Basavakalyan is a small town located in the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. During ancient times, the town was referred to as Kalyan. After the classification of states on linguistic grounds in 1956, the town was rechristened to its present name after Anubhava Mantapa, who is credited with establishing spiritual democracy in the 12th Century. The historic city of Bidar is located at a distance of 79 km from the village. Maharashtra border is also just 11 km away.
Places to Stay
The closest and the most convenient place to put up for the night is Bidar with its wide variety of budget hotels and lodges. Some of them which are worth trying are Sapna Continental Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Shanti Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Ratna (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shanti Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of Basavakalyan is Kannada. Hindi, Urdu and Marathi are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the town are the Basavakalyana Fort, Basaveshvara Temple, Moti Mahal, Hydari Mahal, Peeran Dargah, Allamaprabhu statue and its surrounding areas.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at a distance of 200 km.
Bidar Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Basavakalyan to different cities in the region. SRS Travels is one of the popular bus operators. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.
A town located in Rahata Tehasil in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, Shirdi is popularly called Shirdi Nagar Panchayat. It is situated 83 kms away from Ahmednagar and 15 km from Kopargaon. This holy place is most popularly known as the birthplace of the popular guru Shirdi Sai Baba. Anytime you can visit Shirdi, though the best time to visit the place is between June and August. Even winters are also good time to visit Shirdi.
Budget Hotels in Shirdi
There are good budget hotels in Shirdi. Some of them are Hotel Yog Palace (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Sai Darshan (Tariff – Rs.1,000), sai plaza (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Sai Sharan Tours & Travel (Tariff – Rs.500).
The official language Shirdiis Hindi The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Shirdi
There are three major festivals celebrated with great gratification and enthusiasm are are Ram Navami, Guru Purnima and Vijayadashamai.
Places to See in Shirdi
There are several places of tourist attraction in Shirdi. Some of the places include Khandoba Temple ( 1.3 kms from Shirdi), Changdev Maharaj Samadhi ( 1.3 kms from Shirdi), Sakori Ashram. ( 30kms from Velankanni Roman Catholic Church) and Sai Baba temple ( 1.5 kms from Shirdi)
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Shirdi is the Aurangabad Airport. It is located about 140 kms away from the town.
Shirdi has a new railway station. The place is well connected to the major cities of India.
Tourist can reach Shirdi with various kinds of bus services are available frequently from places like Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, Akluj, Dhule, Nagpur , Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Royal Coach Travels, Nakoda Travelsand Sankalp And Kareema Travels. Where ever you travel in the country, you can opt for bus booking in India and travel with ease.