Ichalkaranji is a small city in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Around 425 km away from Mumbai, it is a rapidly growing city with the highest per capita income in the country. Ichalkaranji is home to India’s oldest textile industry with around 5000 textile factories and it is the largest hub for small-scale industries. Hence, it is often referred to as the “Manchester of Maharashtra”. Ichalkaranji is also known for sugarcane refineries and its engineering goods manufacturing industry. Ichalkaranji is popular for good schools and colleges, hospitals, stadiums and drama theatres.
Places to Stay
Ichalkaranji has some good budget hotels such as Hotel Blue Moon (Tariff – Rs. 550), Hirkani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 990) and Hotel Accord (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The official language of Ichalkaranji is Marathi.
Some of the popular local festivals of Ichalkaranji are Holi (March), Teej (August), Ram Navami (October) and Deepavali (November).
Places of Interest
Some of the famous tourist destinations close to Ichalkaranji are Mahalaxmi Temple (14 km away) and Panhala Fort (16 km away).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ichalkaranji is the Kolhapur Airport (22 km away).
The nearest railway station to Ichalkaranji is Miraj Railway Station (28 km away). There are two other railway stations namely Sangli and Kolhapur railway stations that are both about 28 km away from Ichalkaranji.
Several buses ply from Ichalkaranji to major cities in Maharashtra. G.S.Travels, Balaji Travels and Naydu Tours & Travels are the bus operators connecting many towns and cities to Ichalkaranji at affordable prices. Ticketgoose.com offers a wide variety of choices for bus booking anywhere in India.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.