Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Jalgaon is situated in Maharashtra and is known for Ajanta Caves situated nearby. The city of Jalgaon has all the facilities of a modern city with industrial areas, shopping malls, educational institutions, hospitals and entertainment centres. It is also known as ‘Banana City’ for its banana production and ‘Gold City’ because of its trustworthy gold market. Jalgaon happens to be one of the world's largest centres for pulse milling. It also has the largest number of pharmacies. Rail, road and air services provide good connectivity to Jalgaon.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Jalgaon. Some of them are Hotel Atithi (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000), Hotel Ramniwas (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Tirupati (Tariff – upto Rs. 1000).
The official language of Jalgaon is Marathi. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important event of Jalgaon is Shrirama Rathotsava Fair held between October and November every year.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Jalgaon. Some of the places include Mehrun Lake (5.5 km), Gandhi Teerth (10 km), Avchit Hanuman Temple (15 km), Manudevi Temple (30 km), Padmalaya Temple Reservoir (34 km) and Yaval Wildlife Sanctuary (32 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport is Aurangabad Airport which is approximately 150 km away.
Jalgaon railway station is located on the main railway line.
There are bus services to Jalgaon from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nasik, Indore and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Padmalaya Travels, and Shri Swaminarayan Travels. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.