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Solapur Tourism Guide

Solapur is in south eastern district of Maharashtra with the borders with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is well known for its textile industries, often referred as the "Manchester of India". Solapur has World’s second-largest and Asia's largest spinning mill. The major pilgrimages of Solapur are Shri Siddheshwar Temple, Tuljapur, Pandharpur, Barshi Bhagwant temple, Kamaladevi Bhavani Temple, Akkalkot, Akluj, Shivpuri Ashram, Sant Kaikadi Maharaj Math, Sangola and many others. Other tourist places of Solapur are Solapur fort, Madha fort, Shivshruthi, Fratelli Vineyard, Akkalkot Palace Museum, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Sayajiraje Water Park and others.

Tourist Places in Solapur

Solapur Fort, Solapur

(Timings: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)

Also known as Bhuikot fort, it is land fort built during 14th centuey in memory of Hutatma Bagh. . One of the inscriptions found in fort shows that the town was called Sonalpur.

The fort complex holds the temple built by Bahamani Sultan and the temple attracts many visitors. The fort also has small animal park with some amusement facilities for kids.

Madha fort and Madheshwari Devi temple

(50 km from Solapur)

Madha fort and Madheshwari Devi temple was constructed by the Nimbalkars. Of the fort the wall on two sides and bastions at the four corners remain and the space is used to house the backward Class boarding conducted by the Zilla Parishad.

The temple of Devi is a beautiful structure built by the Nimbalkars on the site of an old shrine. Annual fair is held at the temple in honour of Madheshwari Devi or the Jagdamba on the full-moon day of Ashvina (September-October).

Shivshruthi, Akluj (10.00 am to 7.30 pm)

Shivshruthi of Akluj is the place where life scenes of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj have been depicted on the land fort. The fort was originally built by Singhan Raja of Mathura and used by Aurangzeb. The fort renovated in the year 1974 and Shivshruti project is established in the year 2008. The fort also has prototypes of other forts like Rajgad, Raigad, Vijaydurg, Sindhudurg, Pratapgad and Devgiri fort. The multimedia laser show held in evening at 7.00 pm.

Fratelli Vineyard

(Timings: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, http://www.fratelliwines.in, 011-26592900

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An imposing structure in the agro-friendly Solapur district of Maharashtra, the Fratelli winery is the gateway to some of the best Indian wines. The Winery is the first of its kind structure for any Indian wine company which is embellished with state of the art plant and machinery. It offers day tours to vinery and other stay packages check the website for more information.

Shrimant Fatehsinh Maharaj III Armoury Museum, Akkalkot

(Timings: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm, Contact: 02181-220223, www.akkalkothistoryandarmourymuseum.in)

The Akkalkot Palace was planned to build by Fatehsinh III and due to his death, later completed by his widow Tararaje Bhosle. The palace is converted into museum on the first floor of the palace. The museum houses the collection of weapons, ranging from small daggers and knives to the early firearms, car models, toys.

Wildlife and Nature Trails in Solapur

Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Nannaj

The Great Indian Bird, Bustard was first identified by Mr B.S.Kulkarni at Nannaj and taken significant efforts to save this rare bird. Great Indian Bustard Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over two districts such as Ahmednagar and Solapur in Maharashtra. Main species found here are Great Indian bustard, blackbuck, wolf, Indian fox, hyena, and common mongoose. More Information

Pilgrimages in Solapur

Shri Siddheshwar Temple, Solapur

Shri Siddheshwar Temple is located in middle of lake with a backdrop of the fort and important pilgrimage centre of Solapur. The temple was built by a yogi, Shri Siddharameshwar, who was a devotee of Sri Mallikajuna of Srisailam. When he was on his way to Srisailam, his guru ordered him to return to Solapur and build 64 Shiva lingams. Shri Siddharameshwar himself attained Jeeva Samadhi in the temple complex and his Samadhi itself draws a lot of crowds. Along with main shrine of Lord Shiva, there are also temples of other Gods. The Siddharameshwar Trust (0217-2723778) looks after the maintenance and other work of temples.

Tuljabhavani Temple, Tuljapur

Tuljapur, in one of the Shakti Peethas (abodes of cosmic powers) of Maharashtra, and dedicated to the Mother Goddess Tulja Bhavani who is also called Ambabai, Jagdamba, Tukai. Goddess Bhavani was the family deity of the Bhonsale family to which Shivaji Maharaj belonged. More Information

Vitthal Mandir, Pandharpur

Pandharpur is Dakshin (south) Kashi of India and the abode of Lord Vithala. Lakhs of varkaris (devotees) visit Pandharpur at the time of Ashadi Ekadashi (June/July). More Information

Bhagwant temple, Barshi

Bhagwant temple is only in India which is having Vishnu's name as Bhagwant. The temple is built in Hemadpanthi style of architecture in 13th century and has four entrances. The main idol is of God Bhagwant in black stone and Shri Laxmi is on back side. More Information

Kamaladevi Bhavani Temple, Karmala, Solapur

Kamaladevi Bhavani Temple of Karmala was built by Rao Raja Nimbalkar in 1727 in Hemadpanthi style of architecture. The uniqueness of the temple is that it has well with 96 steps, 96 pillars and 96 pictures on temple top. More Information

Mangalwedha, Solapur

Mangalwedha is famous for the temple of Saint Damaji and has been workplace of many saints such as Sant Damaji, Sant Chokhamela, Sant Gadgebaba, Sant Gopabai, Sant Kanhopatra, Shri Swami Samarth, Shri Sitaram Maharaj etc. More Information

Shri Swami Samarth Mandir, Akkalkot

Akkalkot is popular pilgrimage centre where Spiritual leader Shri Swami Samarth has taken Samadhi. Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj is believed to be a reincarnation of Lord Dattatreya and lived for two decades at Akkalkot. More Information

Sant Kaikadi Maharaj Math

Sant Kaikadi Maharaj Math is on the north side of the Solapur City. It is a modern structure depicting the ethos of the epic Gods and Saints. It has lots of brightly colour images and paintings of various scenes based from Hindu epics. It may take minimum two hours to see the entire Math.

Shivpuri Ashram, Akkalkot (Timings: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm)

The serene and peaceful Shivapuri-Ashram is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Akkalkot town. Shivapuri, the holy Yajnya Nagar, was founded by Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj who has reiterated the Eternel Vedic message in the form of a Fivefold Path. Annapoorna trust of Shivpuri looks after the food requirement of all visitors, volunteers and disciples staying at Shivpuri.

Shri Dhaigaun Teerth (150 km from Solapur)

Dahigaon is a Village in at 25 km from Malshiras Taluka in Solapur District. Shri Dhaigaun Teerth is ancient Jain Tirth located in Dhaigaun village of Solapur. The temple has black colour idol of Bhagawan Mahavir Swami in the Padmasana posture and oil paintings of many Digambar Acharyas.

Vatsidh Nagnath Mandir, Wadwal

Located on Nagnath road in Wadwal village of Solapur, Vatsidh Nagnath Mandir is dedicated to Nagnath, One of Nine Navnaths. The peaceful surrounding and greenery around the temple impresses the visitors.

Ambika Devi Temple, Sangola (90 km from Solapur)

Sangola is a city and a municipal council in Solapur district. The only objects of some interest in the town are the fort and a temple of Ambika Devi in the town. In the temple of the goddess Ambika Devi every year a fair is held in honour of the goddess in Magha (January-February).

Shri Akalai Devi Mandir, Akluj (75 km from Solapur)

The name of town Akluj is believed to be derived from Shri Akalai Devi, which is Gram Daiwat of locals. The temple shrine is located atop the hill and devotees need to take the steps to reach temple. . Legend has it that the idol of the deity was discovered by shepherds in the waters of the Nira River. Today, the temple is a prime tourist destination in Akluj.

Parvati Mandir, Akluj

Parvati Mandir has grand entrance to welcome the visitors and surrounded by beautiful garden. The temple has beautiful shrine of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple complex also has an imposing statue of Shivaji Maharaj and Japanese Pagoda.

Anandi Ganesh Mandir, Akluj

The intricately crafted Anandi Ganesh temple in Anandnagar area of Akluj is a prime tourist attraction. Apart from the magnificent idol of Lord Ganesha, a beautiful garden and clean, fresh air attracts many tourists.

Spiritual Centres in Solapur

Vishwa Fondation, Shivapuri ( (http://vishwafoundation.com/)

Vishwa Foundation, through its various initiatives, has transformed thousands of individuals across the world to become elevated individuals, who are socially committed, environmentally aware, and spiritually awakened citizens. The multifaceted center, Shivpuri, is located in the serene and picturesque precincts, at Akkalkot.

Water Parks and Amusement Centres in Solapur

Ø Sayajiraje Park, Solapur

Nearby Places

Ø Naldurg Fort, Osmanabad

Ø Ghangapur, Karnataka

Eating Spots in Solapur

Ø Sugar & Spice, Solapur

Ø Savaji Biryani House

Ø Sudha Idali Gruha

Ø Hotel Sanskruti

Ø Hotel Khan Chacha

Other Important Tourist Information about Solapur

How to reach Solapur:

Closet airport is at Solapur and nearest railway station is Solapur (SUR). Solapur is well connected by road transport to other cities.

Best Time to Visit Solapur: October to March

Solapur District Website: http://solapur.nic.in/

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