Beed is a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the district by the same name. It is speculated that the city was founded by the Yadava rulers of Devagiri who ruled the region from 1173-1317. Later, it became a part of the Hyderabadi Nizams – the Asaf Jahis. After Hyderabad’s annexation, Beed was made to be a part of Maharashtra on May 1, 1960 as the city had a Marathi majority.
Places to Stay
Beed as a city has a few good lodging facilities. Not all are very budget-friendly, however. Two of the most affordable hotels which are worth trying out in the city are Anvita Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Hotel Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1,500).
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Beed has an endless list of tourist attractions from Maratha to Mughal structures. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Kankaleshwar Temple, Jama Masjid, Shahinshah Wali tomb, Mansur Shah tomb, Khazana Well (6 km south of the city), Khandoba Temple among others.
How to Get There
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest airport at a distance of 387 km.
The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad Railway Station at a distance of 129 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Ticketgoose.com has several operators on its site that enables bus booking in India.
A city in Parbhani district of Maharashtra, Gangakhed is remembered for being the birth place of Shree Sant Janabai. Situated on the banks of the River Godavari, Gangakhed is believed to have the largest number of temples on the banks of the holy river. The Shree Balaji temple in the city is also a favourite among pilgrims, as it is believed to be as auspicious as the Balaji temple at Tirupati.
Places to Stay
There are a variety of options available for travellers looking for affordable accomodations. Some hotels such as Hotel Samadhan, Hotel Satyam & Lodging Services and Radhika Lodging and Bhojanalaya have rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
The Navratri festival, which includes the ‘Rath Yatra’ is a big event here that lasts for nearly two weeks. The annual festivals at the Chintamani Mandir also bring in people from across the state.
Marathi is the official language; while Hindi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Shree Balaji temple, the Chintamani temple, Bomblya Mahadev temple and Narsimha temple, an old old palace of Shivaji is a good place to visit.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Gangakhed is at Nanded (71kms) and Latur (77kms).
Gangakhed has a train station which is located between Parbhani Junction and Parli Junction.
Well-connected to neighbouring towns and villages like Parbhani, Parli, Nanded, Gangakhed is easy to reach by bus. There are great bus operators like Humsafar Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.