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.
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.