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.
An ancient city in the Panipat district of Haryana, the city of Panipat is located about 95 km from Delhi and 160 km from Chandigarh. The river Yamuna flows across this city. Panipat is known for the battles fought during the Mughal era in India. It is also popularly called the ‘City of Weavers’ due to the presence of several handloom industries. The city has one of the longest flyovers in India built across the Grand Trunk Road.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Panipat. Some of them are Hotel Midtown (Tariff – Rs. 1400), Gold Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1100), Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Sainath Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700).
The official language spoken in Panipat is Hindi.
Important festivals and events of Panipat include the Surajkund Crafts Mela in February and Baisakhi in April.
Places of Interest
The historic city of Panipat has many tourist attractions, which include Panipat Museum, Salar Gunj Gate (1.5 km), Shiv Mandir Lake (2 km), Kabuli Bagh (4 km), Panipat Battle Field (6 km), and Kala Amb (6 km).
How to Get There
Muzaffarnagar Airport (75 km) in Uttar Pradesh is the nearest airport to Panipat.
Express trains from Delhi, Rohtak, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Amritsar arrive at Panipat Junction Railway Station.
There are many buses to Panipat from cities like Delhi, Katra, Jammu, and Karnal. One of the private operators providing bus facilities is Moon Light Travels. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.