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.
A city in the state of Maharashtra, Sangli is situated on the banks of the River Krishna and is the largest market place for turmeric in Asia. The city is known as Natyapandhari, the birthplace of Marathi drama and the ‘Sugar Belt of India’. One of the largest grape growing regions in Maharashtra, Sangli also houses the country’s only turmeric exchange. To develop the wine industry, the government of Maharashtra has set up a specialized state-of-the-art wine park at Palus, 30 km from Sangli city.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels to stay in Sangli. Tourists visiting the place can stay at Hotel New Pride, Hotel Ruchira Deluxe and Hotel Icon Innthat offers rooms starting from Rs.700 onwards.
Ganesha Festival is the greatest Festival in Sangli and the nearby region. This festival is popularly known as Ganesh Utsav in this city.
Marathi is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The famous Ganapati Temple that houses a golden idol of Lord Ganesha (1km) , the Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (70kms), Krishna Valley Wine Park(30kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is in Pune (220kms)
Sangli has its own railway station.
Chintamani Nagar Bus Stop, Shinde Mala City Bus Stop, Abhaynagar Bus Stop, Jhulelal Chowk Bus Stop and Kolhapur Road Bus Station run regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like VRL Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.