I had been to Washim by road in the month of March 2016. Washim is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. The must-visit places around Washim include Balaji Mandir and Padmathirtha. Washim is located in the Vidharba region of Maharashtra. The main crops grown in this region include cotton and soyabean. The main idol of Balaji is made of blackstone and the two temples alongside the Balaji temple are dedicated to the deities of Vykanteshwar Balaji and Ramachandra. The Ramanavami festival is celebrated here annually. The Balaji Talav is a scratchpad water tank in the precincts of the Balaji Temple. Padmathirtha is a famous lake located in Washim. The water in this lake is widely believed to cure many diseases as it has many medicinal properties. The Padmathirtha is widely believed to be created by Lord Vishnu.
Located in the eastern region of Vidharbha, Washim is a newly formed district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The district is spread over an area of about 5,150 sq km. Penganag and Aran are the two main rivers that pass through this district.
The place is divided into two major sub-divisions, which were later divided into six talukas namely, Manora, Risod, Karanja, Mangrulpir, Malegaon and Washim. The district has around 131 villages and is surrounded by Buldhana, Amravati, Parbhani, Akola and Yavatmal districts.
Earlier, Washim District was known as Vatsagulma and was the capital of King Wakatak of Vatsagulma Dynasty. During 272 to 231 BC, the region was under the rule of Ashoka. The destination also witnessed the rule of various dynasties including Satavahana, Chalukyan, Rashtrakuta and Yadava.
Besides, in the early 14th century, the destination was under the reign of the Delhi Sultanate that became a part of the Bahmani Sultanate. During the 17th century, the Mughals ruled the province, which was later seized by the Nizam of Hyderabad.
From 1674 to 1760, the region came under the command of Chhatrapati Shivaji and saw the rise of the Maratha Empire. During the British rule in 1905, the district of Washim was divided into two districts namely, Yeotmal District and Akola District. Washim was formed as a district on 1st July 1998 and has its headquarters at Washim city.
Washim is popular for the religious significance attached to it. It is believed by devotees that Lord Balaji of Tirupati visits the place after the period of harvesting. The destination has a typical Marathi culture with various popular folk dance forms such as Banjara, Korku and Lavni. Dindi is also famous among the inhabitants and is performed during the month of Kartik on Ekadashi. Marathi and Hindi are the prominent languages spoken in Washim.
Numerous temples and water bodies in Washim add to the attraction of Washim as a tourists’ location. Padmatirtha and Balaji Mandir are some of the popular tourist attractions in Washim. Shivaji Chowk in Washim, which is dedicated to Chhatrapati Shivaji, draws a number of people.
To reach Washim, tourists can board flights to Nanded Airport, the nearest airport. It is situated at a distance of around 106 km. Moreover, trains are also available to reach the destination, which are served by Washim Railway Station. Government and private buses operate on regular basis, connecting the district with major cities.
The peak season when tourists can visit Washim is during winters, between the months of December and February.