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.
Nandurbar is a picturesque district which is located within the Kandesh region of Maharashtra. Nandurbar is divided into two separate districts i.e. Dhule and Nandurbar. Nandurbar is surrounded by one of the most beautiful rivers of India, the Narmada River.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Nandurbar. Some of them are Hotel Jain Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Bhushan Residency Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel DSK Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Hotel Heera Executive (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Nandurbar is Marathi. Other languages that are spoken here include Ahirani, Bhili and Hindi.
The important festivals of Nandurbar are the Nandurbar Ganesh Festival (celebrated in the month of September) and the Asthamba which is held during the same month as Diwali.
Places of Interest
There are several places that are appealing to tourists in Nandurbar such as Toranmal (40 km from Nandurbar), the Unapdev Hot Water Spring (25 km from Shahada), the Yashwant lake (25 km from Nandurbar) and Ashvasthama (70 km from Nandurbar).
How to Get There
The nearest airports are at Ahmedabad and Mumbai from where frequent flights to other cities are available. The distance from Nandurbar to the airports is approximately 250 km.
The Nandurbar railway station has several trains that connect to many important cities in India. It is one of the important stations on the central railway line. Trains are easily available.
One can easily reach Nandurbar through private bus services. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.