Solapur

Geography and Climate

Solapur is located at 17.68°N 75.92°E. It has an average elevation of 458 metres (1502 feet). It is bordered by Ahmednagar district on the North,Osmanabad district on the North and Northeast; Gulbarga district (Karnataka state) on the Southeast and South; Sangli district on the South and Southwest; Satara district on the West and Pune district on the Northwest. It is situated at a distance of 410 km from the Maharashtra State Capital of Mumbai by road and train. Solapur is at a distance of 245 km from Pun e and 305 km from Hyderabad. Solapur is situated on Deccan plateau.

Education Hub

Solapur has many schools and colleges. There are many famous and well facilitated colleges in Solapur like Dayanand College of arts and science, Sangameshwar College, Walchand Institute of Technology, etc. All these colleges are popular for their best teaching and facilities for the students. Solapur has schools like Little Flower Convent High School, St. Thomas English Medium School, Indian Model School, and St. Joseph High School (one of the oldest schools in Solapur established in 1897), etc. Solapur is now becoming the next education hub after pune. There are many colleges like Sinhagad Institute has already been started, and DY Patil & MIT Pune are coming in Solapur.

Heritage and Culture

Solapur is surrounded by so many heritages like Sidhheshwar Temple, Pandharpur, Akkalkot, and many other places. It has many public places like Zoo, Park and Gardens, etc. Solapur has one of the biggest fair in maharashtra at Sidhheshwar Temple. The "Bhuikot Fort" is the most historic heritage that solapur has. This Fort was built by long ago and it is listed in the most famous forts in maharashtra

Transportation

Rail: Solapur is one of the largest train junctions on the Mumbai-Chennai, Mumbai-Hyderabad lines and is one of the five divisions of the Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. It is connected by direct trains to many important cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada etc. Solapur is also a terminal point of the Solapur-Bijapur line.

Airport: Solapur city is now connected by airways with Mumbai.It will be connected to other cities after completion of new airport. Kingfisher Airlines operates flights from Solapur to Mumbai on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Road: Solapur is well connected by road with major cities of Maharashtra as well as the adjoining State Capital of Hyderabad and important cities in Karnataka by three National Highways: NH-9 connecting Pune with Vijaywada via Hyderabad, NH-13 connecting Solapur to Mangalore, Karnataka and NH-211 connecting Solapur to Dhule and Siddipet, Karimnagar, Warangal etc. daily. Ratnagiri-Nagpur National highway NH-204 connects Solapur to important cities of Maharashtra like Nagpur, Sangli, Kolhapur and Nanded.

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