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.
Khed is a city in the state of Maharashtra. It comes under the Ratnagiri District. Khed is surrounded by Mandangad Taluka and Poladpur Taluka towards north, Dapoli Taluka in the west and Chipalun Taluka down south. Some of the nearby cities are Chiplun, Mahabaleswar, Mahad and Wai. It is at a distance of 210 km from the state capital, Mumbai.
Places to Stay
Khed doesn’t have its own lodging facility available. The nearest place to avail this facility is Chiplun, 28 km away. Some of the best budget hotels are Pagoda retreat (Tariff-Rs. 1000 onwards), Shalom International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 900), Oasis Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500) and Hotel Shiv Sagar (Tariff-Rs. 600).
The official language of the city is Marathi. The natives can also understand and speak Hindi.
The natives celebrate Navaratri, Deepawali and Ganesh Chaturthi with great fervour and passion.
Places of Interest
Khed is situated close to many tourist destinations such as Anjanvel (28 km), Harnai (32 km), Guhagar (37 km), Mahabaleshwar (40 km) and Velneshwar (47 km) away.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Khed is the Lohegaon airport 124 km away.
Khed has its own railway station which connects it to the major cities of the country. It is a broad gauge line that comes under Konkan railways. The other nearby railway stations is of Anjani (12 km), Diwan Khavati (17 km) and Chiplun (27 km) away. The closest major station to Khed is of Ratnagiri, 89 km away.
Khed has its own bus station which connects it to major cities such as Mumbai and Pune. The tour operators of the area are Naik tours and travels, Laxmi Travels, Manish travels, Dolphin travels and Darshan Holidays. The buses available are on a regular basis in both Volvo and non A.C format. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.