Maharashtra

Discover Maharashtra

Travel to Ahmed Nagar, Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Beed, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Hingoli, Jalgaon, Jalna, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nandurbar, Nashik, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Pune, Raigarh(MH), Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Thane, Wardha, Yavatmal.

Maharashtra, state of India, occupying a substantial portion of the Deccan plateau in the western peninsular part of the subcontinent. Its shape roughly resembles a triangle, with the 450-mile (725-km) western coastline forming the base and its interior narrowing to a blunt apex some 500 miles (800 km) to the east. Maharashtra is bounded by the Indian states of Gujarat to the northwest, Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chhattisgarh to the east, Telangana to the southeast, Karnataka to the south, and Goa to the southwest and by the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and the Arabian Sea to the west.

Maharashtra’s capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), is an island city on the western coast, connected to the mainland by roads and railways. Aptly called the gateway of India, Maharashtra is one of India’s biggest commercial and industrial centres, and it has played a significant role in the country’s social and political life.

Ahmed Nagar: Ahmednagar is a city located in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, at a distance of about 120 km to the northeast of Pune and 114 km to the southwest of Aurangabad. With its 500+ years of history, the City of Ahmednagar gets its name from its founder Ahmed Nizam Shah I. Ahmednagar is a small town compared to the nearby cities of Pune or Aurangabad, and not much of development has happened in the region. However, it is the birthplace of the cooperative movement and has about 19 Sugar Factories. Marathi is the primary language of communication and also the official language of the region.

Famous Places in Ahmed Nagar: Ahmednagar Fort, Tomb of Salabat Khan, Cavalry Tank Museum, Meherabad, Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary, Pimpri Gawali.

Ahmednagar Fort: Ahmednagar Fort was built in 1490 by Ahmed Nizam Shah. The fort is circular shaped, featuring 18 metres high walls and 22 bastions support it. The Ahmednagar Fort which is currently under the control of the military command of India was once known to be one of the most well-designed and impregnable forts. The Fort’s defence system comprises of 24 towers and a 30 metres wide and 4 to 6 metres deep ditch. The two entrances to the fort can only be reached after crossing the 30 metres wide trench, through the suspension-drawn bridges.

Tomb of Salabat Khan: Mistakenly known as Chand Bibi Palace, the monument is the Tomb of Salabat Khan II. Salabat Khan II was a minister of Murtaza, the fourth Nizam Shah King after Changiz Khan was put to death by the king in 1579. This monument is a three-storeyed structure constructed in stone is located on the crest of a hill near the city of Ahmednagar. The Tomb of Salabat Khan II is situated at an altitude of 3080 feet above sea level and around 700 feet above the city. The Tomb provides a great view of the entire city and is visible from any part of the city. The monument is believed to have been initially planned for a seven-storey complex but was only constructed for three-storey. The Building has eight sides of a plain simple structure.

Cavalry Tank Museum: A one of a kind museum in Asia that serves as a home to nearly 50 vintage Armored Fighting Vehicles, the Cavalry Tank Museum was established in 1994 by the Armored Corps Centre and School. The Museum houses a wide range of Armoured Vehicles and War Tanks of various origins dating from as recent as the Indo-Pakistani war of 1972 to those dating back to the world war I.

Meherabad: Meherabad was an ashram established by Meher Baba in the year 1923, in Arangaon Village as a haven for his followers. The Ashram soon transformed into a place of pilgrimage after the death of Meher Baba and his samadhi in the Ashram. The Site has facilities for the accommodation of Pilgrims who visit in large numbers every year, especially on the Amartithi (the day of his death on January 31). Meherabad is located at a distance of 9 km from the city of Ahmednagar.

Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary: Spread across an area of 2.17 sq.km. The Rehkuri Sanctuary is home to one of the rare and famous animals, Indian Black Buck. The Sanctuary is located at a distance of about 80 km away from Ahmednagar City in the Karjat Taluk. The Sanctuary serves as a safe haven for nearly 400 Black Bucks.

Pimpri Gawali: Located about 25 Km from Ahmednagar City in the Parner Taluka, Pimpri Gawali is a Model Village well known for its Watershed and Agribusiness development activities. The village of Pimpri Gawali has received numerous awards for its developmental works and has been selected as a Model Village after the Villagers changed the face of the village inspired by Activist Anna Hazare.

Akola: The present Akola district formed part of the Nizams dominion assigned to the East India Company in 1853. It went to the British in liquidation of the large debt due on account of arrears of pay on the Hyderabad contingent and as a security for future payment of that force.  Berar once consisted of two districts- north and south. Berar was reconstituted into 2 districts- west Berar and east Berar. West Berar had its headquarters at Akola and east Berar at Amravati.

Famous Places in Akola: Narnala, Katepurna Sanctuary, Salasar Balaji Temple.

Narnala: Narnala, also known as “Shahnur Fort”, is a hill fortress in Maharashtra, India, named after the Rajput Ruler Narnala Singh. The name Narnala was given after the Rajput Ruler Narnal Singh or Narnal Swami. The fort was built in 10 A.D. by Gond Kings. In 15th Century Mughals have occupied and rebuild the fort and hence it has been called Shahnoor Fort. Narnala was one of the thirteen sarkar of Berar Subah. Narnala consists of three small forts named Zafarabad fort (or Jafarabad) on the east, Narnala in the centre and Teliagarh on the west.

Katepurna Sanctuary: Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary is renowned for the four-horned antelope and barking deer. Other animals that you can see at the sanctuary include black buck, leopard, wolf, wild boar, hyena, hare, nilgai, jungle cat and monkey. Among the birds, Peafowl is the common bird spotted by tourists. You can also view several species of common grassland and wetland birds here. The Katepurna water reservoir attracts many water birds.

Salasar Balaji Temple: The Salasar Temple was established in the year 2014 in Ganga Nagar Akola. Here are the idols of Shri Hanumanji, Shri Ram Darbar, Shri Radhakrishna and Shri Shiv Parivar. The temple complex is 2 lakh sq. ft. and has a garden in it.

Amravati: The ancient name of Amravati is “Udumbravati”, prakrut form of this is “Umbravati” and “Amravati” is known for many centuries with this name. The mispronunciation form of this is Amravati and now the Amravati is known with the same. It is said that Amravati is named for its ancient Ambadevi temple. The ancient proof of existence of Amravati can get from stone carved inscription on the base of marble statue of God Adinath (Jain God) Rhishabhnath. This shows that, these statues were set up here in 1097. Govind Maha Prabhu visited Amravati in 13 Th century, at the same time Warhad was under the rule of Deogiri’s Hindu King (Yadav).

Famous Places in Amravati: Wadali Talav, Chatri Talao, Ambadevi and Ekvira Devi Mandir, ISKCON – Amravati, Bamboo Garden, Upper Wardha Dam, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Gawilgarh Fort, Malkhed Dam, Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary,

Wadali Talav: Located near the Chandur rail road, the quaint suburban reservoir is a picture-postcard oasis for residents and travelers alike. Originally built to provide a supply of fresh water to the nearby neighborhoods, the water body is a perfect spot for weekend family picnics. Come for a relaxing setting, water-sports, sightseeing, or just to admire the quiet landscape set in nature. The best time to visit will be during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset to observe the transition of colors in the sky.

Chatri Talao: Built in 1888, the Chatri Talao Amravati is nestled on a prime stretch of land, a heritage site that is also of great historical significance. Located at less than one kilometer from Dasturnagar Square, it shares the common goal of providing fresh water with Wadala Talav.

 Ambadevi and Ekvira Devi Mandir: This religious Hindu temple honours Goddess Ambadevi, a divine deity worshipped across the state of Maharashtra. The timeless historic structure is standing tall for thousands of years. Devotees from all around the world flock the premise during high-standing festivities like the Navratri. A few hours at this temple is often recommended for travelers to understand the part it played in major historical events like Rukmini Haran.

ISKCON – Amravati: For hundreds of years, Hindu believers found both a sense of belonging and spiritual connection in temples that celebrate tales of powerful deities. Located in Saraswati Colony, Rathi Nagar, it is a significant landmark and famous place in Amravati to visit with family and friends. The serene atmosphere of the place can be credited to the many volunteers and travelers who often stay behind to help with the daily activities.

Bamboo Garden: Stop into Bamboo Garden for an exhibition of India’s largest collection of bamboo plants with 134 species and a dedicated bamboo nursery. Established in 2017, the garden also surprises its visitors with an impressive selection of 300 species of cactus. This place makes a perfect weekend getaway for kids as they boast a 20 feet high sky-wall alongside many other fun activities available to enjoy on the premises. Also, don’t forget to get yourself a Bamboo-made souvenir before you head back.

Upper Wardha Dam: If you are looking to venture into the suburbs in Amravati to capture the local ambiance, make your way to Simhora town. It is a small establishment with a regional market with authentic food places and a view of the Wardha Dam. The straight gravity dam is gigantic and is a major water source for the city of Amravati. An interesting fact about the dam is that at its live capacity, it can hold 564,000 million liters of water.

Melghat Tiger Reserve: From several species of Indian bison to serpent eagles, the Melghat Tiger Reserve is one of the best places to visit in Amravati with your kids and family. There is an attractive variety of flora and fauna that one can explore in the reserve and the destination makes for a perfect day-trip from the central district of Amravati.

Gawilgarh Fort: The 300-year-old fortified structure sits on the north of the Deccan Plateau, a short trip from the Melghat Tiger Reserve, Amravati District, Maharashtra. This is a true reflection of the Maratha Empire and showcases some brilliant carvings from the period of the Nizams. Stroll around the landmark and observe the various scripts written in numerous languages on its wall and fascinate yourself with its history and importance in Maharashtrian culture.

Malkhed Dam: Malkhed Dam is an earthfill dam built on the Kholad river near Chandur. Rent a boat in the afternoon with a packed lunch and enjoy an outdoor meal with your family and friends. There is a nearby park for kids and a toy train that can be boarding for a short tour. The dam was originally built for irrigation and water supply but now ranks popular among the many must visit places in Amravati.

Chikhaldara Wildlife Sanctuary: In 1823, Captain Robinson of the Hyderabad Regiment decided to develop a tourist attraction in the region that could remind them of their homeland in England. Initially, the sanctuary was called Keechakadara Wildlife Sanctuary as it was believed to be the exact spot where Bhima, one of the five Pandavas killed Keechaka. The place was later renamed and now serves as a hiking and adventure spot. Also, if you have an affinity for taking photographs, make sure you pack your gear before you head towards this place.

Aurangabad: Aurangabad is a city in the synonymous Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is a tourist hub of Maharashtra thanks to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ajanta Caves and Ellora Cavesthat lie on its outskirts. Bibi ka Maqbara, which bears resemblance to the Taj Mahal, is an important historical monument in Aurangabad.

Famous Places in Aurangabad: Grishneshwar temple, Bibi ka Maqbara, Ajanta Caves, Ellora caves, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad Caves, Siddharth Garden, Gul mandi, Bani Begum Garden, Jain Caves, The Buddhist Caves, Panchakki, Khuldabad, Kailashanatha Temple, Salim Ali Lake, Bhadra Maruti Temple, Jama Masjid, Dargah of Pir Ismail, Killa Arak, Jayakwadi Dam, Tomb of Aurangzeb, Aurangabad Jain Temple, Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Dargah Baba Shah Musafir, Pitalkhora Caves, Goga Baba Hill, Mhaismal, Hazur Sahib, Soneri Mahal, Prozone Mall, Himayat Bagh, Naukhanda Palace.

Grishneshwar temple: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grishneshwar Temple located in Ellora is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Also known as Ghrneshwar or Dhushmeshwar Temple, this Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered an important pilgrimage site. Grishneshwar is the smallest of the Jyotirlingas and is considered the last or the 12th Jyotirlinga of India.

Bibi ka Maqbara: Having a striking resemblance to Taj Mahal, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia- Ul – Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Bibi ka Maqbara was constructed by Aurangzeb in the year 1661 in the memory of his wife. Aurangzeb attributed this magnificent edifice in the name of his son Azam Shah who was born in the year 1653, so as to commemorate Rabia – Ul – Daurani, who left for her heavenly abode in the year 1657.

Ajanta Caves: Located around 99 km from the town of Aurangabad, lie the Ajanta Caves now included in the list of UNESCO World heritage Sites. Ajanta caves depict the Buddhist culture and their stories through various sculptures and paintings. It also takes you to the world of Jatakas.

Ellora caves: Another World Heritage Site that the town boasts of, are the Ellora caves that one must not miss while in Aurangabad. The sculptures here represent elements of three religions and do so grandly and beautifully.

Daulatabad Fort: Located 15 km away from the main city of Aurangabad, Daulatabad Fort is an ancient fortification that rises formidably from the midst of verdant greenery. Often hailed as one of the ‘seven wonders of Maharashtra’, this architectural marvel is believed to have been built in the 12th century. Also known as Devgiri fort, perhaps the most enchanting qualities is its location, from the zenith of which you can capture a mesmerising view of the entire city. You need to hike some 750 odd steps up to the top, but the view down below is a wonderful thing to behold.

Aurangabad caves: Aurangabad Caves are twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines, located around 20km north-west of Aurangabad. These caves date back to the 6th and 8th century and should not be confused with the Ajanta and Ellora Caves which also located close to Aurangabad. Carved out of Soft Basalt Rock, these are considered as one of the most spectacular caves in India. Bibi Ka Maqabra and Soneri Mahal are located quite close to the Aurangabad Caves, and they can be covered on the same day. From the top, a panoramic and breathtaking view of the city is seen. If you are fond of heritage, then you will love this place of attraction. The Aurangabad Caves are also considered ideal for trekking.

Siddharth Garden: Sprawling over a large area is the well laid out and green landscaped Siddharth Garden enclosing a park as well as zoo together. It is conveniently located at a distance of about 3 kilometers from the Aurangabad railway station and about 4 kilometers from popular tourist attraction and landmark, Bibi ka Maqbara. The Siddharth Garden is a popular picnic spot for the locals of Aurangabad. The park is especially popular among joggers, nature lovers and photographers. It remains quite crowded in the evenings, especially on weekends.

Gul mandi: Every place has a distinct bazaar, so does Aurangabad. Amongst all the famous and well-known ones, Gul Mandi is the largest bazaar in Aurangabad. Trading of the famous Himroo shawls and saree takes place here. Himroo is known for its cloth & the intricate designs inspired by peacocks, flowers, etc from the caves of Ajanta & Ellora.

Bani Begum Garden: At a distance of 24km from Aurangabad is the astonishingly beautiful Bani Begum Garden with fountains, fluted pillars & massive domes. Bani Begum Garden is a rather lush green site celebrating Mughal architecture and owes its name to Aurangzeb’s son’s wife, Bani Begum.

Jain Caves: Cave 34 is an unfinished four-pillared hall with a shrine. Another place called Samvatsarana is located in Ellora caves which were used by thirthankaras preached after attaining omniscience.

The Buddhist Caves: The 12 Buddhist Caves mostly include viharas or monasteries. In these caves, several monasteries have shrines that are carved with paintings and sculptures of Buddha, Bodhisattva and Saints.

Panchakki: Panchakki is a water mill located in the dargah complex at Baba Shah Musafir Dargah, Auranagabad. It is an ancient mill which used to grind grain for the pilgrims who visited the Dargah. This mill displays the scientific thought process behind medieval Indian architecture, as in those days, it was designed to generate energy via water which was brought down from a spring on a nearby mountain. The complex, along with the mill, also consists of a mosque, a madrissa, a kacheri, a minister’s house, a sarai and houses for zananas.

Khuldabad: Khuldabad is a small town located around 13 km from Aurangabad and 3 km from the world heritage site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Formerly known as ‘Rauzaa’, which means the garden of paradise, Khuldabad is popular as the “Valley of Saints”, because the city was resided by several Sufi saints in the 14th century. This holy city is home to several important historic monuments like Aurangzeb’s Tomb, Dargah of Zar Zari Zar Baksh, Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti and Shaikh Zain-ud-din Shirazi. Khuldabad also houses the famous Bhadra Maruti Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Kailashanatha Temple: The Kailasha or Kailashanatha temple is the largest monolithic rock-cut structure in the world located in cave 16 of Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Carved out of single basalt rock from Charanandri Hills, it is one of the exceptional temples of India owing to its massive size, amazing architecture and mind-boggling carvings.

Salim Ali Lake: Located in the heart of Aurangabad, standing opposite the Himayat Bagh near Delhi Gate is the pristine Salim Ali Lake. Also known as the Salim Ali Sarovar, this lake is a beautiful bird-watching spot, nesting a wide variety and number of migratory birds. There is also a well-stocked bird sanctuary at the lake which is a humble abode to a number of local and foreign exotic species of birds.

Bhadra Maruti Temple: The Bhadra Maruti Temple, located in Khuldabad near Aurangabad, is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman. This is one of the only three temples in India where the idol of the presiding deity, Lord Hanuman, is seen in the Bhav Samadhi or the sleeping posture, the other two being at Allahabad and Madhya Pradesh. Situated just 4 kms from the renowned Ellora Caves, Bhadra Maruti is thronged by devotees, especially on Saturdays during the months of “Sharavan” according to the Marathi calendar.

Jama Masjid: The Jama Masjid is located near Killa Arrak. Five rows of ten polygonal pillars are connected by a system of arches. It is therefore a very intellectually constructed structure.

Dargah of Pir Ismail: The Dargah of Pir Ismail, as is evident from the name, was built in the memory of Pir Ismail, a tutor to the then Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb. The regal entrance has a large pointed archway, which forms a sort of portico and is built in an intricate style which consists of a Parapet, facade, terrace and a dome. The grave has a theme of Mughal and Pathan architecture.

Killa Arak: An elaborate palace with 4 entrances, Killa Arak is famous for housing the throne room of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The other highlights of this palace built on Aurangzeb’s orders are a Nakarkhana for the musicians, the durbar hall and Jumma Masjid. The other remains of Killa Arak are almost in ruins.

Jayakwadi Dam: One of the largest irrigation projects in Maharashtra, Jayakwadi Dam is a multipurpose project which aims to irrigate drought-prone Marathwada Region and also to provide water for drinking and industrial usage. Built across Godavari River, its height is approximately 41.30 m and length of 9,998 metres with a total storage capacity 2,909 MCM.

Tomb of Aurangzeb: Situated in Khuldabad village, about 25 kilometres away from Aurangabad lies the Tomb of Aurangzeb, the grave of the sixth and the last Mughal Emperor, Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad, famously known as Aurangzeb. Unlike several grand tombs built in the memory of Mughal Emperors, the Aurangzeb Tomb is an unmarked grave at the Dargah of his spiritual guru, Sheikh Zainuddin. It is said that it was Aurangzeb’s wish to be buried near the dargah. This is a quaint historical site which is visited by people who are keen to explore the history of the grave.

Aurangabad Jain Temple: Located around 27km from Aurangabad in the Kachner Village is the Aurangabad Jain Temple, dedicated to the 23rd Teerthankara, Chintamani Parshwanath. Considered to be “Atishaya Kshetra” or a miraculous site, the idol at the temple is believed to possess divine powers, solving the problems of the devotees and fulfilling their desires. The stunning idol is said to be discovered from an underground basement, around 250 years ago. The Jain Temple in Aurangabad is visited by a huge number of pilgrims who walk here all the way from their village or town as a sign of reverence.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum: Established in the honour of the great Maratha ruler, Shivaji Maharaj, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, located near Nehru Bal Udyan, has a marvellous collection of artefacts belonging to Maratha Empire. The main highlight of the museum is the 500-year-old armour, an equally old traditional Paithani Saree and a copy of the Holy Quran that was written by Aurangzeb. Housing 6 exhibition halls, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum in Aurangabad is a rich source of knowledge of the Maratha valour.

Dargah Baba Shah Musafir: Dargah Baba Shah Musafir is a 17th century memorial built by Emperor Aurangzeb in the honour of Baba Shah Musafir who was the spiritual teacher of the emperor. The memorial complex houses a tombstone of Baba Shah Musafir, a mosque, a beautiful garden and a mesmerising fountain. The ambience created in the beautiful complex is extremely tranquil and inviting.

Pitalkhora Caves: One of the earliest caves in Maharashtra, Pitalkhora Caves is located in Chandora hills, near Bharmarwadi village, Aurangabad district. This 3rd-Century rock-cut Buddhist cave complex is the largest group of monuments belonging to the Satavahana Dynasty. Also known as Brazen Glen, the caves are made up of fourteen rock-cut structures which have fine architectural styles and paintings. Out of these fourteen monuments, four are chaityas and the rest are viharas.

Goga Baba Hill: Located on the outskirts of Aurangabad, Goga Baba Hill is a tranquil location apt for a quick getaway. A favourite amongst trekkers, the climb to the top of the hill is fairly easy, requiring half an hour. The panoramic view of the entire city (especially Hanuman Tekdi, Aurangabad Caves, Devgiri Fort and Bibi ka Maqbara) from the top of Goga Hill is simply breathtaking, with an even gorgeous view of the sunset.

Mhaismal: About 37 kilometres away from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Mhaismal is a beautiful, unexplored hill station tucked amidst the Sahyadri Ranges at an altitude of over 106 metres above the sea level. Also titled as the ‘Mahabaleshwar of Marathwada’, Mhaismal is a perfect blend of the undefiled nature and the breathtaking terrains. It’s famous for its temples, gardens, valleys, caves and forts all adding to its inherent natural charm. The pristine ambience of the place is a treat for the tired urban eyes looking for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai, Aurangabad or Pune.

Hazur Sahib: Hazur Sahib is a sacred monument that houses one of the five takhts or thrones of temporal authority. Also famous as Abchalnagar and Takht Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, Hazur Sahib is a renowned location for Sikh Pilgrimage. This is where Guru Gobind Singh breathed his last in 1708. The temple or the Gurudwara was built around the location where Guru Gobind Singh was cremated. The stunning architecture of the Gurudwara is quite a treat to the eyes and so is the complex that extends around it on the banks of River Godavari in Nanded, Maharashtra. Every year, hundreds of thousands of followers visit the Gurudwara. What is more humbling is that they welcome people from every background with open arms.

Soneri Mahal: Located 2 kilometres from the infamous Bibi Ka Maqbara and about 6 kilometres from the Aurangabad Railway Station, is the last remaining Palace in the city, Soneri Mahal. This historical Palace is said to have derived its name from the golden paintings that adorned it in the past. These paintings have now disappeared, leaving the two-storeyed spacious building, which has Rajput style architecture.

Prozone Mall: One of the largest malls in the city of Aurangabad, the Prozone Mall is the first horizontally built mall of India and is situated on API road, MIDC Industrial Area. With more than 150 retail stores, a large family entertainment centre, and ample parking space, it is one of the city’s most happening spaces with loads of recreational and entertainment facilities.

Himayat Bagh: Located near Delhi Gate in Rauza Bagh area of Aurangabad, Himayat Bagh is a mesmerising 400-acre garden built in the 17th century during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Naukhanda Palace: A former royal palace in Aurangabad, the Naukhanda Palace was built in 1616 by Malik Ambar and had massive gateways leading to it. The magnificent palace has nine apartments, masjid, hot baths, kacheri in addition to several other structures which were subsequently ruined and later demolished. The Naukhanda Palace now houses The Aurangabad College for Women and is often a spot where people drop by to have a quick view of the once grand edifice.

Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary: Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Gautala Autramghat Sanctuary and Gautala Abhayarana Sanctuary is a protected wildlife reserve in the village of Gautala in Maharashtra. Precisely located between the Satmala and Ajantha Hills in the Western Ghats, the sanctuary was founded in 1986 to protect the wildlife. Boasting of dense green deciduous forests spread over the hilly terrain

Beed: BHIR DISTRICT, along with the other four districts of the Marathwada region was formerly a part of the Nizam’s State. After the reorganisation of the States in 1956 the region was included in the then Bombay State. Since the bifurcation of the Bombay State into Maharashtra and Gujarat in 1960, Bhir along with the other districts of Marathwada has become an integral part of Maharashtra.

Famous Places in Beed: Shri.Vaidyanath Mandir Parali, Hazarat ShahenshahWali Dargah, First Poet Shri.Mukundraj, Yogeshwari Mata Mandir.

Shri.Vaidyanath Mandir Parali: According to the history of the Parli Vaijnath Temple, Rani Ahilyabhai restored the Parli Vaijnath Temple in the 1700s. This temple is linked to two well-known tales. One mythology is about the Amrit, while the other is about the demon King Ravana and his ambition to possess Shiva.

Hazarat ShahenshahWali Dargah: Hazarat ShahenshahWali was a 14th-century Sufi from the Chishtiya tribe. He arrived in Beed under the reign of Muhammad Tughluq. His tomb and surrounding environs were constructed at various times between 1385 and 1840. The specifics may be found in Beed’s history. It is located on the eastern slopes. Every year on the second day of Rabi’ Al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar, an Urs (fair) is held here.

First Poet Shri.Mukundraj: Mukundraj Maharaj was an early Marathi literary poet. Mukundraj Maharaj’s Samadhi (Monument) can be seen at Ambajogai, 5 kilometres from Yogeshwari Temple.

Yogeshwari Mata Mandir: Shri Yogeshwari is an Ambanagari Bhushan. First and foremost, untouchable Maharashtrian brains have accepted literary and culturally acceptable Maharashtrian thoughts. The poet’s composition Shri Mukundraj and the tomb of Navkot Narayan Sant poet Dasopant of Marathi literature are two of them. Because of this, the prominence of Ambanagari has grown, and in ancient times, this city was located in other cities such as Bushan ghost (Nagar Bhushan Bhav).

Bhandara: According to local interpretation the name Bhandara is a corruption of Bhanara. Reference to Bhanara is found in an inscription of 1100 A.D.traced at Ratanpur. The district was under regency administration from1818 to 1830. Prior to 1820, the district was administered from Lanji,thereafter the headquarters of the district were shifted from Lanji toBhandara in 1820-21. The area became British Territory in 1853. In 1881 there were only two tahsils viz., Tirora and Sakoli in the district.

Famous Places in Bhandara: Maha Samadhi Bhumi, Rawanwadi Dam, Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Korambhi Temple, Gosikhurd Dam, Koka Wildlife Sanctuary.

Maha Samadhi Bhumi: 2500 years ago Buddha Dharma raised in India and after 1700 years it was extinct from India. The birth place of Buddha Dharma is India. Pannya (Wisdom) Metta (Mercy) Sangha (PMS) was established to spread Buddha Religion. The motive was manifestation and expansion of Buddhism, social, educational and cultural progress of the poor and troddens all over India thru its work. For this purpose Mahasamadhi Bhoomi was made in 1987 in Ruyad situated at Tah.

Rawanwadi Dam: Official Designation of Rawanwadi Dam Irrigation Project is” Rawanwadi Dam, D – 04708”. However local and popular name is” Rawanwadi Lake / Rawanwadi Talav “. Rawanwadi Dam was constructed as part of irrigation projects by Government of Maharashtra in the year 1960.
It is built on and impounds a Local nallah, nearest city to dam is Bhandara in Bhandara District of Maharashtra.

Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary: Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, about 58 km from Nagpur and 60 km from Bhandara spreed over Pauni Tahsil of Bhandara district and Umred, Kuhi and Bhivapur Taluka of Nagpur district.This Sanctuary has also connection with Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve through forest along Wainganga river. The sanctuary is home to resident breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and also rare animals like flying squirrels pangolins and honey badger.

Korambhi Temple: Korambhi is a village in the Bhandara tahsil of Bhandara District of Maharashtra state in India. There is a temple to the Hindu goddess which is situated on the hill of Korambhi.
It is a holy place among Hindus. Korambhi is famous for this Temple. The village is situated on the bank of Wainganga River.

Gosikhurd Dam: Indirasagar Dam, also known as Gosikhurd Project, was established with an aim of offering irrigation facilities to the villages of Nagpur, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts. The foundation of the dam was laid by Smt. Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India on 23rd October 1984.

Koka Wildlife Sanctuary: Koka was approved as a wildlife sanctuary only a year ago in 2013.. The park is situated barely 20 km from the district of Bhandara and close to Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary. The total area of the park is 92.34 sq. km. Koka has an abundant population of tigers and leopards. There are herbivores like Gaurs, Cheetals and Sambhars.

Buldhana: Buldhana, also spelled Buldana, town, north-central Maharashtra state, western India. It is situated in the Buldhana-Yeotmal plateau area of the Deccan on the Penganga River at an elevation of 2,119 feet (646 metres).

Buldhana’s climate is considerably cooler than that of most of the other communities of the Berar region. Primarily a regional administrative centre with little industry, it has several colleges affiliated with Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University. The surrounding area is essentially agricultural, raising mainly cotton, wheat, and peanuts (groundnuts).

Famous Places in Buldhana: Rajmata Jijau Birthplace, Anand Sagar, Lonar Crater Lake.

Rajmata Jijau Birthplace: Jijamata, (Rajmata Jijau) was born on 12 January in 1598, at Sindhkhedra in Buldhana district. Rajmata Jijau was the Matoshree of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Hinduvi empire.Today this place is not only a historical place but also a tourist destination. Jijau Maa Saheb was born on 12 January 1598 in the Bhuikot palace. The Rajwada, which has an impressive grand entrance, is situated near the Mumbai-Nagpur highway in Sindhkhed Raja.

Anand Sagar: Shegaon and surrounding area has shortage of water and hence Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan, Shegaon felt the need of a lake with ample of water in Shegaon which would help to solve the scarcity of water. With this aim Shree Sansthan created the artificial lake in Shegaon by lifting water from Man River (9 Km away from Shegaon) into the lake of Anand Sagar. But the mothly expenditure Rs. 50 Lakh for this purpose caused financial burden on Sansthan.

Lonar Crater Lake: Lonar lake is a lake of lagoon in Buldhana district of Maharashtra state. It was created due to a meteorite. It is the only major hoverback in the basalt rock. Its water is alkaline. Lonar Lake has been declared as Wildlife Sanctuary for the conservation and conservation of Lonar lake. There are temples around 1250 years ago.

Chandrapur: The district Chandrapur was earlier known as ‘Chanda’ according to tradition and legend the name of the place was ‘Lokapura’ which was first changed to ‘ Indpur’ and subsequently to Chandrapur. During the British colonial period it was called Chanda district, which was again changed to its original name ‘Chandrapur ‘around 1964. Other places of the region in ancient times include wairangad, Kosala, Bhadravati and Markanda. Hindu and Buddhist kings are said to have ruled the area for a long time, Later on Gonds overtook Dana Chiefs who ruled Chandrapur around 9 th century and Gond Kings ruled the area till 1751 after which Maratha period started. Raghuji Bhosale, the last King of the dynasty, died heirless in 1853 and Nagpur province together with Chandrapur was declared annexed to British Empire.

Famous Places in Chandrapur: Tadoba National Park, Ghoda Jhari Lake, Anchaleshwar Temple.

Tadoba National Park: Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve in Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India. It includes Tadoba National Park and Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is Maharashtra’s oldest National Park created in 1955, . It is also one of India’s 28 Project Tiger Reserve. The National Park is 623 km in area, consisting of two forested rectangles of the Tadoba and Andhari range.

Ghoda Jhari Lake: This Lake is situated in Nagbhir tehsil. It is 6 kms away from the main Nagpur – Chandrapur highway, 106 kms from Chandrapur town and 97 kms from Nagpur. The capacity of the reservoir is 45 cusecs of water.

Anchaleshwar Temple: The Achaleshwar Mahadeva temple is located just outside the Gond fort in Chandrapur town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sacred bull Nandi is seen in near the entrance facing the sanctum sanctorum.

Dhule: The Old West Khandesh is the district Dhule today. This district is situated at the foot of the Satpuda hill. The mountain range of Sahyadri has reached the western side of this district. Besides, the mountains of Galna situated. Tapi, Panzara, Kan, Arunavati, Amravati, Aner, Evil and Sandy rivers flow through the district. The division of Dhule district on 1st July 1998 resulted in the existence of Nandurbar District. Dhule, Sakri, Shindkheda and Shirpur are among the four talukas in Dhule district. Dhule and Shirpur are administrative subdivisions.

Famous Places in Dhule: Laling Fort, Songir Fort, Bhamer Fort, Thalner Fort, History V.K. Rajwade Research Board.

Laling Fort: In Dhulia Taluka is known for an old and ruined fort occupying the top of the hill. It is a place of considerable antiquity and the fort is supposed to have been built during the region of Malik Raja Faruqui.

Songir Fort: After seeing the Lalling forts, Dhule is a village on the Mumbai-Agra highway, on the north side of the 19 km away Songir village. Songir village near by a suvarngiri or songir fort. It is built in a very important place. It is 304 meters high above sea level. From 1370, information available for the songir fort. This fort was in the possession of Farooqi Sultans.

Bhamer Fort: This fort is kind of Giridurg. The height of sea level is 2500 meters. Bhamer fort is known as the capital of the kings. The fort has surrounded the village on three sides, while the fourth side gate has been built and the gateway has been built. There are 184 caves on this fort. Some of them caves can be seen. There is water tank and small temple on the fort. The bird’s eye view of the area from the fort is indescribable.

Thalner Fort: Thalner is a market town in Shirpur taluka on the banks of Tapi river. It is in Surat-Burhanpur highway. From Sultan Firozshah Tughlaq of Delhi, Malik Khan got the status of the neighboring areas of Thalner and Karvand. He took control of Thalner and established the rule of the Faruq family and constructed a triangular-shaped fort at Thalner in 1370. Tapi River on one side, the fort was built on the other side by fortification and towers. In 1600, Mughal Emperor Akbar defeated Bahadur Shah Faruq and defeated Thalener.

History V.K. Rajwade Research Board: History of the city center in Dhule Of The architecture of the V.K. Rajwade Research Board is standing. The history of this genre V.K. Rajwade has started the work of saving historical documents, books and making available research and research to researchers. Apart from this, there is a collection of Farsi, Modi, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi language documents, inscriptions, historical idols, and rare historical objects, in the Rajwade Research Circle.

Gadchiroli: Gadchiroli district was carved out on the 26th of August 1982 by the division of erstwhile Chandrapur district. Earlier, it was a part of Chandrapur District and only two places namely Gadchiroli and Sironcha were tahsils of Chandrapur District before the formation of Gadchiroli District.

Famous Places in Gadchiroli: Charpala wildlife sanctuary, Lok Biradari Prakalp Hemalkasa, Wadadam Fossil Park, Glory of Allapalli, Markandadeo Temple, Dina Irrigation Project.

Charpala wildlife sanctuary: The charpala wildlife sanctuary is located in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Spread over an area of approx. 140 km, it has thick forest growth with occasional stretches of grasslands. Markhanda and Pedigundam hills flank the sanctuary from north-east and south and the Pranhita River flows along its western boundary.

Lok Biradari Prakalp Hemalkasa: Lok Biradari Prakalp (LBP) is a social project of the Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora in Chadrapur district involving a hospital, a school and an animal orphanage.It was started on 23 December 1973, by the social worker Baba Amte for integrated development of Madia Gond.

Wadadam Fossil Park: The Wadadam Fossil Park is situated nearby a village Wadadam in Sironcha taluka in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra State. It is located 189 km. towards South from District headquarters Gadchiroli and 19 k.m. from Sironcha.

Glory of Allapalli: The Glory of Allapalli is situated in compartment no 76 in Allapalli Forest Range. It is about 16 k.m. from Allapalli on the way to Bhamragad. It is permanent preservation plot, which is maintained for the study of Allapalli forest under their natural condition.

Markandadeo Temple: Markandadeo village is a popular place of God ‘Shiva’ and is grandeur for religious people not only in Maharashtra but also everywhere in India. It comes under Chamorshi Tahsil in Gadchiroli sub division. Village population is about 1000. The village is situated on the bank of Vainganga River.

Dina Irrigation Project: The project is situated in Regdi village of Chamorshi tahsil. Under this project, water is used for farming purpose in nearby villages. The place is very beautiful to visit here.

Gondia: Gondia district was carved out by division of Bhandara district. Gondia district is situated on North-Eastern side of Maharashtra state having state borders of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The total population of the District is 1322635. The male and female population is 662656 and 659964 respectively. The SC and ST population in the district is 355484 and 309822. The literacy rate of district is 84.95%. This is underdeveloped district and most of land is covered with forest. Paddy is main agriculture produce. The other agriculture produce in the district are Jawar, Linseed, wheat, Tur. The main profession of people is farming.

Famous Places in Gondia: Navegaon National Park, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Kachargadh Caves, Hazra Fall, Padampur, Chulbandh Dam, Dakram Sukdi, KAMTHA, Suryadeo Mando Devi, Tibetan Camp, Nagra, Pratapgadh.

Navegaon National Park: The Park is situated at southern part of Gondia district. It is located in eastern part of Maharashtra state and constitutes area of 133.78 Sq. It has great importance from nature conservation point of view. The vertibrate fauna of National park includes 209 species of birds, 9 species of reptiles and 26 species of mammals which includes Tiger, Panther, Jungle cat, Small India Civet, Palm Cavet, Wolf and Jackle.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary: Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra. It is situated only 22 km away from Sakoli on the National Highway No. 6 (Bombay – Calcutta). This sanctuary is locked in the arms of nature and adorned with picturesque landscapes, luxuriant vegetation and serves as living outdoor museum to explore and appreciate nature.

Kachargadh Caves: Kachargadh is located at a distance of 55 km from Gondia and is a popular tourist destination because of the 25000 year old natural caves situated here. Here archeologist found stone weapons were used by person of that era. It is situated in the dense forest and paradise for trekker, worshiping place for local tribal.

Hazra Fall: It is 50 km. away from the district in Salekasa Tahsil. This water fall is cascading, amidst, emerald green vegetation, good camping site. It is just 1 km. away from Railway station in Darekasa.

Padampur: Padampur village is situated in the Amgaon tehsil and is the birthplace of the well-known Sanskrit writer Bhavabhuti. Bhavabhuti wrote Sanskrit drama such as Uttar Ramcharita, Malti Madhava and Mahavir Charitra. A number of ancient idols have been found around the village of Padampur.

Chulbandh Dam: This is a dam, 25 km. away from the district in Goregaon Town. Rain fed water among the catchment of green hills is the atractive of dam and serene place to relax.

Dakram Sukdi: Dakram Sukdi situated in Tirora Tehsil of Gondia district is known for Chakradhar Swami Temple. Temple is situated in natural surround of the Bodalkasa Dam and his nearby hills.which is 1km away from the temple.

Suryadeo Mando Devi: Mando Devi and Suryadeo Temple is 26 km. away from the district. Mando Devi Temple is situated over the hillocks worshiped by devotee specially in ‘Navratra Festival’.

Tibetan Camp: Tibetan Camp is situated at Gothangaon and is one of the popular tourist spots. The camp is the settlement area for the Tibetans and tourists visit this place for exploring Buddhist temple and other sights of Tibetan significance.

Nagra: Nagra village is located 5 km from Gondia city centre and is popular among tourists and devotees. The village is known for a Shiva temple belonging to 15th century, which is designed in Hemadpanthi technique. Moreover, there are a number of other temples in the village.

Pratapgadh: Pratapgadh is about 20 km away from Navegaon National park in Morgaon Arjun Tahasil. Pratapgad Pratapgad is a Village in Arjuni Morgaon Taluka in Gondia District. Every Year Shivrathi Festival celebrated in Pratapgadh, 3 day festival arranged by local authority. Lord shiva 30 fit high idol in present in the mountain high.

Hingoli: Hingoli is situated at the northern part of Marathwada in Maharashtra. Borders of Hingoli are surrounded by Akola and Yevotmal in northern side, Parbhani in western side and Nanded at south-eastern side. The district came into existence by division of Parbhani district on 1st may 1999.

Famous Places in Hingoli: Sant Namdev Sansthan, Mallinath Digambar Jain, Aundha Nagnath.

Sant Namdev Sansthan: Narsi village in the district is birth place of saint shree Namdev. The saint was born in 1270 and his full name is Namdev Damaji Relekar. Population of the village is around 8000 and it is between Hingoli and Risod. Every year a fair is arranged in memory of the saint. The state government has declared Narsi as holy place and tourist place.

Mallinath Digambar Jain: At Shirad Shahapur village of Aundha Nagnath taluka place falls one of the most historical temples of Jain community. There exists statue of Lord Mallinath which is about 300 years old. There is legendary story of establishment of this temple. Years back the idol was placed at Ardhapur. Bhattarak shree Premanand once saw this idol placed in between other confuted idols and was annoyed. He seeked permission from Nizam to move the idol to Karanja.

Aundha Nagnath: The twelve jyotirlingas are the most significant places of pilgrimage for Hindus in India. Five of them happen to be in Maharashtra. Shiva has been worshipped in these places for centuries. Aundha-Nagnath is one of them. Anudha Nagnath is in the Hingoli District.

Jalgaon: Jalgaon District is located in the north-west region of the state of Maharashtra. It is bounded by Satpuda mountain ranges in the north, Ajanta mountain ranges in the south. Jalgaon is rich in volcanic soil which is well suited for cotton production. It is a major business center for tea, gold, pulses, cotton and bananas. Languages spoken are Marathi, Ahirani, Hindi, and English. Jalgaon District receives an average rainfall of about 690 mm and the temperature varies from 10 to 48 degree Celsius.

Famous Places in Jalgaon: Shree Kshetra Padmalaya, Unapdev Hot Water Fountain, Swinging Towers of Farkande, Saint Muktabai Temple, Manudevi Temple.

Shree Kshetra Padmalaya: Shree Kshetra Padmalaya is located at around 30km from Jalgaon. Padmalaya is a blend of two words ‘Padma’ and ‘Alaya’ which means home of lotus in Sanskrit. The temple is dedicated to lord Ganesha with a lotus pond near it. Padmalaya temple is among the ‘two and a half’ Ganpati peeths in India. This temple is revered as a half peeth. The temple has two swayambhu ganesh idols namely Aamod and Pramod.

Unapdev Hot Water Fountain: Unapdev is located in the foothills of the Satpuda hill range and it is one of the remote holy places to visit in the district. Hot water fountain is one of the key attractions of this temple. Other hot water fountains in the area of the Satpuda hills are the Sunapdev and Nijhardev.All the three places is seen to have found mention in the epic of Ramayana and has touch of the lord Rama during his fourteen years expulsion from Ayodhya.

Swinging Towers of Farkande: Swinging Towers located 16-km from Erandol on the bank of Utawadi River are a great example of old construction techniques. Both the towers are 15m long and when one of them is waved the other towers also starts waving automatically. It is believed that the construction is 250 years old.

Saint Muktabai Temple: Saint Muktabai temple is region’s ancient temple with Goddess Muktabai being honoured at deity of region. There are two temples of this deity namely Mehun temple and new Muktabai Temple located in MuktaiNagar city.Muktai or Muktabai was a very popular saint of the Varkari tradition. She was born in Deshastha Brahmin family as the younger sister of the first Varkari saint, Dnyaneshwar.

Manudevi Temple: The district of Jalgaon in Maharashtra state is renowned for its magnificent cultural and religious places.
Situated in the lush green ranges of Satpuda Mountains, on the banks of River Tapi, is the Shree Manudevi Temple. It is the supreme family deity of many of the families who reside in the vicinity.

Jalna: Jalna district is approximately situated at the center part of Maharashtra state of Republic of India and in northern direction of Marathwada region. Specifically district lies between 19o1 north to 21o3 North Latitudes and 75o4 east to 76o4 East Longitude. Jalna was formerly a part of Nizam State and after the Marathwada Mukti Sangram became part of India, as a tahsil of Aurangabad district. Jalna district erstwhile a part of Aurangabad district was formed on 1st May 1981 by carving out Jalna, Bhokardan, Jafrabad, Ambad tahsils of Aurangabad district and Partur tahsil of Parbhani district.The boundaries of Jalna district are adjacent to Parbhani & Buldhana on east, Aurangabad on west, Jalgaon on north and Beed on south.Jalna district covers an area of 7,612 Sq.Kms, which is 2.47% of the total state area.

Famous Places in Jalna: Shri Datta Ashram, Jalna Fort, Moti Talab, the Jumma Masjid, Matsyodari Devi Temple.

Shri Datta Ashram: Shri Datta Ashram is a famous trust established in 1994 by PP Tai Maharaj on the auspicious day of ‘Shri Ram Navami’. It organizes spiritual ceremonies and celebrates festivals of the deities and arranges food circulation (anna daan) and cooperative programs on such events. Shri Datta Ashram contains the big photographs of several gods and goddesses.

Jalna Fort: Jalna Fort is one of the historical forts in Jalna District. The fort is quadrangular in outline, with hemispherical strongholds at the corners. The bastion stands of Persian inscription recording the time when it was built.

Moti Talab: Moti Talab was constructed by Jamshed Khan located west side of Jalna Town. It is one of the good places for tourists to enjoy their holidays.

The Jumma Masjid: A rectangular Jumma Masjid was constructed with a great mogul style in 1557 A.D. by the famous King Jamshed Khan. A reservoir is inside a cemented courtyard and the surrounding wall has a platform all round, with piercing arched recesses on the outside.

Matsyodari Devi Temple: Matsyodari Devi Temple is an ancient temple sited about 20 km from Jalna City. There is annual fair held during the period of Navrathri every year in Matsyodari Devi Temple.

Kolhapur: Kolhapur city is situated on the banks of Panchganga river and is surrounded by Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a city known for its historical forts, temples and royal places of erstwhile royals. It is one of the best places to explore the splendor and magnificence of India. Kolhapur is about 387 km from the Mumbai, the financial capital of India and is famous for the Indian handcrafted leather slippers the kolhapuri chappals and its unique local jewelry a special type of necklace called Kolhapuri Saaj.

Famous Places in Kolhapur: Panhala Fort, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum, Gaganbawada, Ramtirth Waterfall, Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kopeshwar Temple, Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir, Vishalgad, Mahalakshmi Temple, Binkhambi Ganesh Temple, Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple, Rankala Lake, Jyotiba Temple, Temlabai temple, Siddhagiri Museum, Chinmaya Ganadhish, Sajja Kothi, Bhavani Mandap, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Radhanagari Dam, Teen Darwaza, Botanical Garden, Khasbag Maidan, Gandhinglaj, Bhudargarh, Shalini Palace, Irwin Agricultural Museum.

Panhala Fort: Panhala is a city and a Hill station Municipal Council which is 18 km northwest of Kolhapur, in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Panhala is the smallest city in Maharashtra and being a Municipal Council the city is developing rapidly. The city sprawls in the Panhala fort commands a panoramic view of the valley below. The main historical attraction here is the Panhala fort.

Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary: The former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Kolhapur, Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. Also known as Bison Sanctuary, the place is popular for Indian Bison or Gaurs. Besides, one can also spot leopards, tigers, sloth bears etc. Set amidst verdant forests, the sanctuary makes for a perfect getaway from the city.

Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum: The New Palace located on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to those times when the king ruled and his own possessions.

Gaganbawada: Located at a distance of 55 kms from Kolhapur, Gaganbawada is a town on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadris. The hilly town is undeveloped and is mostly famous for Gagangad Fort, Karul Ghat and Bhuibavda Ghat situated in the area. The town also has several temples, Lakshmapur Dam and Pandav caves; and is shot in many Bollywood movies.

Ramtirth Waterfall: Gushing down on the banks of River Hiranyakeshi in Ajara Taluka in Kolhapur, Ramtirth Waterfall is a natural waterfall popular for its unmatched serenity and beautiful locales. The spot is mostly used for day picnics and to unmind from the hustle-bustle of the city. The area also has several temples which are thronged by pilgrims at all times.

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary: Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique protected area in Kolhapur district which is a man-made forest. Sprawling over an area of around 11 square kms, the wildlife is also artificially introduced in the arena. The sanctuary boasts of a rich flora and fauna and is a popular tourism centre in Maharashtra.

Kopeshwar Temple: Located in Khidrapur in Kolhapur district at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Kopeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built on the banks of River Krishna, the shrine boasts of a beautiful architecture with various intricate carvings on the interior and exterior walls. Besides, it also has idols of Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma among others.

Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir: Located at a distance of 48 kms from Kolhapur in Narsobawadi, Narsinhwadi Datta Mandir is a revered Hindu Temple dedicated to Narsinh Saraswati – an incarnation of Lord Shri Dattatreya. Built on the banks of river Krishna, the temple is a popular pilgrimage spot of the Hindus.

Vishalgad: Vishalgad is another town in the Kolhapur district in Maharashtra which has a historic significance. The town is lately popular for housing and age-old ancient fort known as Vishalgad Fort which is a popular seat of tourism in the area.

Mahalakshmi temple: The Mahalakshmi temple was built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers and is one of the six abodes of ‘Shakti’ (Goddess of Power) from where one can attain fulfillment and salvation of desires.

Binkhambi Ganesh Temple: After the Mahalakshmi Temple, this is the most important temple in Kolhapur, built in honor of Lord Ganesha. The temple attracts a lot of devotees as well as architecture enthusiasts because the marvel of the temple is that it is made without a single pillar.

Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple: Gangagiri Maharaj Math Temple is located amidst the Dijapur Forest on a hilltop. The math also offers yoga and meditation exercises for the devotees. Besides, the temple is located amidst beautiful scenic locales and makes for a mesmerising experience.

Rankala Lake: One of the most famous tourist spots of Kolhapur, Rankala Lake is a beautiful lake, named after the ancient temple of Rankbhairav, who was believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva. The temple is now located in the centre of the lake. A quarry was transformed into a natural lake after the earthquakes which hit the area in the 8th/9th century AD, which the locals now know as a serene and peaceful lake, adjacent to a beautiful garden, known as the Padpath Udyan. This place is a special favorite of the children. The well-maintained garden and the beautiful Shalini Palace, which is located alongside the lake side, attract almost every visitor of Kolhapur. Boating and Horseback riding are the famous activities of this area.

Jyotiba Temple: The beautiful temple of Kolhapur, known as the Jyotiba Temple lies near the village of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. The temple is constantly laden with ‘rang which translates to colour, implying the colour used to play Holi. This is because the gulal is offered to Lord Jyotiba as a token of sincerity by the pilgrims. The glorious temple is built for Lord Jyotiba as its name suggests, who was believed to be an embodiment of three different deities. It is believed that this temple should be visited after visiting the Mahalaxmi Temple.

Temlabai temple: The Temlabai temple is situated on the Temlabai Hill both of which derive their name from the Goddess Temlabai who according to mythology is the sister of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Siddhagiri Museum: Also known as Kaneri Math. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum is situated in Kaneri, Kolhapur. The museum is housed within the Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Math along with a Shiva Temple. The museum depicts rural village life with the help of wax and cement statues. Sprawling over 7 acres, the repository is surrounded by lush greenery and countryside locales.

Chinmaya Ganadhish: Located at a distance of 14 kms from Kolhapur in Maharashtra on the Pune- Bangalore Highway, Chinmaya Ganadhish is the tallest statue of Hindu God Ganesh in the entire world. The statue stands tall at a height of 61 feet placed on a base of 24 feet. It was inaugurated in 2001.

Sajja Kothi: Sajja Kothi is a one storeyed building housed within the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. Boasting of Mughal style architecture, the monument is situated amidst lush greenery and was an important strategic point of the famous king Shivaji. Overlooking the beautiful Waranna Valley, Sajja Kothi is an important historical heritage and a popular tourist spot in the city.

Bhavani Mandap: Bhavani Mandap used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears which has now been converted into a public monument and is an important site of heritage in the Kolhapur city. The palace houses sculpture of Shahu Maharaj, stuffed animals, wooden throne etc and is an famous sightseeing attraction in the city.

Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir: Situated at the Sawarkar Marg near Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is unique in the sense that not a single pillar supports its roof. It is built right in the middle of a market with a lot of shopping and food options.

Radhanagari Dam: Radhanagari Dam is the oldest dam in India built on the river Bhogawati in Radhanagari near Kolhapur. Besides being used for irrigation and harnessing hydro-power, the water from the dam is used in several adjoining villages. In addition to this, the scenic setting of the dam makes it a popular tourist spot of the town.

Teen Darwaza: Teen Darwaza is the main entrance gate of the Panhala Fort in Kolhapur. It is a double gateway with an arched courtyard in between the two gates. The outer gate has protruding ceiling and an elaborate chamber on top. The inner gate has ornate carvings including that of Lord Ganesh. The walls have intricate inscriptions carved on them.

Botanical Garden: Also known as Tabak Udyan, Botanical Gardens are situated inside Panhala Fort complex in Kolhapur. The gardens are popular for having an extensive variety of flora and fauna and are set in a foresty zone with marked trails for walking or cycling. You can also visit to spot rare birds visiting the place or to spend some time in solitude among beautiful natural setting.

Khasbag Maidan: Khasbag Maidan, also known as Khasbag Wrestling Stadium is the largest wrestling stadium in India located in Kolhapur. The stadium has a seating capacity for over 30000 visitors. The enormous wrestling ring is called Houd; which is situated right in the centre of the stadium. There are special seating facilities for members of the royal family.

Gandhinglaj: Located at the junction of Maharashtra and Karnataka, Gandhinglaj is a city on the banks of river Hiranyakeshi in Kolhapur. Also, known as headquarters of South Kolhapurê, the city is the third largest in the district.

Latur: Latur is a district in Maharashtra state of India. It is the 16th largest city in Maharashtra with district headquarter located in the city. The district comes under Marathwada region of Maharashtra, geographically located between 17°52′ North to 18°50′ North and 76°18′ East to 79°12′ East in the Deccan plateau. It has an average elevation of 631 metres (2,070 ft.) above mean sea level. The entire district is on the Balaghat plateau, 540 to 638 metres from the mean sea level.

Famous Places in Latur: Vrundavan Park Chakur, Udgir Fort, Ausa Fort, Kharosa Caves, Udgir Hattibet.

Vrundavan Park Chakur: Chakur is situated on the state highway of Latur-Nanded which is around 35 km from Latur city. This place is popular among tourists for a Lord Shiva Temple and an amusement park.

Udgir Fort: Udgir fort in the udgir city in latur district ,maharashtra of india age of fort built in prebahamani age ,dating from the 12 th centuraty c.e. ,it is also famous for the hisoric battle in which marathas ,led by sadashivrao bhau,defeate nizam and after which the treaty of udgir was signed.There are many old milatray observation ponys and rest houses scattered over the surrounding hills ,all built from unuseual white clayshow ever ,all have long sence followen in ruin.Udgir fort may also have a deep underground tunnel connecting it whith bhalki and bider forts.

Ausa Fort: The fort featured prominently in the conflicts between the Deccan Sultanates in the post Bahamani period. In later days it was captured by Malik Ambar in 1014 Hijri and was renamed by him as Ambarapur which was later changed to Amrapur.

Kharosa Caves: The kharosa caves located close to a village with the same name kharosa in the latur district of Maharashtra and only at a distance of 45km from the latur city.the renowned among tourist and
history enthusiasts for the caves, as the built around 6th century during the Gupta period, and a well known for the sculptures of shiv Parvati, ravna, Narasimha and Kartikeya.

Udgir Hattibet: In the Udgir taluka of Latur district, the Mauje Elephant Island is situated 16 km on the west side of Udgir city. Elephant Island has gained importance since ancient times. Apart from the ancient temples, there are large number of caves, carvings, and sculptures. The elephant island, Goddard, has been recognized as regional tourism.

Mumbai: Mumbai (also known as Bombay, the official name until 1995) is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India.

Famous Places in Mumbai: Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach, Colaba Causeway, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai Zoo, Essel World, Sanjay Gandhi National park, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Kamla Nehru park, Gorakhgad Trek, Water Sports in Mandwa Beach, Girgaum Chowpatty, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Kanheri Caves, Mahalaxmi Temple, Iskcon temple, Mahakali Caves, Makarandgad Trek, Bhimashankar Trek, Naneghat, Haji Malang Dargah and Trek, Mahuli Trek.

Elephanta Caves: An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves is a specimen of rock cut art and architecture from the times of medieval India. It is an island and is located at a distance of 11km from the city of Mumbai. It also provides an amazing view of the Mumbai skyline.

Marine Drive: Starting from the north of Nariman Point and ending at the famous Chowpatty beach, the Marine Drive is a 3km long arc shaped road along the sea coast of South Mumbai. The coast lines the Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai.

Juhu Beach: The most popular beach in Mumbai, Juhu beach is located close to Andheri and was once quite a beautiful beach. However, with so many tourists coming in here, the place has become dirty and water is also not clean because of affluents from nearby factories and industries.

Colaba Causeway: One of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being a shopping paradise and having endless shops to choose from. It has a charm about it, which will suck you into its world of colorful shops and old-world cafes like a magnet.

Gateway of India: One of the most distinguished monuments in Mumbai, The Gateway of India was built in 1924. Now it has become a popular tourist hub in the city. Located at Apollo Bunder Waterfront, the monument overlooks the Arabian Sea in the most beautiful way.

Hanging Garden: Marked by bushes trimmed into shapes of various animals and proximity to the Arabian Sea are the Hanging Gardens, opposite the Kamla Nehru park. Spend a relaxed evening here, enjoying the sunset, especially if you are with kids.

Prince of Wales Museum: The Prince of Wales Museum is regarded as one of the heritage buildings of Mumbai owing to its splendid architecture. The museum comprises of a plethora of ancient, exquisite artefacts relating to the rich and diverse history of India.

Mumbai Zoo: Popularly known as Veermata Jijabai Udhyan, the zoo is the best way to spend family holidays amidst a vast variety of birds & animals.

Essel World: Located on the edge of northern suburbs, Mumbai’s favourite adventure and water park, Essel World and Water Kingdom are probably the best themed park and water park in India. During the hot and humid summer or Mumbai, a lot of locals and tourists throng Water Kingdom.

Sanjay Gandhi National park: Squeezed between the two suburbs of Mumbai and Thane, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is ideal for picnics and weekend getaways offering respite from the chaos and buzz of the city. Famed to be one the most liked national parks, visitors throng in thousands to spot Leopards, Macaques, Boars, Lions, Flying fox, Kingfisher, Sunbirds and a significant number of butterflies here. Kanheri caves, which are more than two thousand years old are also a major tourist attraction inside the park premises. The caves have been carved out of the rocky cliffs.

Siddhivinayak Temple: Located in Prabhadevi, Siddhivinayak is a Lord Ganesha temple, one of the most significant and frequented temples in Mumbai. Visitors visit this temple in large numbers on daily basis. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Lord. The inner roof which is plated with gold has the central sculpture of Ganesha.

Haji Ali Dargah: Situated on the backdrop of a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea is the shrine of Haji Ali, dedicated to the wealthy merchant turned who gave up his worldly belongings and turned into Muslim Sufi saint after a trip to Mecca.

Bandra Worli Sea Link: Officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, this eight-lane cable-stayed bridge in Mumbai is the first project initiated by Maharashtra Government that commences West Island Freeway System. Bandra Worli Sea Link is one of the few bridges that are a cable-stayed with pre-stressed concrete-steel viaducts to hold it in place. Spanning across the arc of Mumbai’s coastline, this sea link is a civil engineering wonder that reflects the modern infrastructure of the city of Mumbai.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus: Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Victoria Terminus is the main railway station serving Mumbai. Constructed in the Victorian-Gothic style of architecture, the railway station is a declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The station is one of the most famous historic landmarks symbolizing the pre-independence British Raj in India.

Kamla Nehru park: Kamala Nehru Park is a famous recreational attraction located in the heart of the city. It is a favourite spot for jogging, walks or just for spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of the routine life. The Park is also in close proximity from some colleges, schools and hostels. So, one would find groups of students exercising or just hanging out after a busy day. Having said that, it is a great place for people belonging to all age groups. People get their children; the elderlies visit and parents also steal some time off from their home and work lives.

Gorakhgad Trek: Gorakhgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Gorakhgad and Machindragad are twin forts in the Thane district of Maharashtra. Gorakhgad is situated at an elevation higher than its twin fort.

Water Sports in Mandwa Beach: A beautiful, serene and pristine beach in Mandwa Village is not just about quite long walks along the coast but also offers the buzz of water sports.

Girgaum Chowpatty: Girgaum Chowpatty is a small sandy beach and a good place to chill, at the north end of Marine Drive, a must-go place for tourists visiting Marine Drive for the first time. Conveniently located next to Charni Road railway station, it is very crowded during evening and weekends and hosts street food stalls serving local delicacies. There are cafes/dine-in options available across the road as well.

Global Vipassana Pagoda: Located near Gorai, North-West of Mumbai, the Global Vipassana Pagoda serves as a monument to peace and harmony. It is built as a form of gratitude to a Vipassana teacher and accountant general of Independent Burma, Sayayi U Ba Khin. He was instrumental in bringing Vipassanaa back to its country of origin, i.e. India.

Kanheri Caves: Located in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri Caves in Mumbai is a group of alcoves and rock-cut monuments that illustrate the Buddhist influence on the Indian art and culture. The caves are famous for its 109 special entrances and ancient sculptures, carvings, paintings and inscriptions dating from the 1st century to the 10th century.

Mahalaxmi Temple: The Mahalaxmi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi or the ‘Goddess of Wealth’. Thronged with devotees and tourists in large number throughout the year, the temple is a must visit if you are visiting Mumbai.

Iskcon temple: Iskcon temple is a spiritual getaway from all the hustle and bustle of the city. A temple clad in marble and glass, Iskcon has an impressive architecture and promises to give a peaceful and tranquil experience. The complex also has a research and education centre conducting daily seminars and preaching on Vedic writings and an impressive library inside the compound.

Mahakali Caves: Alternatively known as Kondivite Caves, the Mahakali Caves are a total of nineteen rock-cut monuments, built between the duration of the 1st and 6th century. The main cave consists of Buddha figures and stupas, while the there are several Buddha idols carved on the rocks too.

Makarandgad Trek: Makarandgad (or Madhumakarandgad) is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. Believed to be comprised of twin peaks, Madhu and Makarandgad, the fort has thus derived its name.

Bhimashankar Trek: Located in the beautiful expanses of the Western Ghats, the Bhimashankar Trek takes you through the thickets of the Bhimashankar jungles right up to the temple. Bhimashankar is located in the village Bhorgiri in the ghat region of the Sahyadri range. Situated at a height of around 3,250 feet, Bhimashankar is surrounded by hills and is covered by thick green rainforests. Legend has it that the name Bhimashankar was originated from the river Bhima which evaporated due to the generated between the war of Lord Shiva and the demon Tripurasura. It is considered to be one of the holiest places in India because of the jyotirlinga.

Naneghat: Situated at a height of 2,600 feet, Naneghat is a mountain pass through the Sahyadri Mountain Range in Maharashtra that connects the Konkan sea coast with the old town of Junnar in the Deccan. Once an important corridor link through the Ghatghar forest between the coastal region and the important towns inland, Naneghat is now a loved and much-frequented route for the trekkers and explorers. Boasting the trademark beauty of lush greens amidst patches of dusty terrain, typical to this region, Naneghat is a treat to the eyes, to the soul and to the nature-loving, adventure-seeking mind.

Haji Malang Dargah and Trek: Sri Malang gad is a fort near Kalyan in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is known popularly as Haji Malang, which is one of the most famous among the three Sufi shrines located on the hill. The structure of the fort is three-storeyed, and each tier has a specific name.

Mahuli Trek: Mahuli is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Located in the district of Thane, the peak of the fort rises to an elevation of 2700 feet from the ground. The summit is actually a collection of 2-3 hills, all having typical names.

Jivdhan Trek: Jivdhan is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the ‘famous five’ fort in the Sahyadri mountain range. The other forts which are a part of the famous five include Naneghat, Shivneri, Chavand and Hadsar.

Jama Masjid: The Jama Masjid, popularly known as Friday Mosque, is the oldest mosque that Mumbai houses. A popular place of pilgrimage, it boasts of beautiful and intricate carvings, breathtaking artworks and the fascinating ‘sangemarmar’ stonework and has an interesting history attached to it.

Mahipatagad Trek:  Mahipatagad is a hill fort in the state of Maharashtra. Mahipatagad is a twin fort of Rasalgad, located in the Ratnagiri district. It is famous for its six entrance door or ‘Darwazas’ but most of them have crumbled down. There is Shiva temple at the top.

Madh Island: Home to umpteen villages, farmlands and surreal vistas, is the locale of Madh Island in Mumbai. Clustered with quaint fisher villages and dotted with lush green farms, Madh Island is a respite from the glitterati and dazzling environs of the city and can be reached by an hour’s drive from the main city.

Nagpur: Nagpur is the winter capital of the state of Maharashtra, a fast growing metropolis and third largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai and Pune. With a population of 46,53,570 (2011) Nagpur Metropolitan Area is the 13th largest urban conglomeration in India. It has also recently been ranked as the cleanest city and the second greenest city of India. In addition to being the seat of annual winter session of Maharashtra state assembly “Vidhan Sabha”, Nagpur is also a major commercial and political center of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, and is also famous throughout the country as “Orange City” for being a major trade center of oranges that are cultivated in the region. In addition, the city also derives political importance from being the headquarters for the RSS and an important location for the Buddhist movement.

Famous Places in Nagpur: Dhamma chakra stupa, Ramtek Fort Temple, Lata Mangeshkar Musical garden, Ambazari lake, Amba Khori, Waki Woods, Akshardham Temple, Maharaj Bagh and Zoo, Khindsi Lake, Bohra Masjid, Futala lake, Shukrawari lake, Sakkardara lake, Sri Ganesh Mandir Tekri, Deekshabhoomi, Sai Baba Temple, Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple, Narrow Gauge Rail Museum, Ramdham, Balaji Mandir, Zero Mile Marker, Sitabuldi Fort.

Dhamma chakra stupa: Also known as Deeksha Bhumi, the stupa is a marvelous architectural body and can accommodate more than 5,000 people. It is built out of Dhaulpur sandstone, marbles & granites and is 120 feet in height.

Ramtek Fort Temple: Away from the city crowd, situated inside a fort on a hilltop, this temple is a source of rich mythological history. It is believed that Lord Rama took rest in this temple before leaving to conquer Lanka therefore making Lord Rama the main deity to be worshipped here.

Lata Mangeshkar Musical garden: An amphitheater accommodating 2,500 people in its sprawling and enormous spread-out, the place is true to its name. This place is filled with musical fountains, soothing tunes and music all played out by the musicians. This garden soothes the soul of every visitor.

Ambazari Lake: The largest one of the 11 lakes in Nagpur, the Ambazari lake is situated near the southwest border of the city. This lake is the point from where the Nag river originates. The lake is surrounded by mango trees, gaining the name Ambazari, as Amba means in Mango in Marathi, the local language. The lake has a garden located just beside it, known as Ambazari Garden. This place as a whole is managed and preserved by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. A musical fountain, various electric rides and amusement games are there in the garden, which also offers boating facilities and walking trails.

Amba Khori: Remember that scene from your favorite movie, where the hero and heroine dance to a romantic song by a waterfall? Well, a visit to Amba Khori, at about 80 kilometer from Nagpur, will make this scene come to life. Situated close to the banks of River Pench, this location is nothing short of an exotic foreign location. Sitting in the lap of Mother Nature, Amba Khori has more than just a waterfall to attract. The mesmerizing Totladoh Lake Dam, which is said to resemble the teary eyes of Kalidasa’s renowned heroine, Shakuntala is a sight to behold.

Waki Woods: Situated at a distance of about 30 kms from Nagpur, Waki Woods is a sight to behold. The luscious greens provide you with a plethora of activities, other than a scintillating natural landscape for a picnic day out. Life in these ‘woods’ is a perfect mix of modernity and nature, as you will find fully furnished tents with facilities like electricity and phones. What’s more? Indulge in the pleasure of boating, archery, go on a trekking adventure, or unleash the inner wildlife photographer in you-thanks to the bird sanctuaries at Waki. Pay a visit to the While in the woods; do not forget to treat your taste buds with lip-smacking delicacies at the Waki Woods Dhaba.

Akshardham Temple: Swaminarayan Temple or Akshardham Temple is located on the Ring Road in Nagpur. The newly constructed temple is facilitated with a huge kitchen, parking, a restaurant and a kids play area. It is advised to visit the temple after 4 in the evening owing to its impressive lighting and decor. The temple is spread over two floors and boasts of a striking architecture.

Maharaj Bagh and Zoo: Built by the Bhonsle kings, the enticing park was later renovated into a botanical garden and zoo which houses rare species of flora and fauna. Nature enthusiast will most definitely love this place.

Khindsi Lake: 40 km away from the main city, this beautiful lake is a very popular tourist destination given its natural beauty and water sports it hosts. There are a few accommodation options here too.

Bohra Masjid: Mostly worshipped by the Dawoodi Bohra community of Nagpur, the architecturally beautiful mosque is mainly used for community gatherings and weddings.

Futala Lake: The city of Nagpur boasts of being home to eleven magnificent and scenic lakes, and the Futala Lake is one them. Also known as the Telankhedi Lake, it is located in the western part of Nagpur, about 6 kilometres away from the city centre, and is believed to be more than 200 years old. The Futala Lake was built by Raja Bhosle and is spread over 60 acres. The lake is well known not only in Nagpur but also all across the state of Maharashtra for its charming atmosphere and beauty.

Shukrawari Lake: Once known as the Jumma Talab, is also referred to as Gandhi sagar lake in the present times. With boating facilities, A Ganesh temple, Huge stone walls around, tall lustrous trees makes for a wholesome experience.

Sakkardara Lake: The comprehensive garden lake on the banks of the Sakkardara lake is a famous gateway for the local families of Nagpur. The lake engages you in its beauty and calm atmosphere.

Sri Ganesh Mandir Tekri: Situated on the Station Road in Nagpur, Sri Ganesh Mandir Tekri is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple boasts of rich architecture; the idol of Ganesha can be seen seated under a tree inside the premises of the temple. The busiest time of the day is during early morning or evening aartis.

Deekshabhoomi: Deekshabhoomi Stupa is a sacred monument of Buddhism situated at the spot where B. R. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism. It is a popular place of Buddhism pilgrimage. Most pilgrims visit either during the Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din (“Mass Conversion Ceremony Day”) or on 14th October which signifies the day of Ambedkarês conversion.

Sai Baba Temple: Situated on the Goswami Tulsidas Road in Nagpur, Sai Baba Temple is a revered Hindu temple thronged by thousands of pilgrims annually. The idol of the presiding deity is exactly the same as the one placed in Shirdi because it is made by the same idol maker. Apart from the fine atmosphere and the spiritual vibe, the shrine also boasts of impeccably clean premises.

Adasa Ganpati Temple: Adasa Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is located about 35 kms from the main city of Nagpur. The shrine is situated on top of a tiny hillock and can be reached through a small trek of around 100 metres or a flight of 40-50 stairs. Other than presenting a picturesque view of the city, the premises are also used for family day picnics.

Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple: Dragon Palace Buddhist Temple, also known as Lotus Temple of Nagpur is a Buddhist temple situated in Kamptee, Nagpur. The shrine was established recently in 1999 with the funds donated by the Ogawa society from Japan. The temple has a huge sandalwood statue of Buddha and the premises are done beautifully with well-groomed gardens and an overall aesthetic appearance.

Koradi Temple: Koradi Temple is situated on the Chhindwara Road in Nagpur and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Located on the banks of Koradi Lake, the shrine is the busiest during Dussehra and Navratri. It is one of the shakti-peeth and is thronged by lacs of pilgrims all through the year. Navratri is the most popular festival when the idol is dressed in three different avatars.

Narrow Gauge Rail Museum: Narrow Gauge Rail Museum is a unique museum in Kamptee Road, Nagpur. The museum has models and lookalikes of locomotives, trains, steam engines and the like. Spread over several galleries, the repository was inaugurated by Nitish Kumar in 2002. Besides, the premises also have an amusement park, toy trains and swings for kids.

Ramdham: Ramdham is a cultural theme park situated on Jabalpur road in Nagpur. Among the various activities and attractions of the park, the highlight is the gigantic Om statue- the largest of its kind in the world. The place has a cluster of tiny temples replicating the famous ones in the country. It also holds folk dances and other cultural activities.

Balaji Mandir: Balaji Mandir is situated at Seminary Hill in Nagpur. The two storeyed temple is presided by Lord Balaji who is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The shrine is a popular spot of Hindu pilgrimage and boasts of a striking South Indian architecture. The second storey is presided by Lord Kartikeya. The location of the shrine offers a picturesque view of the city.

Sitabuldi Fort: Sitabuldi Fort is a popular tourist site in Nagpur which also holds significant historical importance. The fort is situated atop a hill and is the site of the Battle of Sitabuldi, 1817. The highlight of the fort has a cell where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. Besides, it has a war memorial dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the battle.

Zero Mile Marker: Zero Mile Marker is a monument built by the British for the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India. The monument has a pillar, a small stone to represent the zero mile mark and four stucco horses. However, there is no evidence that the monument is actually the geographical centre of India. The marker was used by the British to measure distances.

Seminary Hill: Seminary Hill is an important tourist attraction of the city of Nagpur. The hills have a well-marked trail for treks and walking purposes. The hilltop also is home to several temples the famous Hanuman Temple. It also has several touristy places nearby like the Botanical Garden, St. Charles Seminaru etc. The hilltop is popular for offering a scenic view of the valley below.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary: Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is a rich biodiversity park located near Nagpur in Maharashtra. The park boasts of a vast variety of flora and fauna and houses exotic species of animals, birds and plants. The park also has a cottage to facilitate accommodation for the visiting guests which in itself is a unique experience. Besides, it has a temple of snakes located right in the centre of the sanctuary.

Japanese Rose Garden: Japanese Rose Garden is a well maintained rose garden in Civil Lines, Nagpur. Besides a vast variety of local and hybrid roses, the park also has umpteen other plants and shrubberies. It is a hot favourite among the locals for morning and evening walks, and day picnics for families and kids. Many photographers also frequent the place to capture its beauty.

Markanda: Markanda, also known as Markanda Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is located in Chamorshi near Nagpur in Maharashtra. The temple complex sprawls over vast acres of land and has several temples in a dilapidated state. Based on its age-old construction and similarities, the temple complex is often referred to as Mini Khajuraho.

Ram Jhula: Ram Jhula is Nagpur’s first cable bridge which took 15 years to get constructed.

Nanded: Nanded is one of the historical places in Marathwada region of Maharashtra State. It is situated on the north bank of Godavari river. It is famous for Sikh Gurudwaras. Nanded is a town of great antiquity. It is said that during the Puranic days, Pandavas travelled through Nanded district. Nandas ruled over Nanded through generations.

Famous Places in Nanded: Malegaon Yatra, Mahur Gadh, Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib.

Malegaon Yatra: Malegaon is situated in Loha Taluka. The village is famous for a very big fair held in honour of Lord Khandoba. This big fair namely “Malegaon Yatra” is held in Margashirshvadya 14 (Dec/Jan). Malegaon is situated at a distance of about 57 km from Nanded. The fair is famous for its animal market. At the time of the Fair horses, asses, camels etc. are brought in large numbers. Thousands of people visit the Fair.

Mahur Gadh: A pilgrim Centre of great significance. It is considered to be one of the Shaktipith of Maharashtra. The temple of Goddess Renuka Devi is situated on a hillock abounding in natural beauty at a distance of about 2.415 km. from the village of Mahur. The temple is said to have been constructed by a Yadava king of Devgiri about eight ot nine hundred years ago. On the day of Dasara every year a very big fair is held in honour of Renukadevi.

Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib: Takhat Sachkhand Shri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib is the main Gurudwara of Nanded and is one of the five High seats of Authority of the sikhs. This is the place where Shri GuruGobind Singhji breathed his last. The Gurudwara is situated in Nanded Town. The Gurudwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singhji, The great Ruler of Punjab between 1830 to 1839 A.D. Inside the Gurudwara, which contains the mortal remains of the 10th Guru, there are exhibited a number of weapons of various kinds.

Nandurbar: Nandurbar district is one of the smallest districts of Maharashtra, located at the edge of Maharashtra’s northern boundary enveloped by Madhya Pradesh on the north and the east and Gujarat on the west. The district is recognized for its tribal population and undulating landscapes of the Satpura ranges on the northern end of the district. Nandurbar city is the district headquarters.

Famous Places in Nandurbar: Asthamba, Unpdev, Toranmal (Hill Station), Prakasha, Shirish Kumar Mehta Nandurbar.

Asthamba: Asthamba is the religious place of Nandurbar region and is located in Akrani Tehsil. Asthamba fair held here is considered to be one of the most prominent fairs of tribals from south Gujarat and North West Maharashtra. During Diwali festival, the fair is held for 10 to 15 days.

Unpdev: The Unapdev hot water springs are located at a distance of 6 km from Adavad village in Shahada taluka of Nandurbar District in Maharashtra State. It always has water coming from a structure in the shape like a cow’s mouth. Unapdev is famous for the Hot Waster Spring.

Toranmal (Hill Station): A hill station, Yashwant Lake, Sita-Khaani valley, very green natural scenery, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and numerous earth-massed pylons.

Prakasha: A place is located in Shahada taluka of Nandurbar district on the banks of the Tapi River. This is what we are known as South Kashi. The importance of the answer is as much as the importance of South-Kashi.

Shirish Kumar Mehta Nandurbar: Mahatma Gandhi started the Quit India movement against the British in 1942. Shirishkumar was leading a procession protesting against the government in Nandurbar. The police had set up barricades at Mangal Bazar area. The police launched a Lathi charge on the protesters as soon as procession reached them. Shirishkumar had the Tiranga, the Indian national flag.

Nashik: Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra. Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and cool and pleasant climate. Nashik has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and cultural fronts, has influenced the lives of many a great personalities. The river Godavari flows through the city. Temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari have made Nashik one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the World.

Famous Places in Nashik: Panchvati, Sula Vineyard, Dhudsagar falls, Saptashrungi, Trimbakeshwar, Pandavleni Caves, Sita Gufa, Anjaneri Hills, Kapileshwara Temple, Jain Temple, Gangapur Dam, Dugarwadi Waterfalls, Kalaram Temple, Deolali Camp, Mulher Trek, Ahivantgad, Salher Trek, Dhodap Trek, Muktidham Temple, Kumbh Mela, Someshwar temple, Navashya Ganapati Temple, Ram Kund, Artillery Centre Museum, Balaji Devsthan, Swami Samarth Ashram, Sundarnarayan temple, Vihigaon Waterfall, Coin Museum, Shubham Water World, Fun World Water Park, Dabhosa Waterfall, Zonkers Adventure Park.

Panchvati: Nothing short of holy for the ardent belivers of Ramayana, this site gets a lot of visitors in the form of pilgrims and religious travellers. A serene town located near Nasik, the site offers small sightings which would let you glipmse into the ancient world of where the exile of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman took place, with banyan trees all around and an air of spirituality.

Sula Vineyard: Sula Vineyards is an Indian winery located in Nashik in the state of Maharashtra, India. It was the valley’s first commercial winery and was awarded with a silver medal for its 2012 Sauvignon Blanc as the biggest wine maker in India. The vineyard also houses a resort to live amid the winery and a tasting room in which people can taste different samples and varieties of wines produced at the winery. Sula Vineyards is spread over 160 acres of area in Nashik.

Dhudsagar falls: Regarded as one of the best falls in the view, Dhudsagar falls offer a panoramic view with a spectacular scenery. The cascade is in full verve during the monsoon season and quiet a sight to behold.

Saptashrungi: Situated on a hill range, consisting of seven hills, Saptashrungi is a site of religious significance for Hindus. The drive to the temple is quite scenic, especially during the monsoon season.

Trimbakeshwar: Trimbakeshwar is about 38 km away from Nashik. Located at the source of river Godavari, perched on top of Brahmagiri hills, Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Initially there were alleged to be 64 jyotirlingas even though 12 of them remain and are considered to be holy. Each of the twelve jyotirlinga sites take the name of the governing deity, each considered to be a different manifestation of Shiva.

Trirashmi Caves: Pandu Leni, also known as Trirashmi Caves, are a group of 24 caves carved between the 3rd century BC and the 2nd century AD, representing the Hinayana Buddhist beliefs. Out of the twenty-four caves, two caves majorly are the centre of attraction. The many inscriptions on the caves tell us that all the 3 kings that ruled Nasik at that time, namely, the Kshatrapas, the Satavahanas and the Abhirs fully supported Buddhism, though they were not Buddhists in the real sense. The inscriptions also confirm that apart from the kings, the local merchants and landlords too supported and donated huge sums for the development of these caves and the belief of Buddhism.

Sita Gufa: Nearby to Panchvati is the Sita Gufa, said to be the spot from where Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. A narrow staircase takes on into the caves, where they find idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmana as well as a Shivlinga, said to be the one, Sita worshipped.

Anjaneri Hills:  Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, Anjaneri derives its name from Hanuman’s mother Anjani. Perched in the picturesque mountain range of Nashik-Trimbakeshwar, Anjaneri fort is at a distance of ~20 km from Nashik.

Kapileshwara Temple: One of the oldest instances of this pilgrim city, this is a Shiva temple surrounded by a hint of mystery due to the absence of a statue of Nandi Bull, usually found in all Shiva Temples. Close to the Kalaram temple, this is one of the most frequented temples in the city.

Jain Temple: A recent addition to the religious sphere in Nasik is a sprawling and elaborate structure called the Jain Temple. The structure consists of three storeys and is built mainly in white marble and pink sand. Find here the 12 ton heavy deity of the 24th of Thirthankara of the Jains.

Gangapur Dam: Gangapur Dam is an earthfill dam on River Godavari, and the longest earthen reservoir of Asia. People come here to spend a peaceful afternoon on the garden by the river, enjoying the blissful, picturesque scenery of the river, straight out of a dream. Migratory birds can be spotted in the evening, and there is a new boating facility to attract more tourists.

Dugarwadi Waterfalls: Situated at 177 kms from Mumbai in Nasik, Dugarwadi Waterfalls is a beautiful cascade of silvery water amidst verdant greenery, enveloped in mountains. The waterfalls are synonymous with natural beauty, calm and tranquility.

Kalaram Temple: One of the most significant religious centers of the city, this one derives its name from the black statue of Lord Rama. Also find inside the temple a black statue of Lord Hanuman and statues of Sita and Lakshmana.

Deolali Camp: Deolali camp is a small hill station located away from the cacophony of the urban cities all around it. The greeneries of Sahyadri have left its trace in this tiny, secluded town as well. This popular weekend getaway within around 150 kilometres from big cities like Mumbai and Pune has been a significant military centre ever since the days of the British.

Mulher Trek: Mulher, also known as Mayurgad, is a hill fort in Maharashtra. One of the many forts in Nasik, it is at an elevation of 4200 feet from the ground.

Ahivantgad: Ahivantgad is a fort in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. Ahivantgad and Achala are twin forts. The top of the fort resembles more a wide plateau than the peak of a hill.

Salher Trek: The highest fort in the Sahyadri, Salher is a lesser known but extremely gorgeous trekking destination that should be a must on your bucket list.

Dhodap Trek: Dhodap is a hill fort in Maharashtra. One of the many forts in the district of Nasik, the fort is situated at an elevation of about 4700 feet from the ground. There is a temple of Jagdamba in the fort, along with an idol of Hanuman at the top of one of the tanks.

Muktidham Temple: Muktidham Temple in Nashik is abode to numerous Hindu gods and is made from authentic Rajasthani marble. It houses replicas of all the 12 Jyotirlingams, sanctified by their original shrines. There is also a Krishna temple, which depicts his life and eighteen chapters of Geeta on the walls. Laxmi, Hanuman, Durga and Ganesh temples are present as well.

Kumbh Mela: The mass Hindu pilgrimage of Kumbh Mela involves gathering on a massive number of Hinduism followers to bathe in a sacred river. There are four such fairs widely recognised as the Kumbh Melas, namely- the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nasik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and Ujjain Simhastha. The festivities are held on the banks of rivers, namely- Ganga, Sangam, Godavari and Shipra.

Someshwar Temple: Located in the suburbs on the banks of River Godavari, Someshwar temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Nashik. The soothing greenery around gives the temple a beautiful ambience. There is an attached boating club by the river and a children’s park for recreation. While visiting the temple, devotees can pay respect to Lord Hanuman as well.

Navashya Ganapati Temple: Navashya Ganapati Temple is at least a 300 year old shrine on the banks of Godavari dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It was established by the Peshwas in the 1770s, and is till date known for making thousands of followers happy. The name comes from the word Nava’s’ which means prayers, and here all prayers of devotees are granted by the Lord.

Ram Kund: Ram Kund is the sacred tank of Nashik where believers gather to immerse the remains of the dead souls for their salvation, just like Lord Rama himself did for his father. He also took a bath here during exile. Hindus believe a dip in this tank will wash away their sins, and thus flock here in crowds, especially during the Kumbh Mela.

Artillery Centre Museum: Artillery Centre Museum premise used to be a military centre for British-Indian forces during World War II, but now part of it is a museum and the other part is a training ground for Indian soldiers. The museum houses a whole range of weapons and aircrafts used by the Indian army over the decades, and offers a glimpse into the country’s proud military past.

Balaji Devsthan: Balaji Devsthan in Nashik houses a replica of the idol deity of TIrupati, and is a haven for those who cannot make the trip to the original shrine. Moreover, River Godavari and the adjacent waterfall offer a spectacular ambience for peace and spirituality. Regular religious festivals are organised here, and the Lakshadeep Utsav on the day of Kojagari Pournima is very special.

Swami Samarth Ashram: Swami Samarth Ashram is a place of spirituality, close to the Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nashik. The ashram is dedicated to the 19th century saint Swami Samarth, who lived in Maharashtra and affected the lives of the people with his wisdom and preachings. The temple still upholds the old traditions and rituals catering to his followers. The ashram also offers a spectacular view of the Sahyadri range.

Sundarnarayan temple: Sundarnarayan temple near the Ahilyabai Holkar Bridge in Nashik is a shrine of Lord Vishnu. The legend goes that being cursed by the enraged wife of a sage, Vishnu turned charcoal black and regained his beautiful form of Sundarnarayanan bathing in the waters of Godavari here. The temple attracts a large crowd on the day of spring equinox, when the sun’s rays fall directly on the idols of Vishnu, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Vihigaon Waterfall: Vihigaon Waterfall is a perfectly refreshing weekend getaway from Igatpuri. The waterfall is known for its captivating natural beauty and the 120 feet fall where the visitors can engage in rappelling for about 30 minutes. The hike stretch to the falls through the woods is also quite fascinating.

Coin Museum: The Coin Museum in Nashik is a part of the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies since 1980, and houses an extensive collection of coins in different materials and of different ages. The museum perfectly depicts the evolution of currency system in India, since the historic ages till today, through its collections and dioramas.

Sai Baba Temple: There are many temples scattered across the country of Sai Baba. The temple in Nashik is one such shrine similar to the Shirdi’s. It marvels in cleanliness and maintaining the same sort of discipline that we associate with Sai temples. Devotees of Sai Baba, those who cannot make it to the original shrine, flock here to pay tributes to their god.

Shubham Water World: Shubham Water World is situated in Anjeneri Hills in Nashik. The park is dotted with swings and slides and roller coasters, and is popular among both the kids and adults. The park also has an amusement park, play area and food options.

Dabhosa Waterfall: Dabhosa Waterfall is situated near Nasik in Thane, Maharashtra. Formed over Lendi River, the falls fall down a height of around 300 metres. The spot also facilitates adventure activities like Kayaking, Valley Crossing, Zip Line, fishing and trekking.

Osmanabad: Maharashtra attains maximum popularity for its maximum city, Mumbai; but there’s more to the magnanimous state to be dug into rather than focusing on Mumbai only. Osmanabad is an administrative sub division or district in state of Maharashtra housed in the Marathwada zone. Serving as district base, Osmanabad is located on the southern tip of Maharashtra with the Deccan plateau dwelling in the region and flanked by portions of two rivers; namely Terna and Manjira which meanders through the district.

Famous Places in Osmanabad: Ter (Tagar), Paranda Fort, Dharashiv Caves, Naldurg Fort, Shri Tuljabhavani Mandir.

Ter (Tagar): 22 kms from Osmanabad At the distance of tere villages, ancient civilizations have become clear even today. The ancient region of Terai, known for its regional trade, is known by the name of the famous national saint Gorobakka Kumbhar. The village is old in this village and its temple is on the banks of the River Titanas.

Paranda Fort: In 1599, Mughals defeated Nizam Shahi of Ahmednagar. Though Emperor Akbar appointed his officers to look after the kingdom of the Deccan, the Nizam Shah’s officers refused to receive orders from them. They had lost their independence. They declared Murtaza, the son of Shah Ali king and made Paranda Fort, about 75 miles south east of Ahmednagar capital.

Dharashiv Caves: The dharashiv caves are situated 8 Kms away from Osmanabad city in Balaghat Mountains. The caves were taken note of by Archaeological Department and mentioned in the book “Archaeological survey of India” by James Verges. There are total 7 caves in the Balaghat Mountain lane. The first cave is without any statue with small open space .The second cave consists of a statue with Artistic work on right side of statue. The art work is of gandharva era. The fourth cave is with open space without any statue inside. The statue in the sixth cave is damaged while the seventh cave has no statue.

Naldurg Fort: Naldurg which was formerly a district headquarter is situated about 50 Kms. south-east of Osmanabad. The fort which is an interesting place has enclosed a surface of a knoll or plantain of basalt rock which is jutted out into the valley or raving of the small river Bori. Along the rest of the cliff on three sides ran fortifications. Bastion firmly built out has deseed basalt and are large enough to carry heavy guns. The entire circumference is about a mile and a half.

Shri Tuljabhavani: Tuljapur, the one amongst three and half Shakti Peethas (abodes of cosmic powers) of the state, is situated in Maharashtra, wherein resides the Mother Goddess Tulja Bhavani. She is also fondly revered as Aai (mother) Ambabai, Jagdamba, and Tukai by her devotees who throng in millions to Tuljapur for her Darshan and for seeking her blessings. As a divine Mother, she protects her children from the sins of evil desires, selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego.

Parbhani: Parbhani, earlier also known as “Prabhavatinagar”, is one of the Eight districts in the Marathawada region of Maharashtra State. This entire Marathwada region, a district geographical region, was a part of the erstwhile Nizam State, later a part of Hyderabad State, after reorganization of states in 1956 it became a part of the then Bombay state and from 1960 onwards it is part of the present Maharashtra state.

Parbhani district lies between 18.45 and 20.10 North Latitudes and 76.13 and 77.39 East Longitude.

Famous Places in Parbhani: Charthana, Shri Saibaba Temple Pathri, Mudgaleshwar Temple, Pardeshwar Temple, Hazrat Turabul Haq Dargah, Shri Neminath Digambar Jain Temple.

Charthana: Charthana is a Village in Jintur Taluka in Parbhani District of Maharashtra State, India. It belongs to Marathwada region. It belongs to Aurangabad Division. It is located 55 KM towards North from District headquarters Parbhani. 18 KM from Jintur. 459 KM from State capital Mumbai.

Shri Saibaba Temple: In 1970s, a field research established that Sai Baba was born in Pathri village. Sri Sai Smarak Samiti (Sai Memorial committee) was then formed in Pathri. A committee purchased land for temple on site of Sai Baba’s house and construction of the temple was started in 1994. In 1999 the temple was inaugurated to the public.

Mudgaleshwar Temple: The one of the religious place to visit in Parbhani district is the famous temple of lord Mudgaleshwar this is one of the historical temple in the Maharashtra. This temple is situated on the bank of the Godavari River. In early time this temple was known as the “Devbhumi”. There are three main temples in this premises. Out of three temples one temple is on the shore, it is of Lord Narsimha. Two temples which are in the middle of river Godavari, one temple is of Lord Narsimha (Mudgaleshwar) and other one is of Lord Ganesha (Mudgal Ganesh).

Pardeshwar Temple: Pardeshwar Temple is built of marble by Sri Swami Sachchidandji Saraswati. The huge temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with 80 foot of height. The uniqueness of the temple is that main shrine Shivlinga is made of 250 kg of Parad (Mercury) and one of the largest Shivlinga of India. This Shivlinga made of Parad is called as Tejoling and has equal religious importance of Twelve Jyotirlinga.

Shri Narsimha Mandir Pokharni: Pokharni is situated about 18 kilometers from Parbhani. The Narasimhadeva temple draws throngs of pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh and other surrounding states, who can travel easily by car or rail to this holy site.

Hazrat Turabul Haq Dargah: Hazrat Turabul Haq Dargah is best known for its annual fair, which has history of 108 years, thousands of followers of all religions and faiths gather together between 2 February to 15 February each year. In Parbhani this dargah is the symbol of unity between all religions. People from across the state visits the dargah.

Pune: The district has geographical area of 15.642sq.km. Pune district is bound by Ahmadnagar district on north-east, Solapur district on the south-east, Satara district on south, Raigad district on the west and Thane district on the northern-west. It is the second largest district in the state and covers 5.10% of the total geographical area of the state. The landscape of Pune district is distributed triangularly in western Maharashtra at the foothills of the Sahyadri Mountains and is divided into three parts: “Ghatmatha”, “Maval” and “Desh”. Pune district forms a part of the tropical monsoon land and therefore shows a significant seasonal variation in temperature as well as rainfall conditions. Climate of the western region of Pune is cool whereas the eastern part is hot and dry.

Famous Places in Pune: Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Osho Ashram, Katraj Snake Park, Sinhagad Fort, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple, Mulshi Lake, Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, Rajmachi Fort, Vetal Tekdi, Parvati Hill Temple, Pataleshwar cave temple, Lal Mahal, The National Defence Academy, The National War Museum, Sri Balaji Mandir, Rajgad trek, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Bund Garden, Torna Fort, Mahatma Phule Museum, Raj Dinakar Kelkar museum, Rasalgad, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways, Chaturshringi Mandir, Sarasbaug Ganapati Temple.

Shaniwar Wada: Standing tall in its full glory, Shaniwar Wada was once a stately mansion. Built as a dwelling for Peshwas, its foundation was laid by Bajirao I in year 1730 AD. Today it gives a chance to peak into its great past.

Aga Khan Palace: Aga Khan Palace is well known both for its architectural excellence as well as its historical significance. Spread over a vast land of 19 acres, the palace is now the headquarters of the Gandhi National memorial society. Here, making khadi is still one of the prime activities.

Osho Ashram: Osho Ashram, located at Koregaon Park in Pune, is a place known for its serenity and surreal practices of meditation and love to achieve divinity. It is popularly known as Osho Meditation Resort and it is a unique blend of meditation and the Greek concept of resort stay. The Ashram is a tranquil place which brings you to your own centre of peace, meditation, and oneness. The ideologies of Osho also can be found here. Shrouded in mystery, awe, and mysticism; The Osho Ashram is open only for its members. Non-members are required to buy a one-day pass to visit the premises.

Katraj Snake Park: The Katraj Snake Park is the most visited and loved tourist attraction in the Rajiv Gandhi Zoo that is located in Katraj, near the city of Pune in India. The Rajiv Gandhi is a famous and grand zoo that is spread over an area of 130 acres and is managed by the Pune Municipal Corporation. It is divided into three parts: the central zoo, an animal orphanage, and the most famous of all: the Katraj Snake Park.

Sinhagad Fort: Located around 36 kms southwest of the city of Pune, Sinhagad Fort is built atop a cliff on the Bhuleshwar range of the Sahyadris. Literally translating to “Fort of the Lion”, Sinhagad Fort boasts of a rich history. It was initially occupied by the Mughals until it came to be possessed by the Marathas. Lately, it has become a popular source of tourism and is especially popular among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple: Dedicated to Lord Ganapati, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple is one of the most famous places to visit in Pune. The idol of Lord Ganapati is 2.2 meters high and 1 meter wide and is adorned with almost 40 kilos of gold.

Mulshi Lake: Mulshi lake is formed in the catchment area of Mulshi dam. Known for its scenic beauty due to Sahyadri ranges, Koraigadh and Dhangad fort, it is a perfect gateway for nature lovers.

Pune Okayama Friendship Garden: Pune Okayama Friendship Garden is the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan, in Asia. Also called the Pu. La. Deshpande Udyan, it reflects on the Indo-Japanese relationship, as it is inspired by the 300-year old Okayama Korakuen Garden in Japan.

Rajmachi Fort: Tucked between the two hills of Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi Fort is a grand structure of the bygone era. Especially popular among the adventure enthusiasts, the fort can be reached through a thrilling trek amidst the gorgeous Sahyadris. You can also camp at the base of the fort.

Vetal Tekdi: Vetal Tekdi is one of Pune’s most well-known landmarks. It envelops the entire city and is a stunning place to spend an evening or an early morning. It is known by various names such as Hanuman Tekdi, MIT Tekdi, and Pashan Tekdi.

Parvati Hill Temple: Brought into existence by the great Peshwa ruler Balaji Baji Rao in the 17th century, and rising to over 2,000 feet, Parvati hill offers a sweeping view of the city of Pune. It is located in the south-east part of Pune. The hill in itself brags of beautiful views away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a pleasant climate throughout the year. It serves as a shrine for several Hindu Gods- God Shiva, Goddess Parvati, God Vishnu, Goddess Rukmini and God Vitthalla, and God Vinayakar. Parvati temple, however, is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and God Shiva.

Pataleshwar cave temple:  Situated on the Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is enshrined by Lord Pataleshwar- the God of the Underworld, who is a form of Lord Shiva. Carved out of a single magnanimous rock, this spellbinding monolithic find is located right in the heart of the city and is a revered Hindu shrine which is thronged by hundreds of devotees and pilgrims on an everyday basis. What is more, the temple has an exuberant architecture with elaborate carvings on the walls and miniature paintings. Other than Lord Shiva, the temple is also dedicated to Nandi and has idols of other Hindu gods and goddesses as well including Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshmi, Lakshman, Ganesh etc.

Lal Mahal: Lal Mahal located near Shaniwar Wada in Pune is a historic landmark of the 16th century. From being a childhood home for Chhatrapati Shivaji to taking Shaistekhan head-on, this red coloured structure is an architectural marvel.

The National Defence Academy: The National Defence Academy, also known as NDA is an academy for Indian armed services. Members from the three defence services: The Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force train together until they are sent for their separate commissioning.

National War Museum: The National War Museum at Pune is an ode to the brave sons of the Motherland who devoted and sacrificed their lives serving her. The memorial at the museum remembers the soldiers and acknowledges them for their invaluable contribution to post-independence wars. A large part of the structure is dedicated to imparting insights on the Kargil War. This museum was built in 1997. It was built by the citizens of Pune who formed a war memorial fund to keep it financially stable.

Sri Balaji Mandir: Sri Balaji Mandir of Pune is a close replica of the renowned Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, Tirupati. Not only the architecture and the look of the sanctum deity, the temple follows its influencer in rituals and religious activities as well.

Rajgad trek: Rajgad trek is a moderate level trek that begins at the Gunjavane Village in Pune District and ends at the Rajgad Fort. It is a favourite trekking trail among intermediate level trekkers who are looking for a great location to satisfy their urge for the thrill.

Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park is a famous tourist attraction in Pune. The zoo expands over an area of 130 acres and is a preferred attraction for picnics and outings.

Bund Garden: The Bund Garden is situated in the city of Pune and is deemed as one of the most beautiful and well-maintained gardens in the city. Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Udyan, it is a favourite among joggers and people who enjoy spending time outdoors in the sun. The locals here prefer the garden as their go-to place when looking for some quiet and calm, and Bund Garden attracts a lot of visitors during the morning and evening hours. Another attraction here is the Fitzgerald Bridge, which garners as many tourists as the Bund Garden itself.

Torna Fort: Torna Fort was the first fort that was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and that also during his teenage years. Hence, it is recognised as a significant historical monument. Like most Maratha forts, this fort is also located in the Western Ghats of India and at present, it is also identified as the fort located on the highest point in Pune district and a famous tourist attraction. Those looking for a weekend getaway can head to Torna Fort to be in the midst of nature and explore the ruins and its scenic surroundings. Although the attraction is open for visitors in all seasons, monsoons are deemed perfect to explore the fort.

Mahatma Phule Museum: Mahatma Phule Museum was originally the residence of the Maratha social activist and a prominent promoter of women’s rights- Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. However, in 1890, the residence was transformed into a museum. The highlight is the taxidermy of animals including elephants, sea fish etc.

Raj Dinakar Kelkar museum: Situated on the Shukawar Peth on the Bajirao Road, Raja Dinkar Museum was established in 1962 by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in the memory of his son who died at the young age of seven. Presently managed and maintained by Department of Archaeology, Government of Maharashtra, the three storeyed museum boasts of a whopping collection of 15000 collectibles which include Mughal lamps, musical instruments, nutcrackers, Ganpati’s guns, carved palace doors, excellent pottery collection, vessels made up of terracotta, copper and brass, paintings on the scenes from mythological epic Ramayana, other paintings etc.

Rasalgad: Rasalgad is a fort that will reintroduce to the lost charms and intrigues of an era long forgotten.

Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways: Situated in the Erandwane suburb of Pune, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways is a unique museum hosting an array of miniature trains, trams, steam engines, flyovers etc. The museum has various well- designed intricate layouts of cities replete with buildings and lights, roads and train tracks. The functioning is controlled by an amusing light and sound track.

Chaturshringi Mandir: One of the revered temples, the Chaturshringi Mandir should be on your list of places to visit when you’re in Pune.It is dedicated to Mahakali and Shri Chaturshringi. The main temple also includes idols of Goddess Durga, Ashtavinayaka and Ganesha.

Sarasbaug Ganapati Temple: Sarasbaug Ganapati Temple is a shrine for Siddhi Vinakayak Ganesh. Located at the foot of Parvati Hills, the lake around the temple is said to be the venue of secret meetings held by the Peshwas during boat rides.

Raigarh: Raigad is one of the districts in Konkan Division of Maharashtra and Arabian Sea coast forms western boundary of the district. Most hilly places of the District are in the Sahyadri mountain range. Previously known as Kolaba, it was rechristened as Raigad District. Raigad is known for its scintillating historical places, pristine beaches, picturesque landscapes and diverse flora and fauna of Western Ghats. Religious places in the district like Ashtavinayak Temples, Elephanta caves etc. are sole testimonies to its rich cultural past. Culturally, Raigad has been the ever vibrant community with population of different religions, dialects, ethnicity etc. Few places in the Raigad district are historic hinterland of the Bene-Israeli Jews.

Famous Places in Raigarh: Raigad Fort, Diveagar Beach, Jagadishwara Temple, Raj Bhavan, Madhe Ghat Waterfalls.

Raigad Fort: Raigad was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Britishers named it as the Gibraltar of the East as this well fortified structure atop a hill had defied various attackers. It is a monument of great pride for the Marathas and accounts to their glorious past.

Diveagar Beach: Diveagar Beach is a quaint little beach of the Diveagar village, situated about 6km from Raigad. One end of the lake has a fishing settlement and the other has a sanctuary of migrating seagulls.

Jagadishwara Temple: The main deity of the temple is Shri Jagadishwara. Shivaji who was an ardent follower of the Hindu religion was known to visit the temple daily. The temple was built in the royal palace and its dome represents the Moghul architecture of that time.

Raj Bhavan: The king of Marathas, Shivaji administered his kingdom at the Raj Bhavan. The bhavan has a brilliant architecture marked by that time. It is constructed on a dual platform and has wooden columns on all four sides. Some other famous attractions include two huge water tanks where the members of royal families took a bath. The architecture of the Bhavan comprises of a modern toilet as well as a well-maintained drainage system. The Bhavan also consists of the major life events from the life of Shivaji.

Madhe Ghat Waterfalls: Situated at 62 kms from Pune, in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Madhe Ghat Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall located amidst verdant green vegetation, mighty hills and meandering rivers. On some days, you can also spot the Raigad Fort from here.

Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri is the birthplace of Lokmanya Tilak as well as the workplace of Swatantryaveer Savarkar and Ratnagiri is known as the land of Vardamuni, Parshuram. In the Middle Ages, many European travelers and regiligious preachers visited the coast of Konkan. The ancient Konkan was ruled by Maurya, Satvahan, Trakootak, Chalukya, Rashtrakut, Shilahar, Kadamba and Yadav dynasties. During the Satavahana, the caves of Panhalakaji were the center of the study and spread of Buddhism.

Famous Places in Ratnagiri: Jaigad Fort, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Jaigad Lighthouse, Ganapatipule beach, Thibaw point, Pawas, Pandre Samudra, Malgund, Ratnadurg fort, Velneshwar, Bhatye Beach.

Jaigad Fort: Jaigad Fort, also known as the Fort of Victory, is a 16th-century fort. The remains of the fort stand steady on a cliff overlooking the Jaigad creek where River Shastri enters the vast and mesmerising Arabian Sea. The stunning fort is one of the most famous places to visit in Ratnagiri.

Swayambhu Ganpati Temple: A 400-year-old Ganesha temple, Swayambhu is built of pule which is nothing but white sand and is believed to be a self-created monolith of Lord Ganesha allegedly discovered 1600 years ago.

Jaigad Lighthouse: The Jaigad Lighthouse is situated in one of the bastion on the western edge of the Jaigad Fort. This impressive lighthouse offers breathtaking panoramic view of the area as it is situated on top of a hill.

Ganapatipule Beach: The Ganpatipule Beach is a spectacular and stunning beach that is located on the Konkan coastline in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra in southern India. This pristine beauty is also famous for the 400-year-old Ganesha Temple that can be found here, the idol of which is said to have been self-created and was discovered over 1600 years ago.

Thibaw point: Situated at the hem of the hill, the Thibaw point has a Thibaw palace built as the exile of the king of Burma(Myanmar). It provides a picturesque view of the sunset at Arabian sea and is a centre of attraction for picnickers.

Pawas: 20 km away from the town of Ratnagiri is Pawas, a place where Swarupanand Swami took his samadhi. Affectionately known as “Appa” or “Rambhau”, Swami’s original name was Ramchandra. Born on 15th December 1903, Swami undertook self-immolation at Pawas and also resided here for for 40 years before that.

Pandre beach: Pandre beach is a long stretch of white sand and therefore known as ‘White beach.’ It is a lustrous beach with beautiful palm groves in the backdrop and crystal clear water to dip in. It is a ethereal sight to be around.

Malgund: Malgund is the native village of the famous Marathi poet, Kavi Keshavsoot. The poet’s house, which is now converted into a student’s hostel, is open for visits. The village also houses a memorial to the poet, built by the Marathi Sahitya Parishad.

Ratnadurg fort: Surrounded by Arabian sea on three sides, Ratnadurg fort is a structure in a form of horseshoe as wide as 1000 meters and as long as 1300 meters. It is spread over 120 acres and was once a strong hold of the Maratha empire later to be occupied by Mughals.

Velneshwar: Situated at a distance of about 35 km from Ganapatipule, Velneshwar is a small village known for its serene, rock-free beach. This little village is flocked by pilgrims to visit the old Shiva temple, especially during the Hindu festival of Mahashivratri, which usually gets marked in the months of February or March.

Sangli: South Satara district of six talukas of Satara district and two talukas of Karnataka were formed on 1-8-1949. It included villages under Jat, Aundh, Kurundwad, Miraj and Sangli institutions. Later on 21 November 1960, after the formation of United Maharashtra, South Satara has been named as Sangli district. In this district, in the year 1965 new two Talukas of Kavthe Mahankal and Atpadi were created. In 1999, the government of Maharashtra (All India Government) produced 10th taluka of Palus taluka and later government on 28 March 2002, in the district Kadgaon. The Ganpati Temple of Sangli is private and therefore all its expenses done are by Shrimantraje.

Famous Places in Sangli:  Shri. Datta Mandir, Dandoba Hill, Meerasaheb dargah, Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Shri. Datta Mandir: Audumbar is known for the shrine of Dattatraya held in high reverence. It is said to have been built in honour of Nar-sirhha Sarasvati who was a great saint and who is supposed to be the incarnation of Dattatraya. His greatness has been extolled in Guru Charitra written by Sarasvati Gangadhar. Narsimha was born of a poor Brahman couple, Madhava and Amba, in about 1304.

Dandoba Hill: The Dandoba Hill Forest Preserve can be reached with a 25 minute drive from Sangli. This forest preserve is rich in flora and fauna and also has a few historically significant ancient temples in its hills. The hills of this preserve are a popular location for trekking and long hikes. There is also an annual mini-marathon race held at Dandoba Hill Station, which is quite a popular event.

Meerasaheb dargah: The Meerasaheb dargah is a common worship centre for both Muslim and Hindu communities located near the railway station of Miraj.

Thousands of people flock to Dargah on every Thursday morning to get the blessings of Hazarat Meerasaheb and his son Hazarat Shamsuddin Hussein. Hazrat Meerasaheb was a great Sufi saint of his time

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary: Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is located at the meeting of three Tehsils of Sangli district: Kadegaon, Walva and Palus. The wildlife sanctuary is man-made; it is an artificially cultivated forest without a perennial supply of water, and most of the wildlife species were artificially introduced. It has an area of 10.87 km

Satara: Satara district is situated in the river basins of the Bhima and Krishna river. The physical settings of Satara shows a contrast of immense dimensions and reveals a variety of landscapes influenced by relief,climate and vegetation. The variation in relief ranges from the pinnacles and high plateaus of main Sahyadrians range having height over 4500 feet above mean sea level to the subdued basin of the Nira river in Phaltan tahasils with the average height of about 1700 feet above mean sea level. The climate ranges from the rainiest in the Mahabaleshwar region, which has an average annual all of over 6000 mm to the driest in Man tahsil where the average annual rainfall is about 500 mm. The vegetal cover too varies from the typical monsoon forest in the western parts to scrub and poor grass in the eastern parts.

Famous Places in Satara: Pratapgad fort, Thoseghar Falls, Vajrai falls, Sangam Mahuli, Sajjangad fort, Ajinkyatara Fort, Natraj Mandir, Kalyangad Fort, Kaas Plateau, Koyna Dam, Lodwick Point, Vasota Fort, Chalkewadi Windmill Farms, Chandan Fort, Bamnoli, Phaltan.

Pratapgad fort: Pratapgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Situated close to the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in the district of Satara, the citadel rises to an elevation of about 3500 feet from the ground.

Thoseghar Falls: The stunning Thoseghar Falls are located near the village of Thoseghar at a distance of 20 km from the city of Satara in Maharashtra. The Thoseghar Falls are a series of waterfalls with some falls as high as 15-20m, whereas, the highest fall plummeting from a height of 200m.

Vajrai falls: Vajrai falls, also known as Bhambavli Vajrai falls, is at the height of approximately 260 metres. It is located in Western Maharashtra in the district of Satara. The waterfall is the origin of the River Urmodi. The waterfall declines in three steps from a vertical cliff. This fall is chronic and hence never dries up. It flows for the whole of 12 months. The falls are encompassed with rich green mountains and various enchating valleys of flowers. The atmosphere around these falls is pleasing and helps loosen up. The place is quite clean, and hence it is a plastic free zone. For the whole purpose of safety, swimming is prohibited in the base of the fall as also the rock faces are slippery.

Sangam Mahuli: Sangam Mahuli and Kshetra Mahuli are two villages that are located at the confluence of the Venna and the Krishna rivers in the Satara district of Maharashtra. Sangam translates to Confluence. Sangam Mahuli is a popular pilgrimage destination in Satara. It is famous for the 18th and 19th-century temples that boast a typical Maratha style of architecture.

Sajjangad fort: The Sajjangad fort is located in the mountainous terrain of the Western Ghats. Being best known as a pilgrimage site, it is one of the protected monuments in West India. This beautiful fort is situated at about 16 kms from the city of Satara. The fort served as a defensive as well as residential construction until it became a monument till date.

Ajinkyatara Fort: Raja Bhoj constructed Ajinkyatara Fort on one of the Sahyadri mountains which consist of seven mountain ranges, that was built in the 16th century. The elevation of this fort is 3,300 feet. It was initially named after the son of Aurangzeb, Ajim. The name of this fort was changed from ‘Ajimtara’ to ‘Ajinkyatara’ by Narayan Hari Apte, a Marathi Novelist. It is the most historic places in Maharashtra and one of the best tourist spot in the district of Satara.

Natraj Mandir: Natraj Mandir of Satara is located in the state of Maharashtra. As it is a replica of Chidambaram temple in Tamil Nadu (also referred to as Sri Natraj Temple), it is also known by the name Uttara Chidambaram Temple. Natraj, a depiction of Lord Shiva as a divine dancer, is the deity of this site. The temple is located along the national highway 4, which connects the towns of Solapur and Satara, and is one of the most famous religious sites of attraction in the area.

Kalyangad Fort: Kalyangad Fort is a citadel situated on the rim of the Nandgiri hill in the mountain ranges of Mahadev, Satara. Silhara King Bhoj II built it. It was then surrendered to King Shivaji in the 16th century, after which Bajirao possessed it. At the end of the last Maratha war, it fell in the hands of General Pritzler in the early 18th century. In 1862, it was characterised to be in a condition as severe as uninhabitable without any supplies or water.

Kaas Plateau: Declared as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites of India in 2012, Kaas Plateau in Panchgani is a magical place with landscapes with lakes, flowers and butterflies all around. Kaas Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot situated at a mighty altitude of 1200 metres and is a major biodiversity hotspot owing to the many varieties of endemic flowers and butterflies that are found here. Housing about 850 species of beautiful wildflowers, the 1000 hectare area of the plateau is now a reserved forest which is famous for its natural beauty and flora, Kaas Lake and how it turns into a valley of flowers during monsoon.

Koyna Dam: The Koyna Dam is also called the ‘lifeline of Maharashtra’, and rightfully so! This Dam is truly a lifesaver for the many towns and cities of Maharashtra. This massive structure is spread across 891 square km. Nestled between the Sahyadris in the Western Ghats, Koyna dam is truly blessed with incomparable scenic beauty. The mighty Dam plugs the stream of the Koyna River at the Shivajisagar Lake.

Lodwick Point: Lodwick Point which lies 5 km to the west of Mahabaleshwar is a beauty to the eyes. This vantage point provides an unmatched view of Pratapgarh Fort and Elphinstone Point. There is a huge statue of Lord Lodwick situated on the site. People flock in from different parts of the country to witness the amazing statue and to experience the view of the place. There are also some local guides present there who can guide the tourists and provide information about the area.

Vasota Fort: Situated at a distance of 56 km from Satara in Maharashtra, Vasota Fort is perched at a height of 1171 m near the village of Bamnoli. Considered to be a popular trekking spot, the fort is also known to be an ideal picnic spot in the region. It is enveloped in dense green forests and aside from the thrilling adventurous activity, you can also enjoy picturesque views of the valley amidst bounteous nature.

Chalkewadi Windmill Farms: Located at a distance of around 30 km from Satara and 6 km from Thoseghar Falls, Chalkewadi Windmill Farms is one of the biggest windmill farms in Asia. Owing to the presence of beautiful green hills in the vicinity, the entire region of Chalkewadi has been developed into a tourist area. The windmill sprawls over a 5 km plateau itself and you can spot several other windmills on the adjoining hills.

Chandan Fort: 24 kilometres from Satara stand the Chandan-Vandan twin forts, at a height of 3800 feet in the Sahyadri range. These forests are believed to have been made to protect the route that leads to Satara and the kingdom. The Chandan Fort, in particular, is a 3 hour drive up, and has only one entrance. While most of the fort is in good shape, the main gate is in ruins and you can see some of the inscriptions and carvings on the fort. There is also a mosque nearby, as well as a Shiva temple.

Bamnoli: Located at a distance of around 36 km from Satara in Maharashtra, Bamnoli is a sleepy village mostly known for its scenic beauty and gorgeous landscape. Flanked by the beautiful Shivsagar lake, the hamlet is an escape for all those looking for a break from the chaotic city life. The major attraction of the village is the lake where you can enjoy boating activities or sit down for a quiet picnic.

Phaltan: Phaltan is a town 110km from Pune that is a treasure of Maratha heritage and culture. The quaint city boasts of an experience that is similar to having gone through a time machine. It is also known for serving traditional Maharashtrian thalis that are special to Phaltan.

Sindhudurg: Sindhudurg district is spread over an area of around 5,207 sq. kms. The population of the District is 8, 68,825 as per census of 2001. The modern township of Sindhudurg Nagari is the headquarters of Sindhudurg district. The district is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the east, the Belgaum District (Karnataka state) and Goa on the South and the Ratnagiri district on the North. Sindhudurg being a coastal district, the climate is generally moist and humid and the temperature variations during the day and throughout the seasons are not large. Sindhudurg is accessible by road on the NH-17 which passes through major towns of Kankavli, Kudal and Sawantwadi or by the picturesque journey on the Konkan Railway which stops at Kankavli, Sindhudurg, Kudal and Sawantwadi. The nearest airports are at Ratnagiri, Belgaum (Karnataka) and Dabolim (Goa).

Famous Places in Sindhudurg: Sawantwadi Palace, Amboli Hill Station, Sindhudurg Fort.

Sawantwadi Palace: Sawantwadi Palace at Sawantwadi . The Royal Palace of Sawantwadi  is one of the major tourist attractions of the Sindhudurg District. Built by Khem Sawant Bhonsle, the ruler of this region during 1755-1803. It is located in Middle of Sawantwadi city. Sawantwadi we can reach by road from Mumbai, kolhapur and Pune.

Amboli  Hill Station: Amboli, Tal. Sawantwadi, Dist. Sindhudurg is connected by direct ST buses from Sawantwadi and Sawantwadi are well connected by direct ST buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune, Kolhapur and Belguam. It is favorite tourist destination in monsoon season. Lot of bio-diversity found at amboli forest. Also waterfalls is main attraction in amboli. Hiranyakeshi is one of the tourist spot near amboli.

Sindhudurg Fort: Sindhudurg Fort is a historical fort that occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Maharashtra in Western India. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, 450 kilometres south of Mumbai. It is a protected monument. It is located in middle of sea in Malvan.

Solapur: The present Solapur district was previously part of Ahmednagar, Pune and Satara districts. In 1838 it became the Sub-district of Ahmednagar. It included Barshi, Mohol, Madha, Karmala, Indi, Hippargi and Muddebihal Sub-divisions. In 1864 this Sub-district was abolished. In 1871 this district was reformed joining the Sub-divisions viz. Solapur, Barshi, Mohol, Madha and Karmala and two Subdivisions of Satara district viz. Pandharpur, Sangola and in 1875 Malshiras Sub-division was also attached. After the State reorganisation in 1956 Solapur was included in Mumbai State and it became a full fledged district of Maharashtra State in 1960.

Famous Places in Solapur: Karmala, Akkalkot, Pandharpur, Solapur, Barshi.

Karmala: Karmala is famous for the temple of Shri. Kamaladevi. There is a significance of no. 96 for the temple. The Kamala Bhavani Temple is built by Rao Raje Nimbalkar in 1727. It is considered to be the second seat of Tulajapur Tulaja Bhavani. Built in Hemdpanthi style, the temple has entry doors in East South and North directions.

Akkalkot: Akkalkot is a Holy place of Shri. Swami Samarth Maharaj. It is located at a distance of 38 kms. by road from Solapur District headquarters. This Saint is believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Dattatraya. The Samadhi of this Saint is worshipped by the devotees. The Death Anniversary is celebrated on Chaitra Shuddha Trayodashi every year. Large number of devotees visit the place every day.

Pandharpur: PANDHARPUR – This is a holy place of Shri.Vitthal and Shri.Rukmini. It is also known as the Southern Kashi of India and Kuldaivat of Maharashtra State. It is located at a distance of 72 kms by road. from Solapur District headquarters. The Pandharpur Railway Station falls on the Miraj-Kurduwadi-Latur railway track.

Solapur: Shri.Siddheshwar is the Gramdaivat of Solapur city. A Siddheshwar Temple is located at the heart of the city. It is surrounded by a large water tank which resembles as view of an island. The brief history of Shri.Siddheshwar runs like this. There was a great saint Shri.Siddaram, who preached the teachings of Shri.Basaweshwara. A young girl, inspired by the teachings of this saint wished to marry the saint. Shri.Siddaram being a brahamachari denied to marry her and gave permission to marry with his Yogadanda. The same marriage function is celebrated every year on the Makar Sankranti for three days on Bhogi, Sankrant and Kinkrant.

Barshi: Barshi is famous for the BHAGWANT MANDIR. Bhagwant temple is dedicated to Shri Vishnu. The uniqueness of this temple is that, this is the only one temple of Shri Vishnu all over India having Shri Vishnu’s name as BHAGAWNT. The temple is build in Hemadpanthi style in the year 1245 A.D. There are four entries to the temple from all the four directions, but the main entry is east-facing. There is one GARUDKHAMB in front of Garbhagraha. The idol of main diety Shri Bhagwant is in black stone having SHANKH, CHAKRA and GADA in the hands and picture of devotee king Ambrish below the right hand. Shri Laxmi is on the back of Bhagwant idol. Shivlinga is there on the forehead and marks of Footsteps of Bhrigu Rishi on the chest of the diety.

Thane: Thane is one of the few industrially advanced districts in the state of Maharashtra. Thane district is on the North of Konkan division. According to census 2011, it is third in the state in terms of population. Area of ​​the district is 4214 sq. Km. It is 1.37 percent of the state. The Sahyadri mountain ranges to the east and the Arabian sea to the west, the dense forest section of the Gujarat state on the north, and the south of Mumbai, which are considered to be world famous and the financial capital of India, are the four pillars of this district. The industrial area developed in Thane, Kalyan, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Bhiwandi talukas of the district and are under influence of Mumbai city’s modern culture.

Famous Places in Thane: Elvis Butterfly Garden, Sargam Water Park, Upvan Lake, Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park, Tansa Dam, Talao Pali, Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden, Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary, Kelva Beach, Ghodbunder Fort, Thane Creek, Kalibari Temple, Yeoor Hills, Bhiwandi, Suraj Water Park, Titwala Mandir, St John the Baptist church, Kopineshwar Mandir, Vasai Fort, Gorakhgad Fort, Vasai Creek, Kachrali Lake, Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary, Mother of Victory Church, Mumbra, Vajreshwari, Mahuli Fort, Sudhagad Fort, Tungareshwar Waterfall.

Elvis Butterfly Garden: The Elvis Butterfly Garden is a prominent tourist attraction in Thane. It is home to more than 132 species of butterflies that can be seen throughout the year. Its unique feature is that it is an open-air butterfly park. The park owner accompanies all visitors, showing them around and explain the various stages of a butterfly’s life – from an egg to a caterpillar to a Pupa. The garden serves breakfast and coffee, as well. The Elvis Butterfly Garden is a unique and informative experience that allows you to witness these beautiful, winged creatures in their natural surroundings, without any enclosures.

Sargam Water Park: Sargam Water Park and resort in Thane is a perfect amusement park for a short weekend getaway. Located amidst natural mango orchards, this amusement park has plenty to serve to their visitors. Starting from fantastic water rides and swimming pools to a stretch of lush green mango farm, this water park makes sure visitors have an extravagantly soothing day. This park located in East Vasai of Thane imparts a picturesque beauty to its surroundings and is quite common among teenagers and adults. Starting from a family get together to host a birthday party, this place has all that one would look for in an amusement park.

Upvan Lake: The Upvan Lake, an artificial, eco-friendly lake in Thane, Maharashtra, built in 1880 by Thane Municipal Corporation, was re-constructed by JK Singhania for the supply of water to the Raymond Factory. It is now regarded as one of the most scenic lakes in the country, famously known for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival annually. Set in the backdrop of Yeeor Hills, it is a perfect setting for a picnic with your family or simply a stroll with your lover.

Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park: Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park is located in Shivar Nagar, Thane, Maharashtra. It is renowned for the miniature models of the Seven Wonders of the World that have been constructed using thermocol. There are several themes to the park such as the Texas Cowboy, Greek Village, Colo Theatrum, Viva Las Vegas and Lake Venetia. There is a Spanish food court serving Española delicacies too.

Tansa Dam: Located in Thane district of Maharashtra, Tansa Dam is a large gravity dam which is used for generating water for drinking and other multipurpose activities. Popular for being one of the seven sources of drinking water supply in Mumbai, the dam is also a popular tourist spot owing to its picturesque environment and serenity. People come here in huge numbers to spend an evening amidst tranquility and also for day picnics. The dam was originally built in 1925 but over the years, the height of the dam is continuously being increased to meet the demands.

Talao Pali: Talao Pali or Masunda Lake is one of the most popular hangout spots in Mumbai offering a lot of exciting activities and food to the locals and the tourists. Talao Pali derives its name from two words- Talao and Pali both meaning water bodies. It is not only considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in Maharashtra but also one of the most popular spots for a small picnic or a casual stroll in Mumbai. Several fauna varieties around it dot this lake along with plenty of birds that visit this lake, especially in the evenings.

Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden: The Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden is situated in Ovale Village in Thane, Maharashtra. The park is home to over 500 species of butterflies. There are over 80 species of plants that serve the butterflies in some way; nectar or breeding. The butterflies migrate from October to December and then from April to June, therefore, making these months best for visiting. The park is an oasis for species of butterflies like the Gaudy Baron, Striped Tiger, Swordtail, Bluebottle, Commander, Common Crow, Wanderer, Crimson Rose, Monkey Puzzle and Grass Demon.

Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary: Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Although the sanctuary is one of the less-discovered places of Maharashtra, it is exotic in its location and picturesque surroundings. The Sanctuary is home to a dense Mangrove forest and more than thousands of birds, but as the name suggests, it is variously recognised for the migratory flamingos that fly every year in Spring to the Sanctuary.

Kelva Beach: Stretching for a coastline of 7 km along the gorgeous Arabian Sea, Kelva Beach is one of the top weekend getaways in Maharashtra. Line with beautiful Suru trees, the dreamy golden sands of the beach are ideal for sunbathing, lazing or taking long romantic walks. The highlight of the beach is its mesmerizing sunsets that invite a lot of tourists at the spot to witness the spectacular sight when the blue skies are flooded with hues of orange and purple. Aside from the relaxing and rejuvenating, there are several activities available at the beach that you can try your hand at, which include- ATV Ride, Camel Ride, Horse Ride etc.

Ghodbunder Fort: One of the oldest and most famous forts is the Ghodbunder Fort constructed around the 16th century AD. The place derives its name from two words- Ghod meaning horses and bunder meaning Fort. The fort derived this name because it was initially used by the Portuguese to trade their horses with the Arabs. Though in its ruins, Ghodbunder Fort has been a massive tourist attraction in Thane, Maharashtra and is therefore maintained by the archaeological survey of India.

Thane Creek: Thane Creek located near Mumbai Maharashtra is a precious feature of the city that is widely recognised for its natural appeal. The area is credited as an Important Bird Area by the Bombay Natural History Society, due to its large variety of migratory bird species. Teeming with life, one may encounter gregarious flamingoes, Avocets, Northern Shoveler, Grey Heron, Egrets, Plover, Sandpiper, Black-headed Ibis, Whimbrel, and even the occasional crab lurking in the creek.

Kalibari Temple: The Kalibari Temple (also known as Kalibari Mandir) in Thane West, Mumbai is sacred spot of worship in honor of the Goddess Kali, a deity belonging to the Hindu religion. The temple, with a structure that resembles that of ancient temples in Orissa was established by a community of Bengali families. One must grasp the opportunity of viewing the exquisite black statue of Goddess Kali, fashioned to perfection placed prominently at the center of the temple. This statue is usually adorned with bright colourful lights and fragrant flower garlands.

Yeoor hills: Famous as the beautiful and quick getaway from the chaos of metropolis, Yeoor hills is located in Upvan, in the Thane district of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The place experiences its first rainfall from the monsoon winds, making the surroundings more vibrant and refreshing.

Bhiwandi: Located 20 kms north- east of Mumbai and 15 kms north- east of Thane, Bhiwandi is a small city in the Konkan Division of Maharashtra. The industrial town is also colloquially known as the ‘Manchester of India’ as it houses the godowns and warehouses of leading textile industries. Besides, it is popular for its diverse culture and natural beauty. Bhiwandi has several temples and other places of religious importance that draws a lot of tourists to the place.

Suraj Water Park: Suraj Water Park in Thane, Maharashtra is a theme park which is spread across a wide area of 17 acres. The thrilling and fun-based water park is a combination of both modern and traditional technologies. The hub of the water park has about 16 slides, each of them challenging and fun-filled in its way.

Titwala Mandir:  Titwala Mandir, also known as Siddhivinayak Mahaganapati Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples and pilgrimage spot in Titwala, Thane District of Mumbai. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha as well as Lord Shivshankar. This place is visited by thousands of devotees each year, who believe that Lord Ganesha will fulfil all their wishes if they offer him their prayers.

Wardha: Wardha is a city as well as a municipal council in the Central Indian state of Maharashtra, which gets its name from the River Wardha that flows along the northern, southern and western borders. The city was founded within the domains of Maharashtra in the pre-independence era, in 1866, after which it became a crucial part of Mahatma Gandhi’s nationalist movements and campaigns. Presently, Wardha is famous for being a tourist destination in Central India as well as a pivotal centre for India’s expansive cotton trade.

Famous Places in Wardha: Laxminarayan Temple, Paramdham Ashram, Girad Darga, Sevagram Ashram, Bor tiger reserve.

Laxminarayan Temple: This is a temple of God-goddesses Lord Vishnu and Laxmi. It is big temple built in the 1905. Inner side of the temple is constructed with marble. Late Jamnalal have opened the temple in 19th July 1928 for ‘Harihans’ (lower caste peoples). Near the temple a medical shop is opened free for poor people. Various books of Sansrit, Prakrit, and Ved, Upnishades, Bhagwat in Hindi languages are available in the temples library. A guest house of the truest is there near the Railway Station.

Paramdham Ashram: Vinoba Bhave’s Paramdham Ashram Pawnar, Tahsil Seloo, District Wardha.

Girad Darga: Girad is 59 KM away from Wardha and it is in Samudrapur Tahasil. There is a Tomb of Shaikh Farid baba a famous sant of Muslim. It is also tell that, the sant is in standing reverse position and doing the prayer. The temple of Lord Ram is also there on bank of a lake near the sant’s tomb. On the Ram Nawami festival, huge yaatra helds here. Also in the ten days period of festival Muharram, religious integrity can be seen here.

Sevagram Ashram: Sevagram is a small village near Wardha town (8 km). Mahatma Gandhi reached the village on the 30th April, 1936 early in the morning at about 5 a.m. He remained here for about five to six days. He called the villagers and the purpose of his visit and sought their permission to settle down here. He had no intention to keep anybody with him except his wife Kasturba. However slowly pressure of work necessitated permission to more colleagues till Sevagram Ashram also became a full-fledged institution.

Bor tiger reserve: Bor tiger reserve is 40 km from Wardha district headquarter and 65 km from Nagpur.  Wild animals like Tiger, Fox, Hyena, Sloth Bear are seen. Peacocks are in abundance. It is very reach in flora and fauna. The place is worth visiting.

Yavatmal: In the socio-economic development of the district agricultural products, old temples, tourist places, business centres, industries contributes a lot.

Old Forts are not present in the district. In view of tourism, few temples and huge forest with beautiful vegetation cover attracts tourist as well as devotees.

Famous Places in Yavatmal: Sahastrakund waterfall, Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary.

Sahastrakund waterfall: Sahastrakund waterfall is situated on the boundary of Marathwada and Vidarbha region. One part of waterfall area is covered under Umarkhed Tahsil of District where as other part comes under Kinwat Tahsil of Nanded (Marathwada Region) district. This waterfall is 70 K.M. away from Umarkhed whereas 181 K.M. away from district head quarter. Large number of people visits this waterfall in rainy season.

Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary: Tipeshwar wild life sanctuary Location- The sanctuary is situated at Pandarkawada Tehsil, in the district of Yavatmal, Maharashtra.

Know Tipeshwar Sanctuary – The sanctuary covers an area of around 148.63sq.kms and abounds in vegetation cover. There are various villages located around the sanctuary and thus people depend on the forest for firewood, timber etc. The place is quite hilly and undulated and thus has different types of vegetation cover that varies with the altitude. Fauna- The place shelters a wide array of animals that include Hyena, Chital, Black buck, Sambar, Jackal, Wild boar, Peacock, Monkey, Blue bull, Wild cat, Bear and many more.