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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 2070 m
Latur is a district in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Situated on the Balaghat plateau, the district is bounded by Nanded District in the east and Parbhani District in the north. Osmanabad District lies to the south-western side of Latur, while Beed District lies to the north-western side. From the south-eastern side, Latur is bounded by the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Covering an area of 7,157 sq. km, Latur is divided into three sub-divisions namely Latur, Nilanga and Udgir. Of the three sub-divisions, the district headquarters is based at Latur city. Numerous rivers flow within the district, like Manjra, Terna, Rena, Manar, Tawarja, Tiru and Gharni. Most of the population in the district speak Marathi, the official language of Maharashtra. Besides, Kannada, Telugu, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and Rajasthani are also spoken in the region.

The history of Latur dates to the Rashtrakuta period, when the Rashtrakutas ruled over the Deccan (753 - 973AD). It is believed that Dantidurga, who was the first Rashtrakuta King, belonged to Lattalur, the former name of Latur. The city of Latur, which was home of the Rashtrakutas, was mainly developed during the rule of King Amoghavarsha. After the Rashtrakutas, the region was ruled by the Satavahanas, the Sakas, the Chalukyas, the Yadavas of Deogiri and the Delhi Sultans.

The Bahamani rulers of South India, Adil Shahi Dynasty, and even Mughals, reigned on the throne of Latur. In the 19th century, Latur was merged into the independent princely state of Hyderabad and was rechristened as Latur tehsil, which was a part of Osmanabad District. Latur remained the part of Hyderabad, which was under the administrative control of Nizams, till 1948.

Post India’s Independence, Hyderabad was merged with the Indian Union and Osmanabad became a part of Bombay Province. When Maharashtra was created in 1960, Osmanabad was declared as one of its districts. Later, Latur District was created out of Osmanabad District on August 15, 1982. Today, Latur is emerging as the industrial hub of the Marathwada region.

The main annual events in the district are Shri Siddeshwar Fair and Latur Festival. The latter, started in January 2011, but owing to its success, it will be held every year. Lavni, Jogwa, Banjara and Gondhali dance forms are an integral part of the culture of this district.

Latur specialises in handicrafts like Bidriware, Mashru and Himroo. Home to numerous historical monuments like the Kharosa Caves, Wadwal Nagnath, Sri Satya Sai Baba Temple, Udgir and Ausa forts, Latur is also emerging as a tourist hub.  
 
Located at Chincholiraowadi, north-west of Latur city, Latur Airport serves the district. It is connected to Mumbai by regular flights served by Kingfisher Airlines. Situated on the Latur-Pandharpur-Miraj rail route, Latur Railway Station is the main railhead serving the district. Latur Road Railway Station on the Chakur-Parli Vaijnath rail route can also be used to reach the destination.

Connected to Latur-Miraj-Ratnagiri State Highway, Latur Bus Station is the main bus terminal in the district. This bus station serves buses from Pune, Aurangabad, Solapur and Osmanabad. The best time to visit Latur is during winter season, which commences in October and continues till February.  
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