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.
Sindaghi is a small village situated in the Bijapur district of Karnataka and has a taluka of the same name. It has 40 village panchayats under it. Its neighbour is Bijapur (28 km). Sindaghi has an agrarian economy. The people here are warm and friendly. Sindaghi has a predominantly Hindu population.
Places to Stay
Although there no hotels in Sindaghi, nearby Bijapur has a number of good budget hotel options. These include Hotel Pleasant Stay (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Megharaj (Tariff – Rs. 500), and Hotel Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Sindaghi is Kannada.
Sree Rama Navami, Ganesh Chathurthi, Maha Shivratri, and Navratri are celebrated with fervour here.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Sindaghi. The Shiva Statue weighing 1500 tonnes and 85 feet tall is one of the tallest idols of Lord Shiva in Ukkali Road (31 km). The Golgumbaz in Bijapur (28 km) is a historical monument that attracts tourists from all over the world. And the Almatti Dam (81 km) is a popular scenic picnic spot here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sindaghi is Belgaum airport (209 km).
Morampudi is connected to Bijapur (28 km) on the Southern Railway line. All major trains to Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and others frequent this station.
There are daily bus services to and from Udupi, Kundapur, Padubidri, Mangalore, Ankola, Bhatkal, Mumbai, Goa and other places in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are SRS Travels, VRL Travels, Ganesh Travels and Tours, Raja Travels, and Paulo Travels. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.