Panvel is the most populated city in Raigad district in Maharashtra. It is known as the gateway of Konkan region. The city is the headquarters of the Panvel sub-division of Raigad district. Panvel is an important junction point as many major highways meet and pass through the city. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Sion-Panvel Expressway, NH 4B and NH 17 start from here while NH 4 passes through Panvel.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels in Panvel are Ketki Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 1000), Hotel Vrindavan (Tariff - Rs. 800), and Sai Farms Tariff - Rs. 1200).
The official language of Panvel is Marathi.
Ceremony of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami and Ganeshotsav are the poplar festivals celebrated in Panvel.
Places to visit
Tourist places around Panvel are Karnala fort (10 kms), Karnala bird sanctuary (13 kms), Shirdhon (8 .4 kms) Matheran (50 kms) and Ballaleshwar Pali (2 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Panvel is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (30 kms)
Panvel railway station is one of the most important junctions on the Konkan Railway.
There are two main bus stands in Panvel - ST stand on the national highway & NMMT stand near railway station. The ST buses are available from Panvel to Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, Dadar, Uran as well as beyond city. NMMT buses are available from Panvel to Thane and Vashi. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Panvel include Inter City Travels, Neeta Travels, Naik Travels, Raja Travels, National Tourist and Paulo Travels. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling
Samkhayali is a small hamlet in Gujarat’s Kutch district. It is well connected by road as well as rail. National Highways 15 and 8A passes through this village and it stretches up to Kandla Port and Gandhidham. Its nearby cities are Bhachau (19 km), Rapar (48 km) and Bhuj (97 km).
Places to Stay
Except for a few homestays, there are no accommodation facilities in Samkhayali. However, Gandhidham, which is 58 km away, has a number of budget hotels that tourists can choose from. Some of them are City Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,100), Flamingo Hotel (Tariff –Rs.800), Hotel Gurukripa (Tariff –Rs.600).
The languages spoken here are Gujarati and Hindi.
Some of the important festivals celebrated in Samkhayali are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Samkhayali does not have many interesting places for tourists, but its neighbouring city, Gandhidham has a lot of attractions. Some of them are Khavada, Akshardham, Purneshwar Temple, Modhera and Shri Chandra Prabh Labdhi Dham Teerth.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from here is 54 km away in Kandla.
Samkhayali is well connected to other cities by rail as it has its own railway junction, which is 1.3 km from the town centre.
There are buses from Gandhidham and Kandla. State-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route. Ticketgoose.com’s bus reservation facility has never been easier through its mobile apps.