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.
Sangameshwar is in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Two rivers Sonavi and Shastri flow together in this taluka. A sangama refers to the confluence of two rivers and this is what the place has been named after. Sangameshwar was the place where Chattrapati Shivaji’s son, Sambhajiraje was caught by the Mughal emperor. The monsoons in Sangameshwar lasts from months of June to October.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Sangameshwar. Some of them are Hotel Parvati Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Payal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Ratnagiri Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1500)
The official language of Sangameshwar is Marathi. The other languages spoken here include Hindi and English.
All Hindu festivals are celebrated in Sangameshwar with great enthusiasm. Some of them include Dussehra, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Holi and Diwali.
Places of Interest
There are several places for tourists to visit in Sangameshwar. Some of these places include Prachitgad Fort, Dondavane waterfalls, Sangameshwar Temple and Chattrapati Sambhaji Smarak.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sangameshwar is Ratnagiri Airport. It is located about 45km away from the town.
Sangameshwar has its own railway station and it lies on the Ratnagiri and Chipluri route.
There are daily bus services to Nasik, Mumbai, Ratanagiri and other cities of Maharashtra from Sangameshwar. Some of the best bus operators on these routes include Dolphin Travels, Naik Travels and Konkan Tourists. Utilising the bus ticket coupon while booking your tickets can save you a lot of money.