Tourist Places to Visit in Jalna, Maharashtra, India
Jalna is a city situated in Jalna District in the Indian State of Maharashtra, about 394 km from the state capital Mumbai and about 298 km away from Pune city. Jalna district occupies an area of 7,612 sq. km. and Jalna city is positioned at an elevation of 489 meters.
The Pin Code of Jalna begins from 431201 and the city is located between latitude 19.83° in the north and longitude 75.88° in the east.
Jalna is surrounded by Beed District in the south, Aurangabad district to the west, Hingoli district towards east, Buldana district on the northeast and Parbhani district to the southeast.
Jalna is one of the major industrial hubs of the state houses 9 cotton-ginning factories, 5 cotton-presses, steel rolling mills, seed manufacturing units and also widely popular for its tourist destinations.
History of Jalna:
Prior to the Independence of India, Jalna was the part of Princely State of Hyderabad and after Independence it was merged with Aurangabad district. Jalna was formed as a district on May 1, 1981.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Jalna:
People of Jalna wear special kind of dresses and also there is a difference in dance and music according to people and the localities. Lord Shiva’s dedication is celebrated by taking part in Maha Shivaratri festival.
The specialty of dishes of Jalna is that the cuisines are strong in pepper and spice. Non-vegetarian dishes include chicken, mutton, fish and other seafood.
Jalna houses varieties of shopping centres like retail outlets, general stores, musical shops, handicrafts shops, mobile centres, electrical and electronic showrooms.
Connectivity to Jalna:
Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai highway passes through Jalna connects it with other major cities of the state. Also it is well connected with nearby towns through road and broad gauge railway line. There are numerous luxury buses departing from Jana Bus Stand to Aurangabad, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nagpur and Mumbai.
Daily trains are accessible at Jalna Railway Station to travel Parbhani, Parli Vaijnath, Latur, Osmanabad, Nagpur, Nasik, Mumbai and Pune.
Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport to Jalna located at a distance of 53 kms.
Places to visit in Jalna:
Shri Datta Ashram:
Shri Datta Ashram is a famous trust established in 1994 by PP Tai Maharaj on the auspicious day of ‘Shri Ram Navami’. It organizes spiritual ceremonies and celebrates festivals of the deities and arranges food circulation (anna daan) and cooperative programs on such events. Shri Datta Ashram contains the big photographs of several gods and goddesses.
Jalna Fort is one of the historical forts in Jalna District. The fort is quadrangular in outline, with hemispherical strongholds at the corners. The bastion stands of Persian inscription recording the time when it was built.
Moti Talab was constructed by Jamshed Khan located west side of Jalna Town. It is one of the good places for tourists to enjoy their holidays.
The Jumma Masjid:
A rectangular Jumma Masjid was constructed with a great mogul style in 1557 A.D. by the famous King Jamshed Khan. A reservoir is inside a cemented courtyard and the surrounding wall has a platform all round, with piercing arched recesses on the outside.
Matsyodari Devi Temple:
Matsyodari Devi Temple is an ancient temple sited about 20 km from Jalna City. There is annual fair held during the period of Navrathri every year in Matsyodari Devi Temple.
Other tourist places in and around Jalna include:
- Shri Ganesh Temple
- Mamma Devi Temple
- Anandi Swami Temple
- Ghanewadi Talab
- Dargah of Jan Alla Shah
- Dargah of Nur Shah Wali
Best time to visit Jalna:
The ideal time to visit Jalna is from October to February because there are annual fairs held in major temples of the Jalna.
Accommodation options in and around Jalna:
Jalna is a place with full of tourist attractions like fort, river, parks and temple. Due to this reason, there are several luxury hotels, resorts and home stays are located to serve tourists with upgraded facilities. Hotels offer variety of south Indian, North Indian and Chinese food at reasonable price as per the requirement of the customers. Luxury hotels day rent cost from Rs. 1100 to Rs. 3600. Major Hotels in and around Jalna are:
- Galaxy Deluxe Hotel
- Hotel Madhuban
- Ambassador Ajanta
- Amarprit Hotel
- Hotel Flora Inn
- Mauli hotel
- Amber Hotel
- Indrayani Hotel
- Hotel Maduban
- Darshana Hotel