Islampur is a village based in the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the town of Bidar, at a distance of 65 km to the east. The borders of the neighbouring states – Telangana as well as Maharashtra – are also nearby. Those travelling between Bidar and Solapur can stop by at this place.
Places to Stay
The place has some budget and medium priced hotel accommodations. Hotel Kadamba Residency (Tariff – Rs. 400-800), Hotel Central Park (Tariff – Rs. 500 to 1,000) and Hotel Prashanth (Tariff – Rs. 1,000 onwards) are some of the options to look forward to.
The languages spoken in Islampur are Kannada, Dakhni, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu and English.
The important festivals of the area are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Islampur has nearby tourist places of temples, dargahs and forts. Bidar has Bidar Fort, Ragin Mahal Palace and Solah Khamd Mosque. Gulbarga (64 km to the south) will offer you Gulbarga Fort, Sheikh Roza Dargah and Sharanbasveshwar Temple among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad (in the neighbouring state of Telangana) at a distance of 186 km.
The Gulbarga Railway Station is a close by major station, which is located 66 km away.
Buses to the area are readily available from Gulbarga as well as Bidar. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.
Lonavla or Lonavale is a hill station in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Located on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Lonavala is 64 kms from Pune and 96 kms from Mumbai. This place holds many beautiful places like waterfalls, woody meadows and lush green valleys. Lonavala is famous for the hard candy sweet known as chikki. It is also an adobe of many film directors for shooting.
Places to stay
Lonavala offers a variety of options for budget hotels, medium-range and luxury resorts. Some of them are Lions Den Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1817), Hotel Chandralok (Tariff – Rs. 3630), Sky Blue Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1920) and Sai Moreshwar Resort (Tariff – Rs. 2600).
The official is Marathi. Hindi and English are also spoken in Lonavla.
There are many festivals in Lonavala. Some of the famous festivals are Ganesha Chaturthi (August – September), Diwali (October) and Holi (February – March). Music concerts and sports events also form a big part of events in Lonavala.
Places to visit
Interesting places to see include Rajmachi Point (12 kms from bus stand), Ryewood Park (200 meters from bus stand), Valvan Dam (2.5 kms from bus stand), Lonavla Lake (2 kms from bus stand), Duke's Nose (5.6 kms from bus stand) and Tiger's Leap (10 kms from bus stand).
How to get there
The nearest airport is the Pune International Airport (64 kms).
Local trains run from Pune to Lonavla at two hour intervals. All trains, whether traveling from Mumbai to Pune or Pune to Mumbai, stop at Lonavla.
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