Karad, a city in Maharashtra’s Satara district, is also known as the sugar bowl of Maharashtra owing to the numerous sugar factories that dot the vicinity. This city lies on the banks of rivers Krishna and Koyana. The confluence of both rivers is locally known as Preeti Sangam, which means lovely meeting. Some of the tourist attractions nearby are Satara, Mandwa, Panchgani, Panhala and Kolhapur.
Places to Stay
The city of Karad provides good budget hotels. A few of these include Hotel Shree Annapurna Prasad (Tariff – Rs.475), Hotel Sai Praithana (Tariff – Rs.584), Hotel Sagar (Tariff – Rs.487) and Hotel Shreeman (Tariff – Rs.949).
The languages spoken in Karad are Marathi and Hindi.
The most important festivals in Karad are Makar Sankranti in January, Gudi Padwa and Holi in March, Jiviti Puja celebrated in July-August, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are interesting sightseeing destinations around Karad. Some of these are Krishna Ghat (2 km), Kashil (27 km), Dadholi (31 km), Narayanwadi (19 km) and khodshi Dam, located 7 km away from Karad.
How to Get There
There is a small airstrip in Karad (4 km), which is the nearest airport. However, the major airport is located 75 km away in Kolhapur.
Karad Railway Station is 7 km away from the city centre and connects the city to other nearby states.
There are regular state-run and private buses travelling to and fro the surrounding states. Private bus operators such as Jyotirling Travels provide daily trips from Mumbai to Karad. Get discount on bus booking through various travel websites like Ticketgoose.com and visit your desired holiday destination.
Palanpur is a city and a municipality of Banaskantha district in the state of Gujarat. It is 126 kms from state capital Gandhinagar towards south. The city is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat after Mehsana. Palanpur is known as "flower city" because of perfumes (Itar) available here. It is also known for its textile retail market and diamonds. A number of primary industries including dairy & marbles are situated in or around the city.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Palanpur Cappal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Way Wait Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1300), Hotel Bilipatra (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Green Woods Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Palanpur is Gujarati. People also speak Hindi.
Navratri (October), Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), Vasant Panchmi (January / February), Rakshbandhan (August) and Uttarayan (January) are the important festivals celebrated in Palanpur.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit are Balaram Palace (31 kms), The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary (15 kms), Sun Temple (96 kms), Gayatri Temple (5.2 kms), Jain temples (1.2 kms), Ambaji temple located in Ambaji (55 kms) Kedarnath Mahadev Temple (32 kms) and Balaram Mahadev temple (14 kms).
How to Get There
The nearest international airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (142kms)
Abu Road Railway Station is nearest major railway station (53 kms) to Palanpur.
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel services have regular buses to Palanpur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sifat Tours & Travels, Soni Tours & Travels, Shreenath Travelers and Neeta Tours and Travels. Online bus booking site like Ticketgoose.com provides tickets with best deals.