Galiakot is a small town in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. The town comes within the Dungarpur district. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Udaipur, located at a distance of 150 km north-west of the town. The town is considered to be a Muslim pilgrimage, with Bohras being the single largest visitors. Galiakot is famous for the mausoleum of Babjee Moula Fakhruddin, a pious saintly man, who was killed by a local Bhil tribesman. These days, the dargah has turned into a sign of communal harmony.
Places to Stay
The best place to put up for the night is Udaipur, which has a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Wonder View Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), North Star Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Mewar Haveli (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Udai Palace (Tariff – Rs. 950) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November, the two Eid(s) and Urs (yearly death anniversary at the dargah).
Places of Interest
Other than the dargah, the town may not have anything interesting to offer. A ride to Udaipur will throw up a lot of options. A couple of must-see places in the city include the Lake Palace, City Place, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Jagdish Temple and Lake Pichola.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur at a distance of 185 km.
Udaipur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 164 km.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. Buses from Udaipur are readily available for this town. Travellers prefer getting to their desired holiday destination by a Volvo bus.
Banswara is a city located in southern Rajasthan. It is known as the “City of Hundred Islands” due to the presnce of a large number of islands on the Mahi River, which is close to the city. The nearest major urban agglomeration close by is Ratlam, across the border in Madhya Pradesh, at a distance of 81 km east.
Places to Stay
There are several hotels such as Hotel Sai International (Tariff – Rs. 500), Nayak Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 650), Shree Ram Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 400), Hotel Ganpati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
One of the major events of the area is the Divasa (Haryali Amavasya) festival on the last day of first fortnight of Shravanmas. Baneshwar Fair is held every year in February. The other important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Hindi is the local language spoken in Banswara.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Banswara are Shri Satya Kabir Temple, Anand Sagar Lake, Mahi Dam, and Kadeliya Fall all located within a radius of 25 km. The neighbouring city of Ratlam has a couple of tourist attractions among which Sagod Jain Temple, Hussain Tekri Jaora, Barbad Hanuman Temple are worth a visit.
How to Get There
There is no airport in Banswara itself. Udaipur Airport is the closest airport to Banswara. It is located around 165 km away. Domestic flights to major cities across the country are available here.
Banswara does not have railway connectivity at this time. However, there are plans afoot to construct one in the near future. The nearest major railway station is Ratlam Railway Station at a distance of 88 km.
Banswara has a direct road link with Ratlam, Dungarpur, Dohad and Jaipur, from where buses are readily available.Look out for your bus ticket coupon from Ticketgoose.com whenever you travel outside your hometown.