On a typical day, the rhythmic whirr of factory units, busy city streets, and the buzzing local bazaars greet you into Ichalkaranji. Basking in the glory of its industrial success, the former princely state continues to be prosperous, even today. But despite the rapid spurt of development, the city retains its age-old traditions and cultural heritage with pride. Literature and classical music thrive here alongside the imposing power looms and industrial estates. Both the marvelous culture and the striking economic development are results of the visionary rulers of the Ghorpade dynasty who ruled the city for over two centuries. Situated on the banks of river Panchaganga, Ichalkaranji is, today, considered to be a major manufacturing hub in Maharashtra.
With its eclectic blend of tradition and modernity, Ichalkaranji has a number of exciting experiences waiting to be explored. The royal abode of the Ghorpade rulers, popularly known as the Ichalkaranji Rajwada, is a magnificent reminder of the city's glorious past. Standing tall for many years, the beauty and splendor of the palace is intact even today. Its aesthetic appeal is enhanced by the imposing façade, the airy courtyards and the splendid arches. It is a must-visit for its historical value as well as architectural expertise.
The royal patronage allowed the city’s cultural heritage to prosper, especially in the field of music. Enthralling performances of Indian Classical Music can be enjoyed at several locations in the city, including the Balakrishnabuwa Ichalkaranjikar Sangeet Sadhana Mandal.
Visit during the festive season to enjoy the city at its cultural best. Along with the traditional Maharashtrian festivals, festivals such as Gan Gour and Teej are celebrated with equal gusto, as a large part of the population consists of Rajasthani immigrants.
The local markets in Ichalkaranji are ideal for buying textiles. Fine quality cotton fabrics and garments such as saree, dhotis and so on are available at reasonable prices.
Local transport is easily available in Ichalkaranji. Government-run buses provide services on the important routes within and around the city. Auto-rickshaws can be hired from the several rickshaw stands and are convenient for traveling to different parts of Ichalkaranji. You can also hire a taxi or car from one of the car rentals in the city.
By road Ichalkaranji is surrounded by Sangli-Miraj Kupwad, Kolhapur, Miraj which are 13.54 km, 14.69 km, 15.58 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.