The city that is a perfect destination for anyone on a spiritual quest, Solapur invites all tourists to pay a visit to its beautiful and serene landscape. The word Solapur is derived from ‘sola’, meaning sixteen, and ‘pur’ meaning village
There were 16 villages which together made the city. The city is famous for its chadder, handloom and power-loom industries. The city has lovely temples, historical monuments and a variety of wildlife. A perfect holiday destination away from the hustle-bustle of busy metropolitan cities, this city has been ruled by the kings of various dynasties. The area largely consists of plains and has turned into a commercial center for cotton and other agricultural products. The city is hence well known for its cotton bedsheets and garments. Making a visit to this city is highly recommended as it will captivate you with its beauty and will give you a chance to enjoy and understand the various types of religious places situated in it. You will also get a chance to relax and take a break from your busy daily life.The city has many places of worship and holds great value to Hindus across the country. It has temples that are not only important in Solapur, but in all of Maharashtra. Some of the significant temples situated in and at a short distance away from Solapur include the Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple, where the Samadhi of Swami Samarthji lies, the Siddeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiddeshwar, who has forms of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, the Vithoba Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the beautifully created Vishnupad Temple, the Vitthal Temple, the Pundalik Temple and the Malikarjuna Temple, among others. Apart from temples, the city has the Bhuikot Fort, which was built back in the 14th century and is one of the few forts built on flat land. This is how the name was derived as ‘bhui’ means flat and ‘kot’ means fort.Solapur is also known for the Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, which is also referred to as the Jawaharlal Nehru Bustard Sanctuary. This sanctuary was built for the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard, is a bird that resembles an ostrich and is one of the heaviest birds that can fly. The sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna that is sure to take a visitor’s breath away. Solapur is an enjoyable destination both for those who are on a spiritual quest and those who love nature--it is a must-visit city in the state. Solapur has many different means of transport available which makes commuting easy. You can choose from auto-rickshaws, buses and taxis, but it is most advisable to hire a private car as most of the tourist spots are situated away from the main city center. Dress appropriately while visiting the various places of worship. Do not carry a lot of cash or precious jewelry items with you when you’re traveling. Traveling at night should be avoided. Women should be aware of stalkers.
Solapur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Pune at a distance of 234kms.
Airports: Pune Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Solapur from other major cities of the country..