A town in southern Maharashtra, Miraj is believed to have been founded in the early 10th century. An important junction, Miraj was ruled by the Pathwardhan family until the Independence. A secular town, Miraj is well-known for the Hindustani classical music performance held here. In the 19th century, Miraj gained prominence for it Vaidyas, practitioners of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Within India, Miraj has the highest number of hospitals and the town has two medical colleges.
Places to Stay
Hotel New Purva, Sukh Niwas Hotel, Hotel Season 4 and Hotel Kiran near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual music festival at the Khvaja Samsuddin Mira Saheb dargah and ‘Juloos’ a music festival held at Khaja Meersaheb dargah built in the 1300s is a grand event.
Marathi is the local language; however Kannada is also widely understood.
Places to Visit
Shahi Idgah, The Rosary Church, Shree Sant Venaswami Math and Swetambar Jain Mandir are great places to visit within 1-5kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur (22.2kms).
Miraj Junction railways station is an important railhead.
Miraj Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Shree Khurana Travels, Dolphin Travels, Chintamani Travels and SBRS Travels run regular buses to and from the city. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.
Ashti is a small hamlet in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra. This small village is located in the Khed taluka in Ratnagiri district and is at an approximate distance of 17 km from Khed. Ashti is a sparsely populated region. The residents of Ashti earn their living through occupations that involve farming and fishing. A large percentage of residents have moved to Africa and the Middle East for better work opportunities. Islam is the main religion that is followed in Ashti.
Places to Stay
Ashti is a small village and has homestays and lodges where visitors can stay. Khed which is 17 km away from Ashti has some good budget hotels. Some of them include Hotel Sai (Tariff –Rs. 800), Hotel Poonam (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Upahar Lodge (Tariff –Rs. 800).
The official spoken language of Ashti is Marathi. People here also speak in Urdu and Hindi.
Some of the festivals and events that are celebrated in Ashti include Ganesh Chaturthi, Eid and Diwali.
Places of Interest
Some of the places around Ashti that attract tourists include Anjanvel (28 km away), Harnai (32 km away), Mahabaleshwar (40 km away) and Velneshwar (47 km away).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Ashti is Lohegaon. It is located about 124 km away.
Ashti does not have its own railway station. The nearest one is at Khed which is approximately 2 km away from the village.
The nearest bus station is in Khed, at an approximate distance of 5 km from the village. Some of the best bus operators to this destination include Neeta Travels and KPN Travels. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.