Gangakher, also known as Gangakhed, is a city based in the Parbhani district of Maharashtra. It is said to be the birthplace of Shree Sant Janabai. Nestled on river bank of Godavari River, Gangakher has many temples. Many devotees visit this city every year to offer their prayers in these temples. The Balaji temple of Gangakher is very well-known and is considered to be very auspicious very like the Balaji Tirupati Temple.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Gangakher. Some of them are, the Samadhan Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 800), Hotel Anurag Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Kartik Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 500) and Hotel Rajdoot (Tariff – Rs. 800).
Marathi is the official language in Gangakher but Hindi and English are also spoken here.
Some of the festivals that are celebrated in Gangakher with great enthusiasm include Diwali, Vijayadashmi, Makar Sakranti and Ganesha Chaturthi. ‘Rath Yatra’ takes place in the month of October and events are also held at the Chintamani Temple from time to time.
Places of Interest
There are many places that tourists can visit in Gangakher. Some of them include the Chintamani Temple, Shivaji’s Palace, the Mahadev Temple and the Narsimha Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Gangakher is the Nanded Airport. It is located about 70 km from Gangakher.
Gangakher city has its own station and many trains to different Indian cities ply from here on a regular basis.
There are daily bus services to Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Solapur, Ahmednagar and other Indian cities from Gangakher. Some of the best bus operators that offer a comfortable journey on these routes include Saini Travels, Humsafar Travels and Joy Travels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.