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.
Islampur is a village based in the Bidar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the town of Bidar, at a distance of 65 km to the east. The borders of the neighbouring states – Telangana as well as Maharashtra – are also nearby. Those travelling between Bidar and Solapur can stop by at this place.
Places to Stay
The place has some budget and medium priced hotel accommodations. Hotel Kadamba Residency (Tariff – Rs. 400-800), Hotel Central Park (Tariff – Rs. 500 to 1,000) and Hotel Prashanth (Tariff – Rs. 1,000 onwards) are some of the options to look forward to.
The languages spoken in Islampur are Kannada, Dakhni, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu and English.
The important festivals of the area are Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Islampur has nearby tourist places of temples, dargahs and forts. Bidar has Bidar Fort, Ragin Mahal Palace and Solah Khamd Mosque. Gulbarga (64 km to the south) will offer you Gulbarga Fort, Sheikh Roza Dargah and Sharanbasveshwar Temple among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad (in the neighbouring state of Telangana) at a distance of 186 km.
The Gulbarga Railway Station is a close by major station, which is located 66 km away.
Buses to the area are readily available from Gulbarga as well as Bidar. Numerous bus booking websites provide bus ticket booking offers, especially during the festive season.