Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh located in the centre of India is a rare combination of picturesque beauty, royal history and urban town planning. Bhopal derives its name from the city Bhojapal founded by raja Bhoj. Bhopal is a versatile city teeming with historical monuments, market places, mosques and palaces which leave a print of the emperors who once upon a time ruled here. The city is well designed with luxuriant and delicately laid out gardens, statues and wide streets.
Places to Stay
Manjeet Hotel (Tariff- RS 300 ) Hotel Sonali Regency (Tariff- Rs 1286 ) Situated at a distance of 1 km from station and 250 mt from bus stand, Hotel Surya- (Tariff- Rs 1100 and up) is situated at a distance of 1 km from railway station and 250 m from bus stand are some of the popular budget hotels.
Places to Visit
There are various forts and mosques which you can visit in Bhopal. Some of the noteworthy places are the Jama Masjid, The Laxmi Narayan Temple, The Government Archaeological Museum and the beautiful aquarium. The main bus stand in Bhopal is the Nadra bus stand and one can take bus to visit all these places.
The Khajuraho dance festival around the month of February and March is a must watch on your visit to Bhopal. Along with that some of the most loved events are the Gwalior Light and Sound show where the history of the fort is enacted with music, lights, dances and sound effects. These are treats which should not be missed at all.
The official language of Bhopal is Hindi. English is also spoken.
How to Get There
There are regular flights which connect Bhopal with Jabalpur, Delhi, Mumbai and Gwalior.
Bhopal is situated in the main line of Delhi to Chennai. All the major trains going to Mumbai via Delhi and vice versa have a terminus in Bhopal station.
Bus services connect Bhopal with Mandu (285 km), Khajuraho (383 km), Gwalior (423 km), Jabalpur (295 km) and Ujjain (188 km). Avail of bus ticket offers from Ticketgoose.com when you book your tickets online
A town in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, Ganpatipule is located 375 kms away from south Mumbai and 25 kms from Ratnagiri along the Konkan coast. The origin of the name Ganpatipule is attributed to the belief that Hindu God Ganapati resided in a place called Pule, near the town.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ganapatipule. Some options are Atharava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1240), and Shree Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The most spoken language in Ganapatipule is Marathi. The other languages spoken are English and Hindi.
The significant festivals of Ganapatipule are Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi (Birthday of God Ganapati) which falls either in the month of January or February every year. Other festivals celebrated are Holi in March and Gudi Padva and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Ganpatipule has some well-known and attractive tourist spots. The Swayambhu Temple in Ganpatipule (20 kms from the town of Ratnagiri), where God Ganapati’s idol is said to be self-originated from soil, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Besides this, the Jaigad Fort (15 kms from Ganapatipule), Thibaw Palace (23 kms from Ratnagiri), Gaywadi Beach (2.5 kms from Ganapatipule) and Prachin Konkan (0.5 kms from Ganapatipule) are also a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is the Kolhapur Airport. It is situated 114 kms away from the town.
Ganapatipule is connected to Ratnagiri with the Konkan Railway line. Ratnagiri Railway Station is 18 kms away from Ganapatipule.
There are private bus and state bus services to Ganapatipule from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.