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.
Earlier called Bulsar, Valsad is city in Gujarat. It is renowned for its mango and chickoo orchards. The most favourable time to visit the city is between June and July, a time after the monsoons.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of hotels in Valsad to choose from. These include The Country Club Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Gateway Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Adina Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Valsad is Gujarati. Hindi is also spoken here.
Navratri (which usually occurs in the month of October) is celebrated with much fervour in Valsad, as in other parts of Gujarat.
Places of Interest
At about 5 kms away from Valsad city is Tithal Beach, which stretches alongside the Arabian sea. Tithal is a black sand beach, which is also well-known for its Sai Baba Temple and Swami Narayan Temple. The Shantidham Temple is also a popular religious destination.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Valsad is Vadodara which is about 3 hours away.
Valsad city has one of the main railways stations along the Mumbai-Vadodara route of the Western Railways. Valsad is well connected by rail to all major Indian cities.
Many buses from different regions of Gujarat ply regularly to Valsad. One can take a bus from Vadodara, Ahmedabad, and even, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Bus fare for the Ahemdabad-Valsad route is usually around Rs 350. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include ARC Travels, Hindusthan Travels and Joy Travels. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.