Mapusa is the most happening town located in the northern area of Goa. It is situated just 13 km way from the state capital city, Panaji. It is also the Bardez Taluka’s headquarter. Located on the main highway NH-17, it links Kochi to Mumbai. The town’s name is spelled as ‘Mapuçá’ in the Portuguese and ‘Mapsa’, ‘Mhapsa’ or ‘Mapuca’ in the local languages. One can also see churches and administrative buildings famous for their architecture from the British Raj era here.
Places to Stay
There are a few budget hotels in Mapusa. Some of them are Palacio De Goa (Tariff- Rs. 1918), Hotel Manvin's (Tariff- Rs. 2045), and Hotel Fidalgo (Tariff- Rs. 4992).
The official language of Mapusa is Konkani. The other languages spoken in this region are Marathi, Hindi, English and Portuguese.
The main event of Mapusa is the Mapusa Friday Market which is held on every Friday. Locals from the surrounding villages and towns drop in at this market to sell their home grown vegetables and fruits, wares, handcraft items and plants as per the monsoon season.
Place of Interest
There are several place of interest for domestic and foreign tourists. The Sankavaddi temple located at Arpora (8.5 km), the shrines of Vital and Vhoddhi, Dhaktli Jandevta, Vandevta located at Salvador do Mundo, and Fort Aguada.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mapusa is located in Panaji (14 km).
There is no train station in Mapusa. The nearest station is located in Margao (23 km).
The town of Mapusa is well connected by bus to major cities and towns of Goa and its neighboring states. There are buses run by state government and private travel agencies. Opt for a Volvo bus booking through Ticketgoose.com and have a comfortable journey.
Zahirabad is a municipailty located in the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh. It was named after Nawab Mohd Zaheerudin Khan. It is one of Medak’s largest commercial districts, and is about 100km away from Hyderabad.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Zahirabad. Some of them are Haji Pasha Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel New Shaheeh(Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel Adithi Inn (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Vengabama Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Zahirabad is Telugu. Hindi is also understood by a majority of the population.
The important festivals of Zahirabad are Maha Shivratri and the month of Shravana. Muslim festivals such as Eid Ul Fitr and Eid Ul Adha are also celebrated widely.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Zahirabad. Some of the places include Sri Ketaki Sangameshwara Temple (15 km from Zahirabad town), Jama Masjid which is the biggest masjids of the Telangana region and Hari Masjid, which is one of the oldest masjids built around 400 years ago, One can also visit the waterfall at Jadimalkapur (16 km) and the Sri Siddivinayak Temple (12 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Zahirabad is the Rajeev Gandhi Airport in Shamshabad. It is located about 103 km away from the town.
Zahirabad is well connected to Hyderabad and Maharashtra. There are express trains from Zahirabad to Hyderabad.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Vijayawada and other parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Some of the operators that offer good services include APSRTC, Omer Travels, Jabbar Travels and VRL. Opt for online bus ticket reservation through Ticketgoose.com and travel tension free.