Sillod is a major city in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. The Aurangabad District Court has its seat here. Sillod, whose economy is held strong by farming, is one of the leading producers of maize, corn, cotton, and ginger. Palshi, Bharadi, and Borgaon Bazaar are the major villages near Sillod. The city is also well known for huge markets where cheap computer hardware products are sold.
Places to Stay
Hotel Yuvaraj (Tariff – Rs. 500) is located on Jalagaon Road, Sillod. Other options available near Ajanta Caves are: MTDC Ajanta Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1800), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 800), Keys Hotel, and The Aures (Tariff – Rs. 1,600).
The official language of Sillod is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken and understood.
Ganesh Chaturti (August/Septemeber) is the most important festival here. Diwali and Dushera (October/November) are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Sillod is situated very close to the famous Ajanta Caves (40 km) - a certified Wworld Heritage Site by UNESCO, well-known for its frescos and sculptures. Borgaon Bazaar, a village in Sillod, is the cremation site of Swami Narayan Saraswati Maharaja. A statue of Shivaji Maharaj (opposite the Masjid in Pannalal Nagar) is the tallest ever built and worth seeing.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sillod is the Aurangabad Airport (65 km).
The Aurangabad railway station (60 km) is well connected to all major cities in India.
Plenty of options in bus operators-both private and state run, are available between Sillod and major cities in Maharashtra. Raj Travels and Hans Travels are two agencies that provide good bus services to Sillod from Indore. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The place, which has been in existence since 847 AD, is famous for its magnificent land and forts. This cultural city was actually the capital city of Shivaji. Today this city takes pride in its traditional Marathi culture, education and theatre. Pune city attracts a lot of tourists for its old world charm. The weather is warm and pleasant in this place because it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Budget Hotels in Pune
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Pune
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include the Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Places to See in Pune
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Aga Khan Palace (7kms from bus stand), David Synagogue (12kms from Railway station), Shinde Chatri (5km from Pune) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is located on the north-east of Pune. The airport has domestic and international flights. Two international flights Lufthansa and Air India Express provide Air transport services to Frankfurt and Dubai.
Pune railway station is the main railway station of Pune. It’s railway station is connected to the Mumbai and Chennai railway line. This railway junction is well connected to some of the major cities in the country.
Pune Bus Stand is the one of the busiest bus stations in Pune city. Buses from major cities and states operate from this city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Neeta Pragati Volvo, AR Tours and Travels and Natraj Travels. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.