Bhiwandi is a city in the Thane district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is often considered to be a part of the greater Mumbai agglomeration as the area is just 33 from the heart of Mumbai. The city is renowned for its textile industry and has the most power looms in the whole of India taken together. The area also has a rich mix religious diversity.
Places to Stay
One can try out these options in Mumbai proper - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900).
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Milad-un-Nabi, Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
It is anyone’s guess, that the area with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in the area are Shangri La Resort and Water Park and Chokhi Dhani.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 34 km.
The Kalyan Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 13 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.
Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling