A town in Karnataka, Haveri is well-known for cardamom garlands and Byadagi red chillies that are marketed all over the country. Haveri is slowly gaining popularity as a major tourist spot as it is surrounded by places that have historical temples. While the town is believed to have had about 100 Maths (sacred religious places), only a few remain today. The famous Hukkeri Math is in Haveri.
Places to Stay
There good places to stay in Haveri town. Places like Hitaishi Palace Hotel (Tariff-Rs.400 onwards), Shiva Shakthi Palace (Tariff-Rs.700 onwards) and Hotel Adarsha Deluxe (Tariff-Rs.450 onwards) are within 1km of the bus stand
Other than the annual religious festivals celebrated here, the Durgadevi Festival (Jatra) held once every three years is quite famous in this region and attracts huge crowds to the town.
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Siddhesvara Temple, an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art and Hukkeri Math are all located about 1-3kms from the bus stand. The Ranebennur Wild Life Sanctuary is 45kms away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Bangalore (330kms).
Haveri has its own Railway Station.
Haveri Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like VRL Travels, SRS Travels, Sugama Tourists and Seabird Tourists run regular buses to and from the village. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility
Shani Shingnapur is a village in Maharashtra. It is part of the Ahmednagar district and is named after the temple of Shani (God of Saturn.) The people of Shani Shingnapur believe that Shani will destroy anyone who attempts to steal and so none of the houses here have doors. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine every year to seek blessing from the God of Saturn.
Places to Stay
There are quite a few budget hotels in Shani Shingnapur. Some of them are the Shraddha Inn (Tariff – Rs 1700), Marigold Residency (Tariff – Rs 1200) and Hotel Ashoka Executive (Tariff – Rs 2000.)
The official language of Shani Shingnapur is Marathi. Hindi is also understood by a majority of the people.
The important events in Shani Shingnapur are the Chatt Pooja (in January) and Gudi Padva (in March or April.) Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist attractions in Shani Shingnapur such as the Shrine of Shani within the city and Shirdi which is only 70km from here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Aurangabad airport which is located about 96 km away from the town. The closest major airport is in Pune.
The closest railway station is in Srirampur, 65km away. There are daily trains from Srirampur to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and to other parts of Maharashtra.
There are daily bus services to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Shirdi from the Shani Shingnapur Bus Stand. Heera Travels is one of the best bus operators in this area, Neeta Travels and Sai Travels are also popular choices. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.