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Did You Know? India's First Railway Was Built in Maharastra?

These 7 Days in Maharashtra will Change the Way you Look at Life wikimedia.org

Though we know most of Maharashtra by its name and associations, how much do we really know the state in depth. It is a vivid canvas of most of India’s iconic attractions. In literal translation, it means, 'The Great state'. And rightfully so! From lazy, palm-fringed beaches, lofty, cool-green mountains, World Heritage Sites and bustling cosmopolitan cities, Maharashtra has it all. 

Did You Know? India's First Railway Was Built in Maharastra?:

  1. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  2. Lonavala (Maharashtra)
  3. Matheran (Maharashtra)
  4. Nasik (Maharashtra)
  5. Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
  6. Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra)

1. Let us commence our journey at 'the city of dreams', Mumbai

Let us commence our journey at 'the city of dreams', Mumbai
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The city of films, Bollywood, fashion and food, Mumbai has something for everyone who comes. From the Gateway of India, take a motorboat to visit Elephanta Caves, visit the Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum and Marine Drive. 

2. The dainty little hill station, Lonavala

The dainty little hill station, Lonavala
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 Monsoons are the best time to visit Lonavala. Visit the richly carved Buddhist caves of Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa that date back to the 2nd century BC, and the Rajmachi Fort. 

3. The quaintness of Matheran will astound you

The quaintness of Matheran will astound you
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This tiny hill station remains free of noxious pollutants perhaps because no motorized vehicles are allowed on its tiny roads or the pathways that lead into the woods. Visit popular points like Chouk, Panorama, Louisa, Garbut Point and Echo. 

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4. Nasik's vineyards will intoxicate you

Nasik's vineyards will intoxicate you
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Located on the banks of the holy Godavari River, Nasik is known for producing some of India's best wines. Visit the vineyards, Sita Gupta Caves and the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple.

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5. 'The city of gates', Aurangabad is full of history

'The city of gates', Aurangabad is full of history
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We are not kidding! Aurangabad had 52 gates. These gates served as points of revenue collection while entering the town and were also used for surveillance purpose. Only 19 of them are intact today. Visit the Daulatabad Fort, Deogiri Fortress and the Bibi ka Maqbara.

6. The World Heritage Site: Ellora Caves! Need we say more?

The World Heritage Site: Ellora Caves! Need we say more?
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Ellora complex a unique artistic creation  and the 34 caves were built between the 6th and 11th century and are dedicated to Buddhism, Brahmanism and Jainism. Popular sites here are Viharaas, Kailasa Temple and the Buddhist Vishvakarma Chaitya. 

7. First ever Buddhist caves, Ajanta

First ever Buddhist caves, Ajanta
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Ajanta caves date back to the 2nd and 1st century B.C. It is a World Heritage site. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. It is a World Heritage site as well. 

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