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Latur Tourism Guide

The King Amoghavarsha of Rashtrakutas ruled the Lattalut region originally the native place of the Rashtrakutas who succeeded the Chalukyas of Badami in 753 AD. After Indian independence and the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, Osmanabad became part of Bombay Province. In 1960, with the creation of Maharashtra, Latur became one of its districts. Major tourist places of Latur are Udgir fort, Ausa fort, Chakur, Ganga Golai, Wadwal Nagnath Bet, Hattibet Devarjan, Kasarshirshi and many others. The famous pilgrimages of Latur are Kharosa Caves, Namanad Maharaj Ashram, Siddheshwar temple, Ahmedpur, Shirur Anatpal and Surat Shahvali Dargah.

Tourist Places in Latur

Udgir Fort, Latur

Udgir fort is named after the famous Saint Udaygiri Rishi whose Samadhi is located 60 ft. beneath the normal ground level. The fort is also famous for the battle won by Maratha leader Sadashivrao Bhau against Nizam, and after which the treaty of Udgir was signed. The fort has several palaces mostly in ruin and rare inscriptions written in Arabic and Persian.

Ganga Golai

Ganga Golai is landmark place located centre place of Latur city. The main building of the Golai is a large two-storied structure erected around the year 1917. In the middle of the circular structure is the temple of Goddess Ambabai. There are 16 roads joining at Golai and along these roads, many markets are positioned.

Ausa Fort, Latur

Ausa fort is spread over 5 hectares over raised platform in Ausa city of Latur. The fort is in square in size with two gates where canons are lined up for display. With well-fortified wall, the fort has a khandak (moat) of around 120 ft in size. Inner part of the fort is converted in garden and has Pani Mahal, large well, a mosque and Dargah of Sayyad Sadat. Jama mosque is located besides the fort and the inner part of it has Persian inscriptions.

Chakur

Chakur is located on Latur-Nanded Highway with 35 km from Latur. The place is known for Lord Shiva temple and Amusement Park.

Wadwal Nagnath Bet (Wadwal Sanjivani Bet)

Wadwal Nagnath Bet is a hill which has rare species of Ayurvedic bushes and plants. It is located near Wadwal-Nagnath village with 17 km from Chakur and 40 km from Latur city. The rare plants grow in the month July to September when researchers from various places visit this place in search of plants.

Kasarshirshi

Kasarshirshi is situated in Nilanga tehsil and located in Latur district of Maharashtra.

The place is famous for ancient inscriptions dated around 696-697 A.D.

Hattibet Devarjan

Hattibet Devarjan is a beautiful place situated near Udgir. On a small hill is the Samadhi of Gangaram Maharaj. The place is renowned for cave carvings. Major point of attraction is the Samadhi of Gangaram Maharaj, which is situated on a small hill. The place is birth place of several freedom fighters that lost their lives in the Hyderabad Freedom Struggle.

Pilgrimages / Religious Places in Latur

Kharosa Caves, Latur

Kharosa village is famous for 6th century caves built during Gupta period and around 12 caves one of which has image of seated Jain Tirthankar. Upper side of the hill has Renuka Devi Temple and a Mosque side by side showing unity of religions.

Namanad Maharaj Ashram, Mahapur

Namanad Maharaj Ashram at Mahapur, has a Samadhi of Namanand Maharaj and is situated on the banks of the Manjara River. Also ancient temple of Dattadeva is located on a small island in the middle of the river.

Siddheshwar temple, Latur

The beautiful Siddheshwar and Ratneshwar Temple built by King Tamradwaj and add to the ancient cultural heritage of Latur. There are also other temples of Ramlingeswar, Bhuteswar, Keshavraj, Ram and Dutta.

Nilkantheshwar Temple, Nilanga

Nilkanteshwar Mandir is ancient temple in Nilanga with 50 km from Latur. The temple is built in Hemadpanthi style during 13th century. The temple structure has Sanctum and Mandap with wall carvings. The main is of Lord Shankar and Parvati carved out of single stone.

Ahmedpur

It is a Taluka headquarter known for the samadhi of the Guru of Swami Samartha of Akkalkot. The town also has the temples of the Renukadevi Goddess of Mahur, Mahadeo, Datta and Balaji.

Ashtavinayak Temple

Ashtavinayak Temple is one of the eight Swyambhu temples of Lord Ganesha. The temple was built in 1989 with fine architecture and carvings. The huge idol of Ganesha welcomes at the gate and main has eight shrines. The Garbhgarha has main shrine 4 ft idol made of marble.

Shirur Anatpal

Shirur Anantpal is a village and headquarters of Shirur Anantpal Taluka in Latur and known for the Anantpal temple. The 11th century temple has Shiv Linga of Lord Shiva and the shrineof Devi Mahishasur carved out of black stone. Main festival of the temple is arranged in the month of Chaitra Ekadashi and Dwadashi.

Surat Shahvali Dargah

Surat Shahvali Dargah is the tomb of the late Muslim saint. The small but beautiful structure of Dargah is visited by the people of all religions.

Waterpark and Amusement Centres in Latur

Ø Vrindavan Water & Amusement Park, Chakur

Eating Spots in Latur

Ø Sukh Sagar, Gandhi Chowk

Ø Hotel Chitrakoot

Ø Hotel Vishnu Priya

Ø Food Mall, Ambajogai Road

Other Important Tourist Information about Latur

How to Reach Latur:

Nearest airport and railway station is Latur. Latur is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Best Season to Visit Latur: September to February

Latur District Website: http://latur.nic.in

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