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Aurangabad
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The city of Aurangabad was founded in 1610 and is well connected with Mumbai (Bombay) and the city of Pune . It is also connected by air to various destinations around the country, including New Delhi. When Prince Aurangzeb became Viceroy of the Deccan, he made the city his capital and it was named after this last Mogul Emporer Aurangzeb (1659-1707 AD). The walls, which enclose the central part of the city, were added by Aurangzeb in 1686 in order to withstand attacks from the Marathas. There are four principal gateways to the city - the Delhi Darwaza, the Jalna Darwaza, the Paithan Darwaza and the Mecca Darwaza. Nine secondary gateways also formed a part of the defensive system of this city.

Although most remnants of the old city have been destroyed, the old city gates survived the several attacks. The Bibi Ka Maqbara, the mausoleum of Auranseb's wife is a perfect example of fine Moghul architecture. Aurangabad is a nice city and a good operation base from which to explore the Daytrips.

Lonavala
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Lonavala is a Hill station in Maharashtra. Also known as the jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains. This Hill Station is also a popular Health Resort in the western ranges on the Sahyadri. Situated at a height of 625 mtrs. above sea level it is a popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune, located just 110kms from Mumbai and 64kms from Pune. The population is approximately 50,000.

The weather in Lonavala is pleasant. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters are cool (November-February). It experiences heavy southwestern monsoon rains between June and September.

The mountainous terrain of Lonavala is ideal for trekking and hiking.

Lonavala is very famous for Chikki . It is a sweet preparation made of jaggery and peanuts or cashewnuts or sesame seeds. It is a harder version of fudge which is also available in different varieties.

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Nestled amidst the misty Sahyadri range, Lonavala is a well-known hill station in Maharashtra and this Lonavala Travel Guide will tell you everything you need to know about this getaway. Lonavala has many things to see and do, thus you can never get bored in this town that lies in the lap of nature. Also, it is a very safe place to travel to with family.

Transport

If you happen to be traveling from Mumbai, you can take a private taxi to Lonavala. You will reach your destination in around two hours using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Once in Lonavala, you can move around the city with the help of local auto rickshaws or private taxis which can be found almost everywhere.

In Nature's Cradle

Lonavala lies at a height of 625 meters and is set amidst lush green hills. After leaving the city behind, you will notice the abundance of greenery. There is also a large number of big and small waterfalls in the area, especially during the monsoon season from June to September. Another iconic sight of Lonavala is the many monkeys that can be found everywhere. It is also a great place to go bird-watching.

Town Area

The main town area is called Lonavala Bazaar. In this bustling market, one is able to find a good number of restaurants as well as street side eateries that serve freshly made snacks. When visiting Lonavala, one shouldn't miss the chance to taste local sweet delights also known as "chikki" and fudge. A-1 and Maganlal Stores are the most famous for these sweets. Other shops in the town area sell imitation jewelry, cane products, footwear and clothes.

Sights to See

Lonavala has a good number of sightseeing points such as Duke's Nose, Rajmachi Point, Lohagad Fort, Bushy Dam, Lion's Point, Tungarli Lake/Dam and Shooting Point, all of which offer an excellent view of the lush green hill station. Another must-visit when in Lonavala is the Karla Caves which were built by Buddhist monks in the second or third century.

Where to Stay

Since Lonavala is such a famous weekend get-a-way, there is a plethora of accommodation options available. The Lagoona Resort and the Upper Deck Resort are both amazing places to stay at if you want to retain an earthy feel to your holiday. If plush comfort is what you are after, then Fariyas Hotel, Citrus Hotel and Brightlands are some of the hotels you should be looking at. You end up spending more than $100 per night on accommodations in the fanciest of hotels here. The food served in these hotels and resorts is tasty, but more importantly it is always cooked in a safe and hygienic way.

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Mahabaleshwar
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Mahabaleshwar is a very popular hill station at an altitude of 1372 mtrs. above sea level. When you feel like even fresher air, go there during winter (October to February)or when you want to flee from the heat of the plains, go there during summer (March to June) or during the damp Monsoon (June until September). Mahabaleshwar is also better known as Strawberry Country and is a true paradise for honeymoon couples.

A good idea for a daytrip is a visit to the Pratapgadh Fort, some forty kilometres away from Mahabaleshwar.

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Matheran
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Matheran (which means "forest at the top") offers unpolluted air, beautiful surroundings and shady walks with marvellous panoramic views. The best season to visit this place is from October until May.

This is the nearest hill station to Mumbai (111 kms), at an altitude of 803,47 metres. It's a great experience to travel from Neral station to the top by means of the mini-train, using a narrow gauge line. Taxi services are also available. From the station, it is a 10 to 15 minutes' walk and there are plenty of coolies that are most willing to carry your luggage for 40/50 Rs. In Matheran, no cars are allowed, which makes the place even more interesting. You can even visit the main sights by horse car.

Visit places such as Louise Point, the Charlotte Lake with the Panthers caves, do some golf at the excellent golf courses or go to the sunset and panoramic points to freshen up your mind.

This is an awesome place to go to relax. You can just forget all your tensions and worries once you go there. It is absolutely good for nature lovers.

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Mumbai
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Mumbai is most exciting city in India.(Earlier known by Bombay), the cosmopolitan capital of Maharashtra, is located in the west of India. Because of its location and the mark the British left on the city, it changed from a fairly isolated town into a major commercial city with over a million inhabitants. Recently, the government changed the city's former, Anglicised  name Bombay, into Mumbai. But what's in a name? Mumbai still is a must for travelers and is, to a certain extent, a match for cities such as Paris and London.

Although not everyone is pleased with its nickname, Bollywood, the film industry in Mumbai produces over 400 films a year and is therefore, the largest movie industry in the world. The actors enjoy their god-like statuses and dwell in exclusive mansions on Pali Hill and mainly Juhu, the area that holds its own with Beverly Hills. Although not may people are permitted to actually see the ins and outs of the film shooting process, there are some tours to the film studies and if that doesn't work, there is always a place where you can bathe in the typical mélange of Indian dance, songs, optional violence and melodrama.

Don't let yourself be overwhelmed by the big city character because there are plenty of nice things to see and do. There are museums, such as the Gandhi Museum (in one of the Mahatma's former residences- it's light on history and heavy on memorabilia), art galleries, bazaars like Crawford Market area (check out Jhavari Bazaar, where bargaining is done comfortably on piles of pillows), parks (the hanging gardens are a must) and temples. Even the existing malls are worth a visit. Especially in the Hutatma Chawk area, you'll find a large concentration of impressive and important historical buildings, such as the fabulous Town Hall in neo-classical style. Marine Drive nearby the seaside, which is also called the Queen's Necklace because of its sparkling nightlights, is a nice area to stroll and relax in the evening hours.

However, you haven't actually been to Bombay if you haven't seen the Gateway to India. This monument was built to commemorate the visit of king George the V and Queen Mary in 1911. At the same time, it's the place where you can catch a boat to the Elephanta Island, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can see rock-cut temples and caves dating back to the 6th century. Daytrips from Bombay include visits to the Kanheri Caves at Borivli (more rock carvings), Bassein (to see its Portuguese fort) and Cheul (ruins of Muslim and Portuguese forts). From Bombay visit Ellora and Ajanta.

Don't miss the various food outlets. The numerous restaurants and roadside eateries. Specialities are: Vada pav, Bhelpuri, Paanipuri, Dhabeli, Masala Papad and various other cusines local, Indian and International.

Traveling in Bombay is calculated by time it takes to reach a destination and not by kilometers as is the norm elsewhere.

Water Pond of Nerul Sector - 18, Posh localities in Navi Mumbai, Nerul (West). Exotic place in Navi Mumbai. Water Pond of Nerul Sector - 18, Posh localities in Navi Mumbai, Nerul (West). Exotic place in Navi Mumbai.
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Panchgani
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Panchgani is situated 20 kms East of Mahabaleshwar and spreads out over five hills. The name actually means 'five lands' and in this very popular hill station, that bears the Raj stamp all over it, you can have some excellent views of the flat surroundings. It is also famous for its boarding schools, its Parsee Bungalows, the fresh air, tasty strawberries and the rich Indians who like to spend some time here. Picturesque Panchgani has served as the background for several films.

From Mahabaleshwar, it takes only twenty to twenty-five minutes to reach Panchgani. It can also be easily visited from Poona or Bombay. .

Panchgani derives its name from the five hills around it. At an altitude of 1334 m it is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m translate themselves into a breathtaking 20 kms approach from Mahabaleshwar, that swoops around bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the coastal plains on the other. Panchgani is the quintessential hill station, with the Raj stamped indelibly all over it. It can be seen in the old architecture of the old British buildings, the parsi houses, & the boarding schools that have been for a century or more. Amble along the walkways, thickly canopied by lush trees & vegetation & delights in the secrets you come upon. The Krishna, snaking through tiny hamlets, farms & ravines, hundreds of meters below. Visit table land, a flat mountain peak & feast your eyes on the coastal plains, looking like miniature water colors. Select a horse from one of the numerous stables & canter along uncharted routes through hidden lovers' lanes, to the caves & kamalgad fort. Or while away at the bazaar. Panchgani is one of the rare places that doesn't crowd anyone, yet in its own unhurried way deeply touches  every visitor.

Sydney Point is situated on a small hillock facing the Krishna Valley. From here one can see the the glittering waters of the Dhom Dam and Pandavgad and Mandhardeo are also easily seen. Table Land
Situated around 60 mts high ,this flat large expanse of laterite rock is the second longest mountain plateau in asia.There are some spacious caves that can be seen from here and one of them is Devil's Kitchen. Parsi Point
This windy road situated on the way to Mahableshwar overlooks the Krishna valley and the blue mirror like waters of the Dhom Dam. Devil's Kitchen
The Devil's Kitchen situated to the south of tableland, is also a place of mythological interest. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here for a while and used this place to cook their food. There are some legends regarding this, though most of them appear to be mere tall tales. Some people claim that Pandvgadh Caves ( near Wai ) are also built by them and bear their name. Dhom Dam
Dhom Dam water sports is one more amazing attraction for tourists which is 21 kms away from Panchgani. A beautiful boating spot.

Here one can enjoy with Scooter boats and Speed boats. Sporting in Krishna river stream with the beautiful natural surrounding is a wonderful experience in itself. The Lingmala Falls
The Lingmala Falls in Mahabaleshwar can be reached by road. It lies on the Mahabaleshwar-Poona road. The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows. The forest bungalow of lingmala is also close by.
 
About 10 km from the town, Rajapuri Caves have a religious importance as there is a temple of Lord Karthikeya, (Lord Shiva's son) here. A temple of local goddess Ghatjal Devi is also in the area. A small local fair is held at the time of the harvest season.

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Pune
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Pune or Punyanagari as it is called has had a glorious past of nearly 600years both illustrious and romantic.

Long time ago who would have known that a Deccan plateau 800 mts above the sea level surrounded by hills, valleys and historic forts would emerge as a district named PUNE. A small village inhabited by musicians and artists in 613 A.D grew into the Deccan Capital to rival Delhi.

In 750A.D The Rashtrakut Dynasty ruled the Punewadi, now called Pune Poona to the old diehards.

Later in the 1600s the great Hindu king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rebuilt the town devastated by invasions. During the Maratha regime, the Peshwas (Prime Minister) ruled from the famous citadel, Shaniwar Wada. This was the seat of power until the British took over and burnt the 7-storyed building in the Shaniwar Wada.

The city of Pune also gave great national leaders like Lokmanya Tilak during the independence movement.

In 1856  the Pune-Mumbai rail track and the Khadakwasla Dam in 1857 was constructed.Later many colleges were established gradually, the Deccan college, the college of Engineering and the Ferguson college. In 1857, the offices of the Department of Meteorology was shifted from Simla to Pune.The first Textile Mill was built in 1893 by Raja Bahadur Motilal Pittie.

Pune was home to some of the fiery personalities who wrote the eventful pages of India's freedom struggle. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said that " Pune is a bee-hive of dedicated workers for a noble cause."

At present Pune is the 5 th ranking industrial metro of India. Infact Kothrud has achieved a place in the Guinness book of world records for having the fastest urban growth rate

Sights and Sounds

The Aga Khan’s Palace: This Palace boasts of Italianate arches, a gracious building having salons and suites and spacious lawns . The place has a historical landmark. During the 1942 Quit India Movement the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. Later a memorial was erected here in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi who died in this palace.

Appu Ghar: Indira Gandhi Udyan situated at Pradhikaran, Nigdi on Pune-Bombay highway. It is a play park and a mini Disney Land full of wheels, merry-go-round and swings. Both adults and the children enjoy the rides and the fun alike. Reaching there is no problem as there are direct bus service from the Pune station.

Bund Garden: This garden is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udhayan. It was built by Sir Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy, on the right bank of the Mula-Mutha to provide the poor with water during summer. Main attraction here is the evening boat rides, horse rides etc. The garden is famous for Bhel-Puri and Pani-Puri. It is situated on the Airport road and very close to the Camp area.

Film and Television Institute of India: The FTII is situated on a sprawling campus midst much greenery on the Law College Road. It is a premier institute that imparts training in all branches of the film industry and is known for having produced some of the finest professionals in the Audio- Visual media, most of whom have won accolades abroad. So if you have star in your eyes, FTII is a must.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: The museum is housed in a Rajasthani styled building situated close to the hustle and bustle of busy Bajirao Road of Pune. It holds a one man collection of the most fascinating Indian articrafts that you would have ever seen. ‘Mastani Mahal’ which was brought and erected as it was from it’s original form is a masterpiece amongst it’s other exhibits. It has 36 sections which include carved palace and temple doors, 2,000 year old pottery, traditional Indian lamps and 17th century paintings.

National Defence Academy: This is a Defence Academy that imparts basic training to officers, cadets of all the three branches of the Defence Services for Commission in the Army, Navy and Air-Force. It is situated at Khadakvasla 17 kms From Pune.

Osho Commune: Pune has become a international tourist spot because of the Osho Commune International. Spread over 31 acres of flush green surroundings, is the meditation resort to people from over 60-70 different countries. The Osho Commune offers over 100 different meditation techniques to all the participants. It has become a must-visit to all the tourists over the world who are on a spiritual journey.

Parvati(Not pronounced as Paarvati) Hill and Temples: Standing atop this hillock you get a vertical glimpse of Pune. A steep flight of 108 narrow steps lead to the hill top temple built by Balaji Baji Rao. ‘Nagarkjana’ drum house is the imposing temple of Parvati and Devdeveshwar. This was once the private shrine of the Peshwas. It is also the final resting place of Nana Saheb Peshwa. The Parvati museum houses portraits of Peshwas, old manuscripts, coins etc.

Pashan Lake: This lake is situated 12 Kms off the road to N.D.A. It is an Orinthologists delight, as it is the favourite haunt of a number of migratory and residential birds. For birdwatching head towards this little lake.  

Pataleshwar Caves: This 8th century rock cut temple is hidden in the heart of the city in the midst of modern high rise structures and developments, at Shivajinagar. Reminiscent of Ellora, the temple has been carved out of a single boulder of awe inspiring size which includes massive pillars, a Shiva shrine and a Nandi bull. the temple is used by worshippers even today.

Shaniwar Wada: This imposing palace was built by the successors of Shivaji, the Peshwas in 1736. A massive fire destroyed the building in 1827. Most of the palace interiors also got destroyed and all that remains is the old fortified wall. But of course the impressive brass studded gates and lotus pools have also withstood the ravages of time. This Palace situated in the heart of the city near to Deccan Gymkhana, Shivajinagar, and Laxmi Road, has become the symbol of the culture of Pune. It is place to charm you and take you through the memory pages of history.

Sinhagad fort: Sinhagad fort stands 25 Kms from Pune, formerly known as Kondhana, once being the most impregnable fort in western India. It’s literal translation is the "Fortress of the Lion". The fort has changed hands many times from Mohammed Tughlak in 1340 A.D., to the British in 1918 A.D. Legends says, 300 years ago Shivaji’s Gen. Tanaji Malusare scaled this sheer precipice with ropes and giant lizards. He was killed in the battle and a memorial exists. It is an ideal place for a day long picnic and site seeing. The main attraction is climbing the fort on foot.

University Of Pune: The site of Pune University, stately mansions at Ganeshkhind built in Italian-Gothic style, was the official residence of the Governor of Mumbai during the monsoon season. The 300 mt high tower beckons to all these who come here in the pursuit of higher education. It is one of the oldest universities of India.

Shinde Chatri: Amongst the architectural prides of Pune, the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army, between the years 1760 to 1780 under the mighty Peshwas. The temple adorned with Rajasthani architecture is an imposing edifice situated at Wanowrie. 

Karan Agri Tourism: Hill Top Agri excursion destination:

Colourful flowers, small footway through green bushes, various countryside foods, fresh vegetables, various horticultural activities, tree bound swing, sliders, huts, tents, natural cool water, Tulshi vrindavan, & fabulous entrance, these are the features of Karan Agri Tourism at Bhambarde near to Pune.

Karan Agri Tourism is located at Bhambarde, 5 KMs away from Ranjangaon Ganpati (one of the famous Eight Ganpatis) on Ahmednagar-Pune Highway. This tourism spot is developed by Mr. Ramesh Karbhari Sangpal in around 2 acres on a hill top. Tourists like Ganpati devotees, Industrial employees from Ranjangaon MIDC & group of families from Pune city are taking the experience of rural culture.

Shirdi Saibaba Temple:

The Shirdi Saibaba Temple, located at Shirdi, Maharashtra, India attracts millions of devotees of all religions, castes and creed who come to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba.
About Shree Saibaba Chandbhai, the headman of a village called Dhoopkhede (in Aurangabad, India), once lost his horse and was looking for it. Suddenly he heard a voice say "You look tired. come here and rest a while". He turned around and saw a young Fakir . The fakir smiled at him and said "What are you looking for in this jungle, Chandbhai". Chandbhai was surprised and he wondered how the fakir knew his name. Slowly, he said "I have lost my horse. I have looked for it everywhere, but cannot seem to find it". The fakir told him to look behind a clump of trees. Chandbhai was pleasantly surprised to find his horse grazing peacefully behind those trees. He thanked the fakir and asked his name. The fakir said "some people call me Sai Baba." Sai Baba then invited Chandbhai to have a smoke with him. He got the pipe ready, but there was no fire to light it with. Sai Baba thrust a pair of tongs into the ground and brought out a burning coal. Chandbhai was wonderstruck. He thought "this is no ordinary person" and invited Baba to come to his house and be his guest for a few days. Next day Baba went to Chandbhai's house and found everybody in a very joyful mood and festivities going on all around. He found that Chandbhai's wife's nephew was getting married. The bride was from Shirdi and the marriage party was going to Shirdi. Chandbhai invited Baba to accompany the marriage party to Shirdi. At Shirdi they camped in a field next to Khandoba's temple. After the wedding, Saibaba stayed on at Shirdi. At first he lived under a neem tree and begged for food whenever he needed it. He then went to Khandoba's temple, intending to stay there, but the temple priest met him at the entrance and told him to go to the mosque. That is how Baba, started staying at the Mosque which was later called Dwarkamayi. Baba preached at Shirdi all his life and performed numerous miracles to convince people that God exists. He healed people's diseases, provided moral and material comfort to his devotees. Baba helped bring Unity and Harmony between all communities. He said that God is one, but called by different names. He said follow your own religion and seek the truth. One day a rich millionaire named Booty came to Sai Baba and said he was going to construct a stone building for Shri Krishna. Baba helped him plan the building. Before the building was completed Baba fell very ill. On the 15th of October 1918, he breathed his last. His last wish was to be buried in Booty's building. Booty's stone building came to be known as the Samadhi Mandir. Shri Sai Baba was buried here and a beautiful shrine was built over it. To this day, people flock to Shirdi to pay homage to Shri Sai Baba

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Shirdi
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Shirdi is some 90 kms away from Nasik and famous for Saint Saibaba (who is also popularly known as 'the Child of God'). Both Hindus and Muslims believe in Saibaba and visit the Saibaba Temple at least one a week, preferably at Thursdays. On every holy Thursday, a special Aarti (prayer) is performed in the temple. Other places of tourist interest are the Gurusthan, the Khandoba Temple, the Shani Mandir, the Narsimha Mandir, the Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.
Shirdi by Road: Shirdi can be reached by taking a Bus from almost all major cities of Maharashtra. Shirdi is on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway. via bhiwandi Mumbai-Nashik Highway - ghoti - shinnar - Shirdi drive of approx 5 hrs route to - via kalyan - murbad - malshej ghat - ale phata - sangamner - shirdi - drive of approx 5-6 Hrs. Driving Distance to Shirdi from: shirdi to ahmedabad Distance - 553 km KM and it takes approximately 8 hours 19 mins to travel. Shirdi by Train: Shirdi Railway Station - Sainagar Shirdi -Distance from Temple0.5kms . Kopergaon ( Daund- Manmad Line ) 16 km. Manmad Junction - 58 km. Shirdi to Pune - 195 kms Shirdi to Nagarsol - 44km Shirdi to Nashik - 82 Kms . Shirdi by Air: Aurangabad Airport, Maharashtra State, India -150 km Pune Airport , Maharashtra State, India -215 km. Mumba Airport i, Maharashtra State, India -282 km Nasik Airport, Maharashtra State, India-90km. For complete information for shirdi travel and shirdi travel guide visit www.shirditravel.com
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Tapola, located 30 kms from Mahabaleshwar, is known to be a picnic spot (and once again also a popular site for shooting films), probably some documentaries for  doordarshan. 

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Ahmednagar (often shortened to Nagar) is located about 117 km (73 miles) northeast of Pune in a predominantly agricultural district. Ahmednagar is the biggest district in maharashtra and has now emerged as one of the leading industrial district with industrioes in Automobile, Electronics, Heavy Industries, Agriculture Equipment, Sugar Co-operative movement started in Ahmednagar and is the one of the biggest industry here. Strategic central location makes it one of the strongest trading city especially in Agriculture produce. Ahmednagar has strong penetration into Bombay and National Stock Exchange. A drive through downtown Ahmednagar is a challenging obstacle course round yellow and red S.T. buses, trucks spewing forth smoky exhaust, three-wheeled motorized rickshaws, scooters, and bicycles that materialize out of nowhere, horse-drawn tongas, and the ever-present stray cow or dog.

City is now growing in all sides and new markets are developed with state of art technology. Ahmednagar now has the biggest Cricket stadium in Maharashtra along with other International standard sporting facility.

Ahmednagar District has been spiritual centre of India with Spiritually enlightened Souls like Dyaneshwar, Sai baba, Sant Tukaram, Meher baba and this list is very long. So this city has always been blessed and also there are lot of other charged places like Shani Shingnapur where people come from all over India.

Also Ahmednagar has got lot of Moghul Architecture and structures and seligiously important place for Muslim Community. Outside the city, village life still follows traditional patterns. Women dressed in brilliant saris with large brass pots balanced securely on their heads visit the village well each day to draw water. Farmers work the land with bullocks and handheld plows and carry their crops to market in small wooden carts. If there is enough rain, village fields are green with millet, wheat, sugar cane, mangos, and other fruits and flowers. In recent years, scooter factories and other industrial plants, as well as a flurry of television antennas, have also begun to dot the landscape of smaller villages. The most beautiful place on earth is Ahmednagar.

Meher Baba first visited the Ahmednagar area in 1923, staying at Khushru Quarters, the present site of the Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust. Throughout the years, He made Ahmednagar a center for His work, first at Meherabad near the village of Arangaon, 10 km (6 miles) to the south, and later at Meherazad near the village of Pimpalgaon-Malvi, 14 km (9 miles) to the north.

So this city is must see and has been place of big work for nation like the book Discovery of India was written in Ahmednagar by Shri. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Ahmednagar has been famous as an Historical city and now it is getting its name around the country as Cultural Capital. There are lot of world famous creative artist like Pramod Kamble. MUSIVERSITY is state of art Dance Music Theatre and Creative Arts Academy. One if its kind Music school in Maharashtra caters to Western/ Indian Dance styles, Classical / Western Singing, One place where almost 20 different Musical Instruments are taught, Theatre, Debate, Personality Development, Photography  and lot many more Hobby classes are making Ahmednagar an Home for students from Maharashtra for their Summer Holidays!

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Satara is a town and district of Maharashtra. The name is derived from the seventeen walls, towers and gates which the town was supposed to possess. The town is 2320 ft. above sea-level, near the confluence of the Krishna River.

The Krishna River is one of the longest rivers of India (about 900 km in length). It originates at Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra and joins the sea in the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladevi in Andhra Pradesh. The Krishna River flows through the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The traditional source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Mahabaleshwar.

The city of Satara was the seat of the former Maratha Maharajas, the nominal rulers of the Maratha empire until its conquest by Britain in 1818. Shivaji made Satara the capital of the Maratha state in 1659, when he won independence from the sultanate of Bijapur. His descendants had lost effective control of the Maratha state by the mid eighteenth century, which had passed to the Peshawas, who moved the capital to Pune in 1749. 

Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818 the British annexed most of the Maratha territory to Bombay State  but restored the titular raja, and assigned to him the principality of Satara, with an area much larger than the present district. As a result of political intrigues, he was deposed in 1839, and his brother was placed on the throne. This prince dying without male heirs in 1848, Satara was resumed by the British government, and added to Bombay state. In 1960 Bombay state, which had become a state of India after its independence in 1947, was broken up into Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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Satara District has an area of 10,480 sq. km, and a population of 2,796,906 (2001). The capital of the district is Satara; other major towns include Koregaon, Koyananagar, Mahabaleshawr, and Panchgani. It is bounded by Pune district to the north, Solapur to the east, Sangali district to the south, and Ratnagiri district on the west. The Sahyadri range, or main range of the Western Ghats runs north and south along the western edge of the district, separating it from Ratnagiri district. The Mahadeo range starts about 10 m. north of Mahabaleshwar and stretches east and south-east across the whole of the district. The Mahadeo hills are bold, presenting bare scarps of black rock like fortresses. The Satara district is part of two main watersheds. The Bhima River watershed, which is a tributary of the Krishna, includes the north and northeast of the district, north of the Mahadeo hills. The rest of the district is drained by the upper Krishna and its tributaries. The hill forests have a large store of timber and firewood. The whole of Satara district falls within the Deccab Traps area; the hills consist of trap intersected by strata of basalt and topped with laterite  while, of the different soils on the plains, the commonest is the black loamy clay containing carbonate of lime. This soil, when well watered, is capable of yielding heavy crops. Satara contains some important irrigation works, including the Kistna canal. In some of the western parts of the district the average annual rainfall exceeds 200 in.; but on the eastern side water is scanty, the rainfall varying from 40 in. in Satara town to less than 12 in. in some places farther east. The district is traversed from north to south by a railway line, which passes 10 miles east Satara town.

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Thane, an ancient city, is making history again. It was once a very important fort for Shivaji and today it is fast emerging as a transport hub and preferred home for thousands of Mumbaikars. Says Madhav Natu, partner, Natu Paranjpe Builders, “Thane has become more accessible both by railway, and by road. It is very safe and you can reach here at any time of day or night. The infrastructure development, especially the widening of the roads has shortened commute time and given the city a new breath of life.”

Thane was once just a city bordering Thane creek with a few settlements here and there, but mostly jungle. Today, projects are sold out even before they are constructed. The city is spreading and growing in all directions.

It is also because certain faraway pockets of Thane no longer face the frequent power cuts and water problems. Thanks to Niranjan Hiranandani whose foresight and efforts have lead to the infrastructure development of the Ghodbundar strip. A place once inaccessible now takes only 15 minutes to reach from Thane station! Being a terminus, trains start and end here. Thane station now boasts eight platforms, seven of which are operational with all the important south-bound long-distance trains also halting here. When the eighth platform is added, it will become bigger even than Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus!
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Ulhasnagar
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Ulhasnagar, city in western India, in western Maharashtra state, located south of Kalyan. Ulhasnagar is part of the greater Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) urban area. The city has developed into an industrial center, with manufactures including chemicals, silk, and textiles. An industrial training center is located in the city. The nearest airport is in Mumbai. Ulhasnagar received many Pakistani Hindu refugees in 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was partitioned and India and Pakistan became independent nations. Much of the housing in the city consists of old military barracks converted into tenements, which have been allotted to the Hindu refugees against their claim of property left in Pakistan. Population (1991) 369,077.

Ulhasnagar is situated on the bank of river "ULHAS" and hence the name of this "Nagar" (township) was appropriately chosen to be ULHASNAGAR.  The word "ULHAS" means happiness. Considering the fact that the many displaced Sindhis (natives of Sindh, Panjab) who migrated to India leaving their homes and businesses have now settled here and found their new prosperity and happiness, the name of this township certainly is so fitting!

Now this city has become a big industrial and rich city. The main business of people staying nearby is flourished in Ulhasnagar itself. Its really a cool city. Previously it was known for making duplicate products, but now the original products are given birth and no one is able to make duplicate of it.

Vaijapur
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Vaijapur is located about 75 kms from Aurangabad on the Aurangabad -Nasik route. It doesnt hane any places of intrest but it is pretty near to Shirdi ( The Sai Baba Temple) ...about 43 kms. if you wanna stay at vaijapur the govt. guest house is the best place followed by Hotel Surya and Hotel Sindh. Other than this its like any semi-rural semi-urban town of India.

I think it has a very typical weather touch - dry towards Aurangabad and mild humid towards Shirdi. This makes it perfectly pleasent to travel from Aurangabad to Shirdi or vice versa. Do enjoy the route and do not miss those nice landscapes ! 

Jalgaon
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Jalgaon, city in western India, in northern Maharashtra state, on the northern Deccan Plateau. Located within a productive, irrigated agricultural region, Jalgaon is a significant collection and distribution center of agricultural goods. The leading products are millet and raw cotton; the region's rich volcanic soil is particularly well suited to cotton production. Jalgaon is an important center for cotton-textile and vegetable-oil mills, particularly groundnut-oil and hydrogenation plants. The city is served by several major rail lines and a national highway connecting it to Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and Kolkata. Formerly part of territory controlled by the Holkar family of Maratha rulers, Jalgaon became part of British India in 1818 and independent India in 1947.

With an area of about 11,700 sq km, Jalgaon District has a population of about 4 million. It is also bounded by religious temples and cultural establishments. Padmalaya, Manudevi and Patnadevi are some of the religious places situated in Jalgaon District. The major tourist attractions are Pal hill station at Raver, Patnadevi temple, at the confluence of Tapi and Purna rivers, hot water springs at Unapdev in Chopda Taluka.

The World famous Heritage site Ajanta Caves is far near to Jalgaon making it as one of major International Tourism hub for Tourist to reach Ajanta and Ellora caves. The region is also popular for its competitive edge business policies with Tea, Gold, Pulses, Mats being major Trade commodities. The District has excellent Rail and Road connectivity and is a central destination to reach out major places in India within 8-10 hours.

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Ashta Nagar Palika Municipalty is the second(ESTD 1853) to Mumbai in Maharashtra. To reach it the nearest International Airport is Mumbai's. From there one has to take bus to Sangli. Ashta is 19 Kms away from Sangli or Islampur. It has one Engineering institute.

Ashta is known for its Ashta i.e eight lingas of Lord Mahadev, which were incarnated at Ashta by Lord Rama duing his stay at Dandakranya.

Ashta is most famous for festival of "Bhavai". Bhavai marks victory of good over evil. Bhavai is celebrated by  all sections of society irrespective of religion or cast. They all immitate how Devi Chamundeshwari killed rakshasa by playing their own inherited role with strictly observing fast those days.Then at last celebrate victory together.

Ashta is known for two more things. Ashta has largest farming land(around 35K acres) for any city in Maharashtra or could be even India. Ashta is also well known for efficient running of credit societies. Ashta has almost 40 credit societies,4-5 scheduled banks,3-4 nationalised well known banks, little too many for a city boasting of population around 30 K. Ashta doesn't have any major industry despite being second oldest Municipality in Maharashtra. But Ashta is surrounded by almost 7-8 sugar factories and these many engg. colleges in the circle of 50 km.

Ashta is little conservative sleepy town which moves at its own place. Ashta weather is dry.

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Dombivli is a cultural city and one of the most literate cities in India. It is a thickly populated suburb of Mumbai, with a population of probably 2 1/2 million-plus people.

It has an industrial zone on the eastern side along the state highway and is an important industrial area in the state.

It is home to many eminent musicians, literians, authors, actors and dramacists.

Railway remains the fastest and the best way to reach Dombivli. Road connectivity is present but nothing to boast about. It is connected by a state highway to Kalyan, Panvel, Thane and Navi (New) Mumbai.

The city has a lot of good schools and colleges. It has some good parks also.

The City has good Hotels & Restaurants.

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The Dombivli travel guide is perfect to learn more about this city. Located in the Thane district of Maharashtra, the city of Dombivli lies approximately 50 km from the city of Mumbai. There are a good number of offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and restaurants in this recently evolved commercial zone.

Population

As per the 2001 population count, the population of Dombivli was estimated at 1,193,000. Today, the population has increased manifold and consists mainly of Maharashtrians who speak the Marathi language. However, people from as far as other Indian states like Punjab and Gujarat have also come here to make a life.

Commercial Zone

Dombivli is a well-known commercial area in Maharashtra. Here, one is able to find a large number of industries that manufacture chemicals, agricultural tools, metals and paints. In fact, if you ask anyone from the area, they will cite Vicco Labs, Deepak Fertilizers and Lloyd Steel as the most famous in the nation.

Transport

One can reach the city of Dombivli by railway, bus, taxi or rickshaw from Mumbai or any surrounding area. If flying into Maharashtra, the nearest airport to Dombivli is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. Within Dombivli, it is best to travel either by bus or an auto rickshaw service.

Culture

You will find that the city of Dombivli is steeped in local culture. Here, you will find churches, mosques and temples all within close proximity of each other. Some well-known temples in the area include the Ganpati Mandir and the Goan Devi Mandir. You will find a lot of artists here too, as well as people who have a great interest in art. From acting to literature, Dombivli has become quite the cultural zone. There are a good many festivals celebrated in this city, out of which the Navavarsha Swagat Yatra is the most prominent. This festival is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu New Year.

Most Literate Zone

The city of Dombivli has been credited with the honors of the first fully literate zone in the Indian state of Maharashtra, after a town in the state of Kerala. This is because Dombivli has a huge number of excellent schools and well as higher educational institutions, many of which have educated prominent people. One can also find a number of short term courses in computer training, fashion designing and arts here.


Kolhapur
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Kolhapur is an attractive city in Maharashtra and a good base for seeing some of the hill stations around such as Panhala.

The most famous sight in town is the New Palace in Kolhapur. It houses the Shahaji Chhatrapati Museum- a weird array of the former Maharaja's possessions, who recently died in 1983. British architect Charles Mant designed the New Palace in 1881 in the Indo-Sarcenic style.

Kolhapur can also be the starting point for a visit to the Dajipur Bison Sanctuary. It is situated on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts near the backwaters of the Radhanagari dam.

Kolhapur is also famous as a city encouraging arts and culture.It produced many eminent artists, painters, cinematographers and not to forget some well known wrestlers.All this started during the period of British occupation when Kolhapur was a well known princely state.The earstwhile Maharaja (prince)was a keen supporter of all the developments mentioned above .He (Shahu Maharaja)was also a keen social reformer.

Description of Kolhapur is incomplete without mentioning the ancient Mahalaxmi Temple in the middle of the city.This beautiful temple signifies Kolhapur as Daksheen (southern) Kashi.

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Situated on the bank of river krishana, Sangli is the biggest trade market place for turmeric powder in the entire country, also the Asia's biggest sugar plant is situated here. The city name Sangli is devised after it's six lanes (City of Six-Gallies). Sangli is a well known place for its Lok kala , Cultural activities, Educational facilities and its very own Co-operative principles. Sangli's climate is a moderately hot and dry, with cool weather in the hilly region. It is a market place for Chillies, Jaggery,Ground nuts, Sugar, Grapes,...Sangli is endowed by many leading personalities like Lata Mangeshkar, Padmabushan Vasant Dada Patil "Son of Sangli" who got elected as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for four times. 

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Nashik
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Nashik city is the holy place. Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra. Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 160 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as 200 Km from 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.

A delightful town, usually bustling with fervent crowds, Nasik is a classic mélange of the past and the present. It paves way to many fascinating forts and royally graceful temples that possess an aura of exuberance. This part of the terra firma is more than a dream destination for zealous lovers of glorious travel. It plays abode to most of the industries located in Maharashtra, including the Security Printing Press of the government, the nation's currency printer. The core of commerce and trade, it was earlier the country's largest market arena.  Widely held as the land that produces the maximum varieties of fruits and vegetables, it is rightly labelled as the green belt area. It lodges a great diversity of tourist attractions, religious domains and the nature at its bountiful and beautiful best. This land of exquisite grandeur witnessed 14 years of exile suffered by Lord Rama. The Lord spent his years of exile in the forests of this land. 

www.minashikkar.com is amazing city portal for nashik which will provide information related to all great people from nashik as well as around and about Nashik.

Konkan
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'Konkan' is the coastal region of Maharashtra state linning the Arabian sea. It extends from north to south and is made up of the districts of Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri & Sindhudurg. The Konkan region is seperated from the rest of the state by the Sahyadri mountain range also known as the western ghats. This region has remained in isolation (thankfully) for a long time for lack of proper means of transport. About ten years ago (around early 90s), this region opened up with the advent of the 'Konkan railway' - the rail route that connects Mumbai (Bombay) with the entire western coast of India. 'Konkan railway' in itself is an unparalleled achievment of engineering excellence for India involving construction of several bridges and tunnels through its entire run across the state. 

The region boasts of a unique culture that is unlike any other region in the country. People are quite friendly and hospitable. There are several places of geographical, cultural and architectural interest in the Konkan region. Most places offer long stretches of unexplored beaches, which have a serene character without much commercialisation. From north to south, Vangaon, Tarapur, Dahanu, Chincholi, Kihim, Alibaug (not so interesting anymore), Nagaon, Revdanda, Kashid, Murud Janjira, Dighi, Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar, Murud Harne, Anjarla, Devgarh, Ganpati Pule, Ratnagiri, Malvan, Vengurla, Ubha danda, Sagareshwar & Terekhol are just a few coastal towns from where one could enjoy an interesting dialogue with the endless ocean. Amongst places of cultural interest, there are a large number of temples and temple complexes spread all over the region, most of which are at least 100 years old. Along with the temples, there are quite a few places connected with the political history of Maharashtra such as forts and palaces built during the rule of the Marathas (the great Maratha warrior prince - Shivaji & then the Peshwas). The forts of Arnala, Vasai, Alibag, Janjira, Raigad, Vijaydurg & Sindhudurg offer an insight into the history of the region along with splendid views of unexplored landscape / seascape. The

Mumbai (Bombay) and Thane are highly commercialised cities and these districts do not have much to offer. Chiplun & Ratnagiri are two strategically located and fast-developing towns south of Mumbai. These are the only two major commercial towns (or cities?) in the region. Kudal & Kankavli in the south & Mahad in the north are also trying to catch up with development. However, fortunately, most parts in the districts of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg have managed to remain free from commercialisation and adulteration of the landscape. Travelling through these districts of the Konkan region is an experience in itself.

Do not expect luxorious resorts and exotic seaside getaways. There are quite a few motels and lodges and occassionaly a few good (but not so great resorts) dotting the region. Most motels are situated along the busy Mumbai-Goa national highway. These usually cater to the local tourists and trade travellers. The state-run MTDC - Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation runs a few (so-called) resorts at Malvan, Ratnagir, Ganpatipule and Kihim. These however are badly managed and in most cases poorly equipped.

However, if you can take care of yourself and manage to spend a few nights without much comfort and luxory, then you are in for a wonderful experience. A journey to this region with a wealth of natural resources is well worth compromising on comfort for a few days. Malwani food is fast becoming famous across the country. If fish is your favourite, start packing your bags. Go, indulge into one of the most unique travelling experiences in India!

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Alibag
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Alibag is a town on the western coast of India, known as the Konkan region. It is also district headquarters of Raigad district. Alibag was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre , the Naval chief of King Shivaji's kingdom.

Situated just south of Mumbai, Alibag is famed for its clean waters and sands. Alibag is also a weekend gateway for residents of Mumbai / Pune.

Alibag has a beach in the city as well as there are nearabout 9 beaches around the city. Like other beaches on the Konkan coast, Alibag too has a historic fort, the Kulaba Fort, which is just off the main seashore. The fort can be visited during low tide when the waters have receded.

Alibag is quiet with a moderate number of tourists who come over on the weekend. Alibag is a frequent getaway for people in Mumbai with many owning farmhouses off the beach. The launch from Mumbai makes it closer although during the monsoons a boat ride is not advisable.

Alibag is not only a city of sun, or beaches it is also said to be the one of most amazingly budgeted place with highly exploring. A wonderful week-end location!

You can visit site www.alibagtourism.com for further details.

 

Malvan
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Malvan is a fishing port on western coast of Sindhudurga District,  Maharashtra, INDIA in a region of magnificent white beaches. The impressive Sindhudurg or Ocean Fort, set on an offshore island, was built in 1664 by the great 17th century warrior, Shivaji to the glory of the Maratha Empire, is just a stone's throw away from our Hotel Sagar Kinara. Ferry services start from morning 8 and last boat leaves 1700 hours in the evening. Current tariff per head is Rs.1500/-(includes return fare). 

Malvan has got very nice sea-shore. But it is mainly known for famous "Sindhudurg fort" . Maratha king Shri Shivaji Maharaj built this fort on island of 'kurte' .

Now Apart from the Fort, you can relax on the beaches of Tarkarli and Chiwla beach. These beaches are neat and clean and very less crowded. Just as the foreigners would love it. Also one more spot is the Rock Garden. One temple built by Jayant Salgaonkar is the Jay Ganesh temple where the idol is of Gold. Malvan is worth a visit and sight seeing can be completed in two days of time.

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Ajanta Caves
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The Ajanta Caves are a historical landmark being named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ajanta is a village in Maharashtra, India and the caves are found in a wooded horseshoe shaped ravine where the river Waghur flows at the bottom. There are officially 29 caves that form 35 to 110 feet from the river and the last one, not included in the official count, was re-discovered in 1956. They date back to about 200 BC and were found during the 19th century by soldiers hiding under thick vegetation.

There is something interesting concerning the outside of the caves. They resemble the ancient American Anastazi caves in that they were at once dwellings and the facades have been altered. Some are simple with just a porch and others are ornate with pillars and windows. There is a large veranda that cuts across the front of the caves and has arches and pillars.  

Traditions

It was a tradition when in use, that some halls were to be lived in by monastic Buddhists and their students while other halls were for gathering together. Shrines were built in the back walls to honor Buddha and often show him sitting and teaching. The ceilings and walls in the caves are decorated with paintings and carvings most of which depict the life of Buddha. The limestone of the caves was carved into incredible monuments to Buddha. Some remind one of the magnificent stone cathedrals built in the British Isles. These murals and carvings are quite elaborate and very beautiful. When you think this was all done by hand you realize what a wonder it really is.  

Festivals

A festival is held at the Soneri Mahal or Golden Palace in Aurangabad the last week of November. It is great to visit the caves during that time and stay in the town of Aurangabad (about 1 hour away from the caves) so you can see the singers and dancers the festival brings to the area. It is best to visit from November to March when the weather is cooler and a bit drier.

Hotels and Lodging

The caves are open from 9:00 am to around 5:00 pm and are not open on Mondays.   It is free to go on Fridays and the regular fee is $10. Although there aren’t too many hotels at the caves, one being the Ajanta Travelers Lodge, you can find hotels to match any budget in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Ahmendagar, and Dhule. There is a resort near Aurangabad railway station. Many hotels and other travel agencies coordinate tours to the caves.  

Dhule
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The district of Dhule lies in the upper Tapi basin in the north west corner of Maharashtra State. The district is separated from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh States by Satpudas and from the Deccan by Satmala hill range and Sahyadri mountains stretching out in east direction.

Dhule is a district administrative center .The cotton textile mill at Dhule is the large scale industry in the district.

Malkapur
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It is the gateway to Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. It has the biggest cotton market in maharashtra. There are many Cotton and Oil mills in this region.  There is considerable number of Dal Mills also. Cotton, Bajara, sunflower are the main crops cultivated here.The main occupation here is trading in commodities.

Major communities here are Marwari, Marathi, Muslim. 

It is situated near Bhusawal. Connected to Central Railway by broad guage line. Connected by National Highway no. 6.

Nearest cities are Buldhana, Khamgaon, Malkapur, Mehekar, Nandura, Bhusawal, Jalgaon, Akola etc.

 

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Karnala
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Barely sixty kilometers from Mumbai is an amazing spot, which is a haven for bird watchers, picnickers, rock climbers, weekend hikers and Fort spotters.
Karnala is dominated by a fort, which rises up from the sanctuary at its base.
The whole area is lush green and rich with natural habitation of various birds like Red Vented, Bulbul, Horn Bill, Myna, Owl, Robin McPie and many others.

The ancient fort is at an altitude of 1560ft. The fort has a Pinnacle on the top of it, which resembles a ‘Thumb’. The Pinnacle is 125ft in height and a popular climbing site for professional rock-climbers.

Karnala’s forest was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1962 .

The latest wildlife census proved the sanctuary to be a refuge for more than 140 species of resident and over 40 migratory bird species.

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Vengurla
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Vengurla is a town located on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, India. This small town some say has natural beauty, good beaches, as well as a rich culture and heritage. The town is surrounded by a semicircular range of hills with a lush green foliage (mainly cashew, mango, coconut plantations interspersed with all kinds of berry trees).There are very famous Cashew factories namely N.M.Varaskar Cashew Factory,Atul Cashew Factory etc.To the north there is Dabholi hill, to the south there is Mochemad hill, east is encompassed by Tulas hill, while to the west it's the deep blue Arabian Sea all the way till horizon. Some say the view of the town acquires a different shade of beauty from every different angle one views it. This town also has some beautiful temples like Shri Sateri, Rameshwar, the famous "Shri Navadurga at Kanyale-Redi",Vengurla Taluka, sri Vetoba at Shiroda, Shri Ravalnath etc

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Places to Visit In and Around Vengurla

Rameshwar Temple - Ancient Gram Devta ( God Shiva – main god of the city ) of Vengurla.

Shri Devi Navadurga Temple,Kanyale-Redi,Vengurla - Originally from Goa.Ancient Gram Devta of Kanyale-Redi,Vengurla.

Vengurla Port – Once upon a time , a very busy sea port in this area. It still has a light house . A very beautiful view of the Sea can be seen from here. Also Terekhol river & Goa border are visible.

Ubhadanda Beach & Sagareshwar Temple --- This beach is about 3 kms from Vengurla. Has golden sand , pleasant breeze .It is very clean without any pollution. On the sea shore itself is the Temple of Shiva. Worth visiting.

Mochemad - at a distance of about 8 kms from Ubhadanda , very beautiful sea shore and greenery. Nice beach . On the way from Vengurla to Redi , from the hill top , the beach can be seen below. Huge Rocks are also an attraction here.

Vengurla Market – Main market place of the city with many shops. During May – June , you will find fruits available in plenty and very cheap also . Nearby is the fish market. Cashew nuts / Mangoes available in plenty . Famous for " Khaja " , a sweet dish prepared from joggery.

Shiroda / Aaravali - can be called as twin villages with a major market place at Shiroda. Sunday is a special day for marketing here. Sea shore is very near. Shiroda is at 8 kms from Vengurla towards Redi.

Shri Vetoba Temple & Shri Sateri Temple at Aaravali - Both are in Aaravali . Have lot of religious importance in this region. The idol of Shri Vetoba's idol is very huge .

Shri Sateri Temple at Parabwada ,Vengurla - one more goddess Sateri Temple in Vengurla at Parabwada.

Redi Ganesh Temple – This god Ganesh was found in the mines of Redi. It came in the dream of a worker who works in the mine , and asked him to search for him in the mines.When the mines were dug , this Ganesh idol was found underneath . It is a huge idol with only 2 hands. Also a big mouse ( vehicle of Ganesh ) was found there near

Shri Mauli Temple of Redi- Goddess Mauli is the Gram Devta of Redi region. Has a huge ancient temple.

Shri Mauli Temple of Shiroda - One more temple of goddess mauli at Shiroda , very near from Shiroda market.

Shri Ram Purush Temple - One more ancient temple at Kanyale -Redi worth visiting .This also belongs to many Goud Saraswat Brahmins , among others.

Swayambhu Mahadev Temple at Redi - This is a Swayambhoo (emerged from land on its own) Temple of lord Shiva.

Purnadasbaba Upaskar Maharaj Samadhi & Shri Vitthal Mandir at Ubhadanda ,Vengurla - Saint at Ubhadanda .Beautiful Vitthal (Vishnu ) Temple worth visiting.

Redi Port & Fort Yashwantgad -- Again a major sea port of this region . Redi called Redipattan earlier , was /is a famous mining area . Maharashtra state ends here and from Terekhol starts the Goa border , towards the south. Redi is at a distance of 20 kms from Vengurla. Yeshwantgad fort is said to have lot of importance during days of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj but lies unattended now

 

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Kalyan
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Kalyan, city in western India, in western Maharashtra state, located by the estuary of the Ulhas River with access to the Arabian Sea. Kalyan is 48 km (30 mi) northeast of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and is part of the Greater Mumbai area. Overcrowding in Mumbai and incentives from the government to develop areas outside of Mumbai have attracted industrial business as well as industrial employees to Kalyan. On the eastern side of the city is a large industrial complex where electrical equipment, rayon, and dyes and other chemicals are manufactured. There are also a large number of textile-based cottage industries. Kalyan is an ancient port, dating back to the Gupta dynasty (320-550?). It is linked by direct rail with Mumbai and serves as an important railway junction. The nearest airport is in Mumbai. Extensive ruins in Kalyan indicate the city's former magnificence. It was occupied by the Bijapur sultanate (a Muslim state) in the 1500s and later by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who fortified the city in the mid-1600s. Later the Marathas occupied the area, making Kalyan one of their strategic centers because it guarded the entrance to Bombay and the western coast of India. After the British defeated the Marathas at the end of the 18th century, Kalyan became part of the Bombay Presidency, a British region that became Bombay state after India's independence in 1947. Population (1991) 1,014,557.
Bhandardhara
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Bhandardhara, beauty undiscovered !!!

Although many near Mumbai & Nasik will say we know this place, we have been there & we know its beautiful... accepted !!! But apart from people of Maharashtra very few Indians from the other parts of the country know about this beautiful hill-station situated so close to Mumbai & Nasik.

Well the beauty of Bhandardhara can rival any of the hill-stations in Mahrashtra, cloud covered mountains, waterfalls, a huge dam, lush greenery, cool weather, the works... Bhandardhara has it all.

Reaching there is quite easy, get down at Igatpuri station & Bhandardhara is just 35 km from here. One can drive down from Mumbai & reach there within 4 hrs. MTDC has a resort at Bhandardhara, the resort faces the lake & during the rains one can just sit & relax for hours together.

There are many sights near Bhandardhara... Kalusubai, the highest mountain peak in Maharashtra is lies on the way to Bhandardhara, many naturally formed lakes can be seen on the way, Igatpuri too has many lakes & waterfalls, taking a dip into these lakes is very safe as well.

Do put Bhandardhara on our weekend holidaying list.

Some tips...

Budget travellers can stay at many hotels in Igatpuri. For people with some more moolah to spare... Manas Resort at Igatpuri is a good option.

It is surrounded by some of the best places like Wilson Dam,  Kalsubai Peak ( the biggest peak in Maharashtra), Ghatghar and Ratangadh Fort. Its a must for every traveller

Raigad
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Raigad is a fort. It is situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This fort was the capital of the great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is located in the scenic region of the Sahyadri Mountain range. The fort is currently in ruins as after the maratha rule it was completely destroyed by the British. The most famous statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji is located in front of the ruins. There is also a Rameshwar mandir on this fort. It is one of the most majestic forts erected by the Marathas. It displays the brillance of architectural planning that the Marathas had. The fort given scenic displays of the surrounding beauty of the Sahyadri mountain range which covers the western region of Maharshtra. Its a great journey to visit this place which was ruled by the most famous king of Maharashtra. 
Ellora
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This Ellora travel guide will help you make the most of your visit to this historical dig site. Noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves found at Ellora are an intricate design of three religions woven together into one geographical wonder. 

Getting There

Getting to the site needs to be done by road. Trains, buses and planes come as far as Aurangabad, with some offering connections to Ellora, but once in the city, you'll need a car or separate bus line to get you to the cave site. Make sure to plan your trip according to the times when the caves are open to visitors. The normal operating times are Tuesday-Sunday from dawn until dusk.

The Caves

The caves at Ellora play major roles in three major world religions. Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism are each represented here in the caves adorned with rock shrines. The caves themselves are a network of 34 individual caves excavated between the fifth and thirteenth centuries. Despite their ancient ties, the caves remained a well kept mystery until accidentally discovered in 1819 by a hunting party. Today the caves are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The landscape itself is breath taking, with many of the caves overlooking lush green valleys.

Buddhist Caves

Followers of Buddhism can also see wall murals depicting events in the life of Buddha. In all, there are 12 Buddhist caves. These are the oldest of the caves at Ellora. Cave number 1 is thought to be the best cave for these paintings. Other notable paintings are found in caves 2, 16 and 17. Aside from just paintings, the caves boast many sculptures and shrines. Caves to visit for the most awe inspiring sculptures are caves 1, 4, 17, 19, 24 and 26.

Hindu Caves

There are 17 Hindu caves to explore. These caves were carved when Hinduism was thriving in India, between 600- 870 A.D. All caves are dedicated to major God Shiva, though there are many depictions of Vishnu throughout. The keystone caves for the Hindu religion include cave numbers 21, 25 and 29. Cave 21 is thought to be the oldest cave in all of Ellora. Cave 29 tells a story of Shiva destroying a demon. This cave is sometimes framed by a seasonal waterfall.

Jain Caves

With only 5 caves dedicated to Jainism, this religious plays a smaller role in Ellora. These caves are not as large as the others, but the artwork within is incredibly detailed. The most notable of these caves is number 32 which showcase intricate carvings including a ceiling lotus flower etching.

Sawantwadi
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Sawantwadi is an historic place.
dapoli
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dapoli is good city for tourism The climate  is good . in dapoli no air and water polution.

  

Harihareshwer ( HAHAD/KONKAN)
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This is best place for new couples!!
CHIPLUN
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CHIPLUN Ratnagiri Rajapur
Ratnagiri
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Ratnagiri Introduction : Ratnagiri is located on the southern western part of Maharashtra state right besides the Arabian sea coast. As like other Konkan region its eastern border is covered by Sahyadri Hills and western border is covered with beautiful Arabian sea. Ratnagiri has nine tahsils ; Mandangad, Dapoli, Khed, Chiplun, Guhagar, Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, Lanja and Rajapur. Chief rivers in Ratnagiri are the Shastri, Bor, Muchkundi, Kajali. The land of Ratnagiri is blessed with many Spiritual as well as Scenic places like Ganpatipule, Anjarle, Parshuram, Marleshwar and lots more. This district is developed as a new tourism destination in Maharashtra as well as in India. It’s having some lovely and lonely beaches, serene & silent temples, thick & thrilling forests, fantastic & fascinating forests. Delightful & delicious food etc. Ratnagiri also makes its impact in the history by giving many eminent personalities like Lokmanya Tilak, Dr. Babasaheb Amedkar, Maharshi Karve , Peshwe and lots more. It’s also noted for the delicious golden Haapus Mangoes which having big demand in the International Market. Other than mango it is also well known for its other fruits like Cashews, Black Berries, lemon and lots more……… Whole Ratnagiri district is gaining its popularity in the tourism industry of Maharashtra. It’s having very versatile destinations like Lonely Sea Shore, Famous Temples, Ancient Caves, High picks of Sahyadri and Beautiful Backwaters. Here are the list of some famous Destinations & tourist spot in Ratnagiri district Dapoli Region: 1) Anjarle Ganesh Temple :- Its Holy and peaceful place on the cliff of mountain. One of the famous temple of lord Ganesha build by PESHWA. 2) Harney Port :- Famous fish auction, you will get a chance to see variety of fishes like Pomfret, Lobsters, King Crab, King Prawns, Tiger Prawns, Mackerel, Shell, Sting rays. 3) Murud Beach :- Now known as Maharshi Karve beach, famous for its white sand and Dolhin Safari. 4) Kelshi Beach :- Silent beach with sand hills known as winds coop 5) Ladghar Beach :- Also known as Tamastirth as colour of the sand is in violet colour. Many peoples came here to take bath for a treatment of skin diseases. 6) Panhalekaji Caves :- Ancient Buddhist caves ,actually a colony of caves. 7) Dabhol Port : - Very old Port also known as Door to Makka for Hindustan in the old times. 8) Unhaware :- Famous for its hot water springs and medicinal use.; Guhagar Region : 1) Guhagar Beach :- Guhagar is well known for its long white sandy and safe beach. Roll Model of typical Konkani village 2) Wyadeshwar Temple :- Temple of Lord Shiva 3) Anjanwel Fort :- Gopalgad Fort and Lighthouse gives you the best view of sea from the hill. 4) Dhopave Backwater :- Ideal backwater and a big yard of Bharati Shipyard Company. 5) Hedavi Temple :- Temple of Lord Ganesha in the dense forest with the peaceful environment. 6) Welneshwar Temple :- Temple of Lord Shiva. 7) Tawsal Beach :- Lonely and Safe beach. Chiplun Region : 1) Parshuram Temple :- One of the most famous Temple in Konkan situated at the Hill top. The temple of Lord Parshurama the creator of Konkan. 2) Govalkot – Maldoli Backwater :- Famous for Crocodile Safari (one can see the rare salt water crocodile in a natural habitat). 3) Sawarde : - Shivsrushti built by Saint Walawalkar where you can see the life cycle of King Shivaji in the statue form. 4) Koyna Nagar :- New upcoming hill station famous for Koyana Dam, Garden and dense forest. 5) Kumbharli Ghat :- One can enjoy the waterfall in the rainey season. Ganpatipule Region : 1) Ganpatipule Temple :- Temple of Lord Ganesha. Most well known destination in Konkan. Always crowded by devotees as well as tourists. 2) Ganpatipule Beach :- Beautiful beach with white sand and blue water gives you very exotic feel. 3) Jaigad Fort : - Jaigad Fort once having a backbone of Sarkhel Kanhoji Angres Navy. 4) Karhateshwar Temple :- Temple of Lord Shiva situated at the corner of the hill exposed towards sea. One can see the breathtaking view of waves hammering on the rocky surface. 5) Kolisare Temple : - Temple of Lord Laxmikeshav situated in the dense forest. One can experience the absolute silence and beauty of nature. 6) Malgund Village :- Birth place of Poet known as Great Poet Keshavsut. 7) Bhandarpule Beach :- Very near from Ganpatipule beach. 8) Undi Beach :- Vergin Beach in Ganpatipule Region 9) Warawade :- BeachVergin Beach in Ganpatipule Region. Ratnagiri Region : 1) Thiba Palace :- 2) Thiba Point :- 3) Ratnadurga Fort :- 4) Are - ware Sea View :- 5) Pawas :- 6) Bhatye Beach :- 7) Kesheli’s Kanakaditya Temple :- 8) Black & White Sea :- Rajapur Region : 1) Dhopeshwar Temple 2) Rajaput Ganga Temple :- 3) Machal Valley :- 4) Ambolgad Beach :- 5) Nate Beach :- 6) Markunda Beach :- 7) Anuskura Ghat :- Most of the famous destinations are always crowded but there are lots more explore for tourists.
Alibaug
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Alibaug was developed in 17th Century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom. Alibaug is a costal town and municipal council in Raigad district in Kokan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarter of the Raigad district. Raigad's first name was "Kulaba". Today's Ramnath was the main village at that time. Bene Israelite Ali was a rich man in the city based on Ali's gardens was named as "Alibagh". Ali owned many plantations of mangoes, coconuts in his gardens. So the local people called the place Alichi bagh(Gardens of Ali).