Keywords: Rampur India
Description: The gateway to Kinnaur, this bustling bazaar town was the winter capital of the Bushahr rajas who ruled Kinnaur. Today, Rampur is mainly a place to...
The gateway to Kinnaur, this bustling bazaar town was the winter capital of the Bushahr rajas who ruled Kinnaur. Today, Rampur is mainly a place to change buses, but if you have time check out the delightful, terraced and turreted Padam Palace, built for the Maharaja of Bushahr in the early 20th century; only the garden is open to visitors. It's just beside the Old Bus Stand in the centre. The Lavi Fair. a huge commercial and cultural get-together in the second week of November, attracts traders and pilgrims from all over northwest India .
If you need to stay, Hotel Satluj View, just past the temple opposite the Old Bus Stand and down some steps, has rooms ranging from dingy but clean to large and air-conditioned, with big windows and balconies overlooking the rushing Sutlej River. Its restaurant is the best place to eat in the town centre.
Rampur’s bus station is 2km east of the centre but many people jump on through buses at the chaotic Old Bus Stand in the centre. From the bus station there are services to Rekong Peo (₹165, five hours) at least hourly till 4.30pm, to Shimla (₹200, five hours) every half-hour till 9.30pm, to Sarahan (₹65, two hours) about every 20 minutes till 6.15pm, and to Sangla (₹170, five hours) at 4.30am and 12.30pm.