Shamalaji is a popular place for pilgrims in Gujarat. It has one of the largest temples in the Sabarkantha district which was built in the 11th century. It lies on the Udaipur-Ahmedabad highway and is so, is an easily accessible tourist spot. According to local folklore, this temple has been around since the Mahabharata. Many villages like Modhari, Sunsar, Napada, and Revdar were built around this temple.
Places to Stay
Since Shamalaji is a small town, it does not have many places to stay. Some of them are the Mangalmurthy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Hotel Meshwo (Tariff – Rs. 1200.)
The official language of Shamalaji is Gujarati. Hindi is also understood by a majority of people.
The important events in Shamalaji are Diwali in November, Navratri in October and the Kite festival in the month of January. The Shamalaji fair is held in the month of November for two weeks.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attractions in Shamalaji such as the Shamalaji temple that lies within the city and the Vishnu temple which is 8 km from the city. The Shyamalvan is a theme based garden near the temple and Devni Mori is an historical Buddhist site which is only 3 km away form town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Ahmedabad Airport. It is located about 107 km away from the town.
The Shamalaji railway station is well-connected to all major cities in India. There are daily trains from Shamalaji to Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Kota, and Kutch.
There are daily bus services to Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar and Surat from the Shamalaji Bus Stand. Shreenath Travels and Hari Hara Travels are one of the best bus operators in this area. You can get an online bus booking offers through TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website.
Vijay Nagar is a city located in the Bellary district of north Karnataka. Its residents are very religious judging by the number of temples and holy sites one can find here. It is close to Hampi, a historical place famous for its temples. The term Vijay means ‘Victory’, and Nagar means ‘City’.
Places to Stay
Vijay Nagar offers several good budget hotels. Abhimaani Vasathi (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Roxel Inn Moonstone (Tariff-Rs. 1000), and Hotel Vande Mahtaram (Tariff- Rs. 1000) are some good budget hotels here.
The official language here is Kannada. Locals also understand English.
As this is a holy city, one can witness religious events happening here round the year. Every temple in this place organizes prayers to their deity every month. Dussehra is a big event here and is celebrated with much grandeur.
Places to Visit
Lotus Mahal, The Royal centre (2 km), Vittala temple, Hemakuta temple, the Sacred Center, Elephant Stables, and Ramachandra temple- these are just a few places to visit in Vijay Nagar.
How to Get There
Bangalore International Airport is the to Vijay Nagar city.
Vijay Nagar has well connected railway lines to major cities and towns.
There are numerous buses to and fro to Bangalore and other cities. Bus number 61 is direct from city of Vijay Nagar. When you book your bus ticket online you don’t need to go to ticket counters and stand in long queues.