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Bhusawal is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 21°03′N 75°46′E / 21.05°N 75.77°E / 21.05; 75.77Coordinates: 21°03′N 75°46′E / 21.05°N 75.77°E / 21.05; 75.77
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Jalgaon
Elevation 209 m (686 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 204,016
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Bhusawal or Bhusaval (Marathi: भुसावळ) is a city and a municipal council in Jalgaon district in the state of Maharashtra, India.


Bhusawal is located at 21°02′50.56″N 75°47′15.99″E / 21.0473778°N 75.7877750°E / 21.0473778; 75.7877750.[1] It has an average elevation of 209 metres (685 feet).

It is the biggest taluka of Jalgaon district, and situated on National Highway No. 6 (NH6). Bhusawal railway junction is one of the largest railway yards of the Indian subcontinent. The hinterland of Bhusawal is famous for banana cultivation. Bhusawal is 181 km from historic city and tourism capital aurangabad .World Heritage famous Ajanta is about 60 km (via Jamner) from Bhusawal. The Major Village in Bhusawal is Khadke. The village Khadke has many more temples, like RAM Mandir, Sai Mandir, Hanuman Mandir etc.

Bhusawal is also known as Bhusaval. The spelling "Bhusaval" is used by the Railways (Central Government), while the spelling "Bhusawal" is used by the municipality. Generally People magazine spells it as "Bhusawal" or "Bhusaval" according to their preference.


The total population of Bhusawal is 204,016. The male population of which is 105,164 while female population is 98,852.The literacy rate of Bhusawal Agglomeration is 90.53% which is higher than National Urban average of 85%. Literacy rate for male and female for Bhusawal stood at 94.94% and 85.89% respectively. Total literates in Bhusawal UA were 165,435 of which males were 88,928 and remaining 76,507 were females.

Religions in Bhusawal
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).


Bhusawal is located on the bank of Tapi river, The Tapti River (Hindi ताप्ती, Marathi तापी, Gujarati: તાપ્તી) ancient original name Tapi River (Sanskrit: तापी), is a river in central India. It is one of the major rivers of peninsular India with a length of around 724 kilometres (450 mi).



Bhusawal is situated on National Highway No. 6 (NH6). Internal roads like Varangaon Road, Khadaka Road, Sakari Phata, Jamner Road, Jalgaon Road, Fekari over bridge are very congested in Bhusawal and also get connected to [NH 6], in total they have four exits from the town. Nasik (Hindu Pilgrimage place) is only 3 12 hours' journey by road and railway. Shegaon, famous place is also 125 km from Bhusawal.


  • Bhuswal railway station has very good railway connectivity, and is an important divisional headquarters of Central Railway of the Indian Railways. It is on both the Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line and the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line.
  • The famous American 1956 movie, Bhowani Junction features a railway station that was modelled on the Bhusawal railway station.
  • Bhusawal is a very big junction on Central Railway (The biggest railway station in Maharashtra).Mumbai–Delhi(North/West) & Mumbai-Kolkata (East/West) connections splits at this Junction.
  • There is a Zonal Training Center for Railway Staff in Bhusawal. ZTC is the area known popularly.
  • P.O.H. & M.O.H. are the two overhauling units work 24 hrs for maintenance of locomotive engines.
  • When steam locomotives were used in India, this was a big Steam loco shed for the same and due to river Tapi, the train usually used to stop here to get water and stock for loco engines as well as passenger utility.
  • A unique '#' crossing (known as diamond crossing) of railway line - which is in 90 degree to each other is seen here first.
  • Bhusawal is the nearest such a railway junction to Ajanta (60 km away), where every train has a stop.
  • Bhusawal railway yard is one of the biggest yard in Asia. It is second largest yard in Asia.

Delicacies of Bhusawal[edit]

Bhusawal is also famous for its banana cultivation. Traders from various parts of the country come to Bhusawal to buy raw bananas. Bananas are exported to different countries across the world. Lt Col Sanjoy Banerji, the famous photographer and adventurer hails from Bhusawal. Bhusawal is also known for its special white brinjals that are grown locally in the nearby areas. They often constitute the delicacies in local marriages, along with daal baati toop (a lentil dish served with ghee) served with peanut garlic chutney or famous eggplant sabji called vangyachi bhaji. In local hotels Shev Bhaji, spicy Bandyacha aluvada,Ghasilal aluvada, shantaram aluvada and Bengan bharta and Dalgandori bhaji are served which are delicious.

In a very hot summer, People in Bhusawal enjoys having "Mattha"(Its a cold drink made from butter milk) at Shivaji complex, sugarcane juice at Kalpana Rasavanti, Jawahar Dairy Products and most important "Barfacha Gola" at Bazar(especially chocolate flavor with MAVA).

In fiction[edit]

The fictional Indian town of Bhowani, the setting of the historical novels Nightrunners of Bengal and Bhowani Junction by John Masters, is thought to be modeled on Bhusawal.

'27 Down', a 1974 Bollywood drama film directed by Awtar Krishna Kaul, features Bhusawal Railway Station, Railway Colony. Its storyline revolves around people working with Railways at Bhusawal and their families.

Director Vijaya Mehta's fil 'Pestonjee' (1988) also features Bhusawal.

Lt Col Sanjoy Banerji, the famous adventurer and photographer had published a photo feature on Bhusawal's Railways in National Geographic magazine.


External links[edit]

  • Latest Information and News on Bhusawal