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.
A historical town in Maharashtra’s Sholapur district, Sangola or Sangole, as it is referred to by the locals, is a part of Pune division. Located close to the borders of Satara, Sholapur district and Sangli district, it lies at the junction of state highways (SH) 161, 3, and 71. It is believed that six Ingoles, Babaji Lakhmoji Ingole and his five sons, formed this town around the 14th or 15th century. They built a fort in the town, thus it got the name Sangole, meaning six (Saha) Ingoles. Sangola is also renowned for its pomegranates.
Places to Stay
Sangola has very few options when it comes to accommodation. But you will find good budget hotels in Pandharpur, which is 33 km away. Some of them are Shri Rawool Maharaj Bhakt Niwas (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Aishwarya (Tariff –Rs.800) and Vitthal Inn (Tariff –Rs.1,100).
The official language of Sangola is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken here.
The animal market held every Sunday is one of the major events here. Other festivals celebrated in Sangola are Mahashivaratri in February, Holi in March-April, Ganesh Chaturthi in September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sangola has a fort, which is a major tourist attraction. Other places of interest here include Ambika Devi Temple (1.6 km), Nazare (20 km), Balwadi (20 km), Shri Mhasoba Mandir (23 km), Sant Chokhamela Samadhi (30 km) and Pandharpur (33 km).
How to Get There
Sholapur Airport, which is 91 km away, is the nearest one from the town.
Sangola Railway station is just a kilometer away from the town centre. But the major railhead connecting this town to other cities is Sholapur railway Station, which is 84 km away.
Buses are available from Mumbai, Sholapur, Pandharpur, Sangli and Satara. Samat Tours and Travels is one of the top operators catering to passengers on this route. Making use of bus ticket discounts while booking your tickets can help you save money.