Solapur is a big city and a leading centre for cotton mills and power looms in India. It is famous for handmade textile, cotton bed sheets, towels and Solapuri chadar. Solapur is a convenient base for visiting the pilgrimage centres of Tuljapur, Akkalkot and Pandharpur.
Major tourist sites in and around Solapur: Siddeshwar Temple, Bhuikot Fort, Markandeya Temple, Shri Shankar Temple, Hipparga Lake, Kambar Lake, Hutatma Gardens, Indra Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi National Zoo, etc.
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When to visit: best time to visit is November to March.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest railway station: Solapur Junction Train Station. Solapur is well connected by rail to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune and other cities in India.
Nearest airport: Pune International Airport (IATA: PNQ, ICAO: VAPO) is located about 254 km (158 mi) from Solapur.
Buses: Maharastra State transport buses (MSRTC) and private buses ply regularly to Mumbai, Pune and other cities in the state.
By road:The distance from Pune to Solapur is about 254 km (158 mi) via Pune - Solapur Rd/Solapur - Pune Hwy. It takes around 4-5 hours.
The distance from Mumbai to Solapur is about 402 km (250 mi) via Bengaluru - Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai - Pune Hwy and Pune - Solapur Rd/Solapur - Pune Hwy. It takes around 7-8 hours.
The distance from Hyderabad to Solapur is about 312 km (194 mi) via NH65. It takes around 7 hours.
The distance from Nanded to Solapur is about 253 km (157 mi) via NH361. It takes around 5-6 hours.
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