Sonipat is a city in Sonipat district in the Indian state of Haryana. It comes under the National Capital Region (NCR) region and is only 20 km away from Delhi. It has a population of 1, 480,080. The literacy rate in Sonipat is 72.80%. Sonipat is well known for its ethnic cuisine and drinks. Dishes such as ghevar, churma, kheer, lapsi and the many lassis are famous here.
Places to Stay
Hotel Garden View (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Sunrise (Tariff – Rs. 1200), The Grand Basant (Tariff – Rs. 2500) are some of the best accommodation options available in Sonipat.
English, Hindi, Punjabi are the main languages spoken in Sonipat.
Lohri, Basant Panchami, Baisakhi, Holi, Janamashtami, Gugga Naumi, and Dusshera are some of the festivals celebrated every year.
Places of Interest
The tomb of Khawja Khizr, the Yamuna River, Shri Ram Shrine, the Temple of Shankar Kui, the Sai Dham Shrine and various Mughal buildings located on the outskirts of Sonipat make for some great sight-seeing.
How to Get There
There are no airports in Sonipat. The nearest is the Delhi Airport which is 49 km away from city and provides excellent connectivity.
There are several trains to and from Sonipat Railway Station connecting all the neighbouring cities and states.
There are several bus services plying on various routes with great frequency. Dashmesh Tours and Travels is one such bus operator providing excellent bus services and connectivity. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer.
Mandi district is one of the central districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This town is located on the banks of river Beas. Mandi derives its name 'mandi' or 'market' as it was a major trade route from Ladhakh. It is a major transit route to Kullu-Manali and other adjoining places from NH-21 and NH-20. Raw-silk and the rock salt mines at Drang and Guma are the special features of Mandi.
Places to stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Mandi are Munish Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Manjul Mandi (Tariff – Rs. 1450) and Hotel Visco Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1600).
People in Mandi converse in Mandyali and Mandyali.
The famous festival celebrated in Mandi is the Mandi Shivaratri Fair (February). It is an annual fair that is held for seven days starting with the Hindu festival of Shivaratri)
Places to Visit
Mandi is renowned for old stone temples and their range of fine carving. Because of this, it is called the "Varanasi of the Hills." Places to see in and around Mandi include Bhootnath Temple (900 meters from bus stand), Rewalsar Lake (23 kms from bus stand), Joginder Nagar (56 kms from bus stand), Sunder Nagar (24 kms from bus stand) and Sunken Garden (550 metres from bus stand).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mandi is a small domestic airport at Bhuntar (75 kms).
The closest railhead to Mandi is in Kiratpur (125 kms).
Mandi is approachable by road from Shimla, Chandigarh, Pathankot and Delhi. Himachal Pradesh State Road Transportation (HRTC) and private operators run busses from major cities to Mandi. Some of the private bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Raj Himachal Holidays, Heera Himachal Holidays, Himachal Volvo Tour and Mangalam Travels. Making use of bus booking online offers are the best way to save money while travelling.