnal is Hindi.
Karnal celebrates many festivals such as Lohri in January, Gangore in March, Baisakhi in April and Teej in July.
Places of Interest
The important tourist places in the ancient city of Karnal include Karn Taal (1 km), Atal Park (3.5 km), Cantonment Church Tower (7 km), Durga Bhawani Temple (near Karnal Bus Stand), and Karna Lake (10 km).
How to Get There
Karnal has its own airport at about 8 km away from the centre of the city.
Karnal is connected with major cities like Amritsar, Delhi, Jammu, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.
Karnal is well connected by road to Jammu, Manali, Katra, Chandigarh and Delhi. Jamna Travels, Moon Light Travels and City Land Travels are some of private bus operators. Booking bus tickets online from several bus booking websites like Ticketgoose.com is very convenient.