Solapur Tourism

Solapur Tourism

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Solapur Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Solapur
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • Weather: Summer 26 to 35°C, Winter 20 to 31°C

History of Solapur

One of the largest cities in the state of Maharashtra, Solapur is both a city and a district. Solapur along with three other districts namely Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur form South West Maharashtra. It shares its border with Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is an ancient place with historical and religious importance with Shri Siddharameshwar as its chief deity.Solapur has a rich history and various dynasties ruled Solapur like Chalukyas, Andhrabhratyas, Yadavas, Rashtrakutas and Bahamians. The name Solapur is a combination of two words "Sola" and "Pur". "Sola" means sixteen and "Pur" means village. This is relevant since Solapur is considered to include sixteen villages. There are quite a few places of tourist and religious interest in Solapur.

Things To Do in Solapur

The major attraction of this place is the Siddheshwar Temple and it is situated in the middle of a lake. Solapur has many Jain temples named after the Jain Tirthankaras like Parasnath temple, Mallikarjuna temple and Adinath temple. The Revansiddeshwar temple and famous Bhuikot fort are other temples worth a visit. Another tourist attraction is the Samadhi of Swami Samarth Maharaja of Akkalkot. There are also a number of archeological sites here and nearby areas which are popular among tourists.

People and Culture of Solapur

The place is famous within the country as well as outside for its many textile industries, towels and Solapur chaddars. The bedding accessories, commonly known as "chaddars," have become famous in the mind of people chiefly because of their unique designs and high quality. Weaving is a popular occupation here and people belonging to Padmashali community are mainly dependent on weaving for their livelihood. Solapur was one of the important places for business as there were large number of cotton mills and power looms. In fact, there were many small- and medium-scale industries located in this area. But in recent years, the place seems to have lost its attraction as an industrial area and many of the industries are shifting elsewhere. In current scenario, agriculture is the main contributor to Solapur?s economy.

Accommodation in Solapur

Solapur is well connected by road to major cities of the state of Maharashtra as well as the adjoining states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It has air connectivity with Mumbai.

Solapur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kolhapur and Pune.

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Bhuikot Fort, Solapur

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Vitthal Mandir, Solapur

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Kaljapur Maruti Temple, Solapur

Old temple in solapur
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Solapur Traveller Reviews

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  520 helpful votes
  •  644894 readers

"A trip to Solapur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2016
I had been to Solapur by train in the month of March 2016. Solapur is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra, more so because of its historical and cultural leanings in terms of world history and culture. The must-visit attractions around Solapur include the Yevati lake, Siddeshwar temple and The Hipparga lake. Yevati Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Maharashtra and it supplies water to around 50 villages and this water is being used for drinking and irrigation purposes. The Siddeshwar temple is surrounded by a lake and it is widely believed that Lord Siddeswara attained his holy Samadhi here. One can spot a lot of flora and fauna in the Hipparga lake abutting the historical and holy town of Solapur.
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Bhasker  Thirumala

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  • Bhasker Thirumala
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  572 readers

"Worthy Pilgrimage visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
Basically tourists throng to this place for pilgrimage, city tour and Bird sanctuary for Nature lovers.

The must visits are

1. Pandharpur Temple of worship for Vitthal, believed to be a form of Lord Krishna or Vishnu and his consort Rakhumai on the banks of Chandrabhaga or Bhima river. The well known saint's Namdev and Dyaneshwar owe their reverence to the lord here.

2. Tulja Bhavani Temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani. It is located in Tuljapur around 45 Km from Solapur and is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas. Goddess Tulja Bhavani is the family deity of the Bhosale Royal family, It is mentioned in history books, that here the Goddess gave Chhatrapati Shivaji a sword - 'the Bhawani sword' - for success in his expeditions.

3. Swami Samarth (Akkalkot) Guru of the Dattatreya tradition, widely respected in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Shri Swami Samarth traveled all over the country and finally set his abode at Akkalkot village in Maharashtra.

4. Siddeshwar temple - Temple within the city limits of Solapur dedicated to lord Shiva. The temple is built in a lake with beautiful surroundings and well lit in the evenings.

5. Nannaj Bird Sanctuary - Habitat of the Great Indian Bustard, the heaviest flying bird from India almost extinct now. The sanctuary also houses the Black buck deer species, Neel ghai, Indian wolves, foxes and a variety of birds.

The food available is basically local, Jowar, bajra roti local grown vegetables.

Most locals savour on Missal pav & vada pav. However one can find few fast food joints like Mac Donalds, KFC and pizza parlours. For a vegetarian Kamat's is an okay place to dine.

One must plan their travel during the months of September to February as the summer is too hot ranging from 39 to 47 deg.
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Farah Chaudhary

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  • Farah Chaudhary
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1425 readers

"Overall it was below average"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Feb 23, 2016
Pathetic place to go. Had a worst experience their nothing to enjoy. No refreshment. No good hotel not that great market only Siddheshwar temple is available to visit. If one Join with family can take their elder to temple. Waste of time and money. So not a great place to go!
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Nirman Parkar

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  • Nirman Parkar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  5965 readers

"Higly developed city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
I visited this place when I was posted for official purpose over there. Solapur isn't that big and can be covered within a day. There are few places worth visiting like Revan Siddheshwar Temple, Solapur Fort and the local market. Many big brands have made their presence in this city. One can find McD, Woodland, Royal Enfield, provogue and many other brand outlets. It does have cineplexes but they are not that big compared to Mumbai. If you ever want to visit a mall, then people here call Big Bazaar itself as a mall. Places nearby are like Pandharpur, Tuljapur, Bijapur within a radius of 100kms. Do visit this place once.
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Gaurav Kumar

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  • Gaurav Kumar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  3205 readers

"A nice quiet city with nice people"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
Went here for a work visit and was pleasantly surprised. This is a buzzing city with Walmart soon opening it's mega warehouse there and a buzzing market place. In the main market, there is a Dominos pizza which is very popular with the youth as well as a cinema where a lot of people come to hang out.

The Siddeshwar temple is a sight to see for every person visiting there. The ancient carvings are a sight to see on the temple walls. People here speak Marathi primarily and Hindi although we were surprised to see people conversing in Kannada. Some things never cease to amaze!
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Vikrant Jadhav

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  • Vikrant Jadhav
  • Lives in Thane
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  51 helpful votes
  •  5043 readers

"Solapur - A Pilgrimage city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 11, 2015
Solapur is a very famous city in the state of Maharashtra. The People from the neighbor state Karnataka the Kannadis you will find here. Almost all the solapuris are well versed with kannadi language. The ground nut chutney (Shengdana Chutney) is famous. Nothing to say much about Solapur other than the Solapuri Chaddar. This city is surrounded by the pilgrimage destinations like

1. Pandharpur - Famous for God Vitthal - Rukmini.

2. Tuljapur - Hometown of Goddess Tulja Bhavani. The kul-devi of most of the Marathas. Also the king Chhatrpati Shivaji Maharaj was the follower of Tulja Bhavani. You will come across a story in the history about the Tulja Bhavani gifting a sword to Shivaji Maharaj. Hence the followers of Shivaji Maharaj always get energized by slogan "Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji !!"

3. Akkalkot - A city well known for the Shri Swami Samarth

4. Siddheshwar Temple - Located in the Solapur city is hardly 2 km away from the station. Can be visited anytime in a day.
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Himungshu Kashyapa

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  • Himungshu Kashyapa
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 1 Review
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  3619 readers

"Awesome City to relax yourself"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 4, 2014
Solapur is a decent and very pleasant city. Solapur is nice place for shopping and is great for weekends. The people are very helpful. The weather is pretty good. Pack yourself lightly and enjoy. One of the reasons to visit solapur is, you can relax yourself as the city is calm and clean, and the things are very cheap. It is a great shopping destination. Must-visits are zoo, cinema halls, fort etc.
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Srinivasan Krishnaswamy

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  • Srinivasan Krishnaswamy
  • 2 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
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"Sholapur was good. It has..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 22, 2013
Sholapur was good. It has improved a lot compared to my last trip.(5 years back) Cost also has gone up to considerable extent.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not much sight seeing at sholapur and the weather in summer is quite hot. Shopping was almost like mini bombay.

Activities & things to do: Select a better season to visit Sholapur. probably September may be better.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Be careful with the money in Pandarpur. If you are slightly careless you will be swindled in the name of religion.
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Daya Nanada

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  • Daya Nanada
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  5094 readers

"solapur is a nice palce..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2013
solapur is a nice palce every one has to visit it and you have to visit the pandrpur and tuljapur we have enough time to visit all the places

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is not good while sight seeing shopping at solapur is nice

Activities & things to do: plan before u reach the place

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from solapur to shirdi only one train available
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Vikrant Gurav

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  • Vikrant Gurav
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  5308 readers

"Good. As Solapur is a..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2013
Good. As Solapur is a centre to visit nearby holy places like Aaklkot,Tuljapur Gandgapur,Pandharpur and Siddheswar temple.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: famous for Solapur chaddar .
Local food very nice.

Activities & things to do: Visit nearby places .Enjoyed shopping.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: At Pandharpur the local(Pujari etc) at temples give trouble just for money so it feel very bad while having Darshan.
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