About Afzalpur

It is a wonder as to how little people know about their country, lest our own cities. Their knowledge is limited to the neighborhoods and in some extent to places which they visit outside the ambit of the cities they reside in. Nevertheless, there are innumerable small cities, towns and districts which people have no inkling about, lest they chance upon some news or information circulated over the internet or electronic and print media. Karnataka is a big state with core cities like Bengaluru, Mangalore and several important cities. Afzalpur is a small town or panchayat taluka in Gulbarga district of Karnataka and also happens to be the base of Afzalpur sub division.

Introduction to Afzalpur

Geography

With a radius of only 20 square kilometers, Afzalpur town is situated at an altitude of 1338 feet at 17.2 degrees north and 76.35 degrees east above sea level. Located at a distance of 61 kilometers from district headquarters of Gulbarga in Karnataka, Afzalpur is surrounded by administrative sub divisions of Sindgi, Akkalkot, Aland and Indi. The town is situated 571 kilometers away from state capital Bengaluru and the closest cities to Afzalpur are Shahabad, Gulbarga and Sindagi in Karnataka. Apart from Gulbarga; Tuljapur, Pandharpur, Bijapur and Solapur are nearby tourist spots near the taluka of Afzalpur. Two rivers, namely Amarja and Bhima flow through Afzalpur sub division.

Climate

Afzalpur experiences hot and humid climate with dry summer months when temperatures hover between 34 degrees and 45 degrees Celsius. Winters are relatively mild with temperatures hovering between 10 degrees and 15 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is average.

Administration and Demography

Afzalpur is comprised of 131 villages and 23 panchayat, divided into 20 wards with a population of 27088 people. Amongst the villages in Afzalpur, Mannur is the biggest and Kesapur is the smallest. The town has several schools, educational institutions and polytechnic colleges.

Dialect

Urdu and Kannada are two languages mostly spoken by people of Afzalpur in Gulbarga district.

Places to Visit in Afzalpur

Dattatreya Devastan Temple in Ganagapur, Ghatargi and Afzal Khan Mosque are religious shrines and places to visit in Afzalpur. Besides, there are several nearby tourist destinations like Mehbub Subhani Dargah and Shivasharani Nimbekka Temple in Niloor village, Baggyavanthi Temple in Gattarga village, Chudeshwari Temple, Marjee Peer Dargah at meeting point of Amarja and Bhima rivers, Mallikarjun Temple at Chinamalli and Maha Shani Temple at Mashal. There are several historic shrines and spots like Atanur, Udachan, Mashal, Gangapur and Chinamalli in Afzalpur division.

How to reach

Afzalpur has no railway station in 10 kilometers radius, but the closest railway stations are in Gulbarga district and Bablad in Karnataka. Gulbarga is the closest town from where conveyance can be availed by road to reach Afzalpur.

Also Read: Tourism in Afzalpur, Utilities in Afzalpur

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