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.
A historical town in Maharashtra’s Sholapur district, Sangola or Sangole, as it is referred to by the locals, is a part of Pune division. Located close to the borders of Satara, Sholapur district and Sangli district, it lies at the junction of state highways (SH) 161, 3, and 71. It is believed that six Ingoles, Babaji Lakhmoji Ingole and his five sons, formed this town around the 14th or 15th century. They built a fort in the town, thus it got the name Sangole, meaning six (Saha) Ingoles. Sangola is also renowned for its pomegranates.
Places to Stay
Sangola has very few options when it comes to accommodation. But you will find good budget hotels in Pandharpur, which is 33 km away. Some of them are Shri Rawool Maharaj Bhakt Niwas (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Aishwarya (Tariff –Rs.800) and Vitthal Inn (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The official language of Sangola is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken here.
The animal market held every Sunday is one of the major events here. Other festivals celebrated in Sangola are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sangola has a fort, which is a major tourist attraction. Other places of interest here include Ambika Devi Temple (1.6 km), Nazare (20 km), Balwadi (20 km), Shri Mhasoba Mandir (23 km), Sant Chokhamela Samadhi (30 km) and Pandharpur (33 km).
How to Get There
Sholapur Airport, which is 91 km away, is the nearest one from the town.
Sangola Railway station is just a kilometer away from the town centre. But the major railhead connecting this town to other cities is Sholapur railway Station, which is 84 km away.
Buses are available from Mumbai, Sholapur, Pandharpur, Sangli and Satara. Samat Tours and Travels is one of the top operators catering to passengers on this route. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.