A city in Parbhani district of Maharashtra, Gangakhed is remembered for being the birth place of Shree Sant Janabai. Situated on the banks of the River Godavari, Gangakhed is believed to have the largest number of temples on the banks of the holy river. The Shree Balaji temple in the city is also a favourite among pilgrims, as it is believed to be as auspicious as the Balaji temple at Tirupati.
Places to Stay
There are a variety of options available for travellers looking for affordable accomodations. Some hotels such as Hotel Samadhan, Hotel Satyam & Lodging Services and Radhika Lodging and Bhojanalaya have rooms from Rs.800 onwards.
The Navratri festival, which includes the ‘Rath Yatra’ is a big event here that lasts for nearly two weeks. The annual festivals at the Chintamani Mandir also bring in people from across the state.
Marathi is the official language; while Hindi is also spoken here.
Places to Visit
Other than the Shree Balaji temple, the Chintamani temple, Bomblya Mahadev temple and Narsimha temple, an old old palace of Shivaji is a good place to visit.
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Gangakhed is at Nanded (71kms) and Latur (77kms).
Gangakhed has a train station which is located between Parbhani Junction and Parli Junction.
Well-connected to neighbouring towns and villages like Parbhani, Parli, Nanded, Gangakhed is easy to reach by bus. There are great bus operators like Humsafar Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The place, which has been in existence since 847 AD, is famous for its magnificent land and forts. This cultural city was actually the capital city of Shivaji. Today this city takes pride in its traditional Marathi culture, education and theatre. Pune city attracts a lot of tourists for its old world charm. The weather is warm and pleasant in this place because it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Budget Hotels in Pune
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Pune
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include the Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Places to See in Pune
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Aga Khan Palace (7kms from bus stand), David Synagogue (12kms from Railway station), Shinde Chatri (5km from Pune) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is located on the north-east of Pune. The airport has domestic and international flights. Two international flights Lufthansa and Air India Express provide Air transport services to Frankfurt and Dubai.
Pune railway station is the main railway station of Pune. It’s railway station is connected to the Mumbai and Chennai railway line. This railway junction is well connected to some of the major cities in the country.
Pune Bus Stand is the one of the busiest bus stations in Pune city. Buses from major cities and states operate from this city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Neeta Pragati Volvo, AR Tours and Travels and Natraj Travels. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.