Maps By Ajinkya Chavan
When you hear mantras being chanted by priests and the mellifluous singing of hymns by devotees, you know you have reached Pandharpur. Situated in the Solapur district in Maharashtra, Pandharpur is a famous pilgrimage spot in the state. It attracts tourists who are on a spiritual quest from all over the country who come here to worship and pay respect to the Gods and Goddesses in this town. All the festivals and rituals are done with complete faith and devotion by the locals. The festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. Situated on the banks of River Bhima, Pandharpur also offers scenic beauty and riverside enjoyment to its tourists. Every Wednesday is considered to be the auspicious day of the week and Ekadashi is considered to be sacred in this holy town. Festivals are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm in this city. Festivals like Aashadi Ekadashi and Karthik/Karthik Ekadashi are popular in the city, and attract many visitors. The best time to visit the city is in June-July and November, which are the main festive periods.
Badami or Vatapi is one of the most important and historical town in Bagalkot district, being the capital city has many monuments which had royal patronage.
Today Badami, together with Aihole and the World Heritage site of Pattadkal forms a celebrated cultural triangular of North Karnataka renowned for its rich architectural, natural and cultural heritage. Its spectacular natural and geological setting-deep valleys, scared water bodies, the historic settlement-Badami old town with traditional flat roofed mud structures, ancient pathways, monuments, festivals, rituals, art and craft, add to its unique historical landscape which defines and distinguishes Badami from other historical places in India.