Maharashtra attains maximum popularity for its maximum city, Mumbai; but there’s more to the magnanimous state to be dug into rather than focusing on Mumbai only. Osmanabad is an administrative sub division or district in state of Maharashtra housed in the Marathwada zone. Serving as district base, Osmanabad is located on the southern tip of Maharashtra with the Deccan plateau dwelling in the region and flanked by portions of two rivers; namely Terna and Manjira which meanders through the district.
Situated at an elevation of 653 metres, Osmanabad in Maharashtra is encircled by districts or sub divisions, i.e. Bidar, Latur, Beed, Sholapur, Ahmednagar and Gulbarga with the Balaghat mountain range in the backdrop. Osmanabad city also serves as a municipal council/administrative unit of the district with its namesake. The city is also known as Dharashiv possibly after the Dharashiv caves located at a distance of 8 kilometres from Osmanabad whereas the city derives its name from Osman Ali Khan, the utmost ruler of Hyderabad.
History of LaturDigging a bit deeper into the history of Osmanabad, it is found that since it belonged to Marathwada region which was encompassed under the dynasty of Asaf Jah I, who under the new name Nizam ul Mulk, ruled the region later known as the princely state of Hyderabad and hence the nomination Osamanabad after the last Nizam. Post 1956 after India’s independence, when Marathawada was extracted from Hyderabad and merged with Bombay Presidency, Osmanabad became part of Maharashtra.
With 8 sub divisions in total, Osmanabad district is segmented into Kalamb, Bhoom, Lohara, Omerga, Osmanabad city, Paranda, Tuljapur and Vashi. Osmanabad is also famous for its engineering colleges and educational institutions.
Tourist Destinations in OsmanabadOsmanabad is famous for its tourist destinations, namely Paranda fort, Yedeshweri Devi Temple in Kalamb, Jamia Masjid, Maruti Temple in Shelagoan, Satwai Devi Temple and Hemadpanthi Shiv Temple in Mankeshwar, Tulja Bhavani Temple in Tuljapur, Jain-Mahavir Caves, Saint Goroba Temple, Dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Shamsuddin Gazi; a famous Sufi saint and Yedshi Ramling Ghat Wildlife Sanctuary located in Kalamb. The city is also famous for Dharashiv caves administered by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Naldurg Fort, situated around 50 kilometres away from the city.
Osmanabad experiences a mixed to tropical climate with hot and humid often dry summer months and with moderate rainfall and cool winter season.
Getting thereOsmanabad is well connected with all major cities in Maharashtra via National Highway 211 and National Highway 9 which passes through the district. A local airport is situated at a distance of few kilometres from Osmanabad, but it is not used for commercial aircraft landing; hence the closest airport to be accessed from the city is Pune Airport. Osmanabad is also connected by railways with all major cities, the likes of Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune, Hyderabad, Nanded, Latur, Nagpur and several other cities in India.
Osmanabad is also a Lok Sabha Constituency in Maharashtra among the 48 constituent units.
Osmanabad is indeed a place worth visiting in the state of Maharashtra for its tourist attractions and many other reasons which beckon a tourist to explore the wonders to be unraveled in this city.