A city and a municipality in Valsad district in the southern part of Gujarat, Vapi, is situated on the banks of the Damanganga River. the largest city in the Valsad district, Vapi is now a very important industrial town and is known to be the largest industrial area in Asia in terms of small-scale industries. The numerous chemical industry plants in the city had once even earned it the rank of being one of the most polluted places in the world. National Highway 8 passes through Vapi and the city is the gateway to Daman and Silvassa.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Green View, Hotel Royal Garden and Hotel Royale Inn offer lodging facilities that start at Rs.750.
All the annual religious holidays like Dussehra, Diwali and Holi are celebrated here.
Gujrathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Daman Airport (9.5kms) and the nearest major airport is the Surat Airport (84.4kms)
Vapi has its own railway station.
The Vapi bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Datta Krupa Travels, Neeta travels, Anukool Travels, Shree Balaji Travels, Shree Chaudhari Travels, Shree Arbuda travels and Shree Balaji Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.
Yavatmal is a city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, near the border with Telangana. It is popular as the ‘Cotton City’. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Nagpur at a distance of 148 km to the north east. Those interested to take a look at the traditional Marathi way of life in smaller villages can come here.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Yavatmal. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Revati Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Dwarka Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 600), Gyanson Deluxe Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and Hotel Chintamani Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Arni is Marathi. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The Kambalposh Baba Shrine and Darga Mandir is situated on the bank of Arunavati river (in Arni, 44 km south-west) is a major attraction for devotees. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Yavatmal are mostly the famous Hindu fairs such as Maroti and Gajanan Maharaj Mela in Ghatanji as well as the Shri Chintamani Mela at Kalamb.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur at a distance of 140 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Yavatmal Railway Station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect Yavatmal to different cities in the region. Buses to the area are readily available from Nagpur. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.