Sarkaghat is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Located in Mandi district, Sarkaghat is an offbeat tourist destination. It is about 58 km away from its district headquarters and about 148 km from its capital city, Shimla. This well connected town has several temples and forts worth visiting. The best months to visit this hill station are between March and November.
Places to Stay
Both budget and luxury hotels are available in plenty for tourists visiting this hill station. Some of the budget hotels are Sun Sky Bhoranj (Tariff –Rs.500), Hamir Hotel (Tariff –Rs.500) and Hillside Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
The official language of Sarkaghat is Hindi.
Some of the major festivals celebrated in Sarkaghat are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Some of the places of interest in Sarkaghat are Mata Nawahi Devi temple, Kamlah Fort, Kancha Mata Temple and Rewalshar.
How to Get There
Kullu Manali Airport, which is 117 km away, is the closest from the town.
The Joginder Nagar Railway Station, which is 60 km away, is the nearest major railhead.
Buses are available from Mandi. State-run buses ply on this route. Volvo bus booking through online bus ticket booking website like Ticketgoose.com is the most preferred choice of travellers.
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.