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 located in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Sawantwadi is often referred to as the ‘gateway to Goa’. Bestowed with nature’s bounty, this picturesque locale is a great stop for tourists looking for a short, scenic getaway. Known for its flourishing woodcraft industry, Sawantwadi is also known for its wooden toys.
Places to Stay
Few notable hotels in Sawantwadi are: Konkan Crown Resort (Tariff – Rs 1800), Shilpagram Holiday Resort (Tariff – Rs 1200) or Saish International (Tariff – Rs 1200).
The official language of Sawantwadi is Konkani. Marathi is also spoken here.
Dusshera-which falls in the month of October or November, and Rakhi or Rakshabandhan are celebrated with much fervour here.
Places of Interest
Some places worth a visit in Sawantwadi include Sawantwadi Palace and the lake in front of the palace – Moti Talao. Also visit the 150-year-old Raghunath Market, which is known for its handicrafts. The Amboli Hill Station, which is about 29 km from Sawantwadi, is highly recommended.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa. It is located about 87 km away from the town.
The nearest railway station is the Sawantwadi Road Station, where the Konkan Railway makes a stop.
Sawantiwadi is a point of convergence for four roads coming in from different directions. NH-17 goes towards Mumbai, and goes as far down as Kochi in Kerala. The road headed south reaches Panjim, Goa, within an hour’s time. East-bound roads head towards Belgaum in Karnataka. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. Online bus booking facility is the most convenient way to book your tickets.