With a history that dates back to 8th century AD, Latur is a city that offers many sites and historical tidbits to the discerning and curious tourist. Today a part of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, as recently as post independence Latur belonged to the state of Hyderabad under the Nizams
In fact, many rulers have ruled Latur including the Sakas, the Delhi Sultans and the Mughals, to name just a few. Influences of these kingdoms are still found in traces here and there, strewn across this historic city.Though agriculture and manufacturing are the mainstays of Latur, tourism is a big hit here too. Walk around the ancient city and you’ll know why. Age-old, crumbling temples usher you in with the ring of puja bells and the temptation of the prasad; historically carved caves invite you to a peek into the happenings of centuries gone by, intact for you to experience today; and strong forts that bear battle scars tell tales of brave wars fought, won and lost. It’s the spirit of those long gone that keep this city alive.The Khaorsa Caves are the most famous tourist destination in Latur so you shouldn’t miss out on it. These caves were believed to have been built in the 6th century during the rule of the Gupta dynasty and have beautiful sculptures of Narasimha, Ravaan, Lord Shiva and Parvati, and are of strong cultural and religious significance to the city.Check out the many forts next, such as the Udgir and Ausa forts, which still stand tall today, and bear inscriptions of past rulers and warfare. Located on a small hill offering lovely views of the surroundings is the Hattibet-Devarjan, also famous for its ancient cave carvings. Temples and religious spots dot the town, and with their beautiful, traditional architecture and rituals, are definitely worth a visit.State-run and private buses ply through various routes in the city. Auto-rickshaws are also common and more convenient to travel. You can hire a taxi or a private car to roam about at leisure as well.As in any new city you should avoid travelling alone after dark, especially for women. Some parts of the city could get dark and deserted.If an auto-rickshaw does not have a meter, then fix the fare with the driver beforehand, to avoid getting fleeced later.
Latur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Aurangabad at a distance of 203kms.
Airports: Aurangabad Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Latur from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Latur