Ichalkaranji is in western India about 425 km from Mumbai. The City is rapidly growing and now merging with neighbouring Jaysingpur town to form a large satellite suburban township with Sangli city which is just 24 km away.
Considering the Rs 15,000 Cr sale of the textile products and nominal 20% net profit and 257,572 Population of the city, per capita income of Ichalkaranji is Rs 1,16,472, amongst the cities having highest per capita income in the country. Ichalkaranji also ranks among city's with high ownership of Consumer products such as Home appliances & FMCG.
Ichalkaranji today is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in Maharashtra and has even been termed the "Manchester of Maharashtra". The city's economy is driven predominantly by the textile industry. Engineering is the second largest industry of the city. There is much progressive agriculture in the area surrounding the city. Almost all banks in India have a branch in the city. Textile goods manufactured in city are sold all over India as well as exported to various parts of the world. Traders use Centralized Online Real-time Exchange Core Banking facility for financial transactions. Indian Settlement Systems such as Real time gross settlement RTGS and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System is also available in almost all branches of banks in the city. Despite of all these Bankers clearing house in the city processes approximately 8000 Cheques on each working day. Clearing house is managed by the State Bank of India. Most of the Insurance and companies in India have offices in the city.
Ichalkaranji is popular among non vegetarians of this part country for its unique homemade Dinner of Goat mutton called Suke Mutton severed with Rassa ( a thin and spicy soup of goat) , handmade Bhakri and onion salad. City has more than 100 such gharbuti kanaval (Small Hotels), famous names are Jambu Bugad , Jadhav , Savairam. City has a road known as Khanaval glli ( Hotels Road ).
Vegetarian Maharashtrian cuisine such as Misal Pav , Vada sambar, Vada pav , Pohay is accessible 24 hr/day as city's textile mills work 24 hr/day and workers have it as a refreshment during 12 hr shift. City has few Marwari Bhojnalaya serves vegetarian Rajasthani food. City has around 125 Beer Bar serve Punjabi cuisine.
Transportation is provided by MSRTC city buses and also there are many prominent private buses which servers to all major destinations in Maharashtra , karnataka and Andhra pradesh.City has excellent connectivity with a number of major cities. private buses is a more preferred mode of transport due to its wider network and speed. Buses run by private companies are generally considered more comfortable and reliable, with most offering sleeper and air conditioned coaches such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Buses. They are connected to nearby major cities like Mumbai, Pune , Bengalore Belgaum Sangli, Miraj and Kolhapur. MSRTC provides bus service from Ichalkaranji to Sangli and Kolhapur every 15 minutes.
Nearest Railway Junction : Miraj Miraj railway junction is a very busy junction and entry point to Ichalkaranji . Miraj lies on Mumbai Bangalore main line and has daily connectivity to important cities. Miraj junction has 4 broad gauge branches connecting it. Long distance trains like Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express, Goa express, Chalukya Express, Poorna express, Swarna Jayanti Express, Ajmer Bangalore Express, Jodhpur Bangalore express, Gandhidham Bangalore express, Hubli express and numerous other passenger trains are available from Miraj junction. Miraj railway station is about 28 km from Ichalkaranji . One can get down at Miraj and then take a bus or cab to Ichalkaranji. It takes 20 minutes from Miraj railway station to Ichalkaranji.
MSRTC buses, Taxi cars and auto rickshaws are available from all above railway stations to Ichalkaranji.
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