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AJANTA-ELLORA CAVES: Dating back to the 2nd BC and artistically built over a few centuries, the Caves of Maharashtra have an extraordinary appeal and aura. Nestled in the formidable Sahayadri Mountain Range, these caves have been home to monks of different religions.

Be it the paintings in the Ajanta caves or the sculpture of the Ellora caves, or the divine presence in the Elephanta caves, the visitors have always and will always continue to be spellbound. These caves offer a visit that is truly unforgettable. A visit that will induce a sense of discovery, a discovery of the self, and of the divine.

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ELEPHANTA CAVES: 9 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India lay Elephanta, also known as 'Gharapuri'. Visit this green island for the wonders of the 7 th century, the painstakingly hewn rock-cut cave temple, dedicated to Shiva. The Maheshamurti panel in which Shiva is shown as a creator, protector and destroyer, is a sight that should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime. Regular excursions to Elephanta start every day from the Gateway of India.

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PITTALKHORA CAVES: Not as well known as Ajanta yet also interest are the rock-cut caves of Pitalkhora in the Satamala range of the Sahyadri hills. There are thirteen caves, set high up on the hill, overlooking picturesque ravines. Many of the caves contain carvings and paintings that date from the 1st century B.C. to the 5the century A.D. They were discovered after Ajanta and are first mentioned in a publication of 1853 where Caves 3 and 4 are described.

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LONAR CRATER : Lonar crater, located about 122 km away from Aurangabad is one of the world's 5 largest craters, formed by the impact of meteorite is nearly 50,000 years ago. It is also believed that impact craters like the Lonar crater is one of the probable causes for the extinction of dinosaurs. The surface diameter of the crater is nearly 1.75., and its depth is nearly 132 meters. At its base has formed a beautiful lake, formed over thousands of years by the perennial streams flowing into the crater. On the periphery of the lake are temples built in the 12th - 13th century. Their exquisite carvings are remnants of their glorious past.

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TRIBAL MUSEUM- PUNE: Tribal Museum is situated at Pune in Maharashtra. It is close to the railway line, which is just east to the railway station. Maharashtra is a huge country and there are uncountable numbers of tribal in this country. Having diverse languages, these tribes have their own food habits, taboos, and beliefs - in short distinct cultures. Tribal Museum exhibits the cultures of the tribal communities mainly from the Sahyadari and Gondwana regions. It is a position where one can find to get an insight into the lives of the tribal communities of Maharashtra.

TARAPOREWALA AQUARIUM - MUMBAI :- Taraporewala Aquarium is at crowded locality of Marine Drive in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has nautical life and rare kind of fishes and beautiful pearl jewellery. The aquarium has plans to renovate shortly into a high-tech Aquarium with special attractions like glass vision sea-world and an underwater sea walk. The first President of free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad officially opened it in 1951. The Aquarium has sea life like shark, octopus, kite fish, corals, worms, sea flower, sea horses, pearls and shells. Articles crafted from shells and pearls are also displayed here.

SINHGAD FORT - PUNE :- Where valour is etched on every stone and the soil has turned red seeped by the blood of martyrs! From the time when a Koli chieftain, Nag Naik stoutly defended this fort (AD 1328) against the might of the Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq for nine months to Jaswant Singh, Aurangzeb's commander, who dragged his guns up the fort's steep shoulders to avenge the insult to Shaista Khan, who was rebuffed by Shivaji, this fort has been infused by tales of bravery. It was here that Shivaji's general, Tanaji Malusare launched an attack to recall the fort. In the resulting battle, Tanaji valiantly laid down his life, but captured the fort. A grieving Shivaji is known to have said,"Gad ala pan sinh gela" (The fort is won but the lion has gone). And this is how the fort got its name: sinh (lion's) gad (fort).

SHRI BAHAVANI MUSEUM ( Aundh ) - Shri Bhavani Museum in Aundh, which is 48 km from Satara in Maharashtra. The museum has 500 miniature paintings of all major schools - Jaipur, Kangra, Mughal, Punjab, Bijapur, Pahadi and Maratha of the period between 15th and 19th century. The Museum exhibits mainly the work of Bhawanrao done in his lifetime. Shri Bhavani Museum also has the famous stone shaped structure of 'Mother and Child' by Henry Moore. It was final exhibited in Delhi 10 years ago. Shri Bhavani Museum has a large division devoted to stone created structures including the famous 'Mother and Child' by Henry Moore. The museum has four sections completely devoted to Western paintings that include Madonna of the Book by Andrea Del Sarto; a Rembrandt self-portrait, In The Prison Of Aurangzeb by A.H. Muller, Beggar Boy by Bartona Morilla, Franciso by L. Goya, Boy Volunteer by G.G. Hierice, Game of Draughts by F. Morelli, Pairs by Cornil and many more.

RAJA DINKAR KELKAR MUSEUM (Pune) : Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is in Pune, Maharashtra. The museum has nearly around 20,000 collections of objects paintings, handicrafts, armour-suits, musical instruments and many other objects of art and artifacts collected from all over the world. The building has been designed in a Rajasthani-style, but the galleries give a clear depiction of the life and culture of the Marathas. Dinkar Kelkar spent almost 60 years traveling and purchasing objects from the remote areas and towns of India. Dividing into 36 sections, the collections are confined mostly to everyday life like pots, lamps, containers, nutcrackers, pen stands. 'Mastani Mahal' is regarded to be the masterpiece to this museum, which was erected here in its original form. The wood carvings include carved wooden doors and windows from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala. The metal objects include locks, ink pots, ritual bowls and nutcrackers. There are also an assortment of oil lamns in and copper. Another collection is of the paintings from addition is the section on women, which depicts their important role in Indian society. Articles belonging to Mughal and Maratha periods that date back to 17th century are displayed at Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. Musical instruments, metalwork, exquisite chitrakathi paintings and a unique lock collection are the other attractions of the museum.

RAIGAD FORT- PUNE: 126 kms from Pune, This is the very heart of Maratha country -- Raigad, the capital of Shivaji's kingdom. Strategically perched atop a wedge-shaped block of hill, split off from the Western Ghats and inaccessible from three sides. Stories of incredible valour and heroic deeds are etched on every pebble at Raigad. It was here that Shivaji built his capital city in the 14th century, and here that he crowned himself Chhatrapati. For six years up to his death, Raigad remained the capital of the Marathas with its broad gates and magnificent monuments. There was only one pathway leading to the top, and prizes were offered to those who scaled the fort through unconventional methods. Though parts of Raigad are in ruins, yet they inspire an aura of grandeur. Shivaji's impregnable capital, the place where he was crowed and where he died. Besides the fort, you'll find his samadhi and the remains of his palace.

MURUD JANJIRA - The island fort of Murud Janjira is a well-known architectural heritage from a lesser-known dynasty that has stood unconquered for centuries. A symbol of the Siddi dynasty from Janjira that stood strong against the British and Maratha Empires, there are number of tourists attractions present at Murud Janjira. From the beaches at Nandgaon (Ganapati Temple) and Kashid to the Palace of the Nawabs and Janjira caves, you can see them all on your tour to Murud Janjira Fort in Maharashtra.

MASTANI MAHAL- KOTHRUD: Legends about Mastani and her presumed stay at Shaniwar Wada apart, it is most certain that Bajirao I did build for her a palace at Kothrud. Laying waste in the wilderness, the Mahal was recreated by Pune's 'Kaka' Dinkar Kelkar. An avid art collector, 'Kaka' transplanted the fine wooden pillars and wall paintings to his museum at Pune. The living room of the Wada as assembled in the same style from the original woodwork here reveals the intricate architecture and woodcarving as well as wall paintings. The superb furnishings evoke the atmosphere of the home of Mastani,whose portrait on glass is also present in the museum

TRIMBUKESHWAR TEMPLE: Trimbakeshwar temple is a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The Lingas at Trimbakeshwar are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The crown is displayed every Monday from 4-5 pm (Shiva).All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. The entire black stone temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture and is at the foothills of a mountain called Brahmagiri.Three sources of the godavari originate from the brahmagiri mountain. Introduction of the holy place Shri Trimbakeshwar


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