Solapur is a city in Maharashtra and lies on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Solapur boasts a population of about 12 lakh making it the seventh largest city in the state. Solapur is world famous for its textile industries, cotton mills, power looms and some of the largest spinning mills. The city is the largest beedi production centre along with the Kirloskar industrial empire.
Places to Stay
There are a many hotels in Solapur such as Aishwarya Hotel, Dhruva Hotel, Ritesh Hotel, Ajantha Hotel that offer budget accommodation to visitors for prices under Rs 1500.
The Nandidhwaj procession on MakarSankranti is celebrated in January and the GaddaYatra, an annual fair attracts large crowds from in and around. Along with this, Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events celebrated with great fervour across the year.
Marathi is the major language spoken in Solapur followed by Telugu. Marathi and Kannada is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Solapur are Solapur Fort, Siddheshwar Temple, Zashichi Rani Laxmibai Statue and a few lakes, zoos and parks are within city limits of 20 km.
How to Get There
Solapur Airport has direct flights to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The rest of the cities are connecting flights.
Solapur Railway Station has several trains connecting the city to Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
Solapur Bus Station is a major stop connecting Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and well connected to all major districts and cities via NH9, 13 and 211. Buses ply to all major centres in Maharashtra. Before going on a holiday, check out for deals and offers on several bus ticket booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.
Nadiad is a small city forming a part of the Kheda district in Gujarat. Its neighbours are Anand (18 km) and Kheda (22 km). It is also called Natapadra or Natpur (City of Natas). The number 9 is of historical significance in Nadiad, as there are 9 routes into the city, 9 lakes and step wells around it and 9 villages near it. Mahatma Gandhi started his Satyagraha movement from Kheda, while staying at the alms house in Nadiad.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Nadiad: Hotel Comfort World (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Hotel Blue Room (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official languages of Nadiad are Gujarati and Hindi. A smattering of English is spoken here too.
Navratri, Krishna Janmashthami, and Ram Navami are celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Badhir Garden and the School for the Deaf and Mute are two places worth visiting. Santram Mandir, a 700 year old temple that is still served by a living Saint, and the Mahakali Mataji Mandir- approximately 255 years old, at the entrance to the city, are a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Nadiad is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad located about 63 km away.
Nadiad has its own railway station that connects it to the rest of Gujarat through the Western Railways.
There are daily bus services to Bhilwara, Surat, Abu Road, Ahmedabad and other places in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Shrinath Travel Agency, Punjab Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility