PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHARASHTRA
Maharashtra is known as the state of many variations that is reflected in the various places to visit in Maharashtra. Right from the blue beaches of Mumbai, spiritual enlightenment in the shrine of Shridi Sai Baba, Nasik- famous site of Kumbh Mela where you will achieve the Moksha to the ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora and Elephanta caves you has so much to explore here.
Gateway of India at Night
Maharashtra is a state with the decisive natures allurement in it. The stillness of its beaches with the wilderness of its hill makes the best combination of natures endowments in the state. The waves that washes away the silver sands of the sea beach and the forts built on its tiny islands attract the gaze of appeasement. Its myriad culture and destinations of spiritual solace and enchanting traditions invites you to explore the unidentified horizons of the nature. Really the state is worth the visit.
The city of glamor and home to Bollywood film industry
has much more to offer than its films and fashion. There is no denial to the fact
that monuments of the colonial era with the mixed architectural style of
the city have overwhelmed every visitor over the years. Be it Gateway of
India or CST terminus or Police headquarters every building has its
majestic. The multiplexes, shopping malls and offices that are coming up
in Mumbai are totally indistinguishable from its counterparts outside the
When in the city it is must for everone to visit the rock cut Elephanta caves and the museums that narrate the stories of the past. The Prince of Wales Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art are the two famous museums in the city. A visit these places may be the most pleasing experience. The boulevard of Mumbai or Queens Necklace, Marine drive is the best place where you can drive with the magnificent scenery of vast sea on your side. Chowpatty Beach and Juhu Beach offers you a reason to spend some time and play with the pristine water and mild waves of the sea. Nariman point, Fort area and Churchgate are the places that you love to visit for its shopping options.
These are amongst the top places to see in Maharashtra. No where in the world can you find a wonder like the rock
cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora where you will get lost in the hand carved
images of several incarnations of Lord Buddha, images of nymphs and
princesses. Located near the city of Aurangabad the two sites of Ajanta
and Ellora are the outstanding specimen of the architecture of the ancient
The world Heritage Site, Ajanta has 29 caves with the marvelous carving depicting the story of Buddhism spanning for a period from 200 BC to 650 AD. And impressive figures adorning the walls of these structures elaborately portray the story from Jatakas. It is believed that these caves where built by the Buddhist monks for their secluded retreat.
Just 34 km from Aurangabad, Ellora has 34 caves carved into the sides of basaltic hill and are young comparative to the Ajanta caves and where carved during 350 to 700 AD. Representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism these structures houses the elaborate facades and exquisite interiors with the best specimen of the cave - temple architecture. Elephanta Caves and Shivaji Terminus are the other World Heritage Attractions that holds the charms of its ancient heritage. Visit these places to see in Maharashtra and you will feel the aroma of spiritual essence flowing from the mighty structures.
People at Juhu Beach
With the coastal line of 720 Km the state of Maharashtra
is home to the world famous beaches including Juhu and Chowpatty beaches
of Mumbai. It is a pleasure to visit these beaches and find its
distinction to the beaches of other states in India. The most happening
place of the state people throng these beaches every evening to get
refresh with the cooling sea breezes and warmth of the soft sand. The
Snack sellers, pan wallas, fortunetellers, Snack charmers, fishermen and
the picnickers add to its beauty. Bhel- puri and Pao- bhaji are the must
to be tasted on these beaches and you can watch the performing monkey and
madness of the crowd.
The other important characteristic of the Maharashtra beaches is that there are forts on almost every beach. These forts are of the Portuguese era or built by the Marathas. The lush green parks, rows of trees, wild flowers and the presence of rare birds on these beaches s add to its beauty. As god himself likes the beauty you will definitely find the churches and temples on these beaches. Murud Jinjira, Ganapatipule beach, Bassein Beach, Velneshwar beach are the beaches worth the visit in maharashtra So what are you thinking for come fast and enjoy the pleasure of sun bathing on these astonishing beaches.
Sirdi Sai Baba
Shirdi a small town located in the Ahmadnagar city of
Maharashtra is one of the most revered places in Maharashtra where devotees from all over the
world visit to pay the homage to sage Sai Baba. Baba, who stayed in this
town for eighty years, is said to have solved the problem of each and
every one who visited him at this place. Even today this routine
continues, whenever there is a problem they visit the beautiful temple
built on the samadhi of Baba and there wishes come true. The shrine is
managed by the Shri Sai baba Sanasthan since 1922 and ensures a strict
code of conduct. The beautiful Italian marble statue of Shri Sai Baba in
side the temple and the photographs portray the simple lifestyle of the
saint. There is also an assembly hall with a capacity of 600 devotees and
displays a showcase of items used by Baba.
The temple opens at 5.15am, every day for the devotees with the kakad aarti and closes only after the Shejaarti. Thursday is the auspicious day when the Baba is worshiped. The temple is thrown open overnight only on three occasions of Gurupoornima, Dussehra and Ramnavami. On every Thursday and each festival the palki and Baba's photo are taken out from the temple. The other important places to be visited in the Shirdi are Samadi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Gurusthan, Lendi Baug and Khandoba Mandir. Come to the Shirdi and get completely engrossed in the Sai Baba"s life and it will lead you to the life of enlightenment.
The state of Maharashtra, if called the state of forts would not have been a misnomer. Alone in Maharashtra, there are 350 forts and you cannot encounter in any part of the country such profusion of forts. Located on the islands, hills and amidst cities these forts are the lone witness to the changing time. Bearing the extreme climatic conditions these forts narrate the tales of the brave Maratha soldiers and Legends of Shivaji to whom these forts are associated in a one way or another. Ever fort served a particular purpose some where guarding the cities while others where built to keep check on enemies. The famous forts of the state are Vasai Fort, Rajgarh Fort, Pratapgarh Fort, Suvarnadurg Fort and Vijaydurg Fort. These forts where built by the Portuguese and Marathas reminding the martial era of the state. Plan a tour to the state and you will encounter the forts darkened by the blazing sun, lashed at by the Deccan's torrential rains and beaten by the sea waves.
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