A city in the state of Maharashtra, Sangli is situated on the banks of the River Krishna and is the largest market place for turmeric in Asia. The city is known as Natyapandhari, the birthplace of Marathi drama and the ‘Sugar Belt of India’. One of the largest grape growing regions in Maharashtra, Sangli also houses the country’s only turmeric exchange. To develop the wine industry, the government of Maharashtra has set up a specialized state-of-the-art wine park at Palus, 30 km from Sangli city.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels to stay in Sangli. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel New Pride, Hotel Ruchira Deluxe and Hotel Icon Innthat offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
Ganesha Festival is the greatest Festival in Sangli and the nearby region. This festival is popularly known as Ganesh Utsav in this city.
Marathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The famous Ganapati Temple that houses a golden idol of Lord Ganesha (1km) , the Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (70kms), Krishna Valley Wine Park(30kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is in Pune (220kms)
Sangli has its own railway station.
Chintamani Nagar Bus Stop, Shinde Mala City Bus Stop, Abhaynagar Bus Stop, Jhulelal Chowk Bus Stop and Kolhapur Road Bus Station run regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like VRL Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.
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.