Harankhed is a small village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The nearest urban agglomeration is the city of Aurangabad at a distance of 172 km south-west. The place is quite close to the state’s border with the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. Those with a keen interest for cuisine, culture and landscape can explore this area.
Places to Stay
The best place to put up in the region is Aurangabad, which has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Lemon Tree Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Panchwati Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ambassador Ajanta (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The village as a whole does not have too many places of tourist interest. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Aurangabad are Bibi-ka-Maqbara (burial place of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum) , located at a distance of 3 km; the 12 Buddhist caves, popularly known as the Aurangabad Caves, located at a distance of 5 km from the city; Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary; Dattatreya Mandir and others.
How to Get There
Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 173 km.
The nearest railway station is the Jalgaon Railway Station at a distance of 64 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Buses to the area are available from both Jalgaon and Aurangabad. Using bus ticket booking coupons to book your tickets will help you get discounts for your journey.