Nashik is a city in the state of Maharashtra. With a population close to 30 lakh, it is one of the biggest cities in the state. Grapes and onions are produced in large quantities in Nashik. Nashik is known for its art and literature contribution. It was recently awarded the best tourist friendly city of India and most travellers rate it high for its pleasant climate and beautiful surroundings.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels like Hotel Rama Heritage, Shri Ratna Lodging, Hotel Rajmahal and Wasan’s Inn that offer budget accommodation to visitors within Rs 1500.
The Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious festivals celebrated once in twelve years. Makar Sankranti, Diwali and Rath Yatra are among the other festivals celebrated in the city.
Marathi and Hindi are local languages spoken in Nashik. English is a commonly spoken language since it is a tourist friendly city.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Nashik are SitaGufaa, Panchavati, Kalaram temple, Someshwar among many others all within 15-20 km.
How to Get There
NashikOzar Airport is 25km from Nashik city and has flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Nagpur.
Nashik Road railway station is 10km away from the city. Panchavati Express and Godavari Express ply daily between Mumbai and Nashik. There are other daily, local trains between Nashik and Pune.
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Formerly known as ‘Prabhavatinagar,’ Parbhani is a city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Perched at an average elevation of 347 metres above sea-level, it is situated around the centre of Maharashtra. Parbhani was under the reign of various Sultans under the Mughals and later the Nizams for around 650 years and so has a long history. It is the administrative headquarters of the Parbhani District. It is dotted with numerous temples and has also be called a pilgrim town.
Places to Stay
Some budget hotels in Parbhani are the Gulmohar Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Niraj International (on Bus Stand road), Aditya Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Nilgiri.
The official language of Parbhani is Marathi.
Ganesh Chaturthi, which usually falls during the month of September, is celebrated with great fervour here.
Places of Interest
The Lord Narsimha temple (19 km from Parbhani), Mota Maruthi, the Jabreshwar temple and the Jain temple in Jintur (40 km from Parbhani) are some popular place that can be visited in Parbhani.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Parbhani is at Nanded which is located at a distance of roughly 67km away from Parbhani.
Parbhani has a railway station of its own that has trains connecting to the cities nearby.
Parbhani has a bus stand of its own from where one can catch buses to the nearby cities of Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai (among others.) Sanjay Travels and Raja Travels are popular private operators which ply their buses on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.