Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats of the state of Maharashtra. It is about 3 km from Lonavala and 7 km from Karjat. Khandala is located at the top of the Bhor Ghat and between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Plain. Panchgani, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Pune and Mandwa are the nearby important tourist destinations one can also visit.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Khandala. Some of them are Hotel Girija, Hill Escape, The Signature Crest, Kunegaon, Zara’s Resort and Hotel Vallerina.
The official language of Khandala is Marathi.
The important festivals of Khandala are Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Ekvira Devi Festival celebrated in Devi Ekvira Temple by the local fishermen.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Khandala. Some of the places include Tigers Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Duke’s Nose, Karla, Bhaja Cave and Bhushi Lake.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Khandala is located in Pune (64 km from Khandala) and the nearest international airport is in Mumbai (110 km from Khandala).
Khandala is well-connected with Mumbai and Pune. Trains from Pune stop at Karjat, which is close to Khandala.
There are daily bus services to Mumbai and Pune. Various state operated and private buses are easily available that offer good experience for passengers. Bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com’s mobile apps is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets.
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.