Ahmedpuris a town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal and is located not very far from Jharkhand. The town has gained repute for its sugar mill and an end of the vintage narrow gauge railway. The town is well balanced along religious lines with a harmonious co-existence. Rice and fish curry is a delicacy of Bengal and is a definite must-try for visitors. Ahmedpur experiences a fairly hot summer with a long monsoon.
Places to Stay
The best place for staying while on a visit to Ahmedpur is Bardhaman, a city around 61 km away. Some of the best budget hotel options of Bardhaman are Maithan Tourist Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Sarada (Tariff – Rs. 500), Shardhanjali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Parbati International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900).
The official language of Ahmedpur is Bengali. Being in close proximity to Jharkhand, Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The main festivals of the region are Durga Puja, Diwali and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The town does not have places of great tourist attraction. The nearby city of Bardhaman, however, has places worth visiting among which Sarvamangala shrine, Curzon Gate, Konkaleswari Kali Mandir and Sher Afghan’s Tomb should feature in a traveller’s list.
How to Get There
The closest major airport to Ahmedpur is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at a distance of 211 km.
Rail connectivity is relatively fine in the town with the Ahmedpur Junction being well connected to other railway stations both in the state as well as outside the state.
Bus connectivity to major towns of West Bengal as well as those in Jharkhand are relatively fair with mostly state-run transport buses plying on the roads. Book your bus ticket online through Ticketgoose.com.
A town in southern Maharashtra, Miraj is believed to have been founded in the early 10th century. An important junction, Miraj was ruled by the Pathwardhan family until the Independence. A secular town, Miraj is well-known for the Hindustani classical music performance held here. In the 19th century, Miraj gained prominence for it Vaidyas, practitioners of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Within India, Miraj has the highest number of hospitals and the town has two medical colleges.
Places to Stay
Hotel New Purva, Sukh Niwas Hotel, Hotel Season 4 and Hotel Kiran near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual music festival at the Khvaja Samsuddin Mira Saheb dargah and ‘Juloos’ a music festival held at Khaja Meersaheb dargah built in the 1300s is a grand event.
Marathi is the local language; however Kannada is also widely understood.
Places to Visit
Shahi Idgah, The Rosary Church, Shree Sant Venaswami Math and Swetambar Jain Mandir are great places to visit within 1-5kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur (22.2kms).
Miraj Junction railways station is an important railhead.
Miraj Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Shree Khurana Travels, Dolphin Travels, Chintamani Travels and SBRS Travels run regular buses to and from the city. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.