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.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is known as the hub of India’s tourism sector. It is also among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. Shimla is famous for its apples, natural beauty and architectural buildings. The city has a large number of temples and palaces. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India during British rule.
Places to Stay
Shimla offers a wide variety of options for budget travelers near the main bus stand like Hotel Gulmarg Residency – 3km (Tariff – Rs. 1200-1500), Dreamland Hotel – 2.8km (Tariff – Rs. 600-800), Rajdoot Hotel – 0.2km (Tariff – Rs. 800-1100) and Samrat Regency Hotel - 0.4km (Tariff – Rs. 900-1200).
The Summer Festival held in the month of May is a cultural function with performances. Ruhru Fair, held in April on the banks of river Pabbar is a religious and cultural fair. The Winter Sports festical, running between months December and February, experiences ice skating and ice hockey. The famour MTB (mountain biking festival) is held in Shimla each year.
Tha official language of Shimla is Hindi.
Places to Visit
Jakhoo Hill, highest peak there, offers a great view of Shimla is 2km from main bus station. The Tara Devi Temple, located on top of a hill is 11km from main bus station. Shimla State Museum is located 5km away from the main bus station.
How to Get There
The Jubbarhatti Airport is located 23km from Shimla.
Trains operate from Shimla Railway Station to Kalka and connecting trains can be taken from there onwards.
The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operates buses from all cities in the state to Shimla. City Land Travels and Laxmi Holidays are some of the major bus operators here. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.