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                                     MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF MAHARASHTRA

 The long Arabian Sea coastline on the west and the great Sahyadri Mountains and valleys, form the natural beauty of the state. Maharashtra is a distinct cultural region with rich historical background. Forts that dominate the ranges tell the unending history of valour. The legendary places of worship of various faiths, add to its intrinsic beauty. Its artistic and cultural heritage is best manifested in numerous temples, mosques, churches and the ancient cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora, which attract tourists from all over the world.

Mumbai with its uniqueness has few distinctive features like the local trains, the Dabbawalas and its own typical fast food which originated here. Sky scrapers and slums, old and new, theatre or cinema, shoppers and foodies’ delight, Mumbai entertains every one. The vibrant and bustling capital of Maharashtra is bubbling with social and cultural activities throughout the year. It is truly a city that never sleeps .. a city of dreams.

The Chowpatty: A sea shore of sand with few hawkers selling goodies is chowpatty in the Mumbai lingo.  There are many sea shores but only three chowpattys in Mumbai. The only present in central or the south Mumbai is the Girgaon Chowpatty. The Dadar Chowpatty is in the central part of Mumbai and the Juhu Chowpatty is the suburban part of Mumbai. Along with the fresh breeze and the sunset and sand, one can enjoy horse and camel rides and taste bud tickling goodies from the hawkers.

The Parsi Fire temple and Tower of Silence: The Parsi community came to Mumbai in the late 16th century. They were good artisans and clever businessmen. Originally from Iran, the Parsis practice Zoroastrianism. The Zoroastrians believe in venerating the earth, fire, and water. They worship fire and therefore the temples are known as the fire temples. The huge fire temple in the Malabar hill area of Mumbai was built in 1672 A.D. The same year the Tower of silence was built. The Parsis prefer to expose their dead to the natural elements and flesh-eating birds within the confines of the Towers of Silence. Both of these structures can still be seen today although a non –Parsi can not enter them.

Daulatabad Fort: Aurangabad

Although Aurangabad is famous for the world heritage caves of Ajanta and Ellora, it has many a monuments which can enthrall you. Just 13 kms from Aurangabad, we can see a massive hill fortress, the Daulatabad fort. This impressive fortress, once known as 'Devgiri', the hill of the Gods was built in the 12th century by Bhillama, the king of the Yadav dynasty. It was named Daulatabad, the city of fortune, by Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. A 5 km massive wall, artificial scarping, spiked gates, dungeons and a variety of complicated defence systems made it almost invincible and was over powered only through bribery. A magnificent 60 mt high tower of victory, known as the Chand Mahal was added in 1435. Higher up is the blue-tiled Chini Mahal where the last king of Golconda was imprisoned for 13 years until his death. On the top is a huge 6 m cannon cast in five metals with Aurangzeb’s name inscribed on it.

The Ratngiri Beach

The beaches in and around Ratnagiri are not only beautiful, but also unexploited. Especially the Ratnagiri beach, which is unique, as mountain penetrates the sea, and the colour of sand on two sides is totally different. One beach is made of White sand whereas the other beach has complete Black sand. All along the coastline of Konkan there are innumerous virgin beaches, of Chiplun, Dapoli and Guhagar.

The Karle - Bhaje caves:

Around 10 km from the hill station of Lonavala on the Mumbai Pune highway are the unique caves of Karle and Bhaje. They are considered to be ultimate expression of Satwahan art of Hinayana sculpture. These twin caves are supposed to be the largest of the cave temples in the whole of Maharashtra cave temples. The caves cut into solid rock have 37 octagonal pillars of remarkable beauty. Each column rests in a water jar. Some of these pillars have capitals on the top. The capitals have figures of elephants kneeling on bell shaped bases. These ancient caves are nearly 2000 years old and still stand attraction for many. They also stand a good attraction as the hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are nearby.

Mahalakshmi Temple: Kolhapur

This is one of the ancient temples of Maharashtra and the most worshipped goddess as well. The beautiful 40 kg. idol of the goddess is a Swayambhu idol. According to researchers, the idol is 5-6 thousand years old. It has monolith of uncut diamonds and precious stones. The construction was initiated by Chalukya ruler, Karandev, in the 7th century A.D. and additions were made in the 9th century by the Shilahara Yadavas. The temple complex is exquisitely carved and has artistically sculpted structures built in the Hemadpanthi style. The idol has four hands and her crown is overshadowed by the hood of a Cobra. A legend says that Mahalakshmi was sister of Sun God and was angry with him for some reason. So she vowed that she would never see his face. Therefore there are only four days in a year that sunrays fall directly on the goddess. Another myth about the temple is that no one can count the pillars it has.

Tadoba national park: Nagpur

This is a project Tiger reserve park, the oldest National Parks of Maharashtra. It is a 120-sq-km park, perched at an altitude of 200m which is placed 100-km south of Nagpur and 45-km north of the district headquarter and industrial town of Chandrapur.  Tadoba is also referred to as The Jewel of Vidarbha. Tadoba is the deity worshipped by the Gond tribe who used to stay here and hence the park is addressed with the same name. There are arrangements made to see the vast wildlife in the park. Normally in the nights, when the animals come to the lake, is a great sight to watch.

Mahalakshmi Temple: Kolhapur

This is one of the ancient temples of Maharashtra and the most worshipped goddess as well. The beautiful 40 kg. idol of the goddess is a Swayambhu idol. According to researchers, the idol is 5-6 thousand years old. It has monolith of uncut diamonds and precious stones. The construction was initiated by Chalukya ruler, Karandev, in the 7th century A.D. and additions were made in the 9th century by the Shilahara Yadavas. The temple complex is exquisitely carved and has artistically sculpted structures built in the Hemadpanthi style. The idol has four hands and her crown is overshadowed by the hood of a Cobra. A legend says that Mahalakshmi was sister of Sun God and was angry with him for some reason. So she vowed that she would never see his face. Therefore there are only four days in a year that sunrays fall directly on the goddess. Another myth about the temple is that no one can count the pillars it has.

Tadoba national park: Nagpur

This is a project Tiger reserve park, the oldest National Parks of Maharashtra. It is a 120-sq-km park, perched at an altitude of 200m which is placed 100-km south of Nagpur and 45-km north of the district headquarter and industrial town of Chandrapur.  Tadoba is also referred to as The Jewel of Vidarbha. Tadoba is the deity worshipped by the Gond tribe who used to stay here and hence the park is addressed with the same name. There are arrangements made to see the vast wildlife in the park. Normally in the nights, when the animals come to the lake, is a great sight to watch.