Banswara is a city located in southern Rajasthan. It is known as the “City of Hundred Islands” due to the presnce of a large number of islands on the Mahi River, which is close to the city. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Ratlam, across the border in Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of 81 km east.
Places to Stay
There are several hotels such as Hotel Sai International (Tariff – Rs. 500), Nayak Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650), Shree Ram Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 400), Hotel Ganpati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
One of the major events of the area is the Divasa (Haryali Amavasya) festival on the last day of first fortnight of Shravanmas. Baneshwar Fair is held every year in February. The other important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Hindi is the local language spoken in Banswara.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Banswara are Shri Satya Kabir Temple, Anand Sagar Lake, Mahi Dam, and Kadeliya Fall all located within a radius of 25 km. The neighbouring city of Ratlam has a couple of tourist attractions among which Sagod Jain Temple, Hussain Tekri Jaora, Barbad Hanuman Temple are worth a visit.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Banswara itself. Udaipur Airport is the closest airport to Banswara. It is located around 165 km away. Domestic flights to major cities across the country are available here.
Banswara does not have railway connectivity at this time. However, there are plans afoot to construct one in the near future. The nearest major railway station is Ratlam Railway Station at a distance of 88 km.
Banswara has a direct road link with Ratlam, Dungarpur, Dohad and Jaipur, from where buses are readily available.Look out for your bus ticket coupon from Ticketgoose.com whenever you travel outside your hometown.
Godhra is a small town in the state of Gujarat. It also serves as the administrative headquarters for Panchmahal district. Its name is derived from two different Hindi words ‘gou’ and ‘dhara’. ‘Gou’ means cow and ‘dhara’ carries two meanings – one being ‘land’ or ‘hold’ and other being ‘flow’.
Places to Stay
There are few budget hotels available in Godhra. Some of them include Hotel Atithi and Guest House, (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel City Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Gujarati is the official language of Godhra. The other language spoken here is Hindi.
Navratri, Deepavali, Uttarayan (Kite festival), Holi, Rakhsabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi are celebrated with great fervour and pomp here. On Janmashtami, a fair is held at the Ankleshwar Mahadev temple.
Places of Interest
Godhra is famous for its natural hot water springs which have medicinal values. It attracts a number of tourists from all over India. Other must see places are Kanelav Talav, Ram Sagar Talav, Vaishanav temples i.e. two temples of Lord Gokulanathji and Vaishnav Sampraday (Vaisnal society), and one each for Lord Gusaiji and Lord Mahaprabhuji, Rathanpur, Old Methodist Church, the Jhakurkhan Ara Masjid, and the Bohora Masjid.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Godhra is in Vadodara (62.9 km).
The Godhra Junction connects Godhra to various other towns and major cities in Gujarat.
Godhra is well connected by state run and other private buses. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.