Maharashtra

Maharashtra

ABOUT MAHARASHTRA

Maharashtra is a Western region State of India.

Maharashtra is India’s second most populous state and third largest state by area.

Marathi is the language of Maharashtra.

The capital of Maharashtra is Mumbai.

Most people in Maharashtra are Hindus and you can see it in the culture of Maharashtra.

There are many temples in Maharashtra and some of them are very old. The architecture of these temples is a mixture of architecture from North and South India.

  1. MUMBAI

Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India. It is the Wealthiest city in India. Mumbai is also known as Bombay. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.

Destinations in Mumbai

# GATEWAY OF INDIA

Gateway of India is a monument which was built in 20th century in 1924. The monument was witness a terror attack on August 25, 2003. It lies at the end of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg at the waters edge in Mumbai harbour.  The Gateway has also been referred to as Taj Mahal of Mumbai.

#SIDDHIVINAYAK GANPATI TEMPLE

The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple is a Hindu Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shri Ganesh. It was built by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on 19 November 1801. It is one of the richest temples in Mumbai. Siddhivinayak is well known as Navasacha Ganpati among devotees.

# HAJI ALI DARGAH

The Haji Ali Dargah is a Mosque and Dargah located in Mumbai. It was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim Merchant, ayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

#AKSA BEACH

Aksa Beach is a popular beach and a vacation spot in Aksa Village at Malad. It is a popular weekend destination. It is not safe to swim as the currents are strong and the sands of the beach keep shifting because of the waves and people often misjudge them. Warning signs of swimming prohibition, have been put on the beach and lifeguards have been appointed.

2. PUNE

Pune is the second largest city in the Maharashtra. Pune is one if the fastest growing cities in the Asia Pacific region.

Destinations

# AGA KHAN PALACE

Aga Khan Palace was built by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III in 1892. It is ine of the biggest landmarks in Indian History. It was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine. Now this palace has been declared as a monument of national importance.

#RAJA DINKAR KELKAR MUSEUM

It contains a collection of   Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar , dedicated to the memory of his only son Raja. The three-storey building houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. There are also ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments (a particularly fine collection), war weapons and vessels.

# SINHAGAD

Sinhagad is a fort located in Pune. Previously it was also called as Kondhana after the sage kaundinya. This fort has had s quite long history.  The Kaundinyeshwar temple, the caves and the carvings indicate that this fort had probably been built two thousand years ago.

3. MAHABALESHWAR

Mahabaleshwar is a small town if Maharashtra. It is a hill station located in the sahyadri mountain range.

Destinations

# VENNA LAKE

Venna lake is one of the major tourists attraction of Mahabaleshwar. The lake was constructed in year 1842. The lake is surrounded by trees. Tourists can enjoy boat ride over the lake and also Horse ride next to lake.

# PRATAPGAD

Pratapgad i.e. Valour fort is a large fort which is located in Satara district. It was built in year 1656. It is significantly known for battle of Pratapgad. Its opening timings are: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. It is popular tourists destination.

# HOLLYWOOD WAX MUSEUM

Hollywood wax museum is a small wax museum featuring the statues of celebrities, politicians and sport figures.

# Bombay Point/ Sunset Point

# Dhobi Waterfalls

# Parsi Point

4. NAGPUR

Nagpur is the winter capital and the third largest city of Maharashtra. It is famous for Oranges and also known as Orange City.

Destinations

# MAHARAJBAGH ZOO

It is the Central Zoo of Nagpur.  The zoo is located in the heart of the city and has been built on the garden of the Bhonsle and Maratha rulers of the city.

#KRAZY CASTLE AQUA PARK

It is a Destination for water slides, rides & kid-friendly games in a park designed like a medieval castle.

Timings: 11 a.m – 7 p.m.

# NAGPUR CENTRAL MUSEUM

The Nagpur Central Museum is also known as Ajab Bangla. It is located in Nagpur. It holds coins, ancient inscriptions, sculptures, inscriptions and pre-historic artifacts. It was established in 1863.

5. AURANGABAD

Aurangabad is a city which is known for the 17th century marble bibi ka maqbara shrine which is styled on the Taj Mahal.

Destinations

# BIBI KA MAQBARA

Bibi ka maqbara is a tomb located in Aurangabad. It was commissioned by the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1660, in the memory of his first wife and chief consort, Dilras Banu Begum (posthumously known as Rabia-ud-Daurani). The comparison to the Taj Mahal has often obscured its very own considerable charm. Due to the strong resemblance, it is also called the Dakkhani Taj (Taj of the Deccan).

# AURANGABAD CAVES

The Aurangabad caves are twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines. The Aurangabad Caves were dug out of comparatively soft basalt rock during the 6th and 7th century. The caves are divided into three separate groups depending on their location. The carvings at the Aurangabad Caves are notable for including Hinayana style stupa, Mahayana art work and Vajrayana goddesses.

6. NASHIK

Nashik is an ancient city in Mharashtra. It is famous all over the world for its fresh agriculture which are table and wine grapes besides vegetables.

Destinations

# PANDAVLENI CAVES

Trirashmi Leni also known as Pandu Caves and other variations. These are a group of 24 caves carved between the 2nd century BCE and the 2nd century CE, representing the Hinayana Buddhist caves. It has nothing to do with the characters of Mahabharata (the Pandavas). It was a part of donation by the Buddhist Kings, merchants and local people for the Buddhist monks.

# MUKTIDHAM

Muktidham is a marble temple featuring various Hindu Gods. It is a popular tourist attractions. The temple was founded in the year 1971. The temple is made with marble from Makrana in Rajastan, and by Rajasthani sculptors.

# KALARAM TEMPLE

The Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city.The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black.  The Kalaram means Black Rama. The temple was funded by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar, and was built around 1788. It was said that Odhekar had a dream that the statue of Rama in black colour was in the Godavari River. Odhekar took the statue from river and built the temple.

#SHANI SHINGNAPUR

Shani Shingnapur is a village located near Nashik in Ahmednagar District. The village is popular for Shani Temple. Shani is Hindu God and also associated with the planet Saturn. Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. The Temple is believed to be a jagrut devasthan that means a deity still resides in the temple icon. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft.

7. SHIRDI

Shirdi is a town which is populary known as Shirdi nagar panchayat. Shirdi is famously known as the home of the late 19th century saint Sri Sai Baba. The Sri Saibaba Sansthan Trust also located in Shirdi is one of the richest temple organisations.

# Shirdi Sai Baba

Shirdi Sai Baba is also known as Sai Baba of Shirdi. He is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime.  He is attributed to be the creator, sustainer and destroyer of this universe by his devotees. He is decorated with jewels and all forms of Hindu vedic deities as he is supreme God.

The people of the state are known to wear different colorful types of costumes and there is variation in dance and music according to people’s specific localities. Dance forms like Powada, Banjara Holi Dance, Lavani, Koli with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movement entertain the people of Maharashtra.

Traditional clothes for Maharashtrian males includes dhoti also known as Dhotar and pheta, while a choli and nine yard saree locally known as Nauwari saadi or Lugda is for women. Traditional clothing is famous in rural areas while traditional people from cities too wear these clothing.These clothes are worn by Maharashtrians while performing various festivals.

The people of the state are known to wear different colorful types of costumes and there is variation in dance and music according to people’s specific localities. Dance forms like Powada, Banjara Holi Dance, Lavani, Koli with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movement entertain the people of Maharashtra.

Popular Dishes in Mharashtra

@ Pohay (Pohe)

@ Vada Pav

@ Amti (Maharashtrian Dal)

@ Rassa

@ Puran Poli

@ Shrikhand

@ Misal Pav

WHY VISIT THIS PLACE

The state with second largest population in India and stands third in total area in India and that lies in the west part of the country is state of Maharashtra. The state is considered to be the wealthiest among all states in the country and contributes a good amount of 15 percent in terms of industrial output and a total GDP of 13 percent as per calculations in the year 2006-2007.

LIST OF DESTINATIONS IN MAHARASHTRA

  • MUMBAI
  • PUNE
  • AURANGABAD
  • NASHIK
  • THANE
  • SOLAPUR
  • NAGPUR

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