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.
Located on the fringes of the Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, Mahuva is a small town known for its coconut tree plantations and mild weather. Placed in the Saurashtra region, Mahuva is known as the ‘Kashmir of Gujarat’ due to its semi-arid climate. Mahuva is located at sea-level and has a seaside beach. The most famous tourist attraction is the historically significant Bhavani temple. Mahuva thrives on the agriculture and is also well known for its groundnuts, raw onions and wooden toys.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Mahuva. Some of them are Hotel Blue Diamond and Hotel Heaven.
The official language of Mahesana is Gujarati. Hindi is the other language that is spoken here.
The Garba festival is celebrated in Mahesana during the period of Navratri in October each year. Over a period of nine days, dancers in traditional attire perform the Garba dance. Every Saturday, residents on Mahuva head to the Timbi Hanuman temple to seek blessings.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Mahuva. Some of the places include the Bhavani Mata Mandir, the Bhavani beach, Gandhi Bagh, and Kuber Bagh.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Mahuva is in Bhavnagar, located 100 km away.
There are daily trains from Mahuva to Surat in Gujarat.
There are daily bus services to Ahmedabad and Mumbai to and from Mahuva. Bhagvati Travels, Madhuram Travels and Jay Khodiyar Travels and reliable bus operators. Book online bus ticket in advance from Ticketgoose.com for a hassle-free travel