Latur, or Lattaluru, is a city in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra state in India. It is the administrative headquarters of Latur district and taluka. The city is a tourist hub surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Kharosa Caves.
Geography and climate. Latur is situated 636 meters above mean sea level, on the Balaghat plateau, near the Maharashtra–Karnataka state boundary. … Temperature: Annual temperatures in Latur range from 13 to 41 °C (55 to 106 °F), with the most comfortable time to visit in the winter, which is October to February.
Latur has an ancient history, which probably dates to the Rashtrakuta period. It was home to a branch of Rashtrakutas which ruled the Deccan from 753 to 973 AD. The first Rashtrakuta king, Dantidurga, was from Lattalur ), probably the ancient name for Latur. Ratnapur is also mentioned as a historic name for Latur.
The King Amoghavarsha of Rashtrakutas developed the Latur city, originally the native place of the Rashtrakutas. The Rashtrakutas who succeeded the Chalukyas of Badami in 753 AD called themselves the residents of Lattalut.
It was, over the centuries, variously ruled by the Satavahanas, the Sakas, the Chalukyas, the Yadavas of Deogiri, the Delhi Sultans, the Bahamani rulers of South India, Adilshahi, and the Mughals.
Later in the 19th century, Latur became part of the Princely state of Hyderabad. In 1905 it was merged with surrounding areas and renamed Latur tehsil, becoming part of Osmanabad district. Before 1948, Latur was a part of Hyderabad State under Nizam. The chief of Nizam’s Razakar army, Qasim Rizwi, was from Latur.
After Indian independence and the merger of Hyderabad with the Indian Union, Osmanabad became part of Bombay Province. In 1960, with the creation of Maharashtra, Latur became one of its districts. On August 16, 1982, a separate Latur district was carved out of Osmanabad district.
Latur is connected by roads with various major cities of Maharashtra and other states. Road connectivity is excellent and road connecting to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Aurangabad is being upgraded into the four-lane highway. Latur city has one national highway running through it, NH 361.
Latur is served by Latur Airport, which is near Chincholiraowadi, 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) northwest of the city. The Airport facilities include aircraft fuelling, night landing with navigational aids, aircraft parking, CAT VII airport firefighting, and rescue service. A well equipped terminal building has VIP lounges, departure and arrival lounges, transit suites and snooze cabins, visitors’ waiting area, and a cafeteria.
The Latur-Miraj Railway (meter gauge) runs for 391 miles (629 km) north-west from Latur city to Miraj on the south-western section of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and was built between 1929 and 1931.
The station (code: LUR) is located on the Latur-Miraj section of the Solapur railway division of the Central Railway zone. The Manmad-Kacheguda broad-gauge railway line, which emanates from the Vikarabad-Latur-Road-Parli trunk route at Latur Road, is an important artery of traffic in Latur district. It also serves as a link between Aurangabad and Hyderabad.
Latur has rail connectivity with Manmad, Aurangabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Parli Vaijnath, Osmanabad, Mudkhed, Adilabad, Nagpur, Basar, Nizamabad, Nashik, Mumbai, Pune, and Kachiguda.
Place of Interest
• Wadwal Nagnath Bet, Latur
• Ausa, Latur
• Ganj Golai, Latur
• Kharosa Caves, Latur
• Surat Shawali Darga, Latur
• Nilanga Temple, Latur
• Namanand Maharaj Ashram, Latur
• Hattibet-Devarjan, Latur
• Ahmedpur, Latur
• Shirur Anantpal, Latur
• Chakur, Latur
• Siddheshwar & Ratneshwar Temple
• Astavinayak Temple
• Buddha Park