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.
Udgir is a town in Maharashtra’s Latur district, located very close to the Karnataka border. Udgir has a rich history, and is well known for its fort – the Udgir Fort. The town is also known as a centre for quality education, with many of its students featuring in the Maharashtra State merit list.
Places to Stay
For a comfortable stay, it is recommended that you stay at Latur, an hour’s drive (approximately 65 km) from Udgir. A few options in Latur include Carnival Resort (Tariff – Rs. 2000), Embassy International (Tariff – Rs. 1200), Hotel Relax (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Manas Lodge Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Udgir is Marathi.
As is the case with most parts of Maharashtra, the Ganesh Chathurthi festival that occurs every year between August and September, is celebrated with much fervour.
Places of Interest
While at Udgir, pay a visit to the Udgir fort, which was built in the pre-Bahamani age in the 12 century. Ausa (20 km from Latur) is also recommended for its fort, although it now lies in ruins. Chakur, which is about 35 km from Latur, is also a popular tourist destination, both for its amusement park and the Lord Shiva Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Udgir is at Latur (65 km away).
Direct trains are available from Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Latur, and Nanded.
Maharashtra State bus services operate out of Udgir and provide easy overnight journeys to almost every major city in Maharashtra. Udgir is a seven-hour drive from Aurangabad, eight hours from Pune, and four from Hyderabad. Ticketgoose.com enables you to book bus tickets without any hassle.