Rakhial is a small village in the North Indian state of Punjab. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Hoshiarpur at a distance of 29 km north. The place is not very far from the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh either. Tourists travelling from Hoshiarpur to Ludhiana can stop by at this place for refreshments as well as to experience the traditional Punjabi landscape.
Places to Stay
Budget hotels are readily available in Hoshiarpur. Some of the options which are worth a try are Maharaja Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 2,300), Presidency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 2,300), Amber Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 2,200), Shiraz Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 2,200) and others.
The official language of the area is Punjabi. Hindi is also widely used and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali and Guru Nanak Gurpurab in November.
Places of Interest
The village in itself does not have anything interesting to offer. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in Hoshiarpur are Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Muhalla Shekhan, Hari Baba Mandir (Sachidanand Ashram), Punj Mukhi Shiv Mandir, Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh, Gurdwara Garna Sahib, Hoshiarpur Archaeological Museum, Dholbaha archaeological site and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chandigarh Airport at a distance of 130 km.
Hoshiarpur Railway Station is the major railway station close-by at a distance of 30 km.
Mostly state transport buses which cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are also active too. One can always visit the local bus-stand at Hoshiarpur and enquire about buses to the area. Book your tickets online through several bus booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.
A well structured city, Gandhidham falls under the Kachchh District of Gujarat. Well-connected to Kandla and the National Highways, Gandhidham was formed in the 1950s after of the partition of India, to help resettle the refugees from Sindh. A fast developing city in Gujarat state, Gandhidham is connected by road and rail to the rest of India. Transport Nagar, on the suburbs of the city is the hub for all major transport activity in Gandhidham.
Places to Stay
Places like Hotel Aarti International (Tariff-Rs.1,499) and Hotel Shiv Nautica (Tariff-Rs.2,285) offer affordable accommodation from Rs.1500 onwards.
The main festivals in Gandhidham are Deepavali, Navaratri, Ramnavami and Holi.
Gujarati is the official language here. Hindi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
The city has a Gandhi Samadhi, where last remains of Mahatma Gandhi are kept. The Bhadreswar temple and Modhera built in the 11th century is well-known, The Shiva temple in Kera and the Purneshwar temple constructed in the 10th century is a major tourist attraction neraby.
How to Get There
Gandhidham also has its own airport called Kandla Airport or Galphadar Airport which is located six kilometers north of Gandhidham
The Gandhidham Railway Station runs regular trains that connect the city to the rest of the country.
Well-connected by road, the Gandhidham Bus Terminus has many buses services that connect the city to places across the state. Private bus operators like Patel Tours & Travels, Royal Express and H K Travels run regular bus services to and from the city. If you are planning a vacation, book bus online and remain tension free.