Rampur is one of the most diverse tourist destinations located in the Moradabad province in Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated approximately 192 km away from national capital New Delhi. It has a population of 0.325 million (2012). Rampur offers traditional Mughlai cuisine including mutton kebabs and fish. The Rampuri knife is showcased in many famous Bollywood movies including Zanjeer starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri.
Places to Stay
The budget hotel accommodations in Rampur are Hotel Tourist (Tariff – Rs. 500 to 1200) and Modipur Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000 to 2500). Both these hotels are in the vicinity of the Pantnagar Airport (5-10 km away).
The languages spoken in Rampur are Hindi and Urdu.
As Rampur has mostly a Muslim population, majority of events and festivals are celebrations such as Eid-e- Milad and Eid al-Fitr. The city further hosts book and art exhibitions all year long.
Places of Interest
Rampur offers religious, cultural and historical monuments such as Jamma Masjid, Rampur Planetarium, Gandhi Samadhi, Koti Khas Bagh, Ambedkar Park and Raza Library.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport which is about 58 km away. Daily flights operated by Jet Airways and Indigo come in from New Delhi
The train connections include Avadh-Assam Express, Jammu-Tawi Express, Howrah-Amritsar Express and Satyagraha Express. Other important ones are Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi and Delhi-Bareily Inter-city Express.
Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport (UPSRTC) operates frequent buses from New Delhi to Rampur with an average ticket price of Rs. 350. The Himachal Pradesh Tourism and Travel has non-deluxe buses from Chandigarh, Ambala and Palampur. City Heart Travels is a leading private bus operator from New Delhi. Before going on a holiday, check out various travel portals and get cheap bus tickets.
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.