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.
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