Ajara is a small town in Maharashtra in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. The town is known for its greenery and scenic beauty and lies exactly at the doorstep of Karnataka. A special type of rice known as the Ajara Ghansaal is also grown here. If one is fast approaching the Konkan region, this is the last place he/she will come across in the Desh region.
Places to Stay
By virtue of its being a small town, Ajara does not have lodging facilities. One will have to travel 84 km (1 hour and 33 minutes) to the district headquarters of Kolhapur for hotels. Some of the options one can check in to are MTDC Holiday Resort Panhala (Tariff – Rs. 750), Haripriya Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Rajat Executive (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Landmark (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The place being only a stop for tourists is not famous for its tourist destinations. Kolhapur may offer a few options such as the Siddhagiri Math, New Palace Museum, Chandrakant Mandare Kaladalan and Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir Devasthan Samiti.
How to Get There
The Sambre and Kolhapur airports are the nearest with distances of 58 km and 69 km respectively.
The nearest railway station is the Belgaum Railway Station in the neighbouring state of Karnataka at a distance of 49 km.
Gadhinglaj is the town from where one can hop on to a state transport bus in order to reach Ajara. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money
Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. It has many sobriquets like ‘The City of Dreams’ and ‘The city which never sleeps.’ The name ‘Mumbai’ is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, which is the name of the Goddess Mumbadevi and ‘Aai’ which in Marathi means Mother. The city was earlier known as Bombay, before being officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
Budget Hotels in Mumbai
There are good budget hotels in the city of Mumbai. Some of these are the Eden Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 250 and 3 km from International Airport), Hotel Anjali Inn (Tariff – Rs. 970 and 7 km from Domestic Airport), and Hotel Good Luck (Tariff – Rs. 990 and 15 minutes from the International Airport).
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi. Other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Gujarati as well as Urdu.
Events in Mumbai
Mumbai is well known for its night life. Occasions like the New Year celebrations are renowned. Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid as well as Navratri are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
Places to See in Mumbai
There are plenty of places to visit in Mumbai. Prominent among them are The Gateway of India (29 km from Airport), Marine Drive (28 km from airport), Bandra Bandstand (13 km from airport) among other places.
How to Get There
The Mumbai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It has a domestic as well as international terminal. It is located 26 km from the southernmost part of the city, Colaba.
The three main railway terminals in Mumbai are Mumbai Central (9km from Colaba), Bandra Terminus (15 km from Colaba) and Victoria Terminus (3 km from Colaba).
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