Bhiwandi is a city in the Thane district in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is often considered to be a part of the greater Mumbai agglomeration as the area is just 33 from the heart of Mumbai. The city is renowned for its textile industry and has the most power looms in the whole of India taken together. The area also has a rich mix religious diversity.
Places to Stay
One can try out these options in Mumbai proper - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900).
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Milad-un-Nabi, Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
It is anyone’s guess, that the area with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in the area are Shangri La Resort and Water Park and Chokhi Dhani.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 34 km.
The Kalyan Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 13 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.
Nashik is a city in the state of Maharashtra. With a population close to 30 lakh, it is one of the biggest cities in the state. Grapes and onions are produced in large quantities in Nashik. Nashik is known for its art and literature contribution. It was recently awarded the best tourist friendly city of India and most travellers rate it high for its pleasant climate and beautiful surroundings.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels like Hotel Rama Heritage, Shri Ratna Lodging, Hotel Rajmahal and Wasan’s Inn that offer budget accommodation to visitors within Rs 1500.
The Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious festivals celebrated once in twelve years. Makar Sankranti, Diwali and Rath Yatra are among the other festivals celebrated in the city.
Marathi and Hindi are local languages spoken in Nashik. English is a commonly spoken language since it is a tourist friendly city.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Nashik are SitaGufaa, Panchavati, Kalaram temple, Someshwar among many others all within 15-20 km.
How to Get There
NashikOzar Airport is 25km from Nashik city and has flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Nagpur.
Nashik Road railway station is 10km away from the city. Panchavati Express and Godavari Express ply daily between Mumbai and Nashik. There are other daily, local trains between Nashik and Pune.
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