Vasai, now a part of the Vasai-Virar city, is situated in the state of Maharashtra. It was historically called ‘Bassein’ and it was here that the Portugese built a fort to display their naval strength. It was in the 18th century that the Maratha army took over the Vasai Fort, which was later conquered by the British. Today, Vasai has risen up to be an industrial hub comprising of pharmaceutical and engineering units. Vasai is well connected with most of the places in Maharashtra and is frequented by tourists who wish to see the famous Fort.
Places to Stay
Pali Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1395) and Hotel Travellers Inn (Tariff – Rs.1541) are two good budget hotel options.
The official language of Vasai is Marathi.
Lavani’ is a popular traditional song and dance form done by women here. Other festivals popular here are Eid (July-August) and Dusehra (October).
Places of Interest
Vasai Fort, Tungareshwar Waterfalls, Rajodi Beach, Kalam Beach are some of the good tourist options available in Vasai.
How to Get There
The closest major airport to Vasai is in Mumbai (50 km away).
The easiest way to reach Vasai is through the Mumbai local trains. Board a Virar bound train from Dadar or Andheri. Once you reach Virar station, take a bus or hire an auto-rickshaw to the place you want to go in Virar.
There a whole lot of local bus operators that help you reach Vasai. Some private tour operators such as Shah Tours & Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels, and Shri Bhagwati Travels offer good travel experience. Online bus booking is a rage with travelers these days because several travel websites provide cheap bus ticket booking facility to its customers.
Navsari is a city and municipality in the Surat metropolitan region and also the administrative headquarters of Navsari district of Gujarat, India. Navsari is also the twin city of Surat, and is 37 kms south of Surat. Many Parsis settled down in this city in around 11th century AD and named it Navu Sari which meant ‘New Sari’. Navsari is popular for its various types of Zoroastrian arts, crafts and cuisine.
Places to stay
Some of the popular budget hotels in Navsari are Anmol Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 800) Hotel Royal Regency (Tariff - Rs 1400), Modi Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1150).
The official language of Navsari is Gujarati.
Apart from all the common festivals, a festival unique to Navsari is the Dhinglo Festival (July).
Places to visit
There are many places to be visit in Navsari. Some of them are Dudhiya Talav (1.5 kms from bus stand), Atash Behram (80 kms), J.N. Tata Memorial Hall (4 kms), Ravariya Bapa temple, Parsvanath Jain temple (1.7 kms), Dargah of Sayed Saadat (2 kms) and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (43 kms).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Navsari is 30 kms away at Surat.
The Surat railway station is the closest major railway station (31 kms) to Navsari
Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) runs Busses from Major cities to Towns and Villages in Navsari. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Paulo Travels, O.P. Tours & Travels and Asha Travels. Booking bus tickets through ticketgoose.com is a hassle-free experience.