Basavakalyan is a small town located in the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. During ancient times, the town was referred to as Kalyan. After the classification of states on linguistic grounds in 1956, the town was rechristened to its present name after Anubhava Mantapa, who is credited with establishing spiritual democracy in the 12th Century. The historic city of Bidar is located at a distance of 79 km from the village. Maharashtra border is also just 11 km away.
Places to Stay
The closest and the most convenient place to put up for the night is Bidar with its wide variety of budget hotels and lodges. Some of them which are worth trying are Sapna Continental Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Shanti Boarding & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Ratna (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shanti Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of Basavakalyan is Kannada. Hindi, Urdu and Marathi are also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the town are the Basavakalyana Fort, Basaveshvara Temple, Moti Mahal, Hydari Mahal, Peeran Dargah, Allamaprabhu statue and its surrounding areas.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at a distance of 200 km.
Bidar Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 79 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Basavakalyan to different cities in the region. SRS Travels is one of the popular bus operators. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.
Solapur is a city in Maharashtra and lies on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Solapur boasts a population of about 12 lakh making it the seventh largest city in the state. Solapur is world famous for its textile industries, cotton mills, power looms and some of the largest spinning mills. The city is the largest beedi production centre along with the Kirloskar industrial empire.
Places to Stay
There are a many hotels in Solapur such as Aishwarya Hotel, Dhruva Hotel, Ritesh Hotel, Ajantha Hotel that offer budget accommodation to visitors for prices under Rs 1500.
The Nandidhwaj procession on MakarSankranti is celebrated in January and the GaddaYatra, an annual fair attracts large crowds from in and around. Along with this, Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events celebrated with great fervour across the year.
Marathi is the major language spoken in Solapur followed by Telugu. Marathi and Kannada is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Solapur are Solapur Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Zashichi Rani Laxmibai Statue and a few lakes, zoos and parks are within city limits of 20 km.
How to Get There
Solapur Airport has direct flights to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The rest of the cities are connecting flights.
Solapur Railway Station has several trains connecting the city to Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
Solapur Bus Station is a major stop connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and well connected to all major districts and cities via NH9, 13 and 211. Buses ply to all major centres in Maharashtra. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.