A center for textiles and the production of glucose in Maharashtra, the small, hilly town of Dhule will surprise you with its fascinating history and the tangible legacy that this history has left behind. Encompassed by the Satpuda hill range in the north and the basin of the River Tapi, Dhule offers breathtaking views and a pleasant climate for tourists to enjoy
The region has been held under the sway of various rulers including the Mughals, the Nizams and the Peshwas. At one point in the early 19th century, the region was completely deserted due to extreme suppression of its people by the Holkars and the extreme famine that hit during the time. Over time, the city was repopulated and gradually got back on its feet. Today, thanks to its interesting history, Dhule is dotted with forts and temples that appeal to tourists from all over the world.Though crumbling and in ruins, the Lalinga Fort is an important landmark in the landscape of Dhule. Sitting atop a hill, the views you get from the fort are spectacular, and the structure unravels the city’s engaging past. This fort was believed to have been built by Malik Raja Faruqui around the 14th or the 15th century.Close to the fort lies the Landor Bungalow, another popular tourist destination in Dhule. Situated in a densely forested region atop a cliff with a waterfall and a stream, this spot is where you can be one with nature and enjoy its choicest blessings. Social reformer and principal architect of the Constitution of India, Dr Dadasaheb Ambedkar’s belongings are still preserved in this bungalow, as it is believed that he stayed here at some point in his life.The Ekvira Mata Temple and the Shri Samartha Vagdevta Mandir are two temples that are worth visiting when in Dhule. While the Ekvira temple sits on the banks of the River Panjhara and hosts an annual fair during Shivaratri, The Vagdevta Mandir doubles up as a museum as it houses many manuscripts and letters of historic significance.There are a number of other temples, museums and forts that you can visit during your stay in Dhule.While in Dhule, you can opt for state-run buses or minibuses to take you from one point to the other within the city or to cities nearby. Auto-rickshaws are also available almost anywhere in the city. For ease of travel, you could hire a private car.Avoid stepping out after dark as most establishments will be shut and the roads may be deserted
Dhule is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Aurangabad at a distance of 132kms.
Airports: Aurangabad Airport
There is no regular trains to Dhule from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Jalgaon which is located at a distance of 82kms.
Railway Station(s): Jalgaon Jn