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Maharashtra - The name Maharashtra is believed to be originated from rathi, which means chariot driver. Maharashtra entered the recorded history in the 2nd century BC, with the construction of its first Buddhist caves. The name, Maharashtra first appeared in a 7th century in the account of a contemporary Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang. According to the recorded History, the first Hindu King ruled the state during 6th century, based in Badami.

Shivaji Bhosle, the founder of the Maratha Empire, did a lifelong struggle against the Mughals. By 1680, the year of Shivaji's death, nearly the whole of Deccan belonged to his empire. Shivaji was a great warrior and one of the finest rulers of India, so he holds the highest place in Maratha history.

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Mumbai,   the capital city of Maharashtra        

Mumbai, the biggest metropolis of India, is a city that virtually never sleeps. In this city of dreams, life never appears dull or boring, especially due to the presence of its interminable chaos and action. Generating the maximum share of country's revenue, Mumbai houses the country's largest production houses, stock exchanges, sea port and offices of some of the esteemed companies of the world. Not only is Mumbai the capital of Maharashtra, it is also called the Commercial Capital of India.
With a golden history of hundreds of years, Mumbai never fails to mesmerize its visitors amidst the heritage monuments. This brightest jewel of the country addresses over 15 million Mumbaikars, including the well-heeled industrialists, ravishing celebrities and eminent artists. Formerly called Bombay, the Island City is dotted with several beaches and natural harbor. On the tourism map of India, Mumbai has always entertained the maximum traffic from overseas.

Tourist attraction in Mumbai
Gateway of India
- The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance as the last of the British troops that left India by sea, marched through its portals. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. You can also go for a short cruise through Mumbai's natural harbour in one of the little motor launches that are stationed here.
Mani Bhawan - Mani Bhawan is one of the important places to visit in Mumbai. Presently functioning as a Gandhi memorial, it used to be the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It is from this famous house No. 19, called Mani Bhawan, that Gandhiji was arrested in 1932. This two storied building houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo feature on the Mahatma's life, some memorabilia, an old Gandhiji's charkha and a film and recording archive. A minimum entry fee is required to get into the Mani Bhawan.
Prince of Wales Museum - The Prince of Wales museum is another major attraction of Mumbai. Built in the year 1914, it is surrounded by a beautiful landscape forming an ideal getaway for the people of Mumbai. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. The Prince of Wales museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country.
Marine Drive - A stroll down the Marine Drive is the best way to discover Mumbai. This winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other extends from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. Due to its curved shape and many street lights, it was once called the Queen's Necklace. A popular sea front, Marine Drive is also the main thoroughfare linking for the Malabar Hills to the southernmost points of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, and the Fort.
Juhu - Nicknamed as the uptown bourgeois paradise, Juhu Beach is a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. Characterised by walkers, screaming children and courting couples, the beach covers an area of about 5 kilometres. Juhu beach is attractively studded with many five star hotels offering the customers a splendid view of the coast. The beach remains noticeably crowded on weekends. Moreover, the beach activities like camel rides, pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers will keep you enthralled all the time. Keep away from hawkers.
Hanging Gardens - The Hanging Gardens makes another must see site in Mumbai. The park was built during the early 1880s over Mumbai's main reservoir at the top of the Malabar Hills. The reason of its location being to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence. Located just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, this terraced garden, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Garden, is famous among the locals as well as tourists. The garden provides lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea.
Kamla Nehru Park - Kamla Nehru park, located at the top of Malabar Hills is another site to visit in Mumbai. Overlooking the Marine Drive, the park houses "Old Woman's Shoe", wonderfully cut hazes and roomy walkaways. Moreover, the park also provides you a spectacular view of the city and the sunset. The Kamla Nehru park also makes a favourite gateway for the locals here.
Chowpatty - Another sandy gateway of Mumbai is the Chowpatty beach in the suburbs of the city. Chowpatty is perhaps the most famous beach of Mumbai, characterised by the usual hustle and bustle of stallwalahs, people snoozing under the shade of its stunted trees, screaming kids, Ferris wheels, pony rides, wayside astrologers, monkey shows, and even the odd self-styled gymnast demonstrating their skill for a fee. Moreover, the bhelpuri shops and sometimes the film shoot or a street play also adds to the festive atmosphere of the beach. A beach of action, Chowpatty makes a must visit in Mumbai.
Tower of Silence - A peculiar site to visit in Mumbai is the Tower of Silence. Mumbai has a large number of Parsi population. The Parsis have the custom of leaving their dead in the open. These particular places are called "Towers of Silence", where the vultures come to eat the dead. For the Parsis, this is regarded as the final act of charity. Mumbai's Towers of Silence, have virtually disappeared today. Only a handful remain that attract a considerable number of tourists every year.
Jain Temple - Jain temple of Mumbai also makes the interesting place to visit in the city. Located on the Malabar Hill, the Jain temple houses frescoes depicting various events in the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras. It also has a black marble shrine decorated with celestial personifications of the planets painted onto the ceiling. A large number of devotees as well as tourists come here every day.

AMRAVATI

Amravati city is visited by a large number of tourists on a yearly basis. One of the main reasons they come here is to pray to Goddess Ambadevi and seek her blessings, making the city a popular pilgrim destination. Apart from that, the city is also visited by many people who come to Maharashtra on a holiday tour. Infact, this city is included in majority of sightseeing tours organized in the state. However, before going anywhere, people like to know about its main tourist attractions and same is the case with Amaravati also. Keeping this in mind, we have provided a complete article for you, with information on the major places to be covered on a tour of the city.

Tourist attraction in Amravati
Ambadevi Temple - Shri Ambadevi Temple is situated in the Amravati city of Maharashtra. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ambadevi and lies right in the middle of the city. Amba Devi Temple is so ancient that one cannot find even a single mention of it in the old gazetteers.
Shri Ekvira Devi Temple - Shri Ekvira Devi Temple is situated in Amravati, near the famous Ambadevi Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Ekvira Devi and dates back to the year 1660. It was constructed by the son of Amravati Paramhans Shri Janardan Swami. The Goddess enshrined here is believed to be an incarnation of the Shakti. Shri Ekvira Devi Temple witnesses huge rush every year, during the Navaratri festival.
Satidham Temple - Satidham Temple is situated right in the middle of the Amravati city, at Rallies Plot. The temple enshrines the idols of a several Gods and their consorts, including Lord Krishna and Radha, Lord Ram and Sita and Lord Shiva and Sati, along with Lord Ganesha. One of the major attractions of the temple is the fair organized every year, on the occasion of Janamashtami. A large number of devotees congregate here to be a part of the festivities.
Shri Bhakti Dham Temple - Shri Bhakti Dham Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and His consort, Radha. Also enshrined inside the temple is an idol of Shri Sant Jalaram Bappa. It is situated on the Badnera Road in Amravati city. The temple, with its small park, is also very popular amongst children.
Chatri Talao - Chatri Talao is a small reservoir that was built in the year 1888, with the view to supply drinking water to the people of Amravati city. It is situated on the Malkhed Railway Road, at a distance of one km from Dasturnagar Square. It has been built on a small spring known as Kali Nadi and is presently getting its share of water from the Upper Wardha Dam. The small garden and boating facility provided here add to the attraction of the talao.
Wadali Talao - Wadali Talao is another reservoir, built with the purpose of serving the clean and fresh water needs of the Amaravati people. Situated on the Chandur Railway Road, it is approximately 3 km away from the Amaravati Camp. Adding to the appeal of the Talao are a small garden and a zoo, a favorite amongst the kids of the city. Wadali Talao has become one of the popular picnic spots around the city, where one can come on weekends and relax a bit.

AURANGABAD

The gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. Lying along the right bank of the Kham River, the city is the district headquarters, which offers visitors all the modern comforts and amenities. There are several luxury and budget hotels, shopping centers and banks.In the city, there are three museums housing the art treasures of the region - the Sunheri Mahal Museum, the University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. You can also while away the hours in the pleasant confines of the Bani Begum Gardens.

Tourist attraction in Aurangabad

Aurangabad Caves - Nestled amidst the hills are 12 Buddhist caves probably dating back to the 1 A.D. Of particular interest are the Tantric influences evident in the iconography and architectural designs of the caves. There are twelve caves in all, a major chunk of which are viharas, of which Caves 3 and 7, are the most fascinating. Cave 3 stands supported by 12 finely carved columns, and sports sculptures portraying scenes from the Jataka tales. Cave 7 houses an imposing sculpture of a Boddhisattva, praying for deliverance. Some of the chaitya halls here are constructed on a mandala plan for the circumambulation of the Buddha who is depicted here seated on an intricately carved throne.One is also treated to a panoramic view of the city as well as the imposing Maqbara from this point.

Bibi Ka Maqbara - It is the tomb of Begum Rabia Durani, wife of Emperor Aurangzeb. Due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan. Inspired the Taj Mahal, it was built as the final resting place of Begum Rabi’a Daurani. Close to the begum’s tomb is the unmarked grave of her devoted nurse. it was designed and built by Ata Ullah whose name is engraved on its door. The Maqbara stands in the middle of a spacious and formally planned Mughal garden with axial ponds, fountains, water channels, broad pathways and pavilions. Frequent visitors are flights of chattering parrots.

Panchakki - The word Panchakki literally means water mill. The Panchakki is an interesting water-powered flourmill built in the 17th century, The water is pumped from a reservoir 6 km away into a tank, that today houses entire shoals of khol fish. It lies in the same complex as a memorial to the Sufi saint Baba Shah, who was spiritual adviser to Aurangzeb. The place also has a garden and fountains with fish-filled tanks enhancing the beauty of the entire area.

Khuldabad - At the holy village of Khuldabad is located the tomb of the last great Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb. His simple tomb remains an eloquent testament to the staunch faith and spartan lifestyle of this pious Muslim ruler. As per his instructions, the tomb was built only with the few rupees he had earned by stitching cloth caps! On his tombstone is inscribed in elegant Persian calligraphy : "No marble sheets should shield me from the sky as I lie there one with the earth.

Ghrishneshwar Temple - Ghrishneshwar was built in the 18th century of spotted red sandstone. Decorative friezes and sculpture depict a pantheon of Indian gods including Bhrama, Vishnu, Ganesh, the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, celestial beings, and even Maratha heroes. Worshippers of Shiva flock to the Ghrishneshwar Temple, of particular importance since it enshrines a jyotirlinga. This particular aspect of the god’s luminous energy is manifested in only 12 temples.

Ellora - Ellora can be divided into three groups and roughly three periods: Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. In the seventh century A.D. the focus shifted to Ellora, some seventy-five miles away, where another set of caves was created from living rock. Here, not only Buddhism, but Hinduism and the Jain faith inspired the four centuries of arduous labors needed to create these elaborate excavations.. The Buddhist and Jain caves are ornately carved, but are relatively calm, while the Hindu caves seem to burst with divine energy.

Ajanta -  Famous for its caves, Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognised as the World Heritage site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depict the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD.

Daulatabad Fort - Daulatabad fort is located just 13 kilometres from Aurangabad en route Ellora. Made the capital of the Delhi Sultanate a 100 years later by Tughlaq, it was the prime fortress of many successive dynasties in the Deccan. Daulatabad is famous for it’s series of trick defences, secret escape routes. it was an old Hindu stronghold, finally captured and plundered by deceit in the 13th century. Easily accessible from the major towns nearby, the fort was built during the 12th century. Due to its uncommon location on a pyramid shaped hill, this impressive fortress attracts the attention of all. the Daulatabad fortress was earlier known as 'Devgiri'. It was built by king Bhillama of Yadav dynasty. Later the name of the entire place was changed to Daulatabad by Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi.

Lonar - At Lonar is one of the world’s 5 largest craters, formed by the impact of a meteorite nearly 50,000 years ago. The surface diameter of the crater is nearly 1.75 kms, and its depth is nearly 132 metres. Its base has formed a beautiful lake . On the shores of the lake are temples built in the 12th – 13th century. Probably from the meteorite make the lake water very salty while freshwater springs abound at the crater’s edge.

Shirdi  - Approximately 144 kilometres from Aurangabad, Shirdi is a tourist destination considered holy by the Hindus. A large number of tourists come here all through the year to visit the shrine of Sidhi Sai Baba. Moreover, there are some more holy shrines closely related to Sai Baba here. Easily accessible from the nearby towns, Shirdi is an important excursion destination from Aurangabad.

AHMED NAGAR

Ahmednagar Fort is one of the best designed forts in the entire state of Maharashtra. At the same time, it is also counted amongst the impregnable forts of India. The fort is situated in the Ahmednagar district and dates back to the year 1559, when it was built under the patronage of Husain Nizam Shah. Ahmednagar Fort stands surrounded by cantonment on all the sides and lies in the eastern part of the Ahmednagar city. Today, the fort forms one of the popular attractions of the region.

It is oval in shape and has a circumference of around 1.70 km. Forming a part of the defense system of the fort are its 24 citadels and a moat that is 30 meters wide and 4 to 6 meters deep. The huge and strong cut stone wall of Ahmednagar Fort reaches to a height of 25 meters, from the bottom of the ditch. There are two entrances to the fort, which can be reached only after one goes over the moat, through the suspension drawn bridges. Its major attractions comprises of a number of structures, some of which are in a very good condition.

Tourist attraction in Ahmed Nagar

Ahmednagar Fort - Ahmednagar Fort Built by Ahmed Nizam Shah in 1490, this fort is a circular shaped fort, which features 18 metres high walls, supported by 22 bastions. One of the most well-designed and impregnable forts of India, the Ahmednagar Fort is currently under the control of the military command of India. Oval in shape, the Fort s defence system comprises of its 24 citadels and a moat that is 30 metres wide and 4 to 6 metres deep. There are two entrances to the fort, which can be reached only after one goes over the moat, through the suspension drawn bridges.

Alamgir - Alamgir is situated near Bhingar on Pathardi road. Aurangzeb died at the age of 91 at the very same place, his body was taken to Khultabad, near Aurangabad & buried there. This historical place also houses a Masjid & Baradari where meetings used to take place. The library near the masjid has rare Qurans, dating back to the time of emperor Aurangzeb. One of the Qurans here was written by the emperor himself.

Baugh Rauza - Baugh Rauza Ahmed Nizam Shah,the founder of Ahmednagar ,died in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and was buried half a mile north-west of city. The Bagh Rauza,a fine black stone mausoleum with a domed roof, within which glitter inscriptions of gold from the Koran, enshrines the tomb of this founder and 'faujdar' of Ahmednagar. One of the finest monuments in Ahmednagr, the Baugh Rauza,or the Garden of Shrine, is located just outside the western perimeter of the old city, near the Delhi Gate. The tomb is flanked by two other tombs. A stone monument nearby, is said to be the tomb of Ghulam Ali, a royal elephant who distinguished himself in the battle of Talikot against the Raja of Vijaynagar.in 1565, during the reign of the third Nizam Shah.

Durga Goddess Temple - This temple is located in Kedgaon (around 3 km from Ahmednagar Railway Station, 5 km from Ahmednagar ST bus-stand) which is near Nagar-Pune highway. Navaratri (nine nights) festival is a celebration of nine nights of battle between the Goddess Durga and demon-king Mahishasura. Eventually Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura on the ninth night and thus the festival signifies the triumph of good over evil.

Harigaon - Place in Ahmednagar where majority of people is catholic and the feast of Mother mary Celbrates every year by the local Church

Harishchandragad Caves - These caves are situated all over the fort. Many of these are situated at the foot of Taramati peak & are the place of accommodation. A few are near the temple, whereas some are near the citadel and some far away in the forests. A 30 feet deep natural cave is on the northwestern side of the fort, to the right of Kokan Kada. Many other caves are still said to remain undiscovered.

Harishchandreshwar Temple - This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India. It is about 16 m high from its base. Around this temple there a few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one of the tanks located close to the temple. The top of the temple resembles construction with the north-Indian temples. A similar temple is situated in Buddha-Gaya. Here we can see many tombs, in which a typical construction is seen. These are built by well-finished arranging stones one on top of the other. There are three main caves near the temple. The cisterns near the temple provide drinking water.

Nageshwar Temple  - This is a great antique construction, and diverse artistic works are seen on this. On the ceiling of the temple are beautiful carvings. The main attraction of the carvings here is the 1.5 m long sculpture of Lord Vishnu in the sleeping posture, popularly known as 'sheshshayi Vishnu' in Marathi. It is rare and hence holds a lot of importance. There are a lot of legends told about this sculpture. There are caves near the temple.

BHANDARDAR HILL

Bhandardarais located 70-km away from Nasik. It is a small and serene locale for those who need a break from their tedious and tiring lives. An exquisite holiday resort and an ideal getaway for fun-loving trekkers and picnickers, Bhandardara houses exhilarating waterfall - Radha Falls, a deep valley, a clean and large Arthur Lake, a historical Ratangadh Fort, an ancient temple - Amritheshwar Temple, a peaceful Agasti Rishi Ashram, Wilson Dam also known as Bhandardara Dam, and Viewpoints. It also hosts an ideal trekking destination - Mount Kalusubai.

Tourist attraction in Bhandardar

Wilson Dam/ Bhandardara Dam - The Wilson Dam also known as Bhandardara Dam at a height of 150m is the largest earthen dam in the country and one of the oldest in Asia. At the base of the dam is a circular garden & a swimming pool. It is a beauty in itself and a very serene spot for the regular picnickers. An attraction of this place is the Umbrella Falls, which provides a most picturesque sight. The falls are best enjoyed in monsoon, when the water level is amazingly high.

Arthur Lake - Bhandardara hosts an extravagant Arthur Lake amidst the dense greenery. The lake water originates from the Pravara River. Streamlets from the lake gush down 45m and are known as the Randha Falls. A scenic spot, these falls have a great significance of being used for hydropower generation. On the bank of the Pravara River is the Agasti Rishi Ashram. The ashram attracts crowds from all over.

Amriteshwar Temple - For the religious-minded there is a historical temple, the Amriteshwar Temple, which houses the idol of Lord Shiva. It is reachable by boat, and is 8-km in the interior of the Arthur Lake. It is known for its beautiful carvings, built in the discrete Hemadpanti style, which can be traced down to 1,200 years back in history.

A Trekker's Paradise - Mount Kalsubai, standing 1,646m above sea level is the highest peak of Maharashtra on the Sahyadri range. It gives a panoramic view of the lake and the dam. This Mount is most popular spot for trekkers in Maharashtra.

For those who yen for trekking there is another trekking point - the Ratangadh Fort. This Fort was captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and was one of his favorite forts. The fort has a breathtaking view and provides the necessary ambience for the budding trekkers. One of the many attractions that captivate the tourist's eye is the Konkan Kada, which is often termed as the trekker's delight.

BARAMATI

Baramati has a rich cultural heritage. The famous Kashivishweshwar temple on the western bank of Karaha river was constructed during 800 B.C. ,and the famous poet Sridhar who wrote Shivleelamrut a holy scripture belongs to this city. Baramati was under Yadav's rule, which was later taken over by Bahamani rulers. The famous Babuji Naik constructed the Sidheshwara temple whose reference is observed in the poems written by Great poet Moropant one of famous poet of Maharashtra.Such great poet also belongs to Baramati.There are many more religious temples in and around Baramati.

Today's famous political and social leader Sri Sharadchandraji Pawar who was born here, is working diligently for the development of Baramati. Thanks to him and his team, Baramati has now attained a place on the international map. In the recent past, Baramati got an opportunity to present itself at an international level due to the Industrial development and advancement in the field of Education.

In the future, Baramati is slated to be one of the highly developed cities in India, enhancing the lives of the common man and poor farmer, alike. The latest technologies will be implemented in the day-to-day life of the people here.

Tourist attraction in Baramati

Vidya Pratishthan Museum - One of the best places to visit. It's part of Vidya Pratishthan's campus located in Vidyanagari, MIDC about 5KMs from Bhigwan Chowk.

Vidyanagari - A sprawling campus of 130 acres. If you a visitor this place is a must see. This a one of the biggest IT Institutes in India. It has got a world class IT Infrastructure... More

Krishi Vigyan Kendra is a district wise transfer of technology project of the Indian council of Agricultural research, New Delhi. This KVK was established in August 1992 at Agricultural Development Trust. Pune district, the area of operation of this KVK, comes under the Western Maharashtra dry Zone.

Shri Siddheshwar Mandir - This is located 2 KMs from Bhigwan Chowk in Siddheshwar Galli. A very quiet place.

Ganesh Mandir - About 4 KMs from Bhigwan Chowk. Many people in Baramati prefer to take morning and evening walk from Railway Station to this place. Reasons are obvious Fresh air and less traffic in the mornings.

Maruti Mandir [Kanheri] - postcard scenery around the temple, this temple is near to the katewadi village.

Mayureshwar Mandir [Morgaon] - One of the Lord Ganesha temples in "AshtaVinayak temples".

Pandhari Mahadev - A temple with quiet atmosphere surrounding it, one can find this place very peaseful to mind. It's on Patas road, just near to Shroff Petrol Pump.

Sharada Nagari - Nearly 4 kms from Baramati town in Shardanagari there are Agricultural trust and Sharadabai Pawar Institute for women started by Dr. Appasaheb Pawar. This Institute aims at moulding the young generation in regards to character and culture. It is well known, that if a woman is educated, the whole family is educated. Their dream was and is to have a well-cultured and prosperous society

The Tour will not cover all the places of sightseeing, since we are focusing mainly on agriculture and related information.

Village Malegoan BK, 5 kms from Baramati town, Baramati Taluka as such receives scanty rainfall. The temperature over here is hot. Shirsufal Lake is in this region. Daund-Baramati railway line is a broad gauge. It is 99 Kms by road and 120 kms by rail from Pune, which is connected by daily air services to Mumbai and Aurangabad. On the western bank of Karaha river famous Kashivishweshwar temple was constructed during 800 B.C. Many Sugar factories are been set up in this area. The main occupation of the people is Agriculture. Wheat and Jawari, Sugarcane, Grapes & Cotton are the main crops grown over here. Grapes and Sugar is exported from here. There is a huge Market place for cotton and food grains. Shivleelamrut the holy book belongs to this place. Famous poet Sridhar wrote this book. There are many more religious temples in and around Baramati. Baramati was under Yadav's rule, which was later taken over by Bahamani rulers. Famous Bapuji Naik constructed Sidheshwara temple. Baramati uses 800 hectares of land as MIDC Industrial Area along Baramati-Bhigwan Road, 5 kms Outside Baramati town's municipal limits.

BULDHANA

Buldhana is one of the 35 districts of Maharashtra located in the central portion of the state. The district shares common boundaries with the districts of Akola, Jalgaon, Jalna, Parbhani to the east, west & south respectively. Nemad district of the M.P. is situated to the north. Buldhana town is the administrative head quarter of the district connected to all major towns/cities of Maharashtra. The district offers some of the worth visiting places of Maharashtra viz. Lonar Crater, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj (Shegaon), Sindkhed Raja-Birth Place of Jijamata, Anand Sagar (Shegaon) and World’s Biggest Hanuman Murti (at Nandura).

Tourist attraction in  Buldhana

The district of Buldhana has few pilgrimage places like Balaji Temple at Deulgaon and Raja Sailana Shah Miya Dargha at Pimpalgaon, Sari village. Lakhuji Jadhav's palace is important place in Shinkhed. Other places of interest such as Sarkarwada, Rameshwar Mandir, Nilakanteshwar Mandir, and Samadhi of Jadhav's family, Renuka Temple, BAL Samudra and Lonar Lake, Palasi Siddha Math are also famous places in the district.

Lonar Crater
- Lonar crater is a bowl shaped depression formed 50,000 years ago by the impact of a huge meteor that descended on earth from space and carved out a bowl roughly 7-km in circumstance and 1.8-km in diameter. The size and the age make it the largest and oldest meteoric crater in the world, ante-dating its nearest rival, the Canyon-Diabolo of Arizona in the United States by a clear 230 centuries.

Shegaon - Shegaon is a famous town for housing the Samadhi of Shri Gajanan Maharaja. A large number of the pilgrims from all over Maharashtra visit this Samadhi.
 

CHIPLUN

Chiplun is a peaceful little town on the banks of the Vashisthi River. It is located on the Mumbai-Goa highway. The city is about 320 km south of Mumbai in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is ideal for conferences that require peace and quiet but are still relatively close to Mumbai. A ride in the Vashisti River or a trek in the nearby hills around Chiplun is the perfect way to unwind.

The name Chiplun means "The abode of Lord Parshuram". The city lies on the banks of the river Vashishti. Chiplun is an industrial town catering to mostly the top pharmaceutical and chemical industries. It is a major stop on the Konkan Railway.

Tourist attraction of Chiplun

Guhagar Beach - Guhagar beach is a virgin and unspoilt beach lapped by the waters of the Arabian Sea.

Parashuam Temple - It is a religious place in Chiplun. He was one of the Dashavtar of Shree Vishnu. Shree Parshuram is also said to be creator of Konkan, the land which he got from sea and hence Konkan is known as Parshuram Bhumi.

Koyna Dam - Koyna Dam is one of the largest dams in Maharashtra. It is located in Koyna Nagar nestled in the Western Ghats on the state highway between Chiplun and Karad. The dam supplies water to western Maharashtra as well as cheap hydroelectric power to the neighbouring areas with a capacity of 1,920 MW.

Sawatsada Waterfall - Sawatsada Waterfall is a monsoon attraction that is situated in chiplun.

Ganapati Phule - Ganapati Phule in chiplun is an ancient pilgrim center having a naturally formed idol of lord Ganesha.The temple is located on a beach with glittering white sand

Haydavi - Haydavi is the natures blessings to chiplun situated in between mountains. The temple has construction at the time of Peshwai period. It is situated at guhagar taluka. It is said that the statue of ganesh is created at kashmir. This mandir celebrate ganeshjis Janmuttasav on marath month Magha Suddha. On Chturthi day the birthday celebration of Ganesha is in the afternoon.

Vashisiti River Jetty - Vashisti River Jetty in chiplun offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy motorboat rides in the river provided that the water level is high enough.

KHANDALA

The origin of Khandala is shrouded in obscurity. The hill resort formed part of the territory of the great Maratha leader Chattrapati Shivaji, who is credited with organizing the Maratha into a military power. Later it came under the rule of the Peshwa, during whole reign Maratha power reached its zenith. Khandala was taken by the British from the hands of the Peshwas who subsequently lost power to the British.

Tourist attraction in  Khandala

Khandala is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India. A hill station in Maharashtra, it is the most popular and hot spot for the people residing in the west part of the country. Apart from its enormous innate magnificence, it has a plethora of places to seen by the people who come here on sightseeing tours. These tourist attractions are the ideal locations to offer them enjoyment as well as relaxation. So, for all those who want to stretch themselves and laze around with a difference, Khandala is the right pick!

Khandala - Sites to Visit

A small hill resort, Khandala offers breathtaking views of the green surroundings. The place attracts visitors in a large number throughout the year. The best way to appreciate the amazing scenic beauty of Khandala is by taking a walk around the hill station. You can also indulge in trekking.

You will find the tourist attraction of Amruntanjan point at the Khandala. The mesmerizing view of the beauty of the surroundings from the Dukes Nose is an unforgettable experience.

Tiger's Leap - It is one of the most fascinating places in this area. If someone carefully observes the valley from this point, it will appear as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. Thus, the place has been named as Tiger's leap. Special arrangements have been made for the tourists to view the panoramic site of the valley, i.e. via the safe confines of a big hole from this point. Moreover, for an enthralling experience, throw a stone from this point and see it topple down the valley and get destroyed.

Amrutanjan Point - Amrutanjan point is yet another point located high up in Khandala. It provides excellent view of the places nearby. As there is a lot of flat space available here, the point is a well suited location for an enormous sight of the valley as well as the Duke's Nose. Besides, you can also see the city of Khopoli from here. It is situated at the end of the first slope, as you enter Khandala.

Duke's Nose - Duke's Nose is a cliff here, which has been named after the Duke Wellington, as he had a pointed nose, which the cliff resembles. However, it is also known as "Nagfani" (Hood of Snake), as it also looks like the hood of a snake. Duke's Nose can be easily reached from INS Shivaji and Kurwande Village. Apart from its scenic beauty, it also attracts visitors with its mountain climbing trails.

Reversing Station - Reversing Station once belonged to the Railways, but now remains deserted and unused. It lies outside tunnel no. 26, on the rail route. The nearby regions and the city of Khopoli are visible from here. It presents an eye catchy site at night, when it is illuminated with hundreds of lights that bring it to life.

Karla and Bhaja Cave - Karla and Bhaja Caves are historical rock cut caves, situated at a distance of 16 km from Khandala. They are one of the main attractions here, due to their enormous antiquity and beauty. Located amidst hills, their origin dates back to the 2nd century. These caves belong to the Hinayana sect of Buddhism and are one of the finest examples of rock cut caves in India.

Bhushi Lake - Bhushi Lake situated in Khandala is the ideal spot for all those who wish to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Its serene and tranquil surroundings and crystal clear water provides immense opportunities for the tourists to rest in peace.

Khandala - Nearby attractions

Apart from being a place of major tourist attractions, Khandala is also a stating point for visiting a number of superb nearby places well worth a visit. Whether you are looking for another hill resort, beautiful lakes or the historical places you can be sure that you won't have far to travel.

Just five km apart is the hill resort of Lonavala, which makes a spectacular tourist destination on its own right. Some of the beautiful lakes near Khandala are the Lonavala Lake, Tugauli Lake and Bhushi Lake. The Walvan Dam near Khandala is also worth visiting.

16 km from Khandala are the famous tourist attractions of Karla and Bhaja Caves. Situated on the hills these rock-cut caves belonged to 2nd century B.C. and are the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock-cut temple art in India.

MATHERN

Matheran can be aptly described as a tiny oasis of warmth, beauty and serenity, located amidst the magnanimousness of nature. A little jewel in the crown of Maharashtra's tourism industry, this tiny hill station is one of the most exquisite and beautiful hill stations of the state. Placed at an altitude of 800 m above sea level and situated at a distance of 100 km from Mumbai, the major tourist attractions of the place are its 38 vantage points that offer breathtaking view of the whole place and its nearby areas. Here is a list of some of these major lookout points, which must be included in the sightseeing tours of the place.

This is a crucial point that offers a panoramic view of the whole place. As the name suggests,

Tourist attraction in Mathern


Charlotte Lake - This lake is the main source of water supply in Matheran and a major point of the place. It is located at a distance of 1 km from the main market and looks idyllic during the monsoons, but dries up during the summers.

Louisa Point - Located on a plateau, this famous lookout point offers a spectacular view of the ruined forts of Prabal and Vishalgarh. The famous "Lion's Head" (a rock resembling a lion's head) is located close to it.

Alexander Point - It is a famous point located 1 km towards the north of the place. This point provides splendid views of the Garbut Point, the Chowk valley and the Ulhas River, and is a favorite among the sightseers.

King George Point - During the monsoons, water from the nearby Charlotte Lake overflows and forms various waterfalls around the place. This is the point that beautifully captures these waterfalls and hence is a popular point during the season of showers.

Sunset/Porcupine Point - Located at a distance of 4 km from the main market, this point is famous for its views of the setting sun. This point offer views of a dark forest below. Prabalgad can also be seen from this point.

Monkey Point - It is a well-known point, famous for the large number of mischievous monkeys that throng the place. The point also offers a mesmerizing view of the verdant plains below.

More Tourist Attractions
Other important points are Heart Point, Malang Point, Honeymoon Hill, Lords Point, One-tree Hill, Olympia, Paymasters Park, Artists Park, Mount Barry, etc.

MAHABALESHWAR

Mahabaleshwar in Sanskrit means God of Great Power. It was summer capital of Governor of the old Bombay Presidency covering 10 sq km. There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic vistas scattered around the hill station and their access roads make for shady, pleasant walks and treks. The area has strong historical connections with Shivaji, the heroic Maratha warrior king.

Mahabaleshwar at an altitude of 1372 meters opens up a whole world of picturesque delight. With an air of unspoilt beauty, it is a paradise for nature explorers and peace lovers  as also for filmmakers and producers.

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Satara District in the Western Ghats range of Maharashtra. It is located about 120 km from Pune and 285 km from Mumbai.Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kmē, bound by valleys on all sides. After the construction of a new highway, it is only a 5 hour drive from Mumbai.

Tourist attraction in Mahabaleshwar

Pratapgad Fort - Pratapgad Fort is 24 Kms. away from Mahabaleshwar. The fort was built in 1656 by Moropant Trimak Pingle under the command of the Maratha ruler shivaji. It was here that the mighty general of Bijapur, Afzal Khan was killed by Shivaji. The fort has a great view.

Wilson Point - Wilson Point is also called as Sunrise point. It is the highest point of 4710 ft above sea level. It is a vast plateau. There are three masonary round platforms to see the sunrise. One Can see sunrise from platform no:2. from here sunset point can also be seen.

Connaught peak - It is situated off the Old Mahabaleshwar Road. Connaught Peak is the second highest peak of these hills. It offers a panoramic view of the Vena Lake and Krishna Valley. It was first known as Mount Olympia, and was a favorite spot for riders

Arthur's Seat - Arthur's seat is the only place showing geographical distinction of kokan & Desh (Deccan), two territories of Mahabaleshwar, so clear & so near. If you go by the steps you come across a spring known as Tiger's spring which is supposed to be the source of the river Savtri. Immidiately below the seat is window point. we have to go deep by steps to reach the window point.

Elphiston point - Elphiston point is the first point of mahabaleshwar overlooking two valleys, koyna on the left & savitri on the right.

Mount Malcolm - This was one of the most famous buildings and occupied an important place during the British rule. Mount Malcolm was built in the year 1829 with outstanding architectural skills and till date it enchants its visitors with its inescapable charm.

Catholic Church - Among the other things to watch in Mahabaleshwar, this old Roman Catholic Holy cross church is worth a visit. Its impressive architecture and stained-glass windows are still the sights to behold.

Mahabaleshwar Club - This club is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar and was built in the year 1881. It is well-preserved and is flourishing quite well. Only members of the club are allowed to stay here. It is very popular for its well-tended roses and fine jogging track.

Places of Interest In and Around Mahabaleshwar   

Wilson Point or Sunrise Point

At 4,710 feet above the sea level, the Wilson Point or the Sunrise Point is the highest point in the whole of Mahabaleshwar hill station. It’s actually a plateau and a very popular tourist spot. From here, you can get a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset every day.

Connaught Peak - This is the second highest point at Mahabaleshwar. Connaught Peak is also frequented by tourists for the same reason as the Wilson Point - its panoramic view of sun rise and sunset. Surrounded by peaceful, lush greens on all sides and with clouds flirtingly kissing the grounds, you are bound to feel transported to a different world here. 

Venna Lake - If you are in Mahabaleshwar, you just cannot miss visiting the Veena Lake. Cocooned within hills from three sides, its calm waters will goad you to hire a boat and go navigating. You can also engage in fishing here.

Waterfalls - Only a short distance away from Mahabaleshwar, there are a number of mesmerizing waterfalls. For instance, there are Chinaman that about 2.5 Kms away, Dhobi (3 Kms) and Lingamala (6 Kms). Arthur's Seat 12 Kms away is another beautiful waterfall here.

Elphinston Point - A popular picnic spot, the Elphinston Point is named after the Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinston. Located about 10 kms from Mahabaleshwar, this point was discovered by Dr Murray in 1830.

Baghdad Point - From this particular point, you get a very scenic sight of the back waters of Koyna dam on the left side and of the Solshi River in front. The view of the village on the lower slope looks very fascinating from here.

Excursions from Mahabaleshwar

Arthur's Seat - Arthur's Seat is situated at a distance of 12 Kms from Mahabaleshwar and is regarded as the Queen of all points here. You catch spectacular views of deep deserted Savitri River in the Konkan valley on the left and the dense forests of 'Brahma-aranya' of Deccan to the right.   

Pratapgadh Fort - Found at a distance of 24 Kms from the hill resort, the Pratapgadh Fort has ample historic significance. It was constructed way back in 1656 by Shivaji (founder of Maratha empire in India) to restrain the defiant Satraps in the neighboring Javali Basin area. This fort also houses a statue of Shivaji named Bale Killa. 

NAGPUR

Nagpur at the bank of river Nag, Nagpur the orange city of India is 837 km from Mumbai. It is the significant railroad intersection and a principal industrial center, with factories of developed cotton textiles and textile machinery, dyes and wood paper manufactured goods. It has long been a major tourist attraction for its prominent hand woven silk and cotton textiles. The place is well endowed with rich forest resources, lush green vegetation and greenery. Nagpur is renowned as the second greenest city of India and thus needs a visit to explore the enchantingly beautiful green city. Some major tourist attractions in Nagpur includes Sewagram, Tadoba National Park, Ramtek, Gandhi Sagar, Gorewara tank, Adasa Village, Ambazari Lake and garden, Tajabad Sharif and Sitabuldi Fort.

Tourist attraction in  Nagpur

Ramtek - Ramtek is a popular tourist spots of Nagpur as well as Maharastra witnesses a number of worldwide viewers every year. The significance of the place lays as Lord Rama Passed this way during his period of banish and hence the name. Ramtek has a wide number of 600-year-old picturesque temples conquering the hill of Rama.

Deeksha   Bhoomi - Deeksha Bhoomi is the holy monument of Buddhist, a place renowned for Deeksha. Every year a mass of worshippers from all over the world assembles in the place for gaining salvation.

Ambazari Lake and garden - The biggest tourist attraction of Nagpur is Ambazari Lake and garden. It is mainly made for amusements of children as the places offer a wide range of games for them. Ambazari Lake is the biggest lake and most beautiful of all the lakes in the city.

Tadoba National Park - Tadoba National Park is located 100 kms south to the city Nagpur and 45 km north to town Tadoba. The national Park has a wild collection of several groups of monkeys, chital, bison, gaur, jackal, sambar, palm civets, and wild boar. The lake of Tadoba National Park also has a unique compilation of water birds and marsh crocodiles.

Khindsi - Khindsi is famous among the visitors for its large and charming lake. Every year thousands of travelers come to enjoy the pleasure of boating at Khindsi. Ramtek is very close to Khindsi thus gives the benefits of enjoying two places in a single trip.

Markanda - On the left bank of Vainganga river a small parish Markanda is located. The spot is named after the name of the sage Markandeya. The place has a huge collection of temples and famous for housing the “Shiva Linga” been worshiped by Markandeya. The architecture of 24 temples firmly resembles the works of Khajuraho temples. 

Sevagram - Mahatma Gandhi spent 15 years of his life span in Sevagram. He established the ashram in 1933; it is the headquarter of social service programme conducted by Gandhi. Now it is a famous Yatri Niwas where accommodation available for nation wide travelers. It is also considered as a beautiful resort of Wardha.

NASHIK

Nashik city is counted amongst the major pilgrim destinations in the state of Maharashtra. The main reason for this is that it is situated on the banks of the holy Godavari River and is home to a number of revered temples and ghats. Apart from devotees are also visited by tourists in large numbers, especially those who come to the state to enjoy sightseeing tours of Mumbai or Pune. Adding to the attraction of Nasik city is the fact that it serves as one of the venuea of Kumbh Mela, hled once in twelve years. In this article, we have provided information on the majot tourist places that should be seen on a tour of the Nashik city.

Tourist attraction in Nashik

Coin Museum - Coin Museum is one of the most popular tourist places in the Nashik city of Maharashtra. The museum was founded under the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies, in the year 1980. The fact that adds to its attraction is that it is the only one of its kind museum in the whole of Asia.

Kalaram Mandir - Kalaram Mandir, one of the major attractions of the Nashik, is situated in the Panchavati area of the city. It is the biggest as well as the simplest amongst all the temples situated here and dates back to the year 1790, when it was constructed by Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa.

Pandu Lena - Pandu Lena caves are situated near the Nashik city of India, at a distance of only 8 km towards its south. They are one amongst the numerous Buddhist Caves built in the country during the flourishing days of the religion and are twenty four in number.

Ramkund - Ramkund is a holy tank in Nasik, constructed by Chitrarao Khatarkar in the year 1696. The legend associated with the tank goes that when Lord Rama was sent to exile for fourteen, it was here only that he used to take bath. The tank is considered so sacred that many people immerse the ashes of their deceased relatives here only. Even the ashes of great personalities, like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Y B Chavan, have been immersed here only.

Muktidham Temple - Muktidham Temple is situated only 7 km away from the heart of Nashik. Built entirely with shining white makrana marble, the temple is extremely famous for its magnificent and unique architecture. The white walls of the temple have been inscribed with the 18 chapters of the Gita. In the hindu religion, it is believed that visiting this temple holds as much significance as visiting the four dhams or holy centers.

Someshwar - Someshwar Village is situated in the outskirts of the Nashik city, on the banks of Godavari River. Surrounded by lush greenery, the picturesque village boasts of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman. Navasha Ganapati Temple situated here is also quite popular. The weather of Someshwar is also quite pleasant and the village is also a popular place for swimming as well as boating. It has also been used as a shooting location in a number of movies.

Deolali Camp - Deolali Camp is one of the oldest military centers in India and dates back to the year 1861. The main aim behind its establishment was to provide a place where mentally strained and worn out soldiers could take rest and rejuvenate themselves. One of its major attractions is Khandobachi Tekadi Temple, visited by devotees in large numbers.

Artillery Centre - Artillery Center of Nashik, situated behind the Pandav Caves, is regarded as the biggest Artillery Center in Asia. Earlier, it was situated in Pakistan, but after the partition in 1947, it was shifted to the city. At this center, training is provided to officers and soldiers of the Indian Army. Infact, army officers are also taught to handle 'Bofors Gun' here.

PUNE

Pune city lies in the Maharashtra state of Western India, at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Called "Queen of the Deccan," Pune is the cultural capital of the Maratha people. It is one of the historical cities of India with a glorious past, an innovative present and a promising future. Pune is one of the biggest industrial towns of Maharashtra and India also Pune is called the automobile city as many big auto mobile companies have their head Quarters here. Pune is also famous for education and Osho Communes in the Rajnesh Ashram located here. It is among the greenest urban areas in the country with more than 40 per cent of its area under green cover.

Pune is famous for the fantastic education opportunities it offers. It is the home of Armed Force Medical College, College of Military Engineering and Artificial Limb Centre. It is a very modern city with its share of pubs, cafes, discotheques and restaurants.The charm of this quaint city of Pune is around it in the forts, the caves and the other adventurous treks around the little mountains and hillocks!

Pune is Located in the Sahayadri Hills, near the west coast of India, Pune is a fascinating city with a healthy climate all year round. Fondly called as the Oxford of the East and the cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune as a city has grown manifolds over the past few decades.Pune, now called the Oxford of the East was once a haven for the Britishers. The reason being its conducive and pleasant climate. Pune is considered a mini hillstation and has a tolerable climate throughout the year as compared to its neighbour, Mumbai!

Tourist attraction in Pune

Shaniwar Wada  -  Open 8 am to 6.30 pm
Shaniwarwada, the royal residence of the Peshwas was built in the 18th century by the second Peshwa, Bajirao-I. It was built in wood with charming carvings and paintings. It became the seat of political power and achieved tremendous importance. But unfortunately nothing of the big palace remains as it was burned down. Not once but twice. It is said to have been the finest palace in the Deccan in its times.

Aga Khan Palace Or Gandhi National Memorial  -  Situated on Nagar Road, Aga Khan Palace is also known as Kasturba Gandhi Memorial or Kasturba Samadhi.This palace was built in 1892 by Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Agakhan III and was donated to India in 1969 by Aga Khan IV. This palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns. A special cenotaph honours Kasturba who died here. A shop attached sells khadi or cotton handloomed garments and textiles. The place has a historical landmark.

Parvati Hill temples - It is a splendid temple built by Balaji Baji Rao and occupies a significant place for the pilgrim tourists. You have to climb 108 steep and narrow steps in order to reach the hill top temple. Formerly it was the private shrine of the Peshwas. It also houses Parvati museum featuring portraits of Peshwas, ancient manuscripts and coins. From the top of the temple you can get the awe-inspiring views of the town.

Vishrambaug Wada  -  This is a three-storied mansion, known for its enchanting entrance and balcony with carved woodwork typical of the Peshwa period. The 260 ft long and 815 ft broad Teen-Chowki Wada was built by the last Peshwa, Bajirao II as his residence at a cost of Rs. 2 lakhs. Now serving as a post office, this place has carved woodwork in its balcony and is located on Bajirao Road.

Osho Ashram Or Osho Commune International  -  The Osho Ashram attracts thousands of foreigners wishing to take part in the meditation courses organized by the Ashram. Osho Rajneesh whose samadhi is situated in the Ashram founded it. The commune also has beautiful gardens open to the public in the mornings and evenings. The Ashram offers a variety of expensive courses on meditation.

University Buildings  -  The University Buildings of the University of Pune at Ganeshkhind, once comprised the official residence of the Governor of Bombay Presidency during the fierce annual monsoons of the coasts. A large building in the Italian Gothic style, it has a 30 m high square tower, a swimming pool and manicured lawns.

Pataleshwar Cave Temples  -  Pataleshwar Cave Temples lies in the heart of the city, at Shivaji Nagar on Jangali Maharaj road. This 8th century rock-cut temple, hewn from a massive single rock, has huge pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. Nearby is the Jangali Maharaj Temple dedicated to a Hindu ascetic.

Shinde Chhatri   -  This beautiful architectural creation is located just a few km from the Pune racecourse. The building built in the memory of Mahadji Scindia who was great Maratha noble man. It is about 4kms away from Pune camp. Shinde's Chhatri is considered as the best architectural sights in Pune. It is an imposing edifice, which exudes an air of serenity and austerity, coupled with architectural beauty.

Saras Baug  -  Sarasbaug is a popular place for evening strolls where people throng every evening, for their share of fresh air among green surroundings. Adjoining Sarasbaug, across a small narrow road is another garden, Peshwe Park.

RATNAGIRI

Ratnagiri, a town that moves at its own pace, is situated about 330 km from Mumbai along the western coast in the Konkan region of the state of Maharashtra. Konkan is a narrow coastal belt which covers about 720km from north to south and is approximately 50km wide. The strip is sandwiched between the Arabian Sea in the west and the Sayhadri or the Western Ghats range to the east. Ratnagiri, lying in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, has great importance and is famous for Alphanso mangoes, cashew nuts, fisheries, rice and mineral bauxite. People from all over the country visit the place to capture the appealing charm of the place.

Tourist attraction in Ratnagiri

The Beaches - The beaches in and around Ratnagiri are both beautiful and preserved in their pristine form. The Ratnagiri beach is unique, as a mountain penetrates the sea, and the colour of sand on two sides is totally different where one beach is made of White sand whereas the other beach has complete Black sand. All along the coastline of Konkan there are innumerous virgin beaches, of Chiplun, Dapoli and Guhagar.
Ganapatipule - Ganapatipule is an ancient pilgrim centre located in Ratnagiri district about 25-km from Ratnagiri. Ganapatipule is still in its nascent stage whose immense beauty is enhanced enormously by six km of virgin beach on the alluring Konkan coastline. Ganapatipule is one of the Ashta Ganapatis (eight Ganapatis) of India and called the Paschim Dwar-Dewata which means the Western Sentinel God. The temple is nearly 400 years old and the idol is believed to be Swayambhu; a naturally or self formed idol.
Murud Janjira - The Murud-Janjira beach near Alibaug, another sea town is located close to Mumbai. There are semi-ruined fort of Janjira, which is a perfect backdrop for photographs. Murud houses a three-century-old fort, a great piece of architecture and is a quiet palm fringed beach.

Other attractions
Savantwadi, one of the most popular towns of Sindhudurg district, is graciously decorated with lush green forests and hills from the three sides. It has got various waterfalls and is also adorned with beautiful sea to its west and is famous its wooden articles and mangoes.
Sindhudurg Fort, an island fort was constructed by Shivaji in 1664 AD on a low rocky 48-acre island off the Malvan coast. Speaking about the glory of the Maratha Empire, it is perched in the southern part of Konkan, nearly 150 km from Ratnagiri. The fort is said to have the hand and foot prints of the legendary Shivaji. There is a 300 year old small temple dedicated to him and was built by his son.

Shopping in Ratnagiri - The Konkan region to which Ratnagiri belongs to is blessed with some of the finest horticultural fruits where one can buy a variety of local preparations- like `ambapoli' (thin pancakes of dried and crushed mangoes), `phanaspoli' (thin pancakes of dried and crushed jackfruit), cashewnuts, coconuts etc. During Summers, the most famous variety of mangoes in the world - the Devgad hapus' mango is available here and moreover they are exported the world over.

SHIRDI

Shirdi is a quaint little town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in western India, and is one of the most revered religious spots in India. Known for the eminent sage Sai Baba, who possessed spiritual powers, this town rose to prominence after the death of the saint in the year 1918. The entire town is dotted with a number of pilgrim spots.

Tourist attractions in Shirdi

Shri Saibaba's Samadhi Mandir - This is the place where sacred body of Baba is resting in Samadhi. Shri Gopalrao Butty of Nagpur constructed this building, This place is also known as 'Butty Wada'. It consists of Shrine and of a beautiful idol of Shri Saibaba. The articles handled by Baba are preserved and displayed here in a special show room. All rituals consisting of Pooja, Abhishek and Daily four Artis are performed here.
Shri Gurusthan Mandir -
This is the place where Baba first appeared to the world as boy of 16 years and this place is supposed to be Baba's Gurusthan. The famous Margosa tree is here which has a reference in "Sai Sat-Charitra". It is an experience of devotees that there aliments are cured by burning incense hear.
Dwarkamai -
This mosque was used as a residence when Sai Baba came to Shirdi for the second time. It is located on the right side of the entry point of Sai Mandir. This mosque occupies an indispensable position among the sacred spots of Shirdi and those visiting the temple inevitably pay a visit to this mosque. In the mosque you will come across the shila (stone), once used by Baba to sit. It is quite fascinating to note that the holy fire that Sai Baba used to light is still burning.
Gurusthan -
This place holds immense significance among the things to watch in Shirdi since it is this place where Sai Baba came as a child ascetic and sat in deep contemplation under a Neem tree. Subsequently, this place came to be recognized as Gurusthan and was also once renovated. Located at this place is a small shrine, featuring a huge portrait of Sai Baba on an elevated platform.
Chavadi - It is this place where Sai Baba used to sleep after returning from a procession from Dwarkamai to Chawadi. Every Thursday, a procession is carried out to Chavadi carrying the possessions of Sai Baba such as Baba's Photo, Holy Padukas (footwear) and Satka.
Lendi Baug - It is a famous garden that Sai Baba used to visit daily, for watering the plants. The garden also houses a Neem tree under which he used to take rest. Adjacent to this tree is Nandadeep, a diya (lamp) that used to be lit by Baba each day in the pit dug by him. Nowadays, this pit has been transformed into a marble deepgriha (lighthouse), having a glass box where the lamp is still burning. Several other highlights of this garden are Datta Mandir (samadhi of Sai Baba's horse, Sham Sundar) and Baba's Shivdi.
Samadhi of Abdulbaba - Abdulbaba was one of the most ardent followers of Sai Baba, who used to read out the Quran to him. Nearby Shri Sai Baba Temple, his Samadhi (memorial) is located. It is one of the prime tourist attractions in Shirdi that houses photos and various items that were once handled by Sai Baba and him.
Maruti Temple - This temple was of special significance to Sai Baba and he used to come here religiously on a regular basis. Several satsangs (religious sermons) were also conducted here with the assistance of Devidas, who happened to be a bal yogi (young devout).

SATARA

Satara  is a historical city with rich heritage. It was the capital of the erstwhile Maratha empire. There are beautiful temples and historical places in the city. Ajinkyatara being the major landmark of the city. Satara also played an important role in the independence movement of the country. Gandmala stands witness to this where 17 peoplelaid there lives in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Ajinkyatara Fort was built by Raja Bhoj. There are 17 doors to the fort with “Buruj”. In the north of the fort a beautiful temple of Goddess Mangalai Devi is located. The city is situated around the fort.
There are many ancient temples in the city like the Krishneshwar temple, Gare Ganpati, Abhayankar Vishnu mandir, Bhairoba temple in Karanja, Bhavani Mata Mandir, Shiva temple near Kanharwada and the famous Dholya Ganpati which is also the village deity.
Among newly built temples the Chidambaram temple is the most famous one. It is the replica of the famous temple of Lord Chidambaram situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. There are many lakes in the city like the Mangarwar lake, Moti lake, Phutke lake, Sakhar lake, Hatti lake, Mandare lake to name a few. On the way to Sajjangarh a beautiful temple of Lord Ganapati is situated. Kurneshwar, Datta and Hanuman templea are also in this premises.
5km from the city Yawateshwar temple is located. Kass is another attraction of this place. It is famous for its beautiful climate. Kass lake provides water to satara city. Thosegarh and Chikhaldara are another famous tourist spots. Thosegarh is famous for its beautiful waterfalls. It has also evolved as a center for generating wind energy through wind mills.

Tourist attraction in Satara

Kalyangad - Perched high on a ridge of Nandgiri hill in the Mahadev range, fourteen miles north-east of Satara, this Maratha fort is a place for adventurous explorers and trekkers. The approach is through a steep trek up the mountainside. The fort has two gateways, and many ruined structures and water reservoirs along the way. Inside the fort is a temple dedicated to Lord Maruti and the tomb of Abdul Karim, a Muslim Saint. This is an excellent spot if you are interested in trekking, hiking and rock climbing.
Thoseghar Waterfall -
While in Satara do not forget to check out the beautiful Thoseghar Waterfall which is situated 27 km from the city. The height of the falls is almost 150 ft. The beauty of the surroundings is enhanced by a clean lake, dark woods and beautiful hilly landscape.
Kaas Lake
- This man-made lake is situated on Kaas Platau and is 26 km from Satara and easily reached by road. Built in 1875 the reservoir is the main source of drinking water to the old city. It is a popular picnic spot and especially pretty during the rainy season.
Mayani Bird Sanctuary -
This place, situated near Vaduj, is a haven for birdwatchers. Migratory birds like the Flamingoes come here in large numbers during winter. Other birds like the Northern Shoveller, Stork and Kingfisher are also found here
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SOLAPUR

Solapur is a wonderful city of India that can become an excellent tourist center with the help of the local people in creating the right Solapur tourism environment. This is because there are many places worth visiting and making Solapur a tourist center; but are not that famous or well known to potential tourists.
The Siddheswar temple is indeed a temple worth visiting, with it being situated in the middle of a lake, and covered with water. This is one of the most picturesque landmarks of Solapur. Another place worth visiting is the Fort Bhuikot; which unfortunately, requires attention from the archeological department.
The Motibaug Tank, or Kambar Talao is a great bird watching center with the many migratory birds found flocking here in winter. This tank was first filled with white and pink lotuses; but with the SMC cleaning it, the face of the tank was brought down. However there are still lotuses blooming there now to add to the beauty of the place.
The Revansiddheswar temple is an old temple in Solapur; which if clubbed with the nearby sanctuary and Motibaug can make a wonderful international bird park. Nanaj is also referred to as the Great Indian Bustard, and was identified in 1971 by B.S. Kulkarni. With the right development of staying amenities and roads, this will increase Solapur tourism.

Tourist attraction in Solapur
Bhuikot Fort, Solapur
- Bhuikot Fort, Solapur, one of the most popular places of interest in Solapur, is surrounded by fortifications and a deep trench on all sides.
Siddeshwar Temple, Solapur
- Siddeshwar Temple, Solapur, located near the fort, is another popular place of tourist interest in Solapur.
Indra Bhavan, Solapur
- Indra Bhavan, Solapur, is another tourist attraction in Solapur.
Hutatma Gardens, Solapur
- Hutatma Gardens, Solapur, are among the most popular tourist places in Solapur.
Some of the other popular places of interest near Solapur are :-

Tuljapur, Solapur -
Tuljapur, Solapur, located about 45 km from Solapur, is the most important Shaktipeeth of the state of Maharashtra.
Akkalkot, Solapur
- Akkalkot, Solapur, located at a distance of about 24 km from Solapur, is known for the samadhi of Sri Swami Samarth.
An Armoury Museum is also located here. Opens from 8 a.m. till 12 noon and then from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m.

Sawargaon, Solapur
- Sawargaon, Solapur, a village located about 32 km away from Solapur, is famous for its temples.
Osmanabad, Solapur -
Osmanabad, Solapur, located about 66 km away from Solapur, is famous for its archaeological finds and ancient monuments.
Pandharpur, Solapur
- Pandharpur, Solapur, located about 74 km away from Solapur, is the most important pilgrim center in the state. It is famous for Lord Panduranga and Sant Namdev.

Fairs and Festivals of Maharashtra

Maharashtra, the land of diverse culture and traditions, celebrates many traditional, religious, state and national festivals. Apart from the traditional and religious fairs and festivals, there are many state festivals organized by the MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation). These festivals involving dance, music and other events are specially organized for the tourists. Some of the popular festivals celebrated in various parts of Maharashtra are given below.

Ganesh Chaturthi (August - September) - The most important and popular festival of Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in the month of August - September. This festival marks the birth anniversary of Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom. The preparations for this festival begin months ahead. Idols of Ganesha are installed and detailed arrangements are made for lighting and decoration. The festival is held for 7-10 days. The last day of the festival is called Chaturthi, dedicated to the elephant-headed god. On this day the idols of Ganesha are immersed in the ocean or rivers, where thousands of processions meet. The immersion of idols is accompanied by drumbeats, devotional songs and dancing. This marks the end of the festival.

Gudhi Padava (March - April) - Maharashtran New Year's Day is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month Chaitra ( March-April). This festival is known as the Gudhi Padava in Maharshtra. This day marks the start of the Hindu solar year. On the day of the festival people get up early and clean their houses, decorating them with intricate rangoli designs. Bamboo staffs (gudhi) adorned with silk cloths and topped with a brass goblet or kalash are erected. It is said that these staffs drive away evil from the houses.

Nariyal Poornima (August) -
Celebrated in the month of August, the Nariel Purnima or coconut day is dedicated to the sea god Varuna. This festival marks the end of the monsoons and is celebrated by the fishermen of Maharashtra. The fishermen paint their boats and coconuts are broken against them as offering to the sea god. Little oil lamps are lit and set afloat amidst the waves and carried in the boats. Garlands made of flowers are also offered to the seas to mark the beginning of a new fishing season.

Parsi New Year (August - September) - Parsi people celebrate their new year in August, which is also known as Pateti. It is an important festival because on this day the Shahenshahi Zoroastrian community arrived in India while migrating from Persia. This festival is celebrated at the fire temple and the Parsi community strengthens the bond through feasts, where they meet friends and relatives.

Holi (March) - Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. This festival is not only celebrated in Maharashtra but all over the country with equal joy. This festival marks the end of winter season and the beginning of the spring season. It is also a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. All participate in this festival and play with colors. Dancing, singing and merry making are an integral part of Holi.

Diwali (October - November) - Diwali is a popular festival celebrated all over India with great pomp and gaiety. It is celebrated for five days marking the home coming of Lord Rama and his consort Sita. Th festival of lights symbolizes the victory of good and driving away of spiritual darkness. The highlights of the festival are little oil lamps or diyas decorating houses and crackers and fireworks which are the integral parts of this festival. The Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi is worshiped on this day also marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

Banganga Festival (January) - Organized by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), the Banganga Festival is a musical extravaganza celebrated every year in the month of January. The venue of this festival is the Banganga tank at Walkeshwar. Here reputed artistes from all over the country perform live in the classical music concerts. The festival is a delight for culture lovers.

Elephanta Cave Festival (February) - The Elephanta Festival is celebrated in the month of February every year and is organized by MTDC. The festival is celebrated on the Elephanta Island, which is the site of the brilliant Elephanta caves. These caves have beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. These caves are located at a distance of 11-km from Mumbai. Special performance by renowned dancers and musicians is the highlight of the festival.

Pune Festival (August - September)  - The Pune Festival celebrated in the months of August - September is again organized by MTDC. This week long festival is a celebration of art and culture. The Pune festival is a unique festival that provides platform for the budding musicians and dancers. The festival also promotes modern trends in the performing arts, notably the dramatic arts and the traditional art of rangoli. Visitors coming to Pune can enjoy themselves by participating in the events and shopping exquisite textiles and handicrafts. Originally, the Pune festival was conceived as a localized cultural event. But as it has evolved, it has been actively promoted abroad by the government of India, as a major tourist attraction.

Kalidas Festival (November) - The Kalidas Festival celebrated in November every year at Nagpur is organized by MTDC. The festival is celebrated over two exciting days and nights. Kalidas festival commemorates one of the greatest poets of all times, 'Kalidasa' (4th century AD). He was a brilliant poet who enriched Indian literature with his works of 'Abhijnanasakuntalam', 'Meghadootham', 'Raghuvamsam' and 'Kumarasambhavam'. Some of the greatest performers of music, dance and drama display their talent in the picturesque setting of Ramtek.

Ellora Festival (December) - Celebrated every year in the month of December, the Ellora Festival is organized by MTDC. The site of this festival is the Ellora caves near Aurangabad, where well-known artistes perform. These music and dance performances invoke a certain kind of vibrancy in the 1,400-year old caves and rock carvings. The beautiful Kaildas temple, sculptured out of one huge rock, provides a perfect backdrop for this event.


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